Like, no joke, I think I must be the slowest person on this earth when it comes to blending eyeshadow, because you know those really super blended eye makeup looks? — they take forever. Forever! — and by “forever” I mean between one and three hours from start to finish, especially if I do them intending to take pictures.
In other words, it takes freakin’ work, homegirl!
Sometimes I’m OK with that and all the blending and gradients, and I think it’s worth all the effort, but sometimes I’m not. Sometimes I just wanna throw a little makeup on my eyes and get on with my life already.
When that happens, especially when I also want to take pics and still want to look polished and not like I’m deliberately avoiding blending, I grab two or more similar eyeshadows in the same, or almost the same, color family, like two browns (one slightly darker than the other) or two close shades of almost the same intensity, like the warm brown I’m wearing in my crease in the top pic with a soft gold on my lids.
It’s kind of obvious, but sometimes I still forget that it’s just A LOT easier to seamlessly blend similar colors (like two similar browns) than it is to blend highly contrasting colors (like black and white) on completely opposite ends of the spectrum, so I can still create a buffed-out, blended eye look in a lot less time.
Next time you’re having a lazy makeup moment but still want to wear something blended with more than one eyeshadow, give it a try. Just look for two or more similar eyeshadow shades in your collection.
Oh! — and please share any good similar eyeshadow color combo ideas in the comments. I’m always looking for ideas, and if you want, please also mention your skin tone. That way even if they aren’t great colors for me, they can help someone else. I think that would be nice.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Totally unrelated to makeup, but this is MBB, so when has that ever stopped me? LOL! 🙂 Last weekend we rented The Water Diviner on iTunes. It’s a historical drama starring Russell Crowe (he also directed it) that takes place just after World War I. Russell plays an Australian farmer who heads to Turkey looking for his three sons who went off to fight in the war.
It’s not exactly groundbreaking cinema, but it’s totally watchable and (I don’t think this ruins it) has a sweet ending. If you ever just want to throw something up on the TV that you can watch with your parents or kids up in the mix and not terribly upset anyone, I think it’s a good option.
Also, this song that plays during the credits at the end of the movie has been stuck in my head for days. It’s called Love Was My Alibi.
Isn’t this pretty? I’ve been listening to it right before I go to sleep at night, and again first thing in the morning (I believe it was co-written by Russell Crowe).