Nope, not cupcakes and pies; I’m talking about baked eye shadows.
Unlike regular pressed eye shadows, with their flat, even surfaces, baked eye shadows rise up out of the pan like shimmery muffin tops.
If you’re a fan of shimmery long wear eye products, browse through the selection of baked eye shadows now available at Sephora. Baked shadows are generally more water resistant than regular pan shadows are, and many boast shimmery satin finishes.
Before applying baked eye shadows, first prime your lids with a base like Too Faced Shadow Insurance or MAC Shadestick in Shimmersand. Using a base helps make eye shadows last longer.
Once your lids are primed and ready, use a flat shader for the entire lid, a tapered crease brush for detail work, or a dual-tipped brush like the Stila #30 Double-Ended Shadow Brush ($32), which has both kinds of brush heads.
Here are a few baked eye shadows that recently caught my eye:
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- Old Glow - gold, bronze, ivory shades
- Bronze Glow - rose, gold bronze, ivory
- Champagne Glow - taupe, burgundy brown, champagne
Baked in a terra cotta disk, each pan of these sheer, shimmery shadows houses three different shades. All can be used wet or dry.
For a quick and easy daytime look, choose one of the multi-colored pans and brush the lightest shade over your entire lid. Then, apply the medium shade in the crease. Finish the look by wetting an angled eye brush and using it to apply the darkest shade as a liner.
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- Moon Beam – black with light green
- Deep space - black with cobalt blue
- Shooting Star – black with galactic gold
- Super Nova – black with peach and pink
Too Faced baked Italian opalescent pigments into each of their black domed shadows for that “galaxy far, far away” look. When mixed together, the shades create a shimmery blend of black and green, blue, gold or pink.
I like these a lot. They’d make great shimmery smokey eyes with a twist of color. For an easy smokey eye, layer eye shadow on top of a creamy, blendable eyeliner like MAC Smolder. A dark, creamy eyeliner helps exaggerate the smokey effect.
From left to right…
- Starlet – pink pearl, muted plum, dark purple
- Evening Star – silver, gray, dark gray
- Superstar – golden beige, golden tan, bronze
Create shimmery eye looks with the three color-coordianated shades in each Lorac Starry Eyed Baked Eyeshadow Trio. Apply them dry for a natural look or wet for an intense, dramatic effect.
I’m off to go running! What are you up to today?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,