How Often Do You Wear Eyeshadow?

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Smokey Cat eye using eyeshadows from the MAC RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette in Phresh Out and NARS Crime of Passion palettes

A smokey cat eye using eyeshadows from the MAC RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette in Phresh Out and NARS Crime of Passion palette

Are you an everyday eyeshadow gal, a weekend wearer, or do you just wear it once in a blue moon?

I was chatting with a makeup-loving friend the other day — a fellow eyeshadow palette hoarder — when I was shocked to discover that, aside from mascara and a smidgen of liner, she only wears eyeshadow on weekends.


“Uh…” I said, visibly confused, “that’s only, like, two days a week!? Are you kidding me right now?”


I pretty much do the opposite. I’ll usually wear eyeshadow during the week, and then give my lids a break on Saturdays and Sundays (unless I’m going out). Most of the time, I’ll just do mascara, maybe some liner, and that’s it.

But the rest of the week is a shadow free for all! ๐Ÿ™‚ And with it being fall, I’ve been wearing a lot of darker colors and smokey looks, like this smokey cat eye I wore the other day using the new MAC RiRi Phresh Out and the NARS Crime of Passion palettes.

Smokey Cat eye using eyeshadows from the MAC RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette in Phresh Out and NARS Crime of Passion palettes

NARS Amour Blush and Albatross blushes on my cheeks, and Stila Amaretto Lip Glaze on my lips

What about you? How often do you wear eyeshadow? And what do you wear when you don’t? Inquiring minds want to know.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Good mornin’, and welcome to the hump. ๐Ÿ™‚

OK, so, totally not eyeshadow related, but can we talk blazers for a moment? I love how a cute blazer to pull an entire outfit together.

Today I’m wearing one I found on sale at Anthropologie a few weeks ago called the Delacour by Leifnotes, and seriously — it’s like the Pajama Jeans of blazers.

Wearing the new NP Set Contour & Highlight Palette ($19) on my cheeks

The Delacour Blazer…

I used to be more willing to sacrifice comfort for fashion, but those days are gone. Now, if something’s itchy, stiff or binding in any way, I just can’t do it.

Basically, I want everything to feel like yoga pants or sweats… At least that’s the idea.

Aaaand that’s why I love this blazer. It’s all snugly, warm and cozy, almost like a sweatshirt. It’s actually made from a sweater-like material — a soft polyester and viscose blend.

Oh, and hello! — no need worry about this bad boy wrinkling. You can fold it up, shove it in a bag, and it keeps its shape.

Right now it’s on sale at Anthropologie, marked down from $148 to $79.95.

Happy shopping. ๐Ÿ™‚


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  1. I have worn eyeshadow every single day, for the past *starts counting* 11 years or so! With the exception of when I had my eye surgery (twice).
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  2. CatherineM says:

    I wear eyeshadow practically every day, since I have very fragile skin on my lids and you can practically see the bloodvessels on them. Sometimes it might only be a shimmerning nude color, or a flesh colored eye primer, but I never leave hte house with bare lids.

  3. Clarissa R says:

    I only wear eyeshadow when I go out, which is twice a month at the most? I’m a mom. My every day makeup is just black eyeliner and lipstick, maybe blush. Rarely any foundation… Just a BB cream. I used to, but when I took a makeup class, my teacher told me I shouldn’t, and she was so right. It was too much.

  4. Agata says:

    I always wear eyeshadow whenever I put on make up. A few years back I used to put on just one shade, usually golden brown and I was done, since then it got more complex but I love how playing with different eyeshadows can completely change your look. Oh and I love blazers too, the one you’re wearing is really cute and I told you before I have a very similar one that I got as a hand down from my friend ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Wednesday!

  5. Danielle says:

    I wear eye shadow pretty much everyday, but most days I just wear a neutral color across the lid.
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  6. Pretty much every day. Occasionally, I am lazy and will only go with mascara/eyeliner or just mascara.

  7. Lorraine says:

    Can’t live without it! I think if I was in the hospital I’d want someone to come and fix my face for me. maybe a mani, too. Color, to me, is the fun part of makeup. Otherwise, why bother? If I was a go-natural type gal, I’d just be doing skincare and sunscreen. Don’t think I’d even bother with mascara.

  8. Chaitra says:

    Hi Karen ๐Ÿ™‚ I know you will be surprised , but never wore eye shadows till 2 months ago. I m from india, and some how makeup isn’t so common there at all. Just Eye liner (Kajal) on the lower lash line & some lip gloss is all that i used for 24 years of my life ๐Ÿ˜€

    But after coming to the USA, i am getting into it ๐Ÿ˜‰ And my favorite products are now eyeshadows & blushes! But somehow even now, wearing eyeshadow everyday.. is not comfortable for me. I wear eyeshadow once a week ๐Ÿ˜€ maybe! And mascara is something i hardly use! But m totally getting into makeup these days ๐Ÿ˜‰
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  9. Shannon says:

    I really go back and forth between eyeshadow, liner, and just mascara. If I’m in a huge rush for work, I’ll do liner & mascara (or just mascara). If I’ve been wearing a lot of shadow during the week, I’ll forego it on the weekend. But sometimes I go all out on the weekend because I’ve felt so reserved the rest of the week! My usage really changes a lot.

  10. Trisha says:

    If I’m wearing makeup (yeah, there are some days when I don’t) I wear eye shadow about 95% of the time. I just love eye shadow! I really can’t resist.
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  11. Chelsea says:

    Maybe 3 or 4 days a week? I like to sleep in, and that cuts into the eye makeup time, LOL. I did my eyes up today though!

    I’m wearing an Express blazer today that I really like. I get overheated really easily, so blazers are often a no-go, but this one is cotton with 3/4 sleeves and is the right length for higher waisted bottoms. I liked it so much that I bought it in two colors!

  12. Rachel P says:

    Hi Karen! Cute blazer! I always wear eyeshadow when I give myself the time to apply it. I would wear it every day if I wasn’t the running-late type. Today for example, I did not have time to put on eyeshadow or liner before work (I did basic bb cream, concealer, mascara, blush, lipstick), and when I went home for lunch, I did a cute plum-and-garnet shadow combo on the lids before I scurried back ๐Ÿ™‚ And I always wear some kind of shadow when I’m out on the town- weekend days are makeupless, but weekend nights are an extravaglamza! See what I did there? ๐Ÿ˜€

  13. Elle says:

    Gotta be every day…or at least 6/7 days of the week! I have too much of it to NOT wear it every day!

  14. hanna says:

    Not that often. Most of the time I just go with mascara and eyeliner.
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  15. Katie F says:

    I rarely wear eye makeup because my eyes are really sensitive and easily irritated…I have horrible allergy eyes most days, and putting eye makeup on that mess is uncomfortable and not cute!

  16. All the time.. even at night.. well I have gotten much much better at taking off my makeup.. But almost every day.. If I’m staying in all day I’ll take (usually) a makeup free day..

  17. Rachel says:

    Unless I am not going out of the house at all (which almost never happens) or have itchy eyes, I always wear eyeshadow. The other thing that always makes it on is a little pressed powder and mascara. I just feel like I’m not fully dressed without them!

  18. Gisele says:

    I was used to wear eyeshadow 3 or 4 times a week, but then, someday, I bought my first MAC Paint Pot, and later MUFE’s cream eyeshadows. It’s so easy and quick, and it lasts, that I wear them every single day, with or without a powder eyeshadow over them. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Love, Gisele.

  19. Charlene says:

    Pretty much every day except days when I am not leaving the house.

  20. Mallory B says:

    I usually wear eyeshadow 3 or 4 days a week. And, I love how I can throw a blazer on over a t-shirt and jeans and look put together!

  21. Iris says:

    I wear eyeshadow every day I go outside.

  22. Ingrid says:

    I wear eyeshadow every single day. I never used to wear makeup but from the age of 27 I’ve really got into it and I love learning and trying new looks. Some days I wear a more powerful eye look and neutral lips and now sometimes I wear a neutral eye and bold lip!

  23. Cara says:

    I wear eyeshadow every day – even if it means being a bit late to work – unless I’m staying at home all day. It’s my morning ritual, my way of getting into the mindset of “work” mode. It’s also become my way of compensating for my need for artistic expression – living with the world’s naughtiest cat makes it difficult, if not impossible, to pursue my passion for watercolor painting. With eye shadow, I get to “paint” and experiment with color every day and kitteh can’t get into trouble. Yet.

  24. Melissa says:

    I mostly wear one neutral color on my monolids daily, but if I sleep in too late, I go with just sunscreen to work. I don’t bother with eyeliner all that often, waiting for liquid to dry before I can open my lids takes a while!

  25. Valeria Mary says:

    That Black/Brown Smokey eye looks soooo goood!!!!!
    I use makeup only when i have something to do ๐Ÿ™‚ almost never! ๐Ÿ™‚

    -Valeria โ™ฅ

  26. Kristin says:

    Every single day. Although I have been taking it off earlier, sometimes even as soon as I get home from work, just to give my eyes a break.

  27. Mahdi says:

    I usually use eye shadow to set my eyeliner and do a sweep of shimmery light shadow on my lids, along with highlighter. For parties or evening looks I’ll wear a darker shadow on my lids.

  28. I wear eye shadow about 3-4 days a week!
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  29. kwmechelle says:

    When I first saw this question, I had to do a double-take. My initial thought, “is she, like, for serious?!” That’s like asking me how often do I breath! Lol. No, but really, eyeshadow is mostly an everyday staple.

    I sometimes skip Saturdays because I’m usually laying low (unless I’m hanging out) and Sundays I go to church so the eyeshadow is always on deck. ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. Wendy says:

    Goodness every day and I try to wear a different look everyday. I LOVE eyeshadow and probably have more then I could ever use in a lifetime but always find something new I must have.

  31. fancie says:

    I always love your eye looks! I’m just like your friend except I wear shadows even less LOL. I only bother with it when I’m going out which is literally once in a blue moon. I was JUST telling myself I needed to start using my shadows more. Not just to use up my stash but also to practice. Practicing everyday is what introduced me to learning to paint the rest of my face!
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  32. Natalie says:

    I wear shadow during the week, not really so much on weekends (my no-makeup days). PS – That blazer is gorgeous. Happy Hump Day.
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  33. Lisa says:

    If I’m not going to leave the house all day (which usually happens 3 or 4 days a week, since I work from home Tuesdays and Thursdays), but if I’m gonna leave the house, I’m gonna wear makeup, and I can’t imagine putting on makeup without putting on eyeshadow. That’s the fun part!
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  34. Katelyn says:

    I usually wear either a sheer wash of eyeshadow or no eyeshadow at all because I have school on the weekdays. I would say I only do a nice put together eyeshadow look about once every 3 weeks…

  35. Icequeen81 says:

    the second one is a gorgeous picture, love the make up

  36. Ali says:

    I’m the same way Karen!!! I only wear e/s during the week & on the weekends I barely wear eye makeup. Maybe just mascara and flesh color e/l in the waterline. I thought I was the only one lol

  37. Scarlet says:

    Eh, whenever I have to go somewhere special/fancy/store that sells make up and have the time to do my whole face?? Or whenever I feel like putting make up on and have the time to do so.. It depends on the time really. Or my husband’s time.
    I am a mom of 2 sweet, but very active kids. And though the oldest loves to watch mommy put on make up, the youngest just wants to sit on mommy’s lap and put her fingers into everything or chew on the brushes.
    The biggest problem I have with eyeshadow is that I cannot use one colour, it has to be three at least. Somehow I feel like eyeshadow is not worth it for me if I ‘only’ use one colour. Silly, I know, but I can’t help it..

  38. Jackie says:

    I wear eyeshadow at least 5 days a week when I put on makeup to go to work. I also occasionally wear it on weekends too when I’m going out. If I’m just running errands, I don’t take the time to apply eyeshadow, but I will put on a little bit of blush, lipstick, and powder on my forehead to remove the shine. I enjoy applying eyeshadow, plus it would be a complete waste of all the eyeshadow and palettes I own to not wear eyeshadow often. ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. Olivia says:

    I often apply eyeshadow TWICE a day… Once before I go to my serving job around 4-5 pm and then once I come home from the restaurant around 9 or 10 I’ll wash my face and apply it anew to go out to the bars or hang out with friends.

    I work as a research assistant as well and will always do at least a basic makeup look before going in to the lab.

    At least I don’t feel like I’m wasting eyeshadow letting it sit around for untold years… I actually use quite a bit up!

  40. Bella says:

    I always wear eyeshadow when I wear makeup. About two days a week, on days off, I don’t wear any makeup, and I don’t wear makeup when I go to the gym (always in the morning). Other than that, every day!
    Until a year ago, though, i thought there was no way I could wear eyeshadow on my hooded eyes…

  41. Sylvia says:

    I only wear eyeshadows a couple days of the week but I have been trying to wear it more, especially because I have so many different palettes to use.

    On days when I don’t wear eyeshadow, I either do just mascara or eyeliner + mascara. I think my biggest problem is finding the right colour combination and when I’m rushing to head to class, eyeshadow is the least of my priorities.
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  42. Astrild says:

    I only wear eyeshadow in the weekends. During the week I’m always in a hurry and I don’t wear eye makeup. My every day makeup is just concealer, blush, lipstick and some times, a bb cream. Oh, and I always make my eyebrows because I have a very sparce ones.

  43. Natasha says:

    I buy em but dont know how to apply em. Yes, i know im probably the only girl on the planet who does’nt wear eyeshadow. Weird but Help me. I really would love to wear em.

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