Two Ways to Win MAC Under Your Spell Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo

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  • UPDATE: Dec. 22, 2009. The giveaway is now closed, and the winners will be contacted soon. Good luck! :)

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WARNING: If your magic resistance is low, watch out for MAC’s Mineralize Eyeshadows. If you’re not careful, they’ll charm your heart while making your eyes sparkle with bling!



But if your magic is strong, and you’re not afraid, then keep reading. I’m about to conjure a quick Sunday giveaway. :)

The prize

One lucky lady will win a pan of MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow in Under Your Spell, a shimmery duo with peachy pink and copper eyeshadows ($20) from the Magic, Mirth and Mischief holiday collection.

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How to enter…

2ways2enterEntering is easy. There are two different ways, and you can do both of them for two chances to win.

First, you can enter by leaving a comment at the bottom of this post. In it, tell me one of your favorite eyeshadow tips/tricks.

For shadows with a lot of glitter fallout, like the MAC Mineralize Eyeshadows, I like to wet my eyeshadow brush with water or MAC Fix+. The wet brush head seems to help the eyeshadow bind to my skin, decreasing the amount of glitter that ends up beneath my eyes. Applying shadows with a wet brush also makes the colors more intense!

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Second, enter by following me on Twitter and retweeting (RT) the following message:

RT @karenmbb: RT to win MAC Under Your Spell Mineralize Eyeshadow (a $20 Value) http://bit.ly/7TQCzA

Recap…

  1. Enter by leaving a comment at the bottom of this post, and don’t forget to use a valid email address so I can reach you if you win.
  2. Follow me on Twitter and retweet the following message:

    RT @karenmbb: RT to win MAC Under Your Spell Mineralize Eyeshadow (a $20 Value) http://bit.ly/7TQCzA

I’ll pick the winner at random from among the people who enter by 11:59 p.m. PST on Monday, December 21.

Cо среќа!!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

  • UPDATE: Dec. 22, 2009. The giveaway is now closed, and the winners will be contacted soon. Good luck! :)

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  1. I love using eyeshadow with a liner brush on my lower lips as an accent.
    .-= Hedy@penny for my thoughts’s last blog post… Yeah, I send flowers in a box. You got a problem with that? =-.

  2. Nicole says:

    To clean up any excess or fall out, I use a q-tip. It’s fast & mess free. =] I like to keep a baggy w/ q-tips in my purse so I can always freshen up my eye makeup on the go!

  3. happybadfish says:

    I smoosh the eyeshadow into the brush in the lid of the eyeshadow container. I do this with blending brushes for my crease color. This helps me slowly dispense the eyeshadow onto my lid with out applying too much in one spot.

  4. ezzie says:

    when i’m doing a dramatic look with pigments or any dark shadow, i place a little post-it note under my eye area to catch the fallouts.
    if there are still some fall outs left, i just use a good ol’ fan brush to sweep it away.
    i also love using a damp liner brush to sweep over the shadow and apply it on my lashline for a soft, subtle liner (:

  5. jane says:

    i never understood why everyone was so into eyeshadow primers. now i can’t live without them either. they help my eyeshadow last all day and helps it not crease.

  6. milaxx says:

    I do my eyes before my foundation, this way if there’s any fallout, I can wipe with a mu wipe and snot ruin my foundation.

  7. Diane says:

    i love using my blending brush to put colours on my lid instead of using a regular eyeshadow brush! i find that it makes the colours look softer on my lids! :)
    .-= Diane’s last blog post… london haul: lipsticks + misc (pt3) =-.

  8. Mandy says:

    i do my eyeliner before eyeshadow so if i mess up and use makeup remover i don’t have to start all over again. everyone seems to use eyeliner last. when i did that i messed up my eyeshadow because i messed up -.-

  9. Kathleen says:

    I’ve never used mac eyeshadows, let alone own one. now that i think of it the only mac items i’ve own are fluidline and liquidlast (which i both love) i’ve always wanted to try more mac items but never get the chance to, so this would be the perfect opportunity :)

  10. Kathleen says:

    oh crap, forgot to put a tip.. hrm… instead of using expensive eyebrushes, i just adore elf eyeshadow brushes. they’re only a dollar and they’re so great! also instead if you’re out of primer i like to use concealer as a substitute :)

  11. Priscilla Chu says:

    To make my eyeliner stay, I always apply eyeshadow over my eyeliner! then I use a nude eyeshadow under (only for lower lashline) the eyeliner to create a barrier. It works like a charm (:

  12. Jenni says:

    The best shadow trick I know is to use UDPP under my shadow. I ALWAYS had creasing problems until last year when I discovered this MIRACLE POTION!! I have never tried any others, but swear by that one!

    I also tweeted about this giveaway :) Thanks so much for the chance to win!!!!!

  13. Cora says:

    I just use a little bit of water and mix it with my eyeshadow to get a more intense colour

  14. Ka says:

    I don’t know if this is consider a tip but here goes nothing. I like my eyeshadow to be light/nature and a bit dark near the lash line. So I put eyeliner on first and then apply eyeshadow over it.

    I also tweeted this too.

  15. Too Faced Shadow Insurance and a big fluffy brush for blending!

    I tweeted too.

  16. Alaina says:

    I ALWAYS use a shimmery white eyeshadow near my tearducts. It makes you look wide awake, especially those mornings where you are running super late and don’t want to look it :P

  17. stickles says:

    To get colors to really pop, I always will start with UDPP (for creasing) then a colored sticky base like Paint Pots and then colored shadow!

  18. Amanda says:

    To deal with the inevitable fall out or slip ups I use a q-tip with makeup remover to get the big spots and an eyeliner brush dipped in makeup remover for the more fine detail fixes. Also, I have pretty greasy eyelids so a primer is a must!

  19. Toni says:

    I have started using eye shadow primer. It really does make a difference. I am also using a highlight shadow on the inner corner of my eyes – it really does seem to make my eyes pop and gets rid of the shadows from the dark circles.
    .-= Toni’s last blog post… 2nd Menu Monday =-.

  20. noemi says:

    To help my eyeshadow last, i apply an eyeshadow primer & then apply some eyeshadow with a wet brush and blend. then i apply & blend again with a dry brush again .
    applying & blending more than once [at least twice] with or without a base will help it last & last !

  21. Ashley says:

    Same here! I wet my eye shadow brush with water or eye drops. It definitely intensifies the pigments & the moisture acts like an adhesive. But if I do get a tad bit of fall out, I use Scotch Matte tape to careful & painlessly remove the excess :)
    .-= Ashley’s last blog post… Almost December! =-.

  22. Lydia says:

    I’ve started to use primer and it really helps to make eyeshadow long-lasting. Applying face powder to the lids also helps!

  23. Sarah says:

    Ohh… I’m intrigued by this color… My only tip, which may be everyones standard operating procedure, is to have one brush dedicated to blending. Which I do not do nearly enough of…

    Sorry, I have very basic make up skills…

  24. Shao says:

    I have Andrea’s Eye Q Makeup Correctors (you can get them at Sally’s Beauty Supply) which is basically a tub filled with q-tips that have been dipped in makeup remover XD They’re really handy for cleaning up mistakes, and better than those makeup correcting pens because they’re disposable (and therefore don’t start rubbing your own makeup back on you after a while).

    And I apply my eye makeup first, so I don’t have to redo my foundation around the eye area if I mess up.

  25. styleezta says:

    I love dipping an eyeliner brush into water then on to a bright eye shadow to use it as liner ! I have a new liner colour everyday :)

  26. Jen says:

    I find it that when I do “layers” of my eyehadow it stays on longer. So I use an eyeshadow brush and “grab” a light layer of shadow at a time… By the third application the color is rich and tends to stay on longer.

    I hope I win this is awesome!
    .-= Jen’s last blog post… Commencement! =-.

  27. Peggy says:

    one eyeshadow tip is apply udpp , paint point, then your eyeshadow, it actualy makes my eyeshadow stay on longer and no creasing , also it makes the color more intense if u use a darker color paint pot such as background. Tweeted!

  28. Cindy says:

    To clean mascara off the skin, I wait for it to try and gently brush it off with a clean spoolie.

  29. Yao says:

    To avoid fallout, I’ve used a piece of tissue of toilet paper under my lashes to catch any fallen shadow. :)

  30. Step says:

    I use sponge tip applicators to intensify the color of less pigmented shadows and I press it on top of the primer instead of sweeping it on.

  31. mill says:

    using highlight colour on the lid makes my eyes look BRIGHTER!

  32. HC says:

    If I get a lot of fall out, I dust it away with a skin tone eyeshadow!

  33. Jenny says:

    I love some good bases as the tip. It just makes your eyeshadow lasts longer and stay vibrant all day long ;) they can be UDPP, MAC paintpots, you name it. Tweeted! :)

  34. AAJ83 says:

    yuuup….same ere…i wet my brush with fix+ before using it with MES and pigments…oooh…if i have to use a color as a liner i wet my angled liner brush with fix+ as well..but just use the eyeshadow from the side of the pan rather than form a crusty layer right in the middle.. hate that :-/

  35. Molly says:

    I go for a light sweep of creme shadow (like a sheer or sparkly one) and then a really EVEN coating of light eyeshadow over it. Then a bit of charcoal/royal purple/chocolate smudged to get some depth in the outer corners, and an extra dusting of highlighter in the corner *AFTER* I put my eyeliner on. Softens the liner, and brings more light into my eyes.

  36. Kristina says:

    I find that non-neutral eyeshadows look really bizarre on me. However, if I want a special pop of color, I take flat or angled brush and wipe a bright gold, silver, blue, etc. eyeshadow just below the rims of my eyes.

  37. Solé says:

    Hi Karen!

    I do the wet brush trick too, but I use MAC Mixing Medium. If I don’t want the color to be that intense, or if it’s shimmer and not all out glitter, I’ll press the eyeshadow on with a flat, wide brush (over primered lids of course) and brush off any fallout (which is usually minimal) using a big, fluffy brush with a bit of sheer face powder on it. I hope I win! I luuurve these colors!

  38. Catherine says:

    My favorite eyeshadow trick is to use multiple eyeshadows diffused across the lid to create a deepening of color.

  39. Rosa says:

    Oooh, it’s so pretty!

    I like to use a lighter colored shadow as a base, which intensifies the color of the shadow I put on top, as well as brightening the eye area a bit.

  40. Stephanie says:

    People always assume that everyone should put white in the inner corner of their eyes. I disagree. For people like me, those with wide set eyes, it just mades your eyes look ever MORE wide set. So i always put my black eyeliner in the inner corner to look more “normal” hehe

  41. Stephanie says:

    Another tip (i know it won’t give me an extra entry, just being helpful)…. Most of the time i don’t like fallout below my eyes, but when applying my Stila Kitten, i purposely get sloppy so it will fall on my cheeks. It adds a beautiful shimmer to my blush & makes me look airbrushed haha

  42. Sarah says:

    My glittery eye shadows often flake under my eyes when I’m applying it. A quick swipe with loose powder and my blush brush clears it up easily.

  43. Eunice says:

    well…i suppose foiling is my best ‘trick’ :P but if this is for eye makeup in general, my favorite way to get a smokey eye done is to put on my base colors, then add a very smudgeable black liner (like feline) to the outer corners of my eyes and gently smudge it in. very pretty :)

  44. My favorite eyeshadow tip is that there are no rules! Just have fun! At the end of the day it’s just makeup, and it’s meant to be fun. When I’m bored I play with eyeshadow, experimenting with different colors and techniques. I find my best looks happen when I’m not trying to hard and just having fun.

  45. Carol L says:

    I always make sure to blow my brush to make sure any loose shadow will not fall on my face before I actually apply my shadow.

  46. dip says:

    shadow+wet brush + smoked-out line at lash line=better than eyeliner

  47. Jennifer says:

    The only trick I’ve really learned is to close mouth when doing my eyeliner. :) I always tend to keep mouth wide open. Also I’ve learned that q-tips and a little water is a girl’s bestfriend to cleaning up little mistakes.

  48. I like using eyeshadow as liner, because it gives a softer look than pencil or gel liners.
    .-= Kajal Couture’s last blog post… Manish Arora Makeup for Spring/Summer 2010 =-.

  49. Chielle says:

    I don’t know much tricks, but I mostly paint, just above my eye, spots with my eye color (light blue), so it like makes them more deep, and gives them a fresh look.
    Tweeted: http://twitter.com/chielless/status/6886477832

  50. Kylie says:

    I love the Revlon makeup eraser pen. If a little mascara gets in the wrong spot, I can use the makeup eraser pen to get rid of it without screwing up the rest of my makeup. It’s fab, cheap, and handy!

  51. Cheska says:

    I love using mixing medium and an angled liner brush on my eyeshadows to make new eyeliner colors. ^_^

  52. yumi says:

    i love using lumenes eyeshadow base to make my eyeshadows pop more, and applying a gold eyeshadow as a liner on my lower lashline — it brightens up the eye area and looks more natural on my asian skintone than using a white liner.

  53. Corinne Ellis says:

    I love using fix + or mixing medium to use eyeshadows as eyeliner :D

  54. Fay. H. says:

    My eyeshadow tip: Place a piece of tissue or paper under your lower lash line to catch the fall outs!

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  55. Fay. H. says:

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  56. Bloody Mary says:

    My favorite eyeshadow trick would be using (homemade) mixing medium for foiling shimmery pigments and/or better color payoff. :)

  57. Monica says:

    I really hate having fall out all over my face, but I still love mineralized eye shadows and pigments. I avoided them for a long time, but I’ve found that using a good primer and then a sticky base like a mac paint pot works to hold it on the eye. To keep the brush from dropping the product all over I like to wet the brush with Fix+ Rose and press it into the shadow or pigment, then use a pallet to really work it into a paste, it goes on very vibrant but has a tendency to crease badly without a good primer. Other Sticky bases I really like are Nyx shadesticks if you keep it to a thin layer, and sometimes I’ll use my fluidline though you need to work very quickly since they set rather quickly.

  58. diane says:

    Hy, hy, hy!
    Please give the prize to meeee!!!

    Bye bye bye now!

    :P

    kiss!
    .-= diane’s last blog post… My Christmas tree, new haircut and new nails model ! =-.

  59. Karen B says:

    You know I love me some pigment but unfortunately with those lovely colours comes a lot of fallout. Some scotch matte tape and all the fallout is gone :)

  60. inspersia says:

    A primer is a must and I also apply foundation after my eye makeup.

  61. Nina says:

    I pack on color by patting the brush not sweeping it across my lids. I prevent fallout by placing tissue under my eyes.

  62. Aisha says:

    i use plain nailpolish with MAC pigments to turn it into a primer in a way, it works. ENTER ME! :)

  63. Kypris says:

    Sometimes when I’m going for a really dark eye, I’ll use the MAC fluidline as an eyeshadow base (since I don’t have any of the paint pots). It really deepens the black!

  64. Sue says:

    i don’t know how weird this sounds, but i often use a concealer brush for my eyeshadow- I have tanned skin and this helps colors show up more on my eyes and makes application easier

  65. Mia says:

    I always put a bit of light shimmery e/s in the inner corner of my eye when I am tired, makes me more awake looking at least ;)

  66. jesse says:

    its not much of a trick but i do not understand how anyone can do eye make up without a crease blending brush! i’m a cosmetician and i get people all the time asking how to get smoky eyes, and i always tell them all they need is 2 shades of eyeshadow and a crease brush! so simple. i use this ‘trick’ every single day!

  67. Sophia says:

    I tend to use UDPP also (love!) but when I use pigments or extra flaky glitter shadows – Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, I’m looking at you! – I also stick a cotton pad beneath my eye/lower lashes just before application. Any initial fall out will land on the cotton pad, and voilà, concealer and foundation stays intact! UDPP works with me for the rest of the night to keep my skin from getting sparkly like that of so many pseudo-vampires. :3

  68. Bonnie says:

    I recently began using a blending brush, and it’s fantastic! :D It makes everything so much easier!

  69. Moni says:

    You always have AMAZING giveaways! Ok, so what I always do, even if I don’t have time, is put a little bit of a white-shimmery eyeshadow under the eyebrown and some concealer on my eyelids. It works wonders!

  70. Celina says:

    My absolute trick is to apply an extra layer of loose powder right under the eyes when applying eyeshadow that tends to fall out. After application I simply brush away all excess powder and my foundation is still intact! I never knew how much it simplified my makeup routine until recently – and I love it!

  71. Rébecca says:

    I discovered that it’s easier for me to apply eyeshadow on my lower lash line with a lip brush as it’s softer.

  72. Lara says:

    I know I’m not discovering anything new, but eyeshadow primers really work! I just started using UDPP two weeks ago and I’m completely in love! Eyesahdows stay put all day long. Amazing!

  73. martan says:

    I always use eyeshadow with urban decay PP

  74. Andreja says:

    Hi,

    vau, I like this MAC Mineralize Eyeshadows. I do not have any of Mac cosmetics yet.

    I do not have nothing to share for what you and the readers would not know. But, I always apply silky skin color eye shadow on my lids before applaying other colors on it. It blends more easy.

    I retwitted you here:
    http://twitter.com/melanie_mel

    Good luck!
    .
    .-= Andreja’s last blog post… Blog giveaway from TheShadesOfU =-.

  75. Sandy says:

    I use my face primer (Smashbox Photo Finish light) on my eyelids , then once it’s dry I use either UD PP or TFSI to ensure that my shadow Does. Not. Budge!

  76. Sylvie says:

    Never use water on regular eyeshadows except mineral ones, and for those with poor colour pay-off, use rather a stiff brush for packing, like the 239 or 252 than a fluffy brush like 217. To extend wear time, use a base. And I also think that using a matte crease colour will “anchor” the look and add more dimension.

  77. Rori says:

    I actually use cellotape to get rid of glittery eyeshadow fallout…it doesn’t pull at your skin or feel sticky like you’d think it would! That and Too Faced Shadow Insurance!
    .-= Rori’s last blog post… Top 8 Winter Warmers =-.

  78. Emily says:

    I like to layer powder shadows on top of cream ones, like benefits creaseless cream shadow/liner.

  79. SammyJ says:

    With most eyeshadows, even those that are not mineralized, I use a base (painterly paintpot) and then load up my brush with the e/s and press unto my lid. That way my fallout is very minimum if any at all.

  80. kobri says:

    The tip I always give my friends is , eyeshadow base is a must!

  81. Tiffany says:

    Always use a primer and pat the color on if you’re having a hard time getting the color to be as intense as you would like!

  82. Amy says:

    A $$ saving tip: to make my shadows last longer, it use my cream concealer as the base colour. It give you an even surface on the lid area to work on and also primes the lid so powder or cream base products can “stick” to it for longer. I use my NYX concealer in a jar to do this and it beats having to spend extra dollars for a separate eye primer.

  83. Ilaria says:

    I always try to make my eye makeup first to clean the fallout easily :)

  84. Molly says:

    My favorite trick is pretty obvious but it is using an eyeshadow primer. I never really bought into them until recently and I am in love! :) They make a huge difference and help glittery shadows not to have so much fall out.
    .-= Molly’s last blog post… Clinique 3 step: Does it Really Work? Day 4 =-.

  85. LauraJ says:

    I use a clean blush brush to sweep away fall out then do final blending.

  86. Jane says:

    i always like to keep a wet wipe or a make up wipe to adjust eyeshadows that have missed the shape here and there. its the best way to do it.!!

  87. Julia says:

    My favorite tip is to use a clean eyeshadow brush. I feel like clean brushes really apply makeup better. Right now I’m using a MAC eyeshadow brush.

  88. YadiQ says:

    ORIMER PRIMER PRIMER

    sometimes primer with a layer of mac pearl base makes colors even pop more !

  89. NINA says:

    I lately discovered the mineralized eyeshadows from MAC. My current love is one called Family Silver and I like to use it as a gentle wash over a darker eyeshadow. I just grab some of the eyeshadow on a fluffy blender brush (usually MAC 217), I tap and then I gently pat it all over a darker shadow (usually Woodwinked) that ive previously brushed on my lids.

    The mineralized eyeshadow makes the darker eyeshadow softer and more wearable.

    Tapping before applying the mineralized eyeshadow, I find, lessens fallout!

  90. Denny says:

    First to make my e/s last, I use a primer (two faced eyeshadow insurance) and then put on my shadow. Believe it or not…the shadow stays in place ALL day. Also, I use clinique’s rinse off to clean up any mistakes such as mascara smudge. Easy, breezy!

  91. BeckBeck says:

    I don’t have anything particularly original… the things I can’t do without are primer (usually UDPP, but I’ll sometimes use paint pots without it underneath and they hold up well) and my brushes – especially my contour brush. I’ve heard it called a “hoof brush” because of its shape. I use it on the outer part of the crease and the outer corner of the lid to add just a little bit of dark shadow in for contour. (Most often, it’s MAC Espresso – I’m super fair so it’s plenty dark enough, and it goes with almost everything in my neutral-heavy collection.)

  92. Ruchita says:

    Instead of using a black pencil for eyeliner, I will slightly dampen an eyeshadow brush and use it to apply a dark shadow to the lash line.

  93. Shiny says:

    I think my best tip is to learn what suits your eye shape and what colours look nice on you. My lids droop slightly, so I’ve learned to compensate with liner to give them a more drawn out and uplifted appearance. I also have learned that adding a darker shade along the crease line may suit a lot of people, my eyes look nicer (and bigger) with just some shading on the outside edge of the crease. I think too many people feel the need to follow the trends when it comes to makeup, just like with clothing – without finding out what works best for them.

  94. Sasha R says:

    If I’m out of primer and I’m doing a dark eye look, I smudge liner all over the lid. It helps the eyeshadow stick.

  95. Carolyn says:

    Gorgeous!! I’d love to win this beautiful shadow
    .-= Carolyn’s last blog post… Gift Exchange! =-.

  96. Siobhan says:

    I use concealer as my base, and always use MAC shadows, they never budge!

  97. Lisa S. says:

    I always start with Too Faced Shadow Insurance, I then spread whatever base I’m using, I usually use a nice not too soft, not too hard fairly large shadow brush from Sonia Kashuk
    I use a nice fluffy crease brush (it’s Sephora brand, can’t remember the number)
    To blend I use a nice stiff brush (cant remember what brand. I use a small shadow brush (Sonia Kashuk again) too lightly rim the eye with my crease color. Line my eye and then go over that with a matching color with my angled shadow brush. (Cheap no no name from Tar-jay).
    Blend with a Q-tip, apply mascara, lengthening AND volumising and…. Voila!
    I also never really worry about fall out. I do my eye-makeup first and then go over my under eye area with a makeup wipe, then I apply everything else.
    Oh and to make this just a bit more long winded, let me just once again declare my love for,” Too Faced The Natural Eye Palette”!

  98. Lulee says:

    i like using UDPP as a base!
    i retweeted @aalajoon.

  99. Jane says:

    I love using eyeshadow as liner. I am sooooooo bad at putting on liner that using a little more eyeshadow as a liner works wonders.

  100. yvette says:

    use concealer as a base. always seal pencil eyeliner with a shadow to avoid smudges.

  101. Janelle says:

    One of my favorite eyeshadow tricks is using white eyeliner in the lower waterline and (smudged) in the inner corner of the eye to make my small eyes appear larger.

  102. Gracie says:

    My favorite eyeshadow trick is to use a reddish eyeshadow like MAC’s Antiqued in the crease. It really makes the green in my eyes pop!

  103. Veky says:

    Beside using eyeshadow base, I also always use MAC shadestick (any shade) because it brings out the e/s colour even more and it’s even easier to apply and blend e/s. :)

    twitter: paklenocrvena

    :)

  104. Halifax says:

    Something I learned from blogs: use a shadow/eye primer to help the shadows last longer, and use cream shadows as a base to pop the main colours

  105. Rati says:

    My favourite eyeshadow trick is to mix mattes with shimmery eyeshadows. This way I don’t end up looking like a disco ball. If I am using a qud, I use 2 matte and 2 shimmer and if I am using three shadows then one matte and two shimmer. :)

  106. Farah says:

    My tip is if you use matte shadows on the lid used a shimmer on the brow bone to punch it up or if you use shimmer on the lids keep the brow bone matte. Also another tip is try putting a layer of shadow that matches you liner color to make sure the liner stays put!

  107. Chris says:

    I use a primer to help make colors last, and clean up any messes with a q-tip.

  108. Tiffany says:

    Learning how to foil shadows and pigments definately came to use for me :D
    I am forever grateful to Fix+ now!

  109. Tuhina says:

    MAC Paint Pots have been life savers for me – they make my eye shadow stay put and not crease! Okay, so not exactly life savers, but close!

  110. cloudburst says:

    When doing a smokey eye, I skip using a highlighter on my brow bone – it looks less “made up”.

  111. Miriam says:

    My eyelids get pretty oily by the end of the day. I found MAC Paints to be the best in terms of keeping my eyeshadow from creasing throughout the day.

  112. Jenna says:

    I use q-tips dipped in makeup remover to fix my smudges

  113. Sheri McCoy says:

    Love Mac and would loveeeeeee to win!!

  114. Carolina says:

    If you don’t have an eyeshadow primer mix a drop of foundation/concealer with a white/beige eyeliner and add to lid. It becomes kinda dry moist and I found it kept my eyeshadow in place in time of need!

  115. Crystal says:

    I pile on some loose powder on my cheeks to catch any loose color if I’m using a dark or sparkly eyeshadow, then when I’m finished I sweep away all of the excess.

    I also love using a wet liner brush to create an eye liner out of my shadows.

  116. Jinnzor says:

    For shadows with lots of fallout I make sure to use a sticky base, and then I use a fan brush to carefully remove fallout under my eyes (using lots of powder there makes my undereyes look dry).
    .-= Jinnzor’s last blog post… Nivea Beauté eyeshadows =-.

  117. Olivia says:

    I like to drag a little eyeshadow along my lashline. It defines my eyes and I think it can look less harsh than black eyeliner on me.

  118. Nancy says:

    I always go over black pencil eyeliner with a black eyeshadow to make sure it stays put!

  119. brittany says:

    im not a huge e/s gal but i love using them wet as liner!

  120. tousledkitten says:

    My tip for good eye-shadow application is to fill your brush with the colour and then tap it off. Tapping it reduces the likelihood that you will end up with pesky fallout on your face from the shadows. Using an eye-primer also helps the eye-shadow to adhere only to the places that you want it to stick. :-)

  121. Kelly M says:

    one of my favorite eyeshadow tricks is to use a light shimmery color in the corner of the eyes and on the upper lid,it really opens the eye up.

  122. DLA in OKC says:

    Can’t do without Urban Decay Primer Potion… best trick – you think the little funny-shaped bottle is empty, but use a serrated knife to slice it in half, and scoop out all the extra and put in a little pot (the plastic lidded containers that Sephora gives out freebies in work great!)

  123. Basak says:

    For daily looks, I like using dark colors along my lashline and on my lid. Then I work either MAC’s soft brown or wedge to my crease also blending the dark color. It is a fast way to get me out of the door in the morning.

  124. kumru says:

    retweeted : http://twitter.com/alexiacortez This is my last chance to see if I have a chance to win or not! Tell me dear Karen, Do you include foreign countries when you do giveaways?
    iyi ÅŸanslar to all! ( I noticed that a few days ago you wrote “iyi ÅŸanslar”!!

  125. Carin says:

    I don’thave a lot of tips as I am a makeup newbie, but I jist got the Lorac pallette and I love how everything is coordinated in it. My tip to makeup beginners is to just buy stuff that’s already matched up so you don’t don’t have to figure it out yourself…

  126. Avianna says:

    I have super oily skin, particularly on my eyelids. Up until I started doing this, I couldn’t wear a whole heck of a lot on my eyes for fear of the dreaded creasing. However! I learned a trick:

    -Cleanse, tone, treat and moisturize face. When treating/moisturizing face, avoid eye area.
    -pat on whatever eye cream you prefer (Right now I’m using Biotherm’s Source Therapie eye cream. So wonderful and luminescent!) onto the eye area. Do not rub into skin, just pat until skin has incorporated cream but still feels lightly tacky.
    -Sweep on a loose powder mineral foundation (Right now I’m using the Physician’s Formula one) with a concealer brush and pat it into the skin.

    When you use a loose powder foundation with a concealer brush, it acts as a concealer, covering up dark circles and making the eyes look more awake. Also, I have found that putting it on while the skin is still lightly damp from the eye cream that it acts as an excellent primer, and my eyeshadows and liners stay true in color and in placement all day.

  127. Mary Thi says:

    My favorite eyeshadow trick is to use my Avon glitter mascara as a base for pigments. It makes the pigment look more vibrant and last longer.

  128. amber says:

    I usually line my lower lash line with eyeshadow after I have used eyeliner, it seems to pull my look together and make the shadow on my lids POP! Thanks Karen! xo

  129. Natalie says:

    If I’m in a really big hurry, a quick way to get out of the house is to swipe on a shimmery shade. However, white is just too bright sometimes, so I sometimes just swipe a bit of shimmery bronzer on my lids with an eyeshadow brush. Then, I dampen a q-tip and pop some into the inner corner of my eye, so it makes my eyes look really bright. Add some some mascara and I’m done! It looks really great if you use bronzer on your face and a peachy lipstick! Thanks for the opportunity!

    And I Tweeted! http://twitter.com/natalie647

  130. vnssa906 says:

    my favorite eyeshadow trick? i use blush as eyeshadow once in a while. i recently bought a blush from wet n wild that contains 4 different colors. looks awesome!

  131. Dana Cronin says:

    I recently found a light pink eyeliner and bought it just because it was a pretty color (Impulse buy) Then I decided to use it to draw the shape of my eyeshadow. I like using an eyeliner instead of a primer because I can make sharp lines on the outside of my eye and this light pink shade is awesome because it’s light enough so I can put any color on top of it.

  132. christie C. says:

    I like using a base color to help the eyeshadow really stand out:)

    Thank you so soooo much!

  133. Jen Mathews says:

    I swear by Urban Decay’s eyeshadow primer potion!

  134. Janet says:

    I like to layer brown and black eye shadows to get more depth!!

  135. Megan says:

    I do the “light color on the inner part, darker on the outer part” of the eyelid trick, and only line my eyes from the outside corners to halfway in as a way to make my small eyes look bigger.

  136. Sandy says:

    My fave trick to brighten my eyes is to always use a light shimmering color on my lids. I never use anything dark or heavy as I find that it really makes me look tired.

  137. Caitríona says:

    Amazing giveaway as ever! I always do my eyeshadow in a shape that goes from my outer corner towards the end of my eyebrow; this makes my almond eyes look even almond-ier!

  138. Jenn says:

    I like using a shimmery primer like a paint pot or UDPP Sin all over my lid and then putting any sheer colored shadow over the whole thing. Add a coat of mascara and done! On days when I don’t feel like going all out, I do this and still look somewhat put together.

  139. Tritawan Ruttivut says:

    When applying eyeshadow, always dab a highlight in the middle of your eye lid to make your eyes look bigger. A Japanese makeup tip.

  140. Vanessa S says:

    I like to wet the brush and use the eyeshadow as a liner.

  141. Zmama says:

    My fav thing to do isuse cream eyeshadow when im in a hurry! I love benefit’s flatter me and clinique’s gold shades!

  142. Rachel says:

    my favorite eyeshadows are the HIP shadows by loreal. =)

  143. Heather says:

    I like to highlight the inner corner of my eyes & my browbone.

  144. Grace says:

    I like to use my highlight color to clean up any eyeshadow that may have extended too far over my crease or past my eye. it’s also a great way to lighten up any look that may have turned too dramatic/dark.

  145. Jennifer says:

    I apply a dark colour to my outer corner to dramatize my eyes.

  146. Brittany says:

    My favorite trick is using a 227 brush for an all over the lid wash of color when I’m in a hurry. Works like a charm.

  147. Sherry B. says:

    I have oily eyelids, so one of my favorite tricks is to always use a good primer under my eyshadow.

  148. Alli says:

    When I use eyeshadow as a liner, (don’t knock it, it really works!) I use it wet, so it’s really intense and precise. It’s a really pretty pop of color.

  149. On days when I’m in a hurry or just not feeling up to liner (aka most days), I use shadow as a liner. A few more quick swipes of the color (or a slightly darker color) and add the mascara, and I’m good to go!

    PS Tweeted!
    .-= Christa Holland’s last blog post… Christmas Time is here! =-.

  150. Emme says:

    My faaaav, is when I find time to properly do my makeup, and I’ll add a dash of white liner at the waterline, and a pinch of silver eyeshadow in the inner corner, and it makes me look soooo awake. Such a useful trick!

  151. Mimi S says:

    I love to use a dark or bold eye shadow as a liner. I use a small eyeshadow brush (or a clean lip brush, if I want a thinner line), wet the brush, and use it to apply liner. It doesn’t last as long as a gel liner might, of course, but that’s why I want to get some shelaq so bad!
    I love the look of Under Your Spell… thanks for the contest! Hope I win! :)

  152. Erika says:

    Ever since I started reading this blog, my love for makeup and cosmetics has deepened dramatically – and I love it!! Please keep the great tips coming!!

  153. Courtney L says:

    Dark eyeshadow+ wet brush= AMAZING liner :)

  154. Anh says:

    I use an NYX black jumbo crayon as a primer when I wear light colored shadows. It’s an easy way to create a gradient so the one shadow look doesn’t look so boring.
    .-= Anh’s last blog post… This Woman’s Work =-.

  155. Anisha says:

    when doing a smokey eye look, i like to add extra translucent powder under my eyes to catch the fallout. once im done, i just brush away the excess the area under my eyes raccoon free

  156. Courtney says:

    Chapstick! When I run out of primer and don’t have time to run for the store- chapstick does the job!

  157. Courtney says:

    lol run TO the store*** :P

  158. Claire says:

    For a dramatic eye, I like to use variations of the same color by just mixing colors in my palette. It’s like you have more than just 88 colors!

  159. cinthya says:

    I tweeted too! My tip is: If I want a smokey eye I use a dark shadestick like a base for my e/s that way the color is more intense.

  160. Lisa says:

    I love to use TFSI for a base and let it set before applying shadow. To keep from looking like I have raccoon eyes, I bring the darker colors (crease, outer corner) only partway inwards (so usually the outer 2/3 or 1/2 of the lid) and put a lighter color on the inner part.

  161. Jennifer says:

    I use Urban Decay’s eyeshadow primer

  162. Sarah says:

    Hey Karen….

    I’m all about using eyeliner as the first layer then putting my eyeshadow on top of my liner. Then I usually take the tip of my finger and blend them. It is great for making a smoky effect, just add more dark eyeliner on the edges.
    .-= Sarah’s last blog post… Wordless Picture of Today =-.

  163. Shivotra says:

    blend the base shadow with fingers for a subtle finish :)

  164. Julia says:

    My favorite eyeshadow tip is buy a good crease brush – makes all the difference in the world!!

  165. Camille says:

    The best tip I can offer is CLEAN BRUSHES! I just use a mild shampoo or MAC’s brush cleaner. Using a clean brush makes application so much smoother and makes colors more “pure”.
    I also love using a MAC 266 brush to outline where I want colors to go, and then fill in with a regular shadow brush. It’s like doing a sketch before painting.

  166. I like to use Ultima II eyeshadow primer before I apply eyeshadow and then I dust my lids with a translucent powder to set the shadow when I’m done (but before mascara application).

  167. Alexandra says:

    I tap my brush,then pat the colour on. Any fallout is removed with a makeup wipe. Then i finally put concealor on

  168. Vero says:

    Hi!
    One tip I use is using Haux eyeshadow by MAC as a transition color when I do a purple smoke eye, it makes the look perfect and the colors integrate.

  169. Georgia says:

    I usually tap any excess shadow into the lid and just dip my brush in there!

  170. Lucy says:

    Please include me in the giveaway I use shadow on my lid, crease and eyebrow . I go over the outside edge of the crease with my highlighter color. This blends the outside crease line and the highlighter on the brow together. I use a circular motion to do this action. That I learned of off YouTube. Thank you and Happy Holidays.
    makeupgirl21@comcast.net

  171. Tayma says:

    I always apply Too Faced Shadow Insurance as a base. When making a smokey eye thats not too dramatic, Ill apply the shadow lightly and then use a similar color in a shade or 2 lighter over and blend blend blend and it creates a work/date safe smokey eye thats just a bit dramatic but not over the top.

  172. J says:

    My eyeshadow tip/trick is just using a coloured base that’s also kinda sticky – not only will it help the colour pop, but it’ll really give the shadow something to grab onto, which means less fallout and frustration at the makeup vanity! XD I really love NYX jumbo pencils and different coloured gel liners as bases like this.

  173. Kayla says:

    Hello! One eyeshadow tip that I have for people with extremely oily eyelids to stop their eyeshadow from creasing is to apply some sort of matte-ifying cream or powder under their eyeshadows or primer. For my eyelids, I find that UDPP alone isn’t enough to keep my eyeshadows creasless for more than 6 hours or so. However, if I use a small amount of a matte-ifying product like MAC Matte under the UDPP, then my eyeshadow will last nearly twice as long without creasing!

  174. Cindi says:

    I like to use MAC Paints as a primer under my eye shadow!
    Many thanks, Cindi

  175. Cindi says:

    I follow you on Twitter.
    “Tweet!”
    http://twitter.com/cmh512/status/6915455527.
    Again, many thanks…..Cindi

  176. Christy Ordonez says:

    To elongate the eye, I always extend a very thin line past my tear duct. When I add the cat eye flick to the other end of the eye, I have instant Ancient Egyptian glamour!

  177. Josephine says:

    For a smokey look that’s not too harsh, try a dark grey on the outer V instead of black. I love using dark greys to give a smokey look when I use bright colors on my lid. It’s not as intense or harsh but still gorgeous and sultry!

  178. Anita says:

    My secret is Lise Watier Metamorfix – it makes powder shadow turn into long lasting eye liner; I love that even on crappy misty drizzly days, my shadow-lined eye make-up stays put.

  179. Kailey says:

    I learned that you can wear drugstore eyeshadows as long as you use a primer (:
    that trick changed my life lol.

  180. Hana says:

    I always use UDPP… it’s amazing and a no-fail way to make eyeshadow stay…. I don’t like foil all my eyeshadows because some days, I just prefer a less intense color payoff (-:

  181. Apple says:

    Black cream eyeliner tightlined on the upper lids never fails to give a glam factor! I do it everyday. :)

  182. darcey says:

    Best eyeshadow tip I ever got was to press the powder unto the lid not just sweep it. More pigment sticks and less streak.

  183. Rachel says:

    I love using a subtle navy or indigo to bring out my hazel eyes…I really do get a lot more eye contact on those days! :D

  184. adelina says:

    My makeup trick is using concealer to make my lipstick perfect!
    .-= adelina’s last blog post… fotd & betterworldbooks.com =-.

  185. Mary says:

    I like to put dark eyeliner (generally brown) thickly on the outer corners of my eye, then smudge it inwards. I have round large eyes, so this makes them stand out without making me appear bug eyed.

  186. jann says:

    i’m still learning my ropes in the make up world. yea, what can i say? i’m a green horn here but one trick i learned is to put on first a creme eyeshadow in nude color to act as its primer or base. this way the eyeshadows that i will apply will hold on to the creme and with more staying power at that. i like to use the CG shadow squese for this..
    .-= jann’s last blog post… Typhoon Ondoy =-.

  187. Aly says:

    Whenever I apply dark eyeshadow on the outer corners of my eyelids, I always use a lighter shadow on the inner half of the eye. It brightens up my eyes a lot! I also like to use a purple eyeshadow to brighten up the eyes and it goes with any eye colour!

  188. mishel says:

    my makeup trick? not being afraid to try something different and use sparkly bold colours on my eyes even during the day time.

  189. Veedee says:

    Eye primer is critical!

  190. Erika says:

    I don’t have any good tricks but I know for sure swatch alot of eyeshadows before blending them before debuting helps with color choices. Seing color in the pot/pan and swatching on skin is different <3

  191. Kim says:

    Foiling with Fix+ is probably my best trick but also I think a great tip is using a narrow tapered crease brush like the MAC 226 (LE) especially for small lids like mine. It makes a huge difference and now I can have a crease colour that is not blended upto my eyebrows :)
    .-= Kim’s last blog post… Iheartredcherry haul =-.

  192. Eve says:

    I like to use ear swabs to cleat my eye shadow mistakes since it doesn’t mess the whole place up like my hand.
    .-= Eve’s last blog post… Win Nail Polish =-.

  193. claudia says:

    i like to hold a little tab of paper under my eyelid (old biz cards work great!) and dab a bit of smith’s rosebud salve (great for the lips too, :p) to hold the product in place and pat the eyeshadow on.

  194. Megan **** says:

    I definitely have to swear by using a good primer underneath the eyeshadow. UDPP is a good one, but I am a complete MAC junkie, so I definitely favor their paint pots! By doing that, and using a brush dampened with Fix+, eye shadow color looks *amazing* EVERY time! :) I also like to make sure to put a light, pretty, sometimes shimmery color along the inner corners/tear ducts. I suffer from hereditary dark circles, no matter any amount of sleep I may get, so I have to be sure to use each & every trick/tip I can come across (Every single day.. Ugh.. Ha!) So there’s mine! I made this comment *just in time*! Glad to read that you made it to your In Laws’ safely! Enjoy your trip! Hope you have fun.

  195. RLW says:

    If I’m using a glittery eyeshadow; I use scotch tape to remove any fall out or bits of sparkle.
    Works great!

  196. La La says:

    My favorite eyeshadow trick is when i mess up my eyeliner [on top] i wet a small eyeshadow brush and dip it into the eyeshadow ans fix it… Twitter name: LaReinaDeFL

  197. JillyB says:

    I like to use a lighter color on the inner corner. My eyes are deep set and it helps open them up.

    twitter: stitchymom

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