A Quick Makeup Tip: Dimensionality Makes for Beautiful Eye Makeup

Published in: Makeup Tips/How To

Cream shadows are cool. They’re like secret little weapons…


You can make your eye looks more interesting by giving them dimension using cream shadows.

Just apply a cream shadow in a color that’s relevant to your look on your lid, then layer a complementary powder eyeshadow on top.

Clinique’s Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes

The cream shadow cranks everything up! — like when Beyonce’s wind machine kicks in — so the area where you used the cream shadow looks more intense than the surrounding color. 🙂


Tabs wanted me to let you know that he made it through the night, sans any storm-related emergencies, without having to wake up his humans. He spent the evening staring out the windows at the hillside, looking for kitties trapped in the storm, and doing what he does best — plotting his takeover of the world’s gravy supply.

In other words, we’re fine. 🙂


Thank you for all the well-wishes yesterday. You have a most excellent (and hopefully dry) Friday, ‘k?

Signing off from Stormpocalypse 2014…

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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  1. Agata says:

    I am glad to hear that you and your household are safe!

    I like that tip about the cream eyeshadow but my problem is that sometimes when I do it the eyelid looks really wrinkly when I apply a powder eyeshadow on top of it…
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  2. Divya says:

    The second picture from top is magical! Wow!
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  3. Genesis says:

    The storm was so terrifying that people in Healdsburg were wakeboarding and canoeing!

  4. Debra says:

    The Clinique Eye Chubbies are perfect for Chanel’s Illusion d’Ombre!

    Methinks they might confer in private before heading out to market.

    Sunny sunny sunny here but cold. The fence is back together. Cats are sniffing and Bridget is asleep by a warm fire. Pizza for dinner. That’s a good TGIF!

    • Karen says:

      GURL — I haven’t tried that yet. Thank you for the idea! I will have to cook up some combos this weekend. *puts it on the to-do list*

      What’s the pizza plan? I would like a slice of veggie, please.

      • Debra says:

        Hey, try Whopping Willow on the lid and into the crease. Bobbi Brown Smokey Topaz cream eye shadow from crease to brow bone. Chanel Epatant on lid & crease. And then for the grand finale — MAC Club on the outer edge of the crease!

  5. Wow, those pictures are beautiful. And they make me miss summer!

    It is cold, windy and pouring with rain today, so after a quick walk with the Little Bean (safe and sound in her pram), I was completely soaked and decided to proceed with a no-make-up day, as the one I had applied earlier was beyond saving.

    Now it is a blanket, hot tea and YT for the rest of the evening.
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  6. Allison C says:

    Glad to hear you’re “weathering” the storm! I adore both of your glam looks. I use cream shadows all the time because I have such dry eyelids, but I’ve never used them for layering with powders and to add dimension. Great tip! I’ll try it 🙂
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  7. Michelle says:

    Beautiful! This seems a great topic for a video tutorial.

  8. Erin says:

    Glad it hasn’t been too bad in your area! I’ve been lemmin’ shadow sticks lately!
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  9. Jenny says:

    Hi Karen! I love pairing cream shadows with powders. I agree that dimension/depth creates a polished and put-together look! I am loving this blue shadow on you 🙂

    May you soon see some sunshine!
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  10. Fancie says:

    Beautiful looks Karen! I’m loving the colors you used
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  11. Katherine T. says:

    Wow,your eyes look gorgeous! Sometimes, my powder shadow cakes when I put it over cream shadow, so I’m going to try the buffing method.

  12. Good to hear you’re getting through the storm unscathed! I absolutely LOVE your eye make-up here. You’re a pro.
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  13. Martha Nelson says:

    Stormpocalypse 2014! LOL!!! I’m glad you guys are safe and sound, by the way those cream shadows are (pow!)

  14. Melody says:

    Hello Karen I love your makeup in the first picture!
    I wish you would do a tutorial!

  15. tirurit says:

    Dammit! I might now have to go to my nearest counter and get a couple of those Clinique Chubbies! Dear Madam, I may lay the blame entirely at your feet!

    And yeah, I love to layer cream eyeshadows and powder eyeshadows. I love Paint Pots for mates and Colour Tattoos and Kiko Long Lasting sticks for shimmery shades

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