Jewel Toned Eyeshadows – Are They Right For You?

May 7, 2011 by  
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I adore dark purple eye shadows. When I wish to learn how to use it correctly, I generally watch a few of the beauty how-to videos on YouTube. So many younger women seem to be experts at getting those glamorous eyes with their jewel toned eyeshadows, false eyelashes, and a little ingenuity. Although I really admire their style, I often wonder if at the age of 42, I might not be able to get away with this kind of makeup if I venture too far out of my comfort zone. Lucky for me and so many other women in my circle, age is just a number, and change can be liberating.

So, the question is just how do you wear these brazen fun colors? Initially, you want to start with an eye shadows primer so that your shadow stays in place. Apply this directly The first basic step is to know how to blend your eyeshadows. Blending often softens the color on your lid, and can help you as you layer the colors. Remember to place the deepest colors closest to your lash line. It gives you the effect of eyeliner. Work your way from the lid up to the crease with faded shades of shadow. Brush the lightest tone across your eye just under the eyebrow to highlight your eyes.

Remember that you will need a dark shadow and a light shadow. I also like to have a color that is between light and dark to brush the top of my lid to the crease. It’s also good for highlighting, and creating a base for the lighter and darker shadows. One that works well for me is to get a vibrant purple, violet rose color, and a light pink. Dark purple is applied close to where I would normally line my eyes, the violet rose goes above the crease up to where the lighter pink meets my eyebrow, and the light pink tone goes just under the eyebrow in a single sweep of the brush, and on my eyelid below the crease. Jewel toned eyeshadows palettes are perfect, and will save you money when you buy a kit instead of the individual shadows.

Another tip is to select colors that complement your skin tone and eye color. Blue or green shadows work well on fair complexions, where pink and purple compliment deeper skin tones. If you are going to go bold with your eyeshadow, consider going matte or light on the rest of your makeup. In the day, try a clear lipgloss, neutral blush, and keep the focus on your beautiful eyes. For nighttime magic, go with a rich lip color in the same palette as your eye shadow.

For a lovely change of pace that is sure to get you noticed, be a little daring and try some fashionable jewel toned eyeshadows. Get yourself some shadows that will make your eyes pop, and have a little fun with it.

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