Blending eyeshadow correctly in my opinion, is one of the most important things to get right when it comes to makeup.
I often see girls, wearing a smokey eye, but they haven’t blended the colours together at all and it just ends up looking really unattractive and to be honest, quite scary!
I thought it would be helpful to write a few instructions on how to do it, as I know that I struggled with this when I began wearing makeup.
What is blending?
Blending, is the mixing of colours to create a gradient of colour, not a block of different colours situated onto your eyelid!
To create a nice and natural depth of colour to the eyelid, you need to blend. It is not always necessary if you just want one colour if you are in a rush, but in order to create depth and dimension, blending is crucial. Using a darker colour in the crease, will give the appearance of a deeper, more pronounced crease. The same goes with darkening the outer portion of your lid, which defines the natural eye shape. By contrasting the darker and lighter shadows, you will open up your eyes and accentuate them.
How do I do it?
It is much much easier to blend with similar colours, so start by doing that. A good idea is to use browns, as they are relatively easy colours to work with. If you use completely different contrasting colours, it will be a lot harder to blend, so bare that in mind. Try and go for smoother eye shadow textures too, as matte or chalky formulas can be harder to use. My favourite eye shadows to use for blending are MAC, especially the veluxe and veluxe pearl (I have a couple of these and will review them!). If you are unsure whether they blend easy or not, try a swatch out on the back of your hand and blend with your finger. See how it feels, and if it seems easy then use it! This will also be helpful in seeing if two colours look good together.
Brushes are essential for applying eye makeup. You WILL need decent brushes in order to get a flawless finish to the eye. Brushes are much much better than the use of your fingers or a sponge tip applicator (the ones that come with eye shadows usually). Also, brushes can help to reduce the damage caused to the eyes by using a finger, so will help to prevent some unwanted wrinkles in the future!
There are many brands and different types of brushes to choose from. It is important to choose a brush with soft bristles and one that has a bit of fluffiness to it. This allows for an easier application and means you can sweep easily over the lid and blend easier too.
If you find that you really struggle with blending, try watching a tutorial online, which enables you to see how they are doing it (I find these really helpful!).
To begin blending, you need to apply firstly two or more colours onto your eyelid. You can either apply each of the colours and then blend afterwards or you can apply and blend and apply as you go! I prefer to do it that way as I find it much easier in the long run, but it is entirely up to you. To do either method, you will need to take your brush and hold it at the end of the lightest colour, and make sure the bristles are vertical to your eyelid. It is easier to blend the lighter colour into the darker. With your brush positioned correctly, you want to pull the brush gently from the edge of the lightest that meets the darker colour and pull towards the darker one. You are taking the lighter colour and lightening the darker colour faintly, and this will create a gradient effect so the colours will gradually fade into each other. This looks a hell of a lot better than blocks, which is really clear when one colour starts and another begins. You don’t have to drag the lighter colour all the way to the dark, you are just softening the edge between them, but still maintaining the colours.
Blending is based on a very simple technique, but admittedly can be a hard task to perform. Another tip is to use an intermediary colour in-between the two colours you are using. So, for example if you were blending red and yellow, you would get at least a tinge of orange. So, you would use an orange shadow and place a small amount between the two helping you to blend them easier. However, colours that are very different, will need to be done very carefully and this will take time.
It is often a good idea to have a spare blending brush waiting, so when the other gets dirty (which it will) you can go straight on using the other. This really does help, as a dirty blending brush doesn’t work as well as a clean brush!