A huge make or break for makeup is knowing how to blend eyeshadow! Blending your eyeshadow creates a seamless, well put together look, and it is honestly not as scary as it sounds.
I know I shied away from using dark eyeshadow colours or attempting a bold makeup look because I just couldn’t get the hang of it. We have all been in that situation where we just make ourselves look like we have a black eye. Well, I know I’ve been there many, many times!
Once I got the hang of layering and blending, it all became that little bit easier. From there I started to get more adventurous.
How to Blend Eyeshadow
For this post, I’ll show you how I blend a simple eyeshadow look, using different types of brushes. So hopefully this covers what you use to apply your eyeshadow! The names I have used for the brushes aren’t ‘proper names’, they’re just what I use to describe them. I generally go on look and feel rather than the actual names of a brush.
Dense Blending Brush
This is my favourite type of brush to blend eyeshadow. It just makes it so easy to buff out any lines or product build up. Particularly for very simple makeup looks. It is large enough to blend eyeshadow with minimal effort, however, it is dense enough to blend dark colours or those little mistakes that we all make.
Use a clean brush to blend eyeshadow or at least one that doesn’t have too much left over product. This will help keep your eyeshadows true to their colour.
It doesn’t particularly matter how you hold this brush as it is rounded. Place the bristles along the edge of where you have just placed your eyeshadow and gently move the brush back and forth in window wiper motions.
This is the key no matter what brush you’re using or if you’re using your finger. Just gentle go back and forth. You don’t need to press too hard as you don’t want to rub off the product, just press enough to get the eyeshadow moving a little.
Flat Top Eyeshadow Brush
I often use a flat top eyeshadow brush on week days as I am generally in a hurry. I often first use the flat top brush to apply the lid colour, then turn it on it’s side to blend. I find this gives a wider surface area to blend with and gives better results.
Once the brush is on its side, like before, I start the window wiper motions. Apply a little pressure on the edge of your eyeshadow and go back and forth, back and forth, this helps distribute the colour. Hence, blending.
Soft Fluffy Blending Brush
These brushes are generally rounded, rather than flat, like the previous brush. However they aren’t as dense as the first blending brush. These are good if you’re wanting to keep the shape you have created with your eyeshadow. Yet you want to soften the lines a little bit, rather than blending it out completely.
Like the dense eyeshadow blending brush, position the bristles along where you want to blend or soften. You can work quite quickly with this brush if you wish. Working fast with little to no pressure helps ensure the eyeshadow stays where you want it to, whilst softening any harsh lines. NOTE: it is not essential to use this brush quickly, if unsure use a slow window wiper motion like other brushes 🙂
Detailed Blender Brush
If you’re wanting to blend a small portion of eyeshadow without disturbing another area with your new found swishing. Try using a detailed blender brush, this is essentially a smaller version of a dense fluffy brush. Use small window wiper motions on the area you would like to blend. This brush is particularly good for the ‘outer V’ of your eye lid, or for getting under or above your lash lines.
Last but definitely not least, because not everyone has or wants blending brushes. You can also use your finger to blend your eyeshadow. I still do this, particularly if I have left the house and then notice something I want to fix up.
The same rules apply here as they do to brushes. Make sure you have a makeup free finger, not one that has foundation or concealer on it already. With the pads of your finger, gently move your finger back and forth in those window wiper motions along the area you would like to blend. Don’t press too hard as you don’t want to wipe it all off, also make sure that your fingers are nice and dry to avoid smudging.
For under my eyes, I just use the sides of my finger tips and do the same thing. Lightly move back and forth, trying not to drag the skin too much when blending.
E.L.F brushes are great to learn with, particularly if you’re not keen on spending too much money on brushes to start with. I have many E.L.F brushes that I love and use often! I generally get mine from iHerb but you can also get them from Kmart for around $5 to $10 each depending on the brush you’re after.
Real Technique brushes are also GREAT value for money. I always grab mine from iHerb, however there are a few places in New Zealand you can get them from now. Farmers is one and many pharmacies now sell them. They’re a bit more expensive than E.L.F, however, they’re still on the more affordable side and are worth every cent.
I use all of these brushes (including my fingers every now and then) when doing my makeup and there really isn’t any ‘right or wrong way’. It is more about finding something that works for you. So experiment with different brushes and techniques, don’t be afraid to try things out!
I hope this has helped you understand more about blending eyeshadow, and if you’ve been putting off trying new looks, I hope you give them a go! If worst comes to worst, wipe it off and start again! That is the beauty of makeup!
I would love to know what you use to blend your eyeshadow, or if you have any tips or tricks for blending! Let me know in the comments below! <3
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