I was looking through my phone pictures and started noticing a few things in various pictures of my makeup looks. After a while, I started noticing some common eyeshadow mistakes I was making. Even if you love makeup as much as I do, you still make some common mistakes I want to warn you about.
Now, y’all know I’m no professional…these mistakes are mistakes in my opinion for my makeup. If you do these and love them, go for it! Maybe these looks come into style, who knows! But these are 4 eyeshadow looks/techniques that I prefer to keep out of my makeup looks. You guys let me know if you find these to be makeup faux pas or if you actually like how they look! I’m also sharing some picture examples of these mistakes I’m not trying to avoid…and some pictures of how I want my eyeshadow to always look!
4 eyeshadow mistakes to avoid & how to fix them
Unblended shadows/ Harsh Lines
Just like an unblended foundation, unblended eyeshadow is one of my biggest makeup pet peeves. I have spent way too much time blending out the edges of my eyeshadows and blending the colors together so they don’t look like harsh lines (unless you’re doing a cut crease obviously because then harsh lines are used for a reason). I absolutely hate when my eyeshadow doesn’t blend together!
Somehow, I don’t actually have any good pictures of my unblended eyeshadow looks (even though I know I have done it many times). So I am sharing a few pictures of what your eyeshadow should look like when you blend the edges and leave no harsh lines.
Quick Fix: Just keep blending. Sing it to yourself like the “Just keep Swimming” song from Finding Nemo. Blend, blend, blend. When you do your makeup often, you probably will feel like you spend half of your life blending. But the good thing is that it leaves you with some gorgeous eyeshadow looks, my friends!
Eyeshadow too far into the corner of the eye
This is one that I’m sure might be subjective to the person. However, I personally don’t like when my eyeshadow, especially a more bold color, gets too far into the corner of the eye socket. It’s not the worst faux pas in my book, but it does get irritating!
Below are two examples I found of when my eyeshadow was too far into my inner corner for my liking. I tend to be guilty of this frequently but I’m getting better because I prefer my eyeshadow looks to be a little cleaner.
Quick Fix: Just watch your angles on where you’re placing your shadow with your brush. This tends to happen the most when I’m in a hurry or use too big of a brush. Try using a smaller crease brush if you notice this happening and make sure you don’t bring that shadow too far inside to the corner.
Not highlighting the brow bone
When I first started getting into makeup, I think I always considered adding a highlighting shade on the brow bone area as mainly for special occasion or really fancy makeup. However, I began to realize how it instantly makes an eyeshadow look seem finished and polished. It helps smooth out edges and make it all look much better. Below is a picture where I didn’t do any brow bone highlight shade and then a few pictures where I did. Do you notice the difference?
Quick Fix: Put a light layer of a highlight shade on the brow bone area (under the brow). I know this sounds easy, and it really is, but it can make a huge difference in your overall eye look. As I mentioned above, it makes the eyeshadow look much more polished and put together. Just keep in mind you want to use a light shade. I typically use highlighter or a nude, light shimmery shade.
While this is similar to unblended shadows, patchy eyeshadow is when a certain shade is more visible or there is a patch of skin or color showing. I’m pretty sure that was a terrible explanation. The patchy eyeshadow can often happen when you’re using cheap shadows or you’re using a primer under a shadow that doesn’t work well with the shadow. I have had a little spot just refuse to blend away before and it is so annoying! I don’t have any pictures of this, but I think it is fairly self explanatory.
Quick Fix: Try to avoid any shadows that you have noticed have the tendency to apply patchy. Also avoid any primers that don’t seem to work with your eyeshadows and cause them to look patchy.
What kind of eyeshadow mistakes do you see? How would you fix them? Let me know in the comments!