Favorite eyeshadows? Favorite style?

I adore eyeshadow! I tend to change my look, though, shifting from a no-makeup look (created with eyeshadow) to a colorful shimmer or to a colorful liner, depending on my mood from day to day.

Favorite No-Makeup look:
a nude, champagne, silver or peachy shimmer: examples: Fresh Osmanthus, Laura Mercier Sandstone or MAC Shroom as a lid swish, with maybe a gray pencil to line

Favorite colorful look:
anything shimmery, but sheer.
(Face Stockholm Eye Dust, MUFE Star Powder, L'Oreal on the Loose, Tony&Tina Cosmic Lights ... )
(However, I dislike MAC Pigments and the Jane loose powder e/s, they just don't work as well for me as the others)

Also like:
Colorful colors to line my eyes, with a fairly neutral/nude lid swish, like a deep green or purple to line, with a champagne shimmer shadow.
I just bought some of the MAC pigments...10 colors! I've been using clinique touch base on my lids and then adding the pigment just as I would shadow. I have found that the touch base makes all the difference in how the pigments look on my lids and how long they stay too.

This week I've experimented with cocoa beach and violet (at separate times). I love the way they look...especially the violet with my skin color.
I'm so impressed by y'all. I'm such a makeup dweeb.
I had to start wearing foundation lately (age, pregnancies) and I don't have a clue how to apply it. I'm sure I have that silly jaw line most of the time. And I never wear eyeshadow; don't know what to do with it!
Gretchen
NaturallyCurly.com co-founder
3A

You are beautiful!
G- make sure you are wearing a foundation that matches your skin. I had a really hard time doing that. I went to the MAC counter and they matched my skin pretty quickly. I like the foundation that has light coverage because I hate feeling like I have a ton of makeup on my face.

In another thread, Rou suggested putting foundation on with your fingers rather than a sponge. I've seen that tip given by other makeup artists too and I think it's a much better way to apply.

I got lots of tips from Kevyn Aucoin's book about how to apply makeup:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...274977-0222406
Thanks, Nat. Good tips. I really should go have a makeover or whatever at a makeup counter somewhere so I get an idea of what's good for my coloring, etc.
Gretchen
NaturallyCurly.com co-founder
3A

You are beautiful!
gretchen i didn't know a thing about make-up until i bought bobbi brown's book it is called Bobbi Brown Beauty. she starts at the complete basics about figuring out skin type and caring for it and continues on to explain make-up, techniques for applying it, and all the different brushes and stuff to apply make-up. you might want to check it out
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Originally Posted by Poodlehead
Ah, it all makes sense now. Goldy is the puppet master!
yes! i just looked at that book in the library a couple of days ago. i'm thinking about buying it.

"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."

4a, mbl, low porosity, normal thickness, fine hair.
gretchen i didn't know a thing about make-up until i bought bobbi brown's book it is called Bobbi Brown Beauty. she starts at the complete basics about figuring out skin type and caring for it and continues on to explain make-up, techniques for applying it, and all the different brushes and stuff to apply make-up. you might want to check it out
Originally Posted by goldylocks
Thanks, goldy! I might have to check it out. Guess I'll be needing more and more makeup as I age. (ugh 40 next year. )
Gretchen
NaturallyCurly.com co-founder
3A

You are beautiful!
(ugh 40 next year. )
Oh, to see 40 again! *sigh*
I'm so impressed by y'all. I'm such a makeup dweeb.
I had to start wearing foundation lately (age, pregnancies) and I don't have a clue how to apply it. I'm sure I have that silly jaw line most of the time. And I never wear eyeshadow; don't know what to do with it!
Originally Posted by Gretchen
Don't feel bad! Foundation is difficult. It's like painting a canvas. I've been wearing make up since I was about 14 and playing with it since I was about 4. I didn't touch foundation until 34. That makes a difference I guess! I suddenly have sun damage. Ok, after 20 years of frying in baby oil, the sun damage is starting to show. I have some spots that were made worse by a BC pill that was too strong. So I have to hide it until I can afford to get it lasered off. Other than the spots I have nice skin so I never had to use foundation. Just some powder to keep the oil under control.

I was never a make-up dweeb until I had to start wearing foundation. I have books by Kevyn Aucoin and Bobbi Brown and I subscribe to all the girl magazines but I can't get foundation to look perfect. I either put on too much or not enough!

I can do eyeshadow, eyeliner, lipstick, blush, even eyebrows. The whole kit and caboodle but I can't quite get foundation right. I have figured out to use my fingers instead of a sponge. The sponge seems to soak it all up and wastes a lot of product!

I had two different people, at two different counters, at two different stores, in two different states match my foundation and they both suggested the same color so I guess it's the right one.
Do you know why they call it "PMS"? Because "Mad Cow Disease" was taken.
--Unknown, presumed deceased
(ugh 40 next year. )
Oh, to see 40 again! *sigh*
Originally Posted by WimpyWavy
You guys are funny!
Do you know why they call it "PMS"? Because "Mad Cow Disease" was taken.
--Unknown, presumed deceased
I'm 34 and find myself lately looking in the mirror and thinking how OLD I look. I was a sunworshipper until 4 years ago when my mom was diagnosed with Melanoma and then I quit cold turkey. Now, as I look at the skin around my eyes and on my forehead, I wish I had never been out in the sun a day in my life.

I too love to experiment with eyeshadow. Lately it is to try to find any way to look younger. I welcome any suggestions.
3a Curls
Currently using Jessicurl's GLS, Aloeba Daily Conditioner, and Kenra Platinum Freezing Gel
Whenever I wear eyeshadow, my eyes always look smaller, no matter how I apply it or the colour I use. Does anyone else have this problem? I don't usually wear eyeshadow for that reason.

Binky xx
today i went to Bookland and bought Bobbi Brown Beauty. So far it's really good. There are some beautiful women in this book, young and old. I like how Bobbi is more of a minimalist, too. I'm a firm believer in the KISS philosophy (Keep It Simple, Stupid)!

"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."

4a, mbl, low porosity, normal thickness, fine hair.
Prescriptives has a great way to colorprint you to find the correct foundation. Also, some of the Prescriptive's counter will blend a foundation specifically for your skin color. It does cost more than their regular foundation. I've never had it done because I'm so happy with my real vanilla!
I think that I deceive genius.
I'm 34 and find myself lately looking in the mirror and thinking how OLD I look. I was a sunworshipper until 4 years ago when my mom was diagnosed with Melanoma and then I quit cold turkey. Now, as I look at the skin around my eyes and on my forehead, I wish I had never been out in the sun a day in my life.

I too love to experiment with eyeshadow. Lately it is to try to find any way to look younger. I welcome any suggestions.
Originally Posted by songbird
I'm the same age as you are (at least until April GRRRR!). Luckily, I quit tanning (my face) in the late 80s. Unfortunately, I had a relapse this year. I thought "what the hell" I'll take off the baseball cap and take my face out from under the umbrella. I still look a lot younger than 34 but, I have sun spots now. I HATE THEM! I didn't have them earlier this year and I was wearing SPF 30! I guess it sweated and washed off and I didn't reapply it fast enough.

I've been told to put eyecream on before concealer and foundation so it won't make the fine lines look worse.

I've also been avoiding wearing eyeliner underneath my eyes. I only have one fine line. I saw it when I was about 20, which is why I stopped tanning my face. I don't have any new ones but, lately it seems to be deeper. I don't have crow's feet but I think the eyecream idea would help there as well.

The reason I don't have crow's feet is that I always wear sunglasses with thick sides in the summer so the sun won't hit the corner of my eyes. I do this even when they are out of style. It seems to be working. I wear whatever sunglasses are "in" in the winter.

I think I may invest in a hat this summer. I don't like them and I feel stupid in them but I don't EVER want to look 35! NEVER, EVER, EVER! I can fake a tan on my face. I will continue to tan my legs don't seem to wrinkle.
Do you know why they call it "PMS"? Because "Mad Cow Disease" was taken.
--Unknown, presumed deceased
I am currently using Almay Bright Eyes Eye shadow in Mocha shimmer, their Brown/Black mascara and their eyeliner pencil in brown/peach. These products are supposed to brighten your eye area. I don't know about that, but, I do love the mocha shimmer shadow. It is really quite luminous on me. On me, it is a light brown/gray. I love it!
Gretchen and fellow curlies....

I really do not wear much make up, and certainly with no regular frequency. I did go to a Bobbi Brown make up artist for a makeover. At the time, I asked for a "smokey look" for my eyes and explained that, since I have good skin, I do not use foundation. They were very good at explaining technique, etc. They also have a VERY light moisturizing foundation which just feels like moisture lotion. I spent $180. on their products (way too much for me!!), but I do go back to using most of them when I make up.

I decided later that "smokey" eyes on me are way too dramatic for everyday and that I wanted more of a "no makeup" look on my eyes (which are VERY dark brown). So, I use an eyeshadow I found (Pebble color by bareMinerals....it's very light and sheer with a slightly blue/gray hue) and I line with a pencil (either Rimmel Exaggerate Full Colour Eye Definer #221 Ocean) or (Studio Gear Eyeliner "Blue Grey"). They go nice together and are soft looking, yet enhancing.

Good luck. It is a process, for sure.
3b, fine, naturally curly hair. New hairstyle is now a "modified (stacked?) bob". Hair now colored with Redken Shades EQ (brownish coppery color).

"Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration." ~Thomas A. Edison~
today i went to Bookland and bought Bobbi Brown Beauty. So far it's really good. There are some beautiful women in this book, young and old. I like how Bobbi is more of a minimalist, too. I'm a firm believer in the KISS philosophy (Keep It Simple, Stupid)!
Originally Posted by curlyara
curlyara how do you like the book so far? i love using it as a reference. i love that KISS philosophy. ha ha that's what i live by i just never put such a great name to it!
i love how bobbi says to exaggerate your "flaws" instead of hiding them.
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learned a trick yesterday from the makeup artist who did my face for a photo shoot. instead of sweeping the eyeshadow from left to right, it's better to dab the color on. You are less likely to get powder where you dont want it and it's easier to control the application. For all you makeup people, I'll post some pictures. She really did some amazing stuff.


I also have a Nordie's spa day on tuesday ($30 for makeup application, skincare consultation, chair massage, polish change & paraffin dip and eyebrow waxing). I'll report back on my findings.

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