Eyeshadow Blending 101

Hey Luvies, so glad you stopped by! KANDI is a blog series dedicated to educate and inspire Aspiring and Professional Makeup Artist. These blogs are here for you to learn new and improved techniques to add to your Beat Game. ESB  101 is a guide to properly blend your eyeshadow. Check out the Tips below!

TIP #1: Blend, Blend and Blend Some More

The first rule of blending eyeshadow is to do exactly that: blend, blend, blend. The IIKANDI contouring eyeshadow brush is best for this, as you can get a  better blend by swirling the tip of the brush in a circular motion into the crease of the lid. To avoid over-blending, however, the key is to blend enough so there are no harsh lines but not so much that the colors don’t become one clunky mess! 

TIP #2: Transition Shades Are Key

When applying shadows, it’s important to start by placing a transition color in your crease and building from there. This will create that seamless, blended effect without a harsh stop. Your transition shade is also an opportunity to define your crease, which gives your eyes shape and supports your overall eyeshadow look. 

TIP #3: Type and Texture

Eyeshadows have many types of finishes and textures and there are unique blending techniques for each. If your eyeshadow has a frosty finish, limit it to the lid only and blend with a flat shadow brush for more impact. If it's shimmery, blend in the crease only. For cream eyeshadow, you can be more liberal with the blending, especially if the hue is a natural one. Blend with your finger starting on the lid, all the way up the brow bone.

TIP #4: Determine Your Eye Shape

Different eye shapes call for different blending techniques, so don’t despair if your fave beauty lover’s eyeshadow tutorial didn’t work for you. Almond-shaped eyes may be able to go crazy in their crease while people with hooded lids have to do a little more work to ensure their eyeshadow looks are visible when their eyes are open.