I used to be completely clueless when it comes to eyeshadow. My mum has never been that interested in makeup, and I don’t have older sisters or cousins I could learn from, so my beauty education came solely from the pages of teenage magazines. Unsurprisingly this resulted in many ill-judged glitter explosions and put me off eyeshadow for a long time.
But thankfully my luck began to change when I reached my twenties. I purchased a fantastic Laura Mercier brush set in the Space NK sale, suddenly had access to makeup artists who passed on their knowledge, and started using Charlotte Tilbury’s eyeshadow quads.
I now follow the simple four-step method championed in Charlotte’s Colour-Coded Eyeshadow range, and it’s completely transformed my daily makeup routine. So, if you still struggle with quads and palettes, here’s the foolproof guide to applying eyeshadow like a pro…
Second lightest shade: Blend into the socket and the outer corner of the eye with an eye crease or smudge brush, paying careful attention to mix the colours well (use a blending brush over both shadows for a really seamless effect).
Darkest colour: Paint finely along the lash line with a short, fine eyeliner or angled brush for a precise finish. And, for a more dramatic look, mix the dark and medium colours together on the back of your hand and then paint underneath the lower lashes as well.
Metallic shade: Dot into the centre of each eyelid with your finger or the tip of your flat eyeshadow brush for a subtle touch of shimmer.
Invest in a good set of makeup brushes and most of the work is done for you. Trust me, they’re a real game changer and you needn’t spend a fortune – this Real Techniques Starter Set has everything you need. Charlotte Tilbury’s Colour-Coded Eyeshadows are also worth the big spend, as they come with foolproof application instructions and all of the shades are long-wearing and easy to blend (the Rock Chic, Dolce Vita and Sophisticate palettes are the best wear-anywhere quads).
Master this technique and you’ll never find yourself starring at an eyeshadow quad in awe and bewilderment again!