I have created my first ever pictorials! If you don’t know what pictorials are, they are just tutorials with step by step pictures. They are a great way to show the process of how an eyeshadow look comes together from beginning to end. I am by no means an expert or a makeup artist but for some reason you guys have been wanting me to do this, lol. I’m going to start this out by talking about what brushes I use and what I use them for. Almost all of my brushes are from e.l.f. Cosmetics and will be linked. Let’s get started!
- Detail Crease Brush: This is my number one, must have brush. I have hooded eyes and this allows me to get deep into my crease for precise color placement.
- Tapered Blending Brush: This brush is slightly bigger than the Detail Crease Brush and I typically use it to place shadow right above my crease. I will also use it to place shadow in my crease if I don’t need to be very precise in my color placement. It’s great to blend with, as well.
- Flat Eyeshadow Brush: This brush is pretty self explanatory but it’s my favorite for eyeshadow. I also love this one from ShopMissA.
- Small Angled Brush: This is my favorite brush for applying eyeshadow to my lower lash line. I also love this one from ShopMissA.
- Smudge Brush: I use this brush when I want to apply shadow to my lower lash line in a thicker line than what I can get with the Small Angled Brush.
- Eye Crease Brush: I do not use this brush in my crease but instead I use it to apply my inner corner highlight.
- Blending Brush: I use this brush to apply my cream or white base shadow on top of my primer. I also use it to blend out the edges of my shadows.
- Eye Contour Brush: I use this brush to smudge out the edges of any shadow on my lower lash line when I don’t want a precise line.
The first step of any eyeshadow look I do is primer. I’ve been using the essence Colour Intensifying Eyeshadow Base for the past year. It’s super affordable at just $3.49. I love that it has a doe foot applicator for easy application and it’s a pink shade that helps to make shadows pop. I do always set my primer with a cream or white shade of eyeshadow. Some people do not set their primer but it’s much easier to blend shadows on top of it if you set it. I will not be mentioning primer down below but just know that it was used in each look.
The pictures below are in collage form and go in order from top to bottom and left to right. I will be linking to each palette that I used the first time it is mentioned. If I’ve reviewed it, I’ll link to my review and if not, I’ll link to where you can purchase it. However, you do NOT need these specific palettes. Just use what you have and create your own versions of these looks. I won’t be describing the colors of the shades because they all have names in their individual palettes. If you are curious about any of the other products on my face, you can find these looks in my recent posts on Instagram.
This look is the most neutral one that I created but I did add a pop of color on the lower lash line. You could, of course, keep this look totally neutral by replacing the red shadow with brown.
- I blended Bestie, Violet Voss Holy Grail Palette, above my natural crease and near my brow bone.
- I then blended Brownie Points, Violet Voss Holy Grail Palette, right under Bestie. This shadow almost completely covers Bestie but by doing that you’re able to create more depth and a gradient of color.
- I then blended Teddy Bear, Violet Voss Holy Grail Palette, into my actual crease.
- I combined all the shimmer shades into the top right picture so I will explain them in this one step; all three are from the Violet Voss Holy Grail Palette. I applied Bat My Eyes on to the outermost part of my lid. I then applied Cool Beans over the rest of my lid. I used Crystal in my inner corner and on my brow bone.
- The red on my lower lash line is a mix of FOTD, Morphe 35M Palette, and Poppy, Ace Beaute Grandiose Palette. After that, I applied my mascara.
I honestly think this is my favorite look of the three. It’s not neutral but it’s not completely colorful either, just pretty and smoky. This look did require the most blending because whenever you’re working with deep smoky shades, it’s important to blend, blend and blend some more. You can see in the pictures just how choppy the shadows looked until the very end because I had to keep blending them. I used the Profusion Mixed Metals Palette for a lot of this look and unfortunately, it’s discontinued. These colors aren’t that unique so I’m sure you could find them in other palettes.
- I blended Risque, Morphe 35V Palette, above my natural crease and near my brow bone.
- I then blended Seduced, Morphe 35V Palette, right under Risque. This shadow almost completely covers Risque but by doing that you’re able to create more depth and a gradient of color.
- I then blended Addicted, Morphe 35V Palette, into my crease.
- I combined all the shimmer shades into the top right picture so I will explain them in this one step; all three are from the Profusion Mixed Metals Palette. I applied Mystical right in the center of my lid. I then applied Bewitched on the innermost and outermost parts of my lid, on each side of Mystical. I used Ella in my inner corner and on my brow bone.
- For my lower lash line, I lined my eyes with Little Black Book, Morphe 35V Palette. I then smudged the shades Seduced and Addicted from the same palette underneath Little Black Book. I brought the shadows from my lower lash line up so that the purple shades completely encircled my eye. I blended all the edges with the shade Risque and then applied mascara.
Now it’s time for my last and most fun look of the three! I just had to do a Halloween look and I love the way this one turned out.
- I blended Fired Up, Morphe 35M Palette, right above my crease.
- I then blended Unwind, Colourpop Sol Palette, into my crease.
- I combined the shades Floaties, Colourpop Sol Palette, and Bright Eyes, Morphe 35M Palette, all over my lid.
- I lined my lower lash line with Black Magic, Morphe 35M Palette. I then smudged Sleeper, Colourpop It’s My Pleasure Palette, underneath Black Magic.
- I combined Grape Expectation, Morphe 35M Palette, with Earthshine, Colourpop It’s My Pleasure Palette, in my inner corner. I then applied mascara.
I hope this was helpful! I wanted to create some very easy and simple looks but ones that would still be fun to wear out during the fall and Halloween season. Since this is my first time doing pictorials, I would love any feedback on how I can improve them or let me know if they’re fine how they are. I would just like to know what you think in general! Thanks for reading and have a great day!