I am a firm believer that there are no rules to makeup except when it comes to blending! Blending is the golden thread that ties together any makeup look so I wanted to include my top five tips that I use to help me get a good blend. The tips are probably not rocket science so if you have any additional tips to share with others or thoughts on the ones I shared below, please comment below! Enjoy x
- Set your eyelid primer with powder. By dusting a light layer of powder over the primer you create a non-stick, smooth surface to then apply your powder shadows on top of. By not doing this, powders may stick to the tackiness of the primer, creating blotches that are almost impossible to blend out.
2. Use a big, fluffy eye brush to apply crease colour. I know typically people reserve their larger crease brushes for blending out already applied colour but if you try to apply the colour directly with a larger brush, you’ll find it takes off half the blending work for you. The trick here is to make sure the colour you pick up on your brush is concentrated at the tip of your brush. this way, the colour doesn’t feather out too far out from the crease.
3. Hold your blending brush at a straight angle (top image) instead of at an upwards angle (bottom image) to blend. By holding your brush directly straight, you’re targeting the blend in the area that you want to diffuse. By holding your blending brush at an upwards angle, part (if not most) of your bristles are sweeping an area that probably doesn’t even have shadow to begin with. My favorite brush to blend with is the Morphie M503 because (1) it’s stiff enough to blend out product, but soft enough to not scratch the skin, (2) it’s the perfect size (not too big and not too small) to get a precise blend and (3) it has a slight dome shape at the end which works great for getting right into the eyelid and blend.
4. Use face powders to blend. If you’re trying to blend a stubborn area that is just not diffusing out, try lightly dipping your blending brush into some of your face powder and then blending over the area you want to diffuse. By doing this, it’ll help soften out any edges. This works for any area on the face (not just your eyes).
5. Viseart eyeshadows. I left this one for last because out of all my tips, this one is the least essential. Its a nice to have, but definitely not a must. If you have extra cash to burn, trying out the Viseart eyeshadows will be a treat because with very little effort, these practically blend themselves. I posted a review on the warm neutral matte palette ($100 CAD) linked here and on the ($60 CAD) cashmere palette, linked here.
+ bonus 6: start light and build up the colour. You’ll find that going in directly with a large amount of product can create somewhat of a mess when trying to blend it out. Instead, start off small with a bit of shadow and build it up by applying light layers on top.