Colouring Lesson: Stop Contouring Your Lids — Try This More Youthful Eyeshadow Technique Instead

by Janine on 5 September 2012 · 20 comments

How do you apply your eye shadow? If you’re doing that medium shade on the lid + darker shade in the crease + light shade on the browbone thing, you may want to reconsider. That paint-by-numbers approach can look dated and add years to your face. Instead, you want to try a technique makeup artist Pierce Rees demonstrated in an ET Canada red-carpet-beauty clip we did together.

In the segment, Pierce showed how to do a smoky golden eye makeup application. And instead of doing the whole lid-contour-highlight paint-by-numbers move, he did this instead:

  • swept a bronze shadow over the whole lid to just under the brow bone
  • blended a bright gold down the centre of the lid to create dimension

So easy and so fresh. Like these images from the Christian Dior Fall 2012 show (makeup by Pat McGrath).

Check out the video for a visual on the shadow technique, and pop over to TheKit.ca for the detailed how-to and list of makeup Pierce used. Or you could go find him at the Queen W & Beverly location of Shoppers Drug Mart.

Would you try this application? Do you already do something similar?

Models in video segment: Dauphine and Cassidy from Elmer Olsen.

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Cassandra 8 September 2012 at 4:01 pm

I already do it this way… deep set eyes & not a lot of lid.

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Janine 9 September 2012 at 6:17 pm

Love it, Cassandra — thanks for your comment!

(Take note if you, too, have deep-set eyes, ladies!)

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Barbara 20 September 2012 at 3:15 am

I do this every once in a while. Did it on my sis a while ago and her eyes dramatically popped everyone loved it.
Barbara
http://barbsiesmusings.blogspot.com
Lagos, Nigeria

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Liz M 15 February 2013 at 10:43 pm

I sort of already do this. When I use a gold cream eyeshadow (my go-to is Indianwood paint pot from MAC), I apply it to the lid and then blend out the edges with a brush or clean finger. The blended parts dry down a little darker than the rest, giving the same sort of effect, but in an even lazier, 1-step system.

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Janine 15 February 2013 at 11:55 pm

Genius. Concentrating pigment in the centre gives a similar finish in only one step. Genius! Thanks, Liz!

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