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Thursday, March 6, 2008

Picture Tutorial: How-To BLEND eyeshadow colors & Tools I Use


I have had a lot of requests for this, so until I can get around to a video tutorial (which btw, has poor quality so you can't really see any detail), I thought id also post a picture tutorial on how to blend eyeshadows, the same goes for pigments and everything else.

When blending, tools are important, but skill is the key to mastering the art of blending, I know it sounds cheesy, but seriously, it's either you can or you can't. It's definitely something that takes time and practice for those of you who are makeup newbies. Just like my eye makeup photos, I get a lot of people asking me how to take a good eye makeup photo (which I mention HERE), and they come back to me saying it still doesn't look the same. Obviously I can't physically see your settings and let you know if it's correct or not because different cameras and settings works for different people; and keep in mind, I am also into photography so I sorta have this weird way of "framing" how I want it to look in my head and capture it with my camera and I sit here for hours playing with settings. But all in all, it's the skill that makes it or breaks it. Just keep at it ladies, and you'll be the Queens of Blending in no time!

I also get questions on what kinds of brushes or tools I use to achieve blending, as well as other brushes I use and for what purpose, I posted this originally back in October last year, but it's one of my popular posts. It includes detailed pictures and description of the brushes as well as its purpose, so definitely check it out by CLICKING HERE.

My Holy Grail Brush: The fluffy blending brush, MAC equivalent is the #217 brush. Any fat fluffy brush will do!
Left: Sonia Kushuk Blending Brush $3.99 (Target) on the Right: Sephora Crease Blending Brush ($16,

Here is the video again for the various kinds of brushes I use:



(ANNE- I uploaded these on Flickr just for you! Let me know if you are able to see it. I have PRO membership on Photobucket, hence I upload there :/)

*I used "blues" so y'all can see it better...

What I used:
- UDPP Primer Potion
- MUFE Flash Color Pot in "White" all over lid
- MAC "Vanilla" pigment all over the lid and highlight
- MAC eyeshadow in "Electric Eel"
- Milani eyeshadow in "Blue Ice"
- Sephora Blending Brush
- Sponge-tipped applicator

STEP 1: Apply your eye primer of choice (UDPP, Paint Pot, etc.), using an eye primer makes your eyeshadow(s) more vibrant and it lasts longer!

STEP 2: (optional) I used MUFE Flash Color in White as an all over base color.

STEP 3: I then took MAC's Vanilla pigment and with my crease brush, took a little pigment from the jar cap and applied it all over my lid, concentrating more of the pigment on the highlight area.

STEP 4: Using your brush or sponge-tipped applicator (I love the control and vibrancy sponge-tipped applicators give), apply your light colored eyeshadow first on your lid, in this case MAC's e/s in "Electric Eel". ***Remember blending is similar to the gradient effect where it's light to dark.

It will look like this BEFORE blending:

STEP 5: Then apply the next color, in this tutorial I chose Milani e/s in "Blue Ice", and apply it on your outer-V, crease, and contour or wherever you'd like.

This is how it will look like BEFORE blending:

BLEND BOTH colors together...apply more eyeshadow if needed in case you blend too much that it lightens the color, including highlighting color.

STEP 6: Line your lower lashline and apply eyeliner and mascara (optional). I DID NOT use eyeliner in this tutorial to show more detail.

And this is how it looks like completed, AFTER BLENDING!


the Muse said...

fab video and tut 'nes!

I haven't really mastered blending completely yet. My colors tend to run into each other but this helps a ton!


ilurvemakeup said...

Great tutorial! :) I'm still looking for a good blending brush :(

nai nai said...

oO i LOVE the sephora crease brush for blending, one of my favorite brushes!! great tut =]

Liz said...

you're really very talented! :-) another great tut.

Bliss said...

Thanks for such a great tutorial this is really helpful, i also have not mastered the art of blending,i have to buy a good blending brush, now i see what i did wrong heheh :).

Mrs. Lynne, said...

nice tut, sis. blending is definitely an art. sometimes i don't have the gift and sometimes i do. but i agree it is practice, practice, practice as well as a light hand depending on what your working with.

Ethereal Prey said...

Great tut! I have yet to master the art of blending, rather I over blend and I get a goop of blahness...:P

Distinque said...

Thanks for the tutorial. Yah, pets especially puppies are big time responsibilities. There are many times that we almost stepped on our puppy because she's constantly trailing after us. Dogs especially need alot of love and affection.

Nic Nic said...

great tut, thanks :) love the vibrant color!

Xuanie said...

another great tut! blending is an art! lol.. sometimes i do a really nice job and others times im like what the heck happen, lol.. its all in the brush and your hand i guess.

Free time said...

As far as UDPP goes, have you ever heard of people having alergies? I tried UDPP (in addition to Bare Esscentuals Prime time and Too Faced Shadow Insurance) and the great thing about these primers is that the color stays in place AND no creasing, but unfortunately for me, my eyelids get really irritated by this stuff. Not to be grossly descriptive, but it puffs up and turns red and itchy!! So I was wondering if others out there have this problem. I actually use Benefit's F.Y..eye but it doesn't work as well as the primers listed above. Any other suggestions? I'm out of ideas...Thanks, keep you the hard work!

(g)ezebel said...

sooooo purrrrrty blue eyeshadow. i loooove blues..!!

Anonymous said...

Great tutorial! I definitely need to go out and get a fluffy brush! I noticed that many people line their lash line with eyeshadow and I've been having trouble getting a precise line and the color ends up everywhere. What is the best brush to line the lash line with eyeshadow? Thanks for a great site!


alien man?! said...

Gawd, those blues are SOOO HAWT on you.

I really, really, really don't need new eyeshadow, but you really make me want Blue Ice.

$teff XoXo said...

what a great post!! :D

Emilee @ GMM said...

Great tutorial, Nessa!

MakeupByRenRen said...

great tut! the pics are sooo's funny cuz i made an eyeshadow blending video last week lol...i'll probably have it up in the next 2 weeks...i think i'm going to to link you in my description box since you put this up :)

Anonymous said...

I'm glad someone else loves Vanilla's my favorite highlight EVER!!!! Looks GREAT on you!!!

Ann said...

Aw, thanks for posting this blending tutorial! It's exactly what I needed (remember, I emailed you asking you how to blend eyeshadow? =]).

I'm not quite expert at it yet, but at least now I know what I'm doing... sort of.


N.B.A said...

great blog !

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Anonymous said...

Are you using a big palette of MAC colors?Such gorgeous colors.I prefer buying palettes,so I don't have to buy a ton of seperate colors. :P Please let me know~


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