For years I’ve been on the receiving end of questions about why I do my eye makeup before my face makeup. I did an entire post about it here, but to sum up : I do my eyes first because I can clean up any fall out from eye shadow before I apply foundation.
I’ve tried doing my face first but I always see darkness on my cheekbones, no matter how careful I think I am applying the eye shadow.
But I have a hack for you today! Whether you need to darken up your eyes later on in the day and don’t want to redo your foundation, or if you just can’t quit doing your foundation first altogether – this will surely help!
I remember seeing this trick an eternity ago in a magazine, and it’s something every woman who uses eye shadow should know.
On the tops of your cheekbones, fairly close to your eye, dust a heavy amount of loose translucent setting powder. This can be the cheapest stuff you can find, as it’s only purpose is to keep the dark shadow from sticking to your face and then it will be wiped away. Baby powder or talc is not a great choice though, so make sure you use a translucent setting powder. In this step by step, I’m using the Pixi Quick Fix Powder. You can also find really cheap powders (like $6.00) by ELF that would do the trick!
Then, apply your crease color as you normally would. Any fallout will fall on top of the setting powder, and therefore it won’t smudge onto your face.
Then, wipe it away, toward your temples, using light strokes. Don’t press it in – think of it as dusting the powder off.
It may accidentally add a touch of lightness to your cheekbones, which is never a bad thing. So it’s kind of a two for one deal.
So the issue of eye shadow fall out is resolved! I’ve used this trick when getting ready for a surprise date night after I had already done some simple makeup that morning. It’s a game changer.
My shirt is from Nordstrom and it’s what striped shirt dreams are made of, in case you are wondering. Also, the brush I’m using is many years old from Real Techniques. More questions? I bet you’ll find the answer here.