I have an extensive knowledge of make-up and can execute most trends with the right amount of practice, but I’m still intimidated by applying more than one shade of eyeshadow. As a beauty ed, I have the privilege of trying out the latest products as they drop, and it felt like a bit of a waste not to use my palettes to their full potential. So with a renewed interest in going for bolder eyeshadow looks, I looked at how to get the most of my eyeshadow palettes.

1. Priming your lids is key

To get a better colour pay-off and to prevent your eyeshadow from creasing, fading or smudging, use an eye primer before applying your eyeshadow. It’s quick and easy to swipe on and makes a world of difference in the pigment and longevity of your shadow.

2. Start with neutrals

Most palettes are arranged according to colour and finishes. Most brands offer matte and metallic shades in neutral and bold tones. Start with earthy tones like browns, beiges and maroons then, when you’re feeling a bit braver, play with textures and colours within this shade group.

You’ll have to start becoming familiar with the different eyeshadow brushes once you decide to go this route and a crease brush (like this one) will be useful to add a different pop of colour on top of your neutral shade, whether it’s a shimmer or satin finish.

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette R860

3. Be brave, go bold

Once you’ve got the hang of applying neutrals, you can start playing around with colour. Do this by substituting your second layer of neutrals with a brighter colour along the lower or upper lash line. You can also accentuate the colour by patting it at the centre of the lid. I found this to be the easiest for me when I played around with my favourite palette. I finished off the look with a liquid eyeliner to make my eyes stand out more.

When I finally mustered up the courage to add a metallic dimension to my eyeshadow

And finally: watch and learn

Our local vloggers have us covered with easy steps on how to create everything from the perfect smoky eye, to a multicoloured cut-crease.

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