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Who Knew Eyeshadow Was A Double Agent?

By on September 11, 2014

Did you know you have a double agent in your makeup bag? Lipstick may get all the love for being a multitasker, but that title truly belongs to the humble eye shadow. Sure, you’ve mastered all kinds of smoky-eye looks, but with the right palette, you can master your whole face (brows, cheekbones, and hairline included). We’ve rounded up nine ways you could be stepping up your eye shadow game, because there’s no need to restrict its fabulousness to an area the size of a postage stamp. Scroll down, and prepare to be amazed.

Effortless Eyeliner

This may seem like a no-brainer, but it doesn’t matter if you want a bold, sharp line or a smudgier, hazier look — your good old eye shadow can play the part of eyeliner.
Bonus: This is especially handy if you’re travelling and don’t want to worry about packing a pencil sharpener. For a stronger look, dip a damp, fine-pointed brush into a dark shadow, and apply as close to the lash line as possible. Make your line as thick or as thin as you like — feel free to get creative.

Fill In Your Eyebrows

You don’t have to buy a fancy pencil or gel to give your brows a boost. In fact, using a powder shadow on your brows can look much more natural (you can blend any harsh lines or excess colour).
Fill in your arches using a stiff, angled brush and a matte shadow the colour of your brows. Blend out with a spoolie brush to soften the appearance of your arches.

Contour Like a Professional

Before we bought an actual contouring kit, we used eye shadow for this (like many makeup artists do). Use a colour two shades darker than your natural skin tone, and blend away.

Make Your Own Nail Polish

Despite the burgeoning range of lacquer options out there, you may still not be satisfied. And that’s OK! All you need is clear nail polish and some finely milled powder shadow (mineral pigments work best) to become your own manicure mixologist.
It may come out a little on the matte side, so slap on a glossy topcoat if you want a shiny finish. Just spill an old crumbled eye shadow onto a paper plate, breaking up any lumps with the back of a spoon, and carefully mix 10 to 15 drops of clear polish with the pigment. If the colour is too thick, add some more clear polish, then paint away!

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