Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Blending Shadows

There are some shadows that I can always rely on to help with blending...these are what I like to call blending shadows. I use these shades to blend harsh edges, to create a gradient for smokey looks when going from a dark color on the lid to a light color on the browbone, and correcting mistakes. Sure, I use these for other purposes too, like on the lid or in the crease, but I use them most for blending and bringing a look together.

Top: Orb, Wedge
Middle: Soft Brown, Texture
Bottom: Cork, Espresso

Yes, all of these shades are from MAC. I really believe that MAC does the best neutrals. They have a HUGE range of shades, finishes, and tones. 

L-R: Orb, Wedge, Soft Brown, Texture, Cork, & Espresso

I know what you are thinking, these all look very warm. Perhaps, but bringing warmth to the eyes really brightens the eye area. Plus, my philosophy is like that of Bobbi Brown: all skin tones naturally have warm tones in them, so warm colors are very complementary.

My absolute favorite for myself is Texture. This shade works wonders for medium-dark skin tones and also looks great on mature skin (especially auntie types). I highly recommend all these shades, whether or not you use them for blending.

Do you use and love any of these? What is your favorite blending shadow?

15 comments:

  1. i'm a big fan of cork, and also modelette (which i believe was limited). there is a new blending shade by a very cheap drugstore brand (jordana) that i'm liking these days as well :)

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    1. Ooh, what is the name of the Jordana shade?

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  2. Texture is the best eyeshadow from MAC I have ever discovered. It's made my life so much easier when used as a transition colour. I think my next purchase may be Soft Brown, as I think that would nice to place directly above where I would apply Texture. What do you think?
    Ayesha x

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    1. Yes, Soft Brown would work for that. You could even use it in place of Texture. It is very multif-functional.

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  3. Nice post! I own texture from the above mentioned and yes it is my blending shadow too!!! It does a great job! Now days I have been using few shades from naked palette for blending..they are good.

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    1. Nice! The Naked palette is a good one!

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  4. nice post !!M still learning the whole process of blending colors.. yr post helped me a lot ..
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    1. Thanks, glad to have you following! =)

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  5. NARS Lola Lola is my fave blending shade. I love Bobbi Brown for neutrals.

    I just got MAC Naked pigment in the mail! I think it will be very useful for blending. :)

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    1. Ooh, I've been wanting Naked pigment too, let me know how you like it!

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    2. I tried it! It's awesome! :)

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  6. I love MAC's Folie for blending as it warms up my eyes. My favorite eye shadow color is grey but grey can look very cold and moody so I use folie in the crease to blend it out and warm it up a bit.

    Another one that I seem to use a lot these days is MAC's Keep Your Cool. It's a ProLongwear eyeshadow so it's the bigger one but it's so blendable and great for slightly cooler looks.

    I agree with you about MAC's neutrals :) they are pretty good.

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    1. Folie is a great shade! I mostly use it with golds, but I will try it with greys now.

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  7. For blending I use a lot of espresso as it is perfect to soften black!! Big fan!

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    1. I agree! It's also great for dark brows.

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