How To Make Eyeshadow Brighter

Eyeshadow is definitely one of my favorite parts of makeup, next to mascara. I love how many options there are as far as application and that there is a lot more variety to choose from than any other product. When I apply eyeshadow, my main goal is to enhance my eye shape while trying to make my eyes appear bigger and more open. Keeping dark shadows on the outer corner and bright shades on the inner half is typically how to do that. I do have my favorites, but I’m always looking for ways to make my eyeshadow brighter and more noticeable.
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We’re in 2017 and at this point, trying to apply eyeshadow without a primer is basically one of the biggest sins ever. Without it, eyeshadow will barely show up and will definitely fade away within a few hours. Primer is amazing, but sometimes primer alone doesn’t make my eyeshadows as bright as I would like them to be. On days like those, I make sure to apply a white base such as the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk. Depending on how long I will have my makeup on, I will either apply the white base directly to my lid or layer it on top of my primer.  
You can tell I get a lot of use out of both of these products. They aren’t looking very pretty anymore. In a previous review, I talked about how I wasn’t the biggest fan of the NYX jumbo pencils. That’s still true, but Milk is really the only one I would recommend and it’s definitely a product that I can’t be without. Aside from using it as a base on my eyelid, I also use it everyday as a base to highlight underneath my brow bone.

In the picture below, you can see what my eyeshadow looks like without the white base and just with my primer alone. The shadows that I used on my lid were Makeup Geek’s Barcelona Beach and Shimma Shimma. These are two of my all time favorite eyeshadows. The quality and pigmentation on them is amazing, and although I think they do look perfectly fine with just the primer, I do want it to be a little brighter every now and then.
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The next picture is what the exact same eyeshadows look like with the white base underneath. It doesn’t make as big of a difference on the darker shades such as the brown that I used, but the brighter shimmer shadow definitely looks more noticeable. If you’re working with an eyeshadow that isn’t the best quality or one that you would like to look more pigmented, this is a great solution for that.
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This isn’t something that I do every single day or even on a weekly basis, but it is a great trick to have up your sleeve for those days when you want brighter eyeshadow. It also works great for keeping the eyeshadow on longer. You could use the same method for darker eyeshadows too, but obviously with a darker colored pencil.

If you have any other questions about this hack, please leave them for me in the comments below. Also, let me know any suggestions you have for future makeup tip posts that you might be wondering about. I love sharing beauty secrets!


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  1. I love my Milk pencil!

  2. I came to your blog another timeva few months ago. I dont remember how I got re directed here but, I knew, I wanted to come. I dont think I signed up for your newsletter but, I will this time around. I also have a blog. My blod focuses on skin care. Its a bit tougher to gain a generous size audience but, with skin care concerns more women ARE focusing on their skin. Im hoping I can help them. The reason I came back here today is, I was reading reviews at ColourPop and was curious why you said, they aren't worth the hype. They may not be. My comment here is more about your beauty hack for keeping eye shadows brighter. I had to comment because, of the nature of my shadow hack (regarding to your article above, AND my hack involves ColourPop!!) :) I agree to a point about the hype of ColourPop. I think the majority are teens that dont often, or never purchase prestige cosmetics. My curiosity got the better of md, and over 6 months, I bought 2 highlighter, 1 liquid lipgloss, (which is so, so) not my favorite, and 8 or 9 Super Shock eye shadows. Now, the shadows are pretty good. Heres my hack, similar to your nyx Milk eye primer pencil. ColourPop has a matt shadow, called GLOW. That shadow, acts like the BEST eye shadow primer I've ever used. My regular is UD PRIMER POTION in the regular formula for anti-aging benefits. The GLOW, from ColourPop holds my OTHER non CP shadows on like a magnet. It also makes the most matt look for under, your defining under your brow. I had applied GLOW on time over my whole lid, clear up to the brow, over top my UD Primer, then, Tang, (another pretty matt, transition color) then, I applied the rest of my look. I was pretty blown away, by the intensity of how my other shadows applied over GLOW! Its not something I do everyday or weekly either as you stated but....its good to know, when you want a shadow to last for hours and hours, without budging. Just an FYI but, now, I'm off, to go find your CP review and read your views on the brand. I'll comment under the review post. Nice blog you gave here!! Thumbs up!! 👍

    1. If you can get the ColourPop eyeshadows to apply to your lid, that is another great way to make eyeshadow brighter. I'm also not a big fan of the Maybelline Color Tattoos, but a lot of people also like those to use for that same purpose. I'm glad you got directed back to my blog, thank you for reading!! :)


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