Almay Eyeshadow Tutorial

Almay is one brand that you never really hear talked about in the beauty community very much and I haven’t even featured them on my blog many times. I’m not exactly sure why that is because they do have a few products that I’ve been impressed with over the years. Including the eyeshadow trio that I’ll be featuring in this tutorial! I’ve never done the “How I Did My Makeup In High School” challenge because I honestly can’t even remember. But I do remember using this eyeshadow trio almost every single day. I brought it back out to play a few days ago and I forgot just how good it really is.
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I don’t think I ever used an eyeshadow primer in high school because that wasn’t really a known step yet. Such sad times! But today I’m using one of my favorite Maybelline Color Tattoo Eye Chromes in the shade Gilded Rose. This really does hold my eyeshadow on all day and helps intensify the color nicely, especially similar shimmery shades like what is included in this Almay trio that I’ll be using.
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I’m specifically sticking to this palette and trying to bring in as minimal other products as possible, so we’re skipping a base and transition shade and going directly into the brown color in this 401 Smoky-i for Browns palette. I applied it with a Sephora Professionals blending brush to the outer half of my eye, bringing only what was left on the brush slightly up into the crease. This is very pigmented, so it doesn’t take much to build up the color. Once I got the intensity that I was going for, I blended it out again with another empty loose bristled blending brush.
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Taking the beautiful purple in the palette on an Elf Contour brush, I applied that directly in the crease moving a little more than halfway across. This brush really helps to focus the color exactly where you want it. The purple is slightly lighter in pigmentation, but is still pretty easy to build. Of course I went in directly after application and blended it with an empty blending brush. Blending is key to perfect makeup, never forget that!
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Because all of these shades in the palette are shimmery, I’m not taking any of them under the lower lashline. So moving straight to the inner half of the eye, I applied the bright champagne shade on a BH Cosmetics #103 Small Shader brush from their Eye Essential Brush Set. I do typically like an extremely bright shade for this step in the application process and this one is actually much better than I remember it being, especially when layered over top of the primer that I used.
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You could easily use that same champagne shade for the inner corner, but if you’ve seen any of my previous tutorials then you know it wouldn’t be the same if I didn’t bring in my all time favorite Ulta single eyeshadow in the shade Naked. I used this on a small Sephora Professionals smudge brush and love the way it contrasts with the lid shade to reflect the light and really brighten the eye.
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For eyeliner, I always used to use Jordana’s Eggplant retractable eyeliner in high school and it’s still one of my absolute favorites. I applied that halfway along both the upper and lower lashlines. But now I know to layer an eyeshadow over top of it for added lasting power and to soften the line for a more smokey effect. The L’oreal Infallible eyeshadow in the shade Smoldering Plum is perfect for layering over this particular eyeliner.
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Then, as per my usual routine, I curled my lashes twice with a heated lash curler and applied as many layers of mascara as my lashes can possibly hold. I’m still really loving the new L’oreal Lash Paradise mascara and have been using that almost every single day. All of my other mascaras have pretty much completely been forgotten about since this one made its way into my collection.
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Here’s a close-up of the final look:
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And a quick, more condensed guide recapping every step we just did for easy reference:
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I can’t even remember the last time I pulled this eyeshadow trio out of my collection and used it on my eyes. I knew it was good, but I think I almost forgot how good it really is. This is the eyeshadow I first started with and after trying so many others over the years, I’m happy to say that this is still one of the best I’ve ever used. I do wish there were more mattes, but the quality is amazing and it always looks beautiful. If you haven’t tried any of these before, I definitely recommend picking one up. They’re so easy to use on quick mornings!

If you recreate this look or get inspired to create something similar, please tag me on any of my social media. All of my links are at the bottom of the post and on the left sidebar. I’d love to see what you come up with! Have you used this trio before? What is your favorite Almay product?

~Mani Monday~
Since the wedding is coming up super soon (stay tuned for updates) and I plan on getting a french manicure for that, I wanted to have fun with more bright colors before committing to acrylics for a while. The color I’m wearing on my nails this week is called Power Source by the brand Formula X. It’s been a long time since I’ve used this one, so I can’t remember exactly how great the wear time is on it. I just love how bright this is and how creamy the color looks.
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What’s on your nails this week?

~Christina~

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