So what you’re not a makeup Guru or any type of professional makeup artist! The truth is, you don’t have to be. Applying basic eyeshadows is pretty easy after a couple of tries. What makes the look professional and glam are the kinds of shades and finishes. No, no, this will not be an eyeshadow lesson or post about the different kinds of shadows and finishes. But I will give you a basic overview or rundown. This post outlines the list of products I used in my Easy Beginner Glam Makeup Tutorial featuring Makeup Geek’s Starter Kit Z-Palette Bundle.
Mattes, Satin and Shimmer Finishes
Eyeshadows have different finishes and textures for different effects. Mattes are a beginners friend and an expert's dream. You can always pull off well polished looks with strictly matte finishes. For experts, it's the go to finish to create depth and dimension on the eye. It will take your look from board room to high fashion in a blink, wink, wink. Matte means dull, flat and without shine. Satin finishes have a slight sheen to them. It's in between the matte and shimmer. Satin's offer another dimension to the eye by making the color stand out a little bit more. It's not over powering, but just enough to illuminate the eye and make it glow. Shimmers have a completely different effect. They're the quintessential to the glamorous look. It is your go to for date night, night out, gala, prom, formal attire events of course you can wear any combination for any reason, at any time. Placement: Mattes work well anywhere on the eye, under the brow bone, as a transition and crease shades and on the lids. Satins and shimmers work better on the lid and as a highlight shade. You can also place them at the front of the eye for brightening effect and in the inner corner of the eye to open the appearance of the eye.
Makeup Geek Eyeshadows
I am actually very, very glad I invested in this 9-shadow neutral, everyday, multi-use palette. It has just enough mattes and shimmers of varying hues to make the most basic to va-va-voom makeup looks. This palette contains only mattes and shimmers of high end quality pigments at a mid-level, affordable price. With the long lasting, vibrant color, smooth finishes, and great range of neutral color choices, this palette is a win - win. Compared to MAC, which in my opinion is the most commonly purchased department store, high end cosmetics line among working and middle class women, you can’t beat this price. MAC offers custom palettes where a 4 pan is about $48 and a 6 pan is $96. 9 full sized Makeup Geek shadows for $62 is pretty worth the investment.
To see how to achieve an easy glam makeup look in action, check out my makeup tutorial. I annotate the eye shadows from the Makeup Geek Palette, but for a complete list of all the products used to achieve the complete makeup look check out the list below!
Complete Product List:
MAC’s Paintpot in Painterly
MAC’s Fluidline Brow Gelcream in Deep Dark Brunette
MAC’s e/s Brown Down
Anastasia of Beverly Hills Clear Eyebrow Gel
Makeup Geek 9 e/s Starter Kit Z-Palette Bundle
Smashbox Full Exposure Eyeshadow Palette
Eve Pearl High Definition Liquid Foundation - Face and Body in Tan 2/ Dark 1 (discontinued)
Eve Pearl Priming Moisturising Treatment w/Astaxanthin
Shea Moisture CC Cream in Medium
MAC Mineralize Foundation Loose SPF 15
Black Opal Stick Foundation in Kalahari Sand
Ben Nye Banana Powder
Black Radiance Pressed Powder in Bronze Glow 8606A
Nars Guy Bourdin One Night Stand Cheek Palette
NYX Lip Pencil in Nutmeg
Maybelline Lipstick in Truffle Tease
NYX Butter Lipgloss in Eclair
E.L.F Mist and Set Setting Spray