Tuesday, January 22, 2013

DIY: Shadow Shields

Confession: I hate doing smokey eye makeup. Wait. Better statement is, I hate the eyeshadow fallouts that land under my eyes and cheeks everytime I do smokey eye makeup. Eyeshadow fallouts are the annoying specks of makeup residue that fall whenever you're applying eyeshadow using a brush. It can be glittery, satin-y, or dark eyeshadow. Whatever. It is annoying and it ruins your whole look. Whenever I'm doing smokey eye makeup, I usually end up looking sick because it gives me dark undereyes where it shouldn't be.

Which is why I came up with a solution for exactly that: DIY shadow shields! 

The truth is, there are a lot of ways to avoid shadow fallouts. One is you can pile up loose powder under your eyes and cheekbones so that the fallouts can be easily brushed off but this is not usually the case with me, they can't be easily brushed off. So I crossed that one out in my list. Another is that instead of brushing in the eye shadow, specially if it's a dark and pigmented one, you should just dab it in. This works for me during times when I have the luxury of a 2-hour preparation time but never when I'm in a hurry-say from work to a night out. So that one is semi-crossed out. Then there's the option of buying shadow shields. First of all, they can't be easily bought because the ones I found are only sold online and why should I spend money on something that I can make myself, right? 

Ready to be surprised on how easy this is? Here we go. 

What I used:

Ha! Read on because below is a full demo of my genius.

First, I made a curved line at the top part of the post it, making sure that I'm drawing on the opposite side of the sticky part. 

Then I stuck it below my eye. This is after I've put on eye primer and eye liner.

Next I applied my eyeshadow. 

Well will you look at that. Say hello to the annoying fallouts I was talking about.
But this time, they're not on my undereyes or cheeks!

Carry on with the rest of the upper eye makeup. 

Here's a bonus! Since I have the post it there, I can also apply mascara on my lower lashes without having to worry about it smudging on the skin. I told you, genius!

After I'm done with all that, peel the post it. 

Are you ready to see how clean my undereye is just right after I've put on dark eyeshadow?



Then I put on my final touches and voila! 

I have a clean, and carefully-done looking smokey eye makeup in under 10 minutes.

I hope this helps you out. It's an easy trick for a tricky kind of makeup. How about you, what genius have you thought of today? Make sure to let me know in the comments box below.

Keep safe everyone!