Eyeshadow 101: Buying & Applying

Sherry Hafassa is a 53-year-old, French makeup artist and beauty expert who has trained at the prestigious Steiner beauty school of London, appointed by the Queen.

sherryDuring her career, she has worked as a makeup artist for Bobbi Brown cosmetics in London and Dubai, and now is a freelancer in the UK and France.

Sherry is frequently complimented about the glow of her skin, and wants to share her beauty expertise and makeup tips with other FabOverFifty women. Today, she’s bringing us tips about choosing and applying eye shadow. Although she believes that less is best when it comes to applying color to our eyes, it doesn’t mean that we can’t use a wide range of lovely warm, golden, frosted colors, she explains.

1. Your eye color should be taken in account when choosing eye shadows, Sherry says. Try not to use a shadow on the lid in same color as your eyes, or choose a slightly different shade for the corners of your eyes.

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Most of the quality makeup brands have all these shades available in palettes.

Bobbi Brown is Sherry’s favorite brand because “it offers an amazing range of color for women of our age group.”

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  • Fabienne

    I would love to have some advice about lipsticks. I am well over fifty and never put any. I tried plenty and I slways thought I looked ridiculous. I don’t like the smell of them either. I tried to use just a pencil for a mat look but it does not last long. Please, Sherry, some tips…. Thank you.

    • Hafassa

      Hello Fabienne, that it is interesting that you don’t like the smells of lipsticks have you tried lip gloss? Regarding lip pencil it is a wise choice as you want your lips to have a defined and soft contour with a matt effect, I will very soon write another article about lipstick and different makeup tricks to enhance lips!

  • Kelly Thomas-Coyle

    This is a little late I know, I have gray eyes that shift colors. They look greener when I wear plum and other colors with pink or purple undertones, and bluer or grayer with other colors. I have fair skin that tends to look red when I get tired etc…. What colors do you suggest.

    • Hafassa

      Hello Kelly I advise you to use soft golden , bronze and soft plump colors that will match with your changing eye’s colour. Avoid using strong greens and grays unless you want a smokey evening look.

  • DG

    What do you think of loose mineral eye shadow and other makeup in that range? Is it the fix all

    • Hafassa

      Hello DG as a makeup artist I have tried all sort of mineral eye shadows when it first came out and to be honest it might be advertised as better for your skin (which is not really proved yet) but the makeup do not last long and loses its textures and colours with the heat.

  • LDKRN

    Obviously this 50+ woman in the picture has had an eye lift

    • Ted Sweetie

      I couldn’t help but think the same thing! It’s like an ad for wrinkles and using a 20 year old model. Commercialism needs a reality check for us older chicks.

      • Hafassa

        Thank you Ted for the compliment but you must know some people born with good genes regarding the skin and if you do take a good care of it from a young age you will delay dramatically the ageing process, believe me, I am very often complimented and I use all of my Beautician’s expertise on my skin this is why I wanted to share it with readers. Now have you ever heard about facial’s exercises? Follow me on the next month on FaboverFifty.

    • Hafassa

      LDKRN I did not have any plastic surgery neither Botox or fillers yet! I always took extremely good care of my skin, especially around the eyes and this since my puberty. I don’t expose to the sun ever, and I am a big fan of facial’s exercises . I invite you to discover my natural beauty tricks on the next few other articles of mine on FaboverFifty. There is a French proverb that says:” After fifty you get the face that you deserve.”

  • Sherry Hafassa

    Hi Dixielane when your eyelids are puffy and wrinkly it might be caused by
    late nights or and salted meals, lack of sleep, dehydration ,the best
    remedy for puffy eyelids (if it is not a medical problem linked to the
    kidneys or thyroid) is to splash cold water on your face first thing in
    the
    morning then dry softly. Place cold teaspoons or tea bags (put them in
    the freezer ) onto your eyelids and relax for a few
    minutes. Please do not use any moisturizer onto your eyelids. As per
    what
    eye shadow to choose try creamy textures ( avoid powdery ones) and
    soft pastel colors so the wrinkles are not highlighted. I hope this will
    help.
    Chanel and Benefit crease less cream shadows such as
    “sparkling champagne” or “skinny jeans” works very well and are so easy to use.Regards, Sherry

  • Fabienne

    I couldn ‘t believe what a difference it made when I applied the eye primer base. I love now doing the v shape in the outer corner, trying all the colours suitable for my eyes, following all the instructions. Thank you Sherry!

  • Dixielane

    my eyelids are puffy and wrinkly, shiny shadow looks crinkly, old ! what color and texture should use to counter act this?

    • GeriFOF

      Hi Dixielane,

      We will ask Sherry her advice and get back to you! Geri Brin

      • alexw

        Hi Dixielane-

        “When your eyelids are puffy and wrinkly it might be caused by late nights or and salted meals, lack of sleep, dehydration ,the best remedy for puffy eyelids (if it is not a medical problem linked to the kidneys or thyroid) is to splash cold water on your face first thing in the morning then dry softly. Place cold teaspoons or tea bags (put them in the freezer ) onto your eyelids and relax for a few minutes. Please do not use any moisturizer onto your eyelids. As per what eye shadow to choose try creamy textures ( avoid powdery ones) and soft pastel colors so the wrinkles are not highlighted. I hope this will help. Chanel and Benefit crease less cream shadows such as “sparkling champagne” or “skinny jeans” works very well and are so easy to use.” -Sherry

        • Fabienne

          I drink tea for breakfast and I use the tea bags on my eyes when they are puffy, when I take them out of the tea pot. It feels good as they are warm, sometimes even hotter. But i will try them cold now. Thank you for the tip.

    • Smith

      Hello Dixielane,when your eyelids are puffy and wrinkly it might be caused by
      late nights or and salted meals, lack of sleep, dehydration ,the best
      remedy for puffy eyelids (if it is not a medical problem linked to the
      kidneys or thyroid) is to splash cold water on your face first thing in
      the
      morning then dry softly. Place cold teaspoons or tea bags (put them in
      the freezer ) onto your eyelids and relax for a few
      minutes. Please do not use any moisturizer onto your eyelids. As per
      what
      eye shadow to choose try creamy textures ( avoid powdery ones) and
      soft pastel colors so the wrinkles are not highlighted. I hope this will
      help.
      Chanel and Benefit crease less cream shadows such as
      “sparkling champagne” or “skinny jeans” works very well and are so easy to use.

  • Vanessa

    Waow thanks for this advice… I never really knew how to apply eye shadow to my eyes, but tried your tips Sherry and found them very helpful! Could you give us more tips?? for example on how to choose foundations and how to apply blush? Thanks again

    • GeriFOF

      Hi Vanessa, Thank you for your comment. We will ask Sherry to give us her advice on the subjects you mention. Best, Geri

  • MelMoh Amar

    Well said, perfect knowledge. Exactelly thé Colors I put for my blue-green eyes. Thanks Lady Sherry’