2. Use an eye primer base prior to applying your shadow to help blend your makeup and avoid creases and a wrinkly look, Sherry recommends.
Primers come in different shades that blend with skin tone, and they give shadow staying power and protect the eye lid from shadow pigment. White primer is often used to make eye shadow shades more vibrant.
Apply your eye primer lightly onto the whole top eyelid if you’re going to have a long day or evening out so your eye makeup will stay neat and clean.
Chanel’s professional eyeshadow base is one of Sherry’s favorites because it includes subtle, light-reflecting pigments. NARS eye primer contains beeswax and castor oil, ingredients which are beneficial for sensitive skin.
3. Next, apply a neutral and matte base eyeshadow, using a flat makeup brush or your fingertips. Start by applying the shadow all over the upper eyelid, from the outer corner of the eyes to the inner eyelid, in circular movements.
4. Last, lightly apply a darker color to the outer corner of the upper eyelid.
Make sure to avoid overly strong colors, such as electric blue and green and strong orange tones, that are more suitable for fashion runways. Build the color, step by step, by blending it in a little horizontal V shape in the outer corner, then lightly color the crease of your eyes. When finished, add a bit of matt eye shadow base under the eye brows and blend gently to give a subtle look.
5. For evening, you can compliment your eye shadow with well-defined black eyeliner.
You also can enhance your makeup for evening by adding a light sparkling eye shadow. Illamasqua Gold is Sherry’s favorite because this one color can help you achieve any soft or strong look. (It is currently sold out!) She also likes Sleek’s Oh So Special IDivine palette, which includes light peach, gold, pastel blue, soft taupe and cream colors, and can be used for day makeup or stronger for the evenings.