If you're a fan of shimmering eye shadow, it's easy to overdo it when you wear those sparkly shades by day. Still, there are some ways to show off your glamorous side with a touch of shimmer. The key to making a shimmering eye shadow work by day is to stick with neutral color palettes and steer clear of shadows infused with glitter altogether. Pearl shadows and some mineral shadows can help to create a toned-down version of your favorite nighttime look.
Here are some tips for wearing shimmering eye shadow by day:
Use a Neutral Base
A base powder in a neutral, non-shimmering color sets the stage for your glamorous daytime look. Use an eye shadow in taupe, beige, tan, or a very light grey as your base color and make sure this color goes all the way up to the brow bone.
Stick with a Powder Shimmer Shadow
A loose powder or mineral shimmer shadow is your best bet for daytime looks. Use your fingertips to apply the color to your eyelids and blend to the crease. Best picks for daytime looks: silver, gold, bronze, light brown, blue, or green. Remember that you only need a single layer of shadow to glam up your daytime look! Too many layers will be overkill, so stick with just a single sweep of shadow.
Use a Light Shimmer Shadow on the Upper Rim
I learned this trick from a makeup artist and it really does help to make your eyes look bigger. Apply a very thin line of shimmering silver, light blue, or a very light pink shimmering shadow just on the rim of your upper eyelid. This opens up your eyes and serves as a frame before you apply a layer of liner. Any eyeliner you apply should be thin enough that it doesn't cover up this line of shadow completely. It's a very subtle difference but does help to create the effect of larger eyes.
Save the Smokey Eye Look for Special Occasions
Unless you're getting ready for a special occasion by day, steer clear of the smokey eye look and draw a super-skinny line on the rims of your eyes as an enhancement instead. A super-thin line of black or brown liner will be all you really need to draw attention to those shimmering lids. Keep it neat and don't use any type of smudging tool. Finish with a few coats of mascara for the complete look.
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