What is the secret to making eye shadow last all day long? I have a trick to share with you that will make your eye shadow stay all day, keeping it looking as fresh looking in the evening as when you first applied it in the morning.
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Trying to keep eyeshadow and makeup from wearing off is one of the toughest makeup challenges. Our skin secretes oil through our pores throughout the day, breaking down even the longest wearing eye shadow. Unfortunately, it’s inevitable that the eye shadow you so carefully applied in the morning will crease and wear off by mid afternoon.
There are some traditional solutions for this problem… using an eye primer before adding eye shadow is one of them. Also, adding concealer and powder to the eyelids before applying makeup can help. But I have yet to discover that any of these fixes actually work, so I usually don’t even bother.
What I use instead is a product that makes eye shadow last all day long, and one that I have raved about for years. My secret is… the MAC Paint Pots. In fact, I rarely, if ever, apply eye shadow on someone without first using this product to prep the eye area.
The MAC Paint Pots are cream eye shadows, similar to their sister product, the MAC Paints. You can use them as a base for your eye shadows, or you can wear some of the more dramatic colors on their own.
But unlike other cream eye shadows which crease and fade, the MAC Paint Pots and Paints will last. This is because they start as a cream and then dry down to a powder finish. After that, they aren’t going to move around at all. They are the best primer for eye shadow that I have ever found and one of my favorite makeup products ever.
Since the paint pots come in many different colors, I suggest using one in a color that is near your own skin tone. You can then press any eye shadow color on top of it, and it will help enhance the color and hold it into place.
To show you how to apply the cream eyeshadow, I have created a bonus video that shows my cream eyeshadow feathering technique. This video shows you how to quickly and seamlessly apply the cream eyeshadow, so just click on the button below:
To apply the paint pot, I recommend using a firmer makeup brush. Makeup brushes with firmer, flat shaped bristles like the #239 by MAC. These are best because they can easily apply both cream and powder eye shadows. I like this particular brush because even though it has firmer bristles to grab the cream shadow, the ends are soft and tapered so you can blend the cream onto your eyelid without the brush becoming stiff.
First, dip your brush into the cream shadow and apply the cream to your eyelid first. Start at your lash line and then blend upward. You want to cover the entire eyelid and then feather the cream out onto the crease of your eye.
Then, you can apply your powder eye shadow directly on top of the cream base. The paint will grab your eye shadow and make it last all day. After trying this, you might have a favorite new makeup product on your hands.
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And don’t forget to download the video. Seriously, it will help explain things even more!
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