How Low Can You Go?

how low can you go eye shadow

Let’s play a game of eye shadow limbo. When it comes to getting a little smudgy under the peepers – how low can you go? An Olsen-esque downward smudge of epic shadowy proportions, a barely there ‘squint and you see it’ line or heck none at all? It’s a topic I’ve been pondering this week after spending long lengths of time I wouldn’t like to admit to pouring over pictures of the aforementioned Mary-Kate and Ashley on Pinterest. And I’ve come to the conclusion that I rather enjoy a bit of under eye shadow action. Uber easy to execute and acts as a bit of a ‘I’ve made an effort today’ makeup indicator. So I’ve assembled together a few tips on how to get low when it comes to eye shadow limbo…

Shadowy shade. This bit is the toughie – getting the colour right. Too dark and it starts to look panda-like, too red toned and you begin to look like you’re suffering from a case of pink eye. I like to keep things more taupey. A slight shimmer running through it differentiates from your natural shadows and a good taupe flatters all. In the picture above I’m rocking MAC Amber Lights, but Maybelline The Nudes Palette or Studiowest Maya Crystal Eye Shadow in Goldmine get roped in for this job often.

Time to get smudgy. Got your smudgee, now to find your smudger. I like to use whatever fluffy blending brush I used in the crease, for a diffused halo of colour – yep that MAC 217 will do. But a smaller and more thinly nibbed pencil brush will work directly under those lashes for a more concentrated line of colour if that’s more your desired outcome. Or you can always regress to a good cotton bud.

Mascara is your friend. I’m not a regular bottom lash mascara wearer, but when I decide to channel my inner-Olsen (pah!), out it comes. I just do a quick once over with whatever I’m lacquering up my top lashes with (currently Maybelline’s Hyper Curl Volum’ Express Mascara), though I can find this sometimes results in me wearing more mascara on my skin than my actual lashes. Sounds so faddy, but it’s seriously good stuff. Gives just the right oomph of definition and doesn’t budge. Like, not one bit.

Get in line. If rocking a bit of colour below the lashline is a bit of a no no for you, ease yourself in with some kajal. Skip the waterline and get dotting between your lashes, blend out with your fingers and you’re done. Pair with some baggy garb and textured locks – is that you Ashley?

*Cheers and claps* How low can you go? How low can you go? How low can you go? Discuss.