How do you figure out what colors to use?
When I first started to experiment with different colors and going for more complex looks (aka more than one eyeshadow), I would create a color palette on the back of my hand. I don’t often do this these days, but I still will opt for this technique when I’m not quite sure how certain colors will look or if I want to try a certain base and see how shadows will look on top of it.
In the above photo, I was trying to figure out whether I wanted to use Make Up For Ever’s #22 Emerald Green (right) or #20 Intense Blue (left) as an eyeshadow base. I already decided that I wanted to use Urban Decay’s new eyeshadows, which were pretty much in the blue family, and layered those from light to dark over each base on my hand. I ended up going full-on blue and came up with this look. I also couldn’t decide what kind of shade of blue I wanted the liner to me, so I swatched three different shades below to see what appealed to me most.
When you’re not sure how colors are going to look together, or you’re experimenting, sometimes doing a quick sketch on the back of your hand can help you get a better visual of it without investing twenty minutes or more doing the actual makeup on your eyes. Sometimes a base might not be vibrant enough; sometimes a base may just eat up the colors you want.
You could easily swatch blushes, lipsticks, lipglosses, whatever against the eyeshadows you’re wearing, too. It’s just a quick and dirty way to turn your idea into something tangible.