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More often than not, unless I’m doing a cut-crease. I love Christina Aguilera’s eye look in the video for Lady Marmalade (black on the lid, with red in the crease).

Excellent question!

Do you ever use dark or black cream eyeshadows as a base? I do. Mostly for a night out.

How do you like to use them? Eyeshadow primer, a heavy sweep of a black cream eyeshadow (currently MUFA Aqua Cream 27) and then eyeshadow on top.

What’s your favorite combination you’ve discovered? I use this often when oing out for the night. MUFA Aqua Cream 27 all over lid and blended up a tad bit over my hooded crease. Illamasqua Zeitgeist all over the lid, Illamasqua Android in the crease and a random skin colour eyeshadow for the highlight from the L.A. Colors Expressions 12-Color Eyeshadow Palette. No eyeliner but loads of mascara!

Dinitchka, I just looked up Illamasqua’s Android and…. *faints* Oh. MY. GOD! *strokes screen* That is so my colour! I rarely use loose pigments but that one may be worth it. It looks like it has the depth of an Armani ETK. And I bet the black base fixes the sheerness problems mentioned in Christine’s Temptalia review. Speaking of bases, does MUFE #27 have a shimmer? I use MUFE’s Aqua Black which is a super opaque matte and didn’t know they had another black but a quick look on Sephora shows #27 to be really pretty.

Kafka, I went bonkers last year. I first bought just about all of Illamasqua’s blushes and then I moved on to the eyeshadows. I am NOT a fan of loose pigments. I had at that time probably 10 – 13 jars, rarely used. When I saw the Illamasqua pigments, I was blown away. I LOVE the ‘iridescence’ the pigments take on. I ended up buying quite a few. I cannot compare it to Armani’s since I don’t have that one 🙁 Yes, the black base does help the sheerness. Really any dark base but I like black. #27 is not matte. I had been using Aqua Black as well, which I like. I wanted to try #27 before it got discontinued. LOL! I hope this info help you 🙂

Never tried it, as I’ve found creams tend to crease easily on me. I might give it a go if I ever want to do a very bold smoky eye. Generally, my eyeshadow wear leans on the lighter side of the spectrum, since a careless application of black eyeshadow can mean panda time for me. 😛

No. I have closer set eyes and I prefer to only use really dark colors on the outer part of my eye or in the crease. I want to give the effect of wider set eyes so I try to always make my inner corner lighter. I don’t think I have ever use a dark cream eyeshadow as a base. If I have it was just to test it out and I probably didn’t like it much, but it has been so long I don’t even remember. Haha

Yes definately, i prefer my lac gel liner to be as smooth to apply as i first got it, and when it begins to thicken up, i jus use that as a base, im currently using a calvin klein gel liner as my base. my favourite combinationa have to be the gel liner over the base, or mac’s mauvement pigment all over the lid and macs shadowy lady in the crease, or laura merciers black karat all overthebse with UD cobra in the crease.

Oh yes, definitely. I use Mac’s blackground or Blacktrack, but I also love to use some of my other fluidlines like Siahi or Dark Diversion. One of my favourite ways to get a smoky eye with some depth is to use Benefit’s Skinny Jeans under a darker Mac pigment like The Family Crest or Dark Soul.

I love your idea with Vex, Christine- I’m going to have to try that!

I should want to improve my black smoky eye technical !!!
I try more and more… I’m sure I’ll got the right way … once !

OMG Christine! You MUST photograph that look with Blacktrack and Vex! Please! That sounds INCREDIBLE and so unique!

I AGREE! You took the. . .post right out of my fingers, I guess is what I’m saying. Words right out of my mouth doesn’t exactly work here. I absolutely love Vex, I would love to see a pic!

Christine, that last photo of you in the Ultra Black Smoky Eye link….. FIERCE! Tyra Banks would say you’re Smizing. (Ooops, did I reveal too much about my bad TV habits?) But seriously, I love that photo. My favorite one of you yet.

NO! A most emphatic, NO, it’s not! Last season and the All-Stars before that were one of the worst things ever. And, yet, I still watch. *sigh* This week (Friday?) will be the premiere of what is undoubtedly going to be the last season (she fired 3 of the usual people, including the 2 Js and Nigel, the British ex-model photographer chap to help fix the ratings). The focus will be on university students. And, like the masochist that I most clearly am, I will undoubtedly watch it.

Yes! BUT- I found that using a black liner pencil is more precise and easier to blend than a cream shadow. I just color in the area with a black liner pencil, blend it out, and lay any color on over it for a more intense look. I got the idea from Kandee Johnson in this video, which is my favorite smokey eye look:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSkMMRL5kuw

I was complaining to the MAC counter person the other day that I can never seem to go through my fluidlines before they dry out. He suggested using it as a base. Normally, my oily eyelids can’t even handle their paint pots without creasing. But the fluidline stays on!

Yes, I use gel eyeliners as a dark cream eyeshadow base and top it off with a duo chrome. Blue brown pigment and green brown pigment looks awesome on top of a dark base.

It makes me look way too goth for everyday at school (speaking as an exgoth!) but I love it. Today I did Blackground & Urban Decay Urb e/s just for sitting around the house and doing my first assignments but it looks really nice – I love a dark base with any lighter sparkly shadow. Thanks for the perk-me-up idea. 🙂

Yes, many times. I prefer the Nyx jumbo pencils. If I want something for daytime I use it only on the lid, blend with a brush then use a pigment over it (usually wet with visine). I leave my crease color dry to keep it sensible for the office.

I’ve used the Greasepaint in black with the gorgeous shadows from Venomous Villains foiled over it. I’m the opposite of subtlety so this suits me like a bell on a kitten. I want to get Bat Black and see how that fares with some red based shadows over it.

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