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Don’t laugh, but “muddy” is sort of my go-to look. I love neutral eyeshadows best so having them looking muddy isn’t really a big problem but if it is, pressing on something like MAC All That Glitters or Temptalia’s Mellan’s Light or Heart-Dog on the middle of the lid or the inner 1/3 will detract from the muddiness.

This is an issue for me because with small lids and glasses, shadows don’t always show up well. I try to avoid the problem by not using duller matte shades on days when I don’t have time to remove the shadow and start over again. If I get stuck, I do what you do and go over everything with some shimmer.

Rarely a problem, but sometimes my crease work doesn’t mesh as nicely with my outer corner shadow. When that occurs, I will add a “bridge” shade to kill any muddiness of that area. But there have also been times when I’ve had to do what you described; put on a sparkly topper to save the look!

There are quite a few shades that can easily turn ‘muddy’ – especially some of the more neutral colours or those with a blackened base. I tend to use a bright gold/bronze shade to revive it if it happens to me.

Usually, I’ll add luminous brow bone and inner corner highlights and a sparkly topper over the lid to add some dimension to the look. A colorful or sparkly eyeliner on the upper lid works sometimes, too.

First, I apply a bit of no-color loose powder (elf HD in Sheer) over eye primer (Ulta Nude Matte), just in the crease. Helps dark mattes to apply more smoothly and blend better. I apply my mattes (transition and crease) first, and blend the bejesus out of them. Since I’m older, I avoid shimmer in the crease (my eyes are getting crinkly). So I use a shimmer, even metallic, on the lid; but I keep it confined to the lid area, use a tiny brush and patting… NO blending once the shimmer is on! And a soft shimmer under the brow (I have a lot of space from crease to brow, and nothing there looks weird).

Personally, I find that OVER-blending is a common cause of muddiness; blending is good, but easy to overdo.

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