Tuesday, December 15, 2009

How To: Blending Part I

So, one of the requests I got during my giveaway was a post on blending. Unfortunately, I haven't had the chance to play on a friend and thus a makeup model, so you get a cartoon eye on a piece of tissue.

Many many many people, bloggers, makeup artists and sales associates alike will tell you that tools (AKA brushes) are the key to any makeup look. I only marginally agree with them. I do not think you need a full set of brushes to make a good eye look. I think sometimes they help, but they are not always the key! Which is why you are going to look at me strange when I show you the next pic which only amounts to a very small percentage of my brush collection (what? They are pretty!).

So, there are a lot of brushes in there. Brushes for face, eyes lips, cheeks and almost everything in between. If you bring everything down to basics, you need a total of 2 brushes to create a blended eye look.

Yes, there are 3 in this pic but you need 1 from column A and 1 from column B. The major difference between these brushes in the density of bristles. The brushes on the left are quite a bit more tightly packed which means they will deposit more color. The brush on the right is fluffy and will deposit less color. To blend colors you need a brush to pack on color (A) and a brush to blend (B). If you have a smaller eye or want to fill in a small space, the smaller of the two brushes on the left would probably be best (and I'd recommend the smaller ones to a beginner too).

For reference: beigey colored bristled brush is the Sephora Professional round crease eyeshadow brush, the next one over is the ELF eyeshadow C brush and the fluffy one is the Mark blending brush (fitly named).
So now that you have your brushes, I present to you Sassy Sally, our cartoon eye chick.

She says hello!
Now, I've drawn in a dotted line which is about where you blend your shadow. This isn't to say you should only blend shadow on the crease or on the lid or what-have-you, it's only so you can kind of see the steps involved.

So we are going to take the Sephora crease brush (not just for the crease!) and grab some shadow (in this case Giorgio Armani #44).

Taking the brush we are going to apply the shadow on the "lid" of Sassy Sally. Yes, it is supposed to be messy. No it doesn't matter. You'll be fixing it later.

Now, after you have applied your color, you now blend it. I tend to take the big fluffy brush and swipe it across my lid back and forth quite lightly like windshield wipers.

I usually do it right around the part that the color stops. And don't worry. You can't really mess this up. If you erase too much shadow, you can just reapply with the tightly-packed brush. If you are not combining two colors and are worried about it being streaky, apply some of your normal face powder on the brush to soften the line without adding color.

Now, there are some instances that you want to add color.

Here we have some Chantecaille eyeshadow  (color unknown). Load up the fluffy brush (notice how this would generally be close to at least my skin tone. Unfortunately, Sassy Sally is even more of a sheet than I am (hahah).

Use the same sweeping motion with the fluffy brush.

See how the line is starting to erase (even though of course you can see it since it's dotted)?

Some winged liner and some mascara and Sassy Sally is ready to go out! She loves her soft blended look!

Now I know that's pretty much the basics. You can use various blocks of color and blend them the same way. Here's a small very quickly done diagram.

The idea is apply color in any shape you want, and around it (ie. squiggly lines) blend. As I said, you can blend it with just the brush, some loose powder or even another eyeshadow (though try to stick within the same color families or neutrals so it doesn't get muddy).

I hope this post was useful and I apologize again that I couldn't demo on a real person, but Sassy Sally is always willing to help. Achoo!

Also, you know how I disagree about tools? I painted the following with a Crayola paintbrush. The one that comes free in the water color palette. You know, the one that is like $3 that they sell to preschoolers? That one.
Comments? Questions? Tell me!


Lillian Funny Face said...

I was the one who asked for this tutorial and thank you so much, this is so helpful!

Jeweled Thumb said...

@Lillian: I'm so glad you found it helpful! If you have any other requests for any other tutorials or posts definitely let me know. I want to make sure you and any other readers find the blog material helpful! =)

Jasmine said...

Wow, you are pretty talented with that Crayola brush. You must be an artist. This was very much appreciated. I love your tutorials because they are more garnered for your subscribers and they cover the basics that many bloggers forget about.
Thank you Lillian for the suggestion!
I hope you do a tutorial on how to match skin tones (warm, cool) and what colors tend to bring out certain eye/ skin colors.

Wonderful tutorial!

Jeweled Thumb said...

@Jasmine: Actually, I did get my Bachelor's in Art and love to paint. =)

I really hope that my readers (aka you) enjoy the content on here. It would be kind of silly for me to make tutorials that only I liked and/or understood.

Thank you for your suggestions. I have more "How To: Color Theory" posts in the works. Have you seen the last one?


Jasmine said...

I left a post there too lol. TY!

Jeweled Thumb said...

@Jasmine: For brown eyes, you can really wear anything. It mostly depends on what color your brown eyes are (more honey or more chocolate, etc). Actually, I have a great idea if you're up for it. If you send me a pic of your eye color, I can do a post on brown eyes and then you can get specific recs for your eyecolor. Almost as though you were sitting in a chair right in front of me! Let me know if that sounds like something you would be willing and wanting to do. =)

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