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Applying Contour Eye Shadow

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One of the fundamentals of applying makeup is putting that contour shade in the crease. Everyone just assumes we know how to do it! These tips make it fool-proof.

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To find your crease, close your eye and press on it gently. The crease is the indent that hugs the top half of your eyeball.

Apply your contour shade in the crease with your eye open. If you close your eye to apply your contour shadow, it will disappear into the crease when you open your eye. Use a "windshield wiper" motion lifting your brush as little as possible. Follow the natural contour of the eye and blend up and out. You may wish to bring the color onto the outer corner of the eyelid a bit too, creating a sideways "V." Some wonderful makeup brushes to try include the Eye Shader Brush and Crease Brush for a softer look; or the Eye Contour Brush for more drama. Sometimes I use a lighter shade in the crease, sometimes darker, sometimes shimmer, sometimes matte. Don't be afraid to experiment!
Chelsea Simmons

Chelsea Simmons

Chelsea began her beauty journey in 2010 as a fashion and beauty freelancer at Ladies’ Home Journal magazine. There she had the chance to test and review hundreds of products while quickly falling for the benefits the clean makeup she tried. After leaving the magazine industry, she worked as a publicist for international fragrance and beauty brands until 2016 when she landed at jane iredale. Here, she has discovered liquid eyeliner doesn’t have to burn her eyes, foundation doesn’t have to feel heavy, and that the jane iredale Global Educators truly have the best beauty hacks. Since then, she’s shared her 10+ years of experience with you on The Good Glow Blog.