So on mornings where I have about a minute to do something with my eyes, I reach for my trusty favourites. Those that require minimal effort and make it look like I've made a bit of an effort!
I give you my one shadow wash of colour selection.
These are the shades I can slap on with my finger or with one brush and bam, I'm out the door.
On the creamy end of the scale and the requiring no brushes if I'm in a pinch, we have By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Misty Rock. I've talked to you about this lots of times but it's a gorgeous shade that gives a shimmery yet elegant finish to the eyes. Then we have a bit of Chanel, namely one of the Illusion D'Ombres. Sure where would you be going slapping on a bit of Epatant on first thing in the morning! This light green shimmery pot of gorgeousness is at it's best when sheered out as a wash of colour across the lids. Any more than that and you need to start messing about with eyeliner. But with my ring finger, patted onto the lids, I can run out the door thinking hey, today will be a good day as I'm wearing Chanel. Another eye crayon, but this time from Kiko, shade 04 Golden Chocolate is for mornings where you still want to have minimum effort, but have maximum effect. It can be packed on for a proper dramatic eye, or if patted in with my finger, it gives a more natural finish. If I really want to lose the run of myself, I apply a sheer wash of it all over the lids, making sure to blend the edges, before going back in with a second layer right at the lash line, making it look like I've done more than I have! Finally we have Max Factor Excess Shimmer Gel Eyeshadow in Copper. This cool toned taupe is sheer perfection, bringing light and dimension to the eyes and it's totally a shade that makes me feel like I'm Lisa Eldridge. It's delicate and understated. Everything I'm not!
|L-R: By Terry Ombre Blackstar Misty Rock, Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Epatant, Kiko 04 Golden Chocolate, Max Factor Excess Shimmer Gel Eyeshadow Copper|
I fell in love with NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Himalia last year knowing that I'd get a lot of wear out of it. It is a neutral lover's dream and is one of those must have shades in everyone's stash. It can be used wet and dry, but let's face it, first thing in the morning I won't be doing anything extra other than slapping it on dry and still, I look polished and put together when I wear it. One of my all time favourite eyeshadows ever is Patina from MAC. It's a shade that's so hard to describe, but it's a beauty and one I wear on it's own all the time. It looks almost antiqued and has a gold/green look to it. Next is one of L'Oreal's Color Riche L'Ombre Pure Mono shadows in the shade Over The Taupe which is soft, buttery and a dream to wear. The dense, almost wet texture of this one means you can use your finger to pick up a load of product, slap it on and then use a clean finger to blend the edges. And no need to worry about cleaning brushes! Finally we have one of Maybelline's Color Tattoo Pure Pigments in the shade Improper Copper. Now we can't get these in Ireland yet and fingers crossed they bring them over here because these loose pigments are bloody amazing. I got mine in New York and only picked up one other shade and am wishing I got more. Definitely use a brush applying this one or you'll get it everywhere and if you're in a rush, panic will ensue. Pat it on to the eyelid using a flat eyeshadow brush and then use a fluffy blending brush to blend the edges and poof, you're ready to go! Although the swatch looks quite dark below, rest assured that you can sheer it out easily.
|L-R: NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Himalia, MAC Patina, L'Oreal Color Riche L'Ombre Pure Mono Over the Taupe, Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigment Improper Copper.|