1.16.2012

Quick Tip: Easy Shadow Lines


Trying to get eyes even when applying shadow can be frustrating! Luckily, this can be solved with just a couple of pieces of tape.

How and where to apply the tape depends on the eye look you want. Simply take a small piece of tape, decide the angle you'd like, and apply. Make sure the tape side becomes your line--not the jagged top/bottom edges. Tip: apply another piece of tape Pac-Man style to achieve a "V." To make the look more noticable on camera, I angled my tape up--tilt it down right for more of a winged effect.


I used a fluffy brush and applied color over my lid, and stopped right where the tape begins (although it looks like I'm trying to attack my eye). Having that tape in place provides me with a clean line.
Peel off the tape once you've achieved the effect you desire. In this picture, I have brown shadow along my crease (and a terrified look apparently).

For a more dramatic look, I brushed brown as my base, and then black in the crease and outer "V." I then smudged the black under my bottom lashes. This really looked better in person, vs. camera!

TIPS:
  • Your line will be very obvious once you remove the tape. If you don't desire this look, blend in.
  • Don't want to use Scotch tape? Try medical tape, a business card, or an index card to achieve similar results.
PS: If you follow me on Twitter, you might have learned that my precious Great-Granny, Sugar, isn't doing well.  She's 95 and is my heart, but unfortunately lives 5 hours away. Visiting her in the hospital and being away from a computer have caused a pause in my usual blogging/commenting, so your patience, prayers, and positive thoughts mean the world. Thank you for all of the sweet thoughts and prayers. Miracles happen every day, and if there's anyone deserving a miracle, it's my Sugar. 

49 comments:

  1. I love this idea! My attempts to put on eyeshadow "well" is nothing short of a disappointment. I'll definitely be trying this tomorrow!

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  2. How clever! Like when you're painting. I can use this tip 'cause I never seem to get things straight or even.

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  3. this is pure genius!! i'm sorry to hear about your great gran. i'll be praying for her and your family. xx

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  4. So sorry to hear about your great granny, hope she will be better soon:)

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  5. I'm so sorry to hear about your grandmother. =( My grandmother was my world and ever since she passed away I still get choked up thinking about her. Grandmothers are precious people in our lives and I'll be praying for you and your family.

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  6. so i got ALL excited about this tip and then read about your gran. so, i wanna say first, i'll be praying for her and your family.

    i mean it.

    secondly, i struggle with a clean line. i used this tip and than ran to my hub and yelled, "i have a clean line! i have a clean line!" he was all, "ya. that's great." and i was all, "did you just turn up the tv?" and then he was all...

    nope that was it.

    thanks for the sweet tip!

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  7. Thoughts and prayers to your granny and the whole family:(

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  8. This is an awesome tip! I would have never thought of it!

    Thoughts and prayers with you and your fam.

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  9. That's a brilliant idea! And I'm sorry to hear about your grandmother - I'll be thinking of you.

    Courtney
    http://sartorialsidelines.com

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  10. crisp, perfect lines! And I love the look too. I'm sending out good vibes for you and your fam.

    ♥ laura
    the blog of worldly delights

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  11. What a great idea! I am truly so sorry to hear about your grandmother and will certainly keep both you and she in my thoughts and in my heart. Sending lots of hugs your way!

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  12. Such a neat trick Elle! You constantly amaze me. Love this idea. Praying for your family too. I understand what you're going through. ((HUG))

    http://averysweetblog.com/

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  13. Sorry to hear about your gramndmother, my Grandma is really sick so we are getting married soon!

    xo Nav
    http://www.navlandstyle.blogspot.com/

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  14. Loving this idea! I've got to try it at some point!

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  15. Great tip! I'm so sorry to hear about your grams. I hope everything turns out healthy and happy.

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  16. What a great idea. Eye make up has come out really well!!!

    Sorry to hear about your Grams. Will keep her in my prayers :) Hope she gets well soon.

    ♡ from © tanvii.com

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  17. what a great idea! I'm constantly fixing my foundation and whiping away extra shadow - this is such a smart fix! Love it <3

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  18. Great idea!! I kind of like the sharp edge. xoxo
    http://www.hellohellofriday.com/

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  19. Very cool! Love your tips! Tape is so useful sometimes...lol

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  20. What an awesome tip! I never would have thought of that!

    I hope that Sugar is doing better!!

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  21. really great tip. Hope your granny gets better soon

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  22. Wow, I've never heard of doing this before - it's such a good idea! I had having shadow find its way down my face. I'm going to give this trick a try. Thanks for the tip!

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  23. Clever tips, great pictures!

    And I'm so sorry to hear about your Sugar. Ya'll are in my thoughts. Try to rest and keep us updated if you can <3

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  24. Great tip! Never thought of that!
    Your grandmother wil be in my prayers!

    http://theprettyfactor.blogspot.com

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  25. my heart is sad for you and your granny. you will most definitely be in my thoughts and many prayers today. please keep us posted if you have the time, elle.

    p.s. you don't have to respond to my comments, dear. i understand <3

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  26. I've never thought about trying to make my lines even.. I just wing it. Hahaha.. I prob look like a hot mess! LMAO!

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  27. I love the angular shape this creates on the top side of the eyes. Thanks for the cool trick.

    xoxo
    http://www.thewrittenrunway.com

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  28. This is one of those ideas that I wish I would have come up with myself. Brilliant.

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family, Elle!!

    *Erin

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  29. Ooo, what a great tip! I love playing with eye shadow and will have to try this out soon.

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  30. You have the greatest tips here and I love this one. I'm going to have to try it! Thanks for sharing Elle :)

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  31. Great tip! This is an area I'm not gifted in. So thanks for the help. ;)

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  32. Great tip - never thought of using tape. Hope your gran is better soon!

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  33. How interesting. Looks like it really works!

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  34. I can't wait to try this!! Perfect for a weekend out. You always have the best tips :)

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  35. I saw dulce candy do this with her eyes and it turned out just as great. I need to try one day.

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  36. Love the tape idea, so practical! And I'm sending lots of prayers and good thoughts to you and your Sugar!

    xo Mary Jo

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  37. love the tip!! i do this all the time to make sure my eyes are even lol

    Sugar Filled Closet + Newest Blog Post: Purple Monday

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  38. cool trick! your eyeshadow looks gorgeous. xx

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  39. Clever trick! :) And my prays go out to your Great Granny Sugar.

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  40. Wow I love this idea! Simple, yet very useful. Also, keeping your Sugar in my prayers!

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  41. the shadow looks great!! didn't think to use tape, but i may just now.

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  42. I love this trick! I especially like it on a nighttime smoky eye. The crisp line gives it a nice, dramatic effect.

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  43. What a brilliant technique!! And lots of prayers for Sugar!

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  44. I got all excited to tell you what a clever gal you are but then I saw the news about your g-ma & it is so much more important for me to tell you I hope she gets better soon!

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