As featured in my Xpose Magazine Column... Makeup artists are always banging on about the mysterious art of blending but what exactly is it? Well, it's not when you smudge everything together and end up with a muddy miserable mess on your eyelid. Rather, it's when the edges of one colour fade into the next colour or disappear into the surrounding skin. Some aspects of makeup look best when they are crisp and graphic, like red lipstick or liquid eyeliner but when you do want that soft blended effect these are the techniques to use. CREATE A SMOOTH BASE - In order to get an even blend of colour from your eyeshadow or blush the product underneath needs to be an even texture. That means a little powder to set your foundation, a touch of concealer and powder on your eyelid or a fancy eyeshadow base to make everything smooth. (Laura Mercier Eye Canvas €22.50)
CHOOSING A BRUSH - The best blending brushes have long hairs to glide over the skin, a round tapered head that will deposit the same amount of product on the skin no matter which direction you travel in and soft hairs that will apply sheer layers of colour. The worst brush to attempt blending with is a short haired square brush that will catch on the skin and create patches and lines. (Sigma E40 €9 and E25 €7.50)
USING THE BRUSH - The amount of pressure you put on your brush will create different effects. Hold your brush very gently when blending so that it doesn't catch onto the skin and alternate between side to side windscreen wiper motions and circular twirls.
SHADES OF BROWN - The ultimate secret to bending eyeshadow is to use a colour that is a few steps lighter than the main colour. i.e: If you've got chocolate brown eyeshadow on your eyelid use a much lighter brown to create a faded effect. (MAC Eyeshadow in Kid €16)