This blog is a companion to my latest YouTube video on a "One Shadow Look"... sometimes you just want a look that's quick, easy, and uncomplicated! I thought I'd offer some ideas of the types of shadows that work well for a one-shadow look. They're mid-toned shades that have at least a little shimmer- this helps the shadow pop in the lid, but then deepen in the crease. It gives the eye a multi-dimensional look, even though you're just using one product! For details on how to get the look, watch my tutorial!
And if you want even MORE suggestions, check out my original version of my Top Stand Alone eyeshadows from 2011! It also includes a one-shadow tutorial. Now here are some new stand-alone favorites... I've listed them in order from most neutral to the most bold :)
L'oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Bronzed Taupe ($7, Drug/Discount Stores)
This is the shadow used in the tutorial- it's just perfect for this type of look. It really pops on the lid, but looks deeper when shadowed by the crease. I also notice more bronzey-warmth from this shade when I sheer it out and blend it up on top of the crease. This is a super pigmented shade that seems to blend with very little effort!
Motives Eyeshadow in Bedroom Eyes ($12.50, Shop.com)
I just reviewed this and other Motives products in my last blog post. Check it out to see how this shade looks on the eyes. While it's definitely a taupe shade, it has a bit more of a rosy tone than Bronzed Taupe. It's really unique and has the prettiest golden shimmer. I've actually ordered several other Motives singles since trying this one. It's so soft and creamy!
Sephora Outrageous Prisma Chrome in Outrageous Metallic Taupe ($5 to $7- on clearance at Sephora stores)
Again with the taupe-ish shades! They are truly gorgeous though... I couldn't help myself! This shade is quite a bit deeper than the first two, but still has some very fine, gorgeous shimmer. I did a one-shadow smokey eye with this a couple of weeks ago and fell in love with it. This looks really pretty smudged under the eye as well. Check out the clearance bin at Sephora if you want this shade- they're limited edition and going fast!
MAC Twinks ($15, maccosmetics.com)
This is one of my favorite MAC shadows. It looks a bit deeper in the pan than it appears once you blend it out on the eye. It's kind of a brownish-plum with shimmer (It's a Veluxe Pearl finish). It has a very pretty warmth to it, and if you really concentrate the color, it can look even deeper.
Sigma Resist ($11, sigmabeauty.com)
Such a gorgeous, unique shade from Sigma. It's a dusty lavender/mauve with gold shimmer. The mauvey-pink tones tend to come out more when this shade is blended out, but you'll see more shimmer when it's packed on the lid. I love this color! I believe this shade is also part of the Flare palette.
Sephora Ourtageous Prisma Chrome in Outrageous Metallic Purple ($5 to $7, on clearance at Sephora stores)
Again, these Prisma Chromes are absolutely stunning and this shade has the very same depth as the Outrageous Metallic Taupe shown above, only it has a purple tone. It's amazing how dark these shades can look when you use them in your crease, yet they catch the light on the lids and shine like crazy!
Estee Lauder Pure Color Gelee Powder Eyeshadow in Cyber Ruby ($24, esteelauder.com)
This shade is just so gorgeous! The camera isn't doing it justice. It's such a pretty burgundy shade, and I believe this was the shadow I used in my Estee Lauder 1-Brand Tutorial. These shadows are great and work well wet or dry. I see myself using this a lot in fall and winter- it could potentially give you a very smokey look!
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in Goddess ($5.99, makeupgeek.com)
This shade looks like a burnt orange color in the pan, but has the most gorgeous golden tone when you sheer it out. Almost like a deep peach color. I've been experimenting with a lot of different Makeup Geek shades, and she has a lot of really unique colors in her line.
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in Poison Ivy ($5.99, makeupgeek.com)
Another great mid-toned shadow from MakeupGeek! This is a nice not too light, not too dark green that has a bit of shimmer. As you see the swatch, you can see how the left side is hitting the light and appearing brighter, while the right side looks like a slightly deeper green.
NYX Eyeshadow in Atlantic ($4, cherryculture.com)
The CherryCulture website calls this a matte shade, but I think it definitely has a satin finish. Just a bit of sheen, and gorgeous blue color. While it looks kind of bold, I think this is a very wearable blue shadow that's just a step up from using navy. I think it's beautiful!
Hope you enjoyed my updated picks for stand-alone eyeshadows! :) I tried to work in plenty of neutrals and "wearable" colors. Thanks to those who requested that I do this, and thanks for taking time to check out my blog! By the way, yesterday's post was all about my favorite low-maintenace lip products, and it's on the Ladies' Home Journal Gloss Daily site. You'll find my posts there every other Wednesday! :)
- Did you catch Beauty Broadcast LIVE this morning? Click here to watch! We had lots of makeup talk this week, as well as some tips for staying true to yourself on YouTube!
- I shot a video while a heavy thunderstorm was passing through... hope you aren't to startled as you watch that one!
- Do you ever forget that your hand has a bunch of swatches on it? It seems so normal to me and sometimes I go out and forget that some people probably think that looks really weird.
- By the way, I mentioned this on BBL, but Mederma Advanced is working well on my curling iron burn and "permanent swatch" from the oven. Yes, two scars in almost the same spot. They're fading quite nicely though! :)