When I finally understood the concept of a transition eye shadow, it upped my eye shadow blending game by tenfold. A transition eye shadow shade is one that is typically matte and slightly darker than your natural skin tone – this helps to blend the lid colour into the brow area. Most days now, I just pop on a shimmery neutral shade [taupe!] on the lid up to the crease, then I blend the edges with a transitional shade – something like this:
My blending skills are better than my photoshop skills.
It looks like I spent a lot of time with my eye look but in fact, it took less than 5 minutes. I’ve depotted some of my most used transition colours into a small z-palette so I can have a range to choose from each morning:
I would group my transition shades into neutral, warm and cool categories. I’m around NC25 so these would be suitable for skin tones that are similar.
• Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Naked
• Cargo Eye Shadow Single in Surrey
• Illamasqua Powder Eyeshadow in Justify
• Physicians Formula Matte Collection Quad Eye Shadow Canyon Classics (upper left corner pan)
• MAC Eye Shadow in Wedge
Sorry these swatches are a little hard to see against my skin as they’re all just slightly darker than my skin tone – but that’s the whole point of transition colours.
These are my most reached for transition shades – they can be used with any eye shadow shade that I use on my lid. I especially like MAC Wedge for its buttery quality and ability to diffuse harsh lines of my lid colour.
• theBalm Meet Matt(e) Nude eyeshadow in Matt Singh
• NYX Nude Matte Shadow Blame It on Midnight NMS08
• Smashbox Eye Shadow in Nude Pearl
• Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color in Hazelnut
I’ve grown quite fond of the warmer transition shades lately – these help to brighten up deeper smoky eye looks. I also enjoy wearing a cool lid shade and warming it up with one of these shades.
• Milani Eye Shadow Single in Taup-e-ary
• Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Laced
• Constance Carroll #58
• Maybelline ExperWear Eyeshadow Single in Earthly Taupe
I reach for these less often but they do come in handy if I’m wearing a warmer lid shade (like MAC Woodwinked) which can sometimes make me look sickly. Using a cool transition shade can help to neutralize the warmness on the lid.
Do you use transition eye shadow shades? What are your favourites?