My tricks to ace your eyeshadow

Beauty / February 15, 2019

I notice that one of the most challenging parts of the makeup process is perfecting that eyeshadow look. Thanks to Instagram and the plethora of YouTube beauty vloggers, we are confronted with thousands of tutorials. Every eye is different and every artist has a different way of combining colors. Smokey, cut crease, halo eye… the list can go on. 

When I feel overwhelmed, I go back to basics. An eyeshadow looks doesn’t have to be very complicated. It doesn’t even need to involve a lot of colors. You can rely on one great palette to take through the different moods you have. Recently, I discovered the Pat McGrath Labs Mothership Eyeshadow Palette through It contains 10 classic shades that everyone would be able to work with and build on. The quality is undeniable and is true to the mastery of  the celebrity makeup artist to Hollywood’s A-List that is Pat McGrath. 

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Pat McGrath Labs Mothership Eyeshadow Palette. Available via

I start with a neutral color to serve as the base of my eyeshadow. Setting the base with shadow also keep whatever cream primer you’ve used in place. This gives the eyeshadow a canvass to hold on to. 

When it comes to a basic eyeshadow look, I always believe in putting a matte shade in the crease. This immediately makes it look blended and as natural as possible. I then build to sparkly shades. My choice  is something that’s gold to copper range. They look good on anyone, and they are quite forgiving especially if you’ve laid a base that’s within the brown shades. 

Underneath your eyes, you can line them with the same shade you used on your lid. But you can also use another color. Let it serve as the pop to your look. 

When it comes to the brushes you use, just makes sure they are clean. You can use the quick clean brush cleaners if you want to use the same brush throughout your look. Always go for fluffy brushes as they disperse and the blend the product. 

For eyeliner, you can go simple or with just a simple wing. I use these days the Pat McGrath Perma Precision Liquid Eyeliner. The felt-tip pen design is easy to work with plus the formula of the liner itself is waterproof. When in the tropics, it doesn’t hurt to go waterproof with everything you use. 

riarecommends Pat McGrath Perma Precision Liquid Eyeliner
Pat McGrath Perma Precision Liquid Eyeliner

Afterwards, curl your lashes and ready them for mascara. Since I have short lashes, I like to use a booster. One that I always have is the Clis Booster XL Vitamin-Infused Mascara Primer from Lancome. It maximizes the effects of any mascara you use on top plus nourishes your lashes with Vitamin E. 

My favorite mascara at the moment is the CliniqueFIT Workout 24 Hour Mascara. Designed to outlast you gym session, it’s the type of mascara that doesn’t go anywhere. 

CliniqueFIT™ Workout 24-Hour Mascara

If you need a better guide, watch my video tutorial below:

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