Are yellow eyeshadow looks the new black? I haven’t created any beauty content in a while, and now that I’m settled into my new house and back into my normal routine (6 months later) I thought it’s about time I did. I swear I’ve shot so many looks, but haven’t posted them. Edited them and long forgotten. And, here we are.
Nevertheless, I do love creating this type of content. I’ve been wanting to dabble with a yellow eyeshadow make up look for months (after trying out the blue eyeshadow). So, now that it’s finally Summer and there were some pretty weeds in my garden (as seen in this shoot) I thought I should finally give it a go.
Yellow eyeshadow might be something you’ve never attempted to wear, but this sunny hue has become one of the most popular shades lately. Maybe it’s because it looks great on every skin tone. Maybe, because we’ve all been craving a little colour after a dull period. But how exactly should you wear a yellow eyeshadow look? Here are my tips to ensure it looks good – even if you don’t know what you’re doing (like me).
Kmart Eyeshadow Palette (I’d suggest this instead)
Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (Similar Here)
How to Wear Yellow Eyeshadow
Wearing yellow eyeshadow can be a little daunting, but it can also be a lot of fun. If you are a little hesitant, do what I did. Give it a go with a cheap shadow from Kmart (be warned though, cheap shades can be really dry). If you want to dive in the deep end, I’ve listed some products you can try below.
Start with a clean base
You want to make sure your foundation is clean and even before you add your eyeshadow. This will ensure your shadow looks great and makes it easier to gauge how much eyeshadow you need to apply. You don’t necessarily need full coverage foundation either. Just work with a concealer to cover any spots that might detract from the look.
Choose a yellow that matches your complexion
If you have fair skin, opt for a softer yellow like mustard or chartreuse. For medium skin tones, go bold with lemon-yellow or think about lighter honey shades. Darker skin tones can play with brighter eye shades like ochre and golds. This will make the yellow stand out, but also, ensure it looks good on your skin tone.
A cream shadow will give you a more natural look with a more solid base, while a powder shadow will give you more intense colour. The key here is to prep your base beforehand with a white base or primer depending on how bright you’d like it. I do find that colour shades can be on the dry side so if you have dry skin, give a cream shadow a go or add a gloss overtop.
Apply your shadow
Use a brush or your fingers to apply the shadow to your lid and crease. From there, use a complimentary darker shade to blend the crease up to the brow bone.
The key is to take time to blend and build up the colour. You want to avoid it looking too intense or harsh. If you’re using a powder shadow, be sure to tap off any excess before applying it to your lid so it doesn’t drop. You’ll also need to make sure you have something to catch the fall out incase. Coloured shadows tend to be more powdery than others.
Add some mascara
This will help open up your eyes and give your overall look some extra dimension. With yellow eyeshadow I think the blacker and thicker, the better. But, if you use a different shade you could play with tonal mascara such as blue with a blue shadow. I like to use this one from Charlotte Tilbury, but go with whatever you’re used to.
Lastly, don’t forget blush
Nothing brightens up your face more than a pop of colour on the cheeks. For best results. Try a peach or apricot shade to add just the right amount of warmth to your complexion to complement the yellow tones. It will also give life back into your face which can be lost after a long winter.
I’m actually devastated when researching for this post I found out my favourite Tom Ford blush has been discontinued. Isn’t that the worst? I wear it everyday. If you are looking for something similar though I’d try NARS Orgasm blush which is here to stay.
Are you looking to add a little brightness and fun to your makeup look? Yellow eyeshadow might be just what you need. This versatile and vibrant hue can easily be paired with other shades for a wide range of looks. it’s a great choice if you’re looking to try something a little different from your usual. I’ll definitely be trying this again but with a decent quality eyeshadow – this one was waay too dry for my skin.