Huda Kattan on Common Eyeshadow Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

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As a trained makeup artist with years of online tutorials under her belt and a multi-million dollar beauty empire to her name, Huda Kattan is an expert when it comes to eye makeup – to put it mildly. The founder of the phenomenally successful Huda Beauty is particularly excited to talk about eyeshadow following the recent launch of what she says is her favorite-ever eye palette, ‘Mercury Retrograde’.

 

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“I know a lot of people have been commenting on the versatility of the palette – it really is very versatile,” Kattan says. “There’s so many beautiful textures and colors, so you can create anything from your basic, really beautiful smoky burgundy eye to a more classic smoky eye to an intergalactic crazy eye.”

But what if you’re not-so-confident when it comes to picking up an eyeshadow brush and adorning your lids? Kattan says there are some key pointers you should follow – and some ‘rules’ you should definitely break. Here, the beauty boss shares her top tips on eyeshadow mistakes and how to avoid them.

1

Don’t Start with Bare Eyelids

“I definitely think it’s important to prep your eyes really well – you need a good base to blend everything on. P. Louise eye base has been going super viral – it’s such a cool concealer. I always like to put my ‘Easy Bake’ powder on top of that so I get a clean base.”

2

Don’t Do Your Foundation Before Your Eyeshadow

While it may seem sensible to start with foundation, if you’re going to be doing a bold eye look, you risk ending up with shadow migrating under your eyes. “If you like to use a lot of darker shadows, I do think it’s a good idea to start with your eyes,” says Kattan.

3

Don’t Let Your Shimmer Fade

“I like to make my shimmer pop, so I like to always mix it with something. Recently, I used the Too Faced ‘Glitter Glue’ with the ‘Mercury Retrograde’ nebula [blue-green] shade, which is amazing. I mix the two together and it stays really, really well. I’ll mix them on my hand or a mixing plate.”

4

Don’t Be Afraid to Experiment

“I feel like a lot of people get really scared about trying eyeshadow tones. For me, for instance, I never wanted to wear the warm shadows that I’m obsessed with now. I definitely think a big ‘do’ is to experiment with tones. I like to do it at the end of the night, so that you’re not committing to going out – you just play at the end of the night. You might surprise yourself, you might even change your makeup game forever.”

 

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Don’t Think You Have to Use Brushes

“I always think you should use your fingers to blend, especially for shimmers. We do have one brush that’s double-sided; it’s silicone on one side and a sponge applicator on the other. I like to use it because I have long nails, but use your fingers if yours aren’t long.”

6

Don’t Always Obey the Rules

“I feel like there’s rules, but you should play around, too. Me, for instance, I like warmer tones, so I should never wear anything like the nebula shade, but I love it. So play around, see what you like, go crazy – you just never know what might look really nice on you.”

7

Don’t Forget to Set Your Eyeshadow

“I set my whole face with ‘Resting Boss Face’ – it’s a pretty extreme setting spray, and that’s what I like. I don’t want to carry a mirror with me. I want to know how I look all day, so the ‘Resting Boss Face’ helps.”

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