Eye Shadow Tips With Makeup Artist Gina

A few friends and I sat down with professional makeup artist Gina from Bridal Rush to talk about her favorite eye products and tips on applying them. It was a fun time of wine, cheese and makeup!

“First thing is to always start with your eyes so if you get shadow on your face you don’t ruin your foundation.” Gina uses Mac Pro Longwear paint pot in soft ochre. I actually use the same product in Painterly. It is an amazing base to keep your eye makeup from creasing. There are some days where I just wear the this instead of shadow for a very casual natural look.

*Tip: Adding paint pot to your eyeshadow base will keep the shadow on longer.

Gina and Nicki working eyeshadow looks

Gina gave a demonstration of how to apply a smoky eye. She used a combination of shades from her Tarte pallet and her favorite Stila brushes as well as a Mac 242 brush when applying the shadow. “Mattes look better in creases and shimmer looks better on top.” Stila Shimmer and glow shadows are her go to colors for a glitter eye. (Molton Midnight was used for the Smokey eye demo) To give a more vibrant look, re-prime the inner corner to the middle of the lid before applying the pigment. If you just add the glitter to the shadow it will have a duller effect.

*Tip: Never take your dark color too high in the crease. 

For her eyeliner she likes Urban Decay Legend or AMC eyeliner gel. Sometimes when people wear eyeliner it has a tendency to end up dripping.

Inglot Duraline

 *Tip: To keep your eyeliner from dripping, add Inglot duraline to the liner to make it waterproof. If you have contacts be careful of it smudging in your eye.

The last step is to add your mascara as you don’t want any shadow dulling out your lashes. 

We had so much fun and learned a lot. If you haven’t had a professional makeup lesson party I would totally suggest it. It’s a great way to learn while having a good time.

Gina from Bridal Rush

Make sure to check out Gina’s work on instagram @gina_bridalrush

Happy face painting!


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