How to Make Drug Store Make-Up Look Like the Expensive Brands

Eyeshadow look using Lauren Luke's "My Sultry Blues" pallet. I will be re-creating this look with a 5$ pallet from my local drug store
Eyeshadow look using Lauren Luke's "My Sultry Blues" pallet. I will be re-creating this look with a 5$ pallet from my local drug store

Can This Be Done??

Absolutely! Amazingly it's also very cheap - utilizing items you most likely already have in your make-up bag!

Department Store Make-up/Specialized Make-Up brands are expensive - often costing $20 or more for a single pigment! In this Hub, I will be focusing on making that cheap five dollar eye shadow pallet you got from your local drug store look like you shelled out the money for the department store brand!

The Items I will be using
The Items I will be using
The difference between the two pallets colors
The difference between the two pallets colors

What YOU Will Need

1.) The Drug Store Make-Up that you wish to make brighter, more defined, and longer lasting

2.) One of these three items: Eyeshadow Base ( I am using Almay's Eye Brightener ), Foundation ( I am using Neutrogena's Skin Clearing Foundation ), OR a white eyeliner.

I - unfortunately - just used the last of my white eyeliner last week and have not gotten a new one yet - however, when I do I will post pictures. When I use white eyeliner as a base I typically go for Wet-n-Wild's white eyeliner as it's only .99 cents and it really does the job.

3.) Eyeshadow Brush. Not the felt tipped kind, but the kind with actual bristles. I tend to use my painting brushes as eyeshadow brushes because they come in different sizes and blends so I can chose the brush that will allow me the most ability to manipulate the eyeshadow in the way I want.

Apply Eye Base to entire eyelid - this is Almay's Eye Brightener
Apply Eye Base to entire eyelid - this is Almay's Eye Brightener

What You Do

All you have to do is:

1.) Apply the base you choose to use all over your lid

2.) While it is still wet, take your eyeshadow brush with the bristles and load it up with pigment. You want just enough where you can see it on the brush but not too much where it falls off the brush as you lift it to your eyelid

3.) Literally press the pigment into the still wet eye base. Instead of swiping it across your eyelid you want to do a stippling motion so that the pigment is held on by the eye base.

Don't worry if it doesn't look blended at this stage, you just want to get the pigment into the eye base.

4.) Apply the colors you wish in the general area you wish them to be. For this look I applied a light blue to my inner and middle eyelid, a dark blue to my outer eyelid, a black to my crease, and a white to my brow bone as a highlight.

5.) After all the colors are applied blend your colors together so you don't see any lines. If you want more of the darker color, blend the dark color into the light color. If you want more of the light color, blend the light color into the dark color using your brush. To do this, start at the color you want to show the most and move the brush gently toward the less-wanted color. If there is sill a line, apply the brush in a circular motion where you want the blend to be to "buff out" the line

The Look With the Drug Store Pallet and Almay's Eye-brightener Eyeshadow Base
The Look With the Drug Store Pallet and Almay's Eye-brightener Eyeshadow Base
The Look with the Drug Store Pallet and Neutrogena's Skin Clearing Foundation
The Look with the Drug Store Pallet and Neutrogena's Skin Clearing Foundation
The Look Using Lauren Luke's Pallet "My Sultry Blues" from Sephora
The Look Using Lauren Luke's Pallet "My Sultry Blues" from Sephora

Tips and Tricks

1.) Apply the eyeshadow while the eye base is still a little damp. This will allow the pigment to stick to the eyelid.

2.) Do not sweep the pigment across the eyelid until you are ready to blend!

3.) Make sure you have a good eye-make-up remover because this strategy lasts! ;)

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Mariana Fuzaro 15 months ago from São Paulo, Brazil

lol!

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