Three Great Eyeshadows

There are many inexpensive options for eye shadow at Target, Walmart, and drug and discount stores. A good quality eye shadow is not a rare treasure, but it still helps to know which ones are better than others. These three eyeshadows line, shadow and highlight beautifully.

Great Eyeshadow for Lining: Black Radiance Eyeshadow Quad in Desert Clay

Black Radiance is a niche cosmetic brand geared toward black women. You can find this brand at most Walmart and Meijer stores. Because this line is tailored to deeper skin tones, the eyeshadows are drenched with pigment. The intensity of the shadow colors is similar to Loreal's HIP line.

For long-lasting drama, apply Revlon's Colorstay Liquid Eyeliner first, then apply the dark brown shade from the Desert Clay compact directly over the eyeliner. Layering eyeliner with shadow creates a deeper, darker definition than eyeliner (or shadow) alone. Another bonus? Your sultry look will last longer!

Great Everyday Eyeshadow: Maybelline Expert Eyes Eyeshadow

Maybelline has truly improved their offerings in recent years, particularly with their eye cosmetic lines. (Maybelline's Define-a-Lash Mascara is department-store quality and will not disappoint you).

I really like Maybelline's eye shadows because the colors actually show upand they blend very easily. There won't be any severe lines with these eyeshadows, but they still have impact. Another plus is that the quad compact has specific instructions for application. The colors are numbered and directions are on the back.

Great Eyeshadow for Highlighting: Ulta Eyeshadow

If you are not familiar with Ulta, it is a beauty superstore with both drugstore and department store products. Ulta has all manner of hair, makeup, nails, and bath and body items that can make a visit there take a while. Unlike Sephora (where I love to shop for perfume!), Ulta sells prestige and drugstore makeup, and they run regular sales! Sign up for an Ulta card (it's free), and you will get monthly coupons ($5.00 off purchase of $10.00 or more). And, brace yourself...you can return opened and used products with a receipt if you are not satisfied!

Ulta's eyeshadow has a beautiful iridescence that will get you noticed. Light, shimmery color is perfect for using in the corner of your eyes to banish dark shadows--try using Ulta Eye Shadow Singles in "Gold Leaf" Or, apply Ulta's "Luna," a beautiful cerulean color, all over your lids using Maybelline's Unstoppable Waterproof Eyeliner on the inner rim of your lower lashes. Finish it off with mascara for an otherworldly glow!

Use the Right Eyeshadow for the Job!

When choosing an eyeshadow, it is important to know what result you want. One eyeshadow compact can't do it all. Do you want a see-through effect? Try Ulta Shadow Singles in "Pashmina." Do you want coverage and color? Try Maybelline Expert Eyes Eyeshadow Quad in "Designer Chocolates."  Do you want a deep, definite line for your eyes? Try Black Radiance Eyeshadow Quad in Desert Clay,using the darkest color over your eyeliner.

An Important Note: Your eyelining skills, whether with a liquid liner, which many people are intimidated by, or a pencil liner, do not need to be stellar. Shaky lines are fine--you will cover the line with shadow anyway. Liner with shadow on top will last far longer and gives a dense, opaque look that will put your eyes on the map!

Brown eyeshadows, from milky off-white to the deepest cocoa, are always a wise choice. Browns are the workhorses of eyeshadow colors and you will use them the most. They are not boring--they are the most flattering and useful eyeshadow colors.

Blues, greens and purples are fun and add excitement. Wear them as often as you like!Makeup is an expression of your style and attitude--what you like and what makes you feel good is what matters--enjoy!

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