My first Sunday Secret has to do with fallout. You know... That fine, powdery eye shadow residue we can get under our eyes when applying our eye makeup. I know what you're going to say. "I only use high quality eye shadow. I don't get fallout." I thought the same thing... I only use high quality eye shadow, I apply carefully. Then one day, I checked my look in a 10X magnification mirror.
In how many languages can you say, "YIKES!" Yeah. As if I need more darkness under these peepers...
Well, gentle reader, don't despair. There is an easy way to combat the post smokey eye fallout.
If I know that I am going to go with a smokey eye or work with very bright colours, I apply my eye makeup before I apply my foundation, under eye corrector, concealer and so on. I might as well begin with a bare face so that when I make the inevitable mess I can move swiftly and seamlessly on to...
I grab a clean cotton swab and my package of makeup remover wipes and I slide the cotton swab in and roll it lightly across the surface of the top makeup wipe, dampening the swab but not saturating it. Then I use the dampened swab to clean up the fallout under my eyes and anywhere else it has landed, checking in my magnification mirror to be sure all is tidy. If I need to, I flip the swab, roll the other end and repeat. I use Precision Tip Q-Tips because it allows me exact control around my eyes, lets me remove just what I want, without disturbing the eye shadow I want to leave behind. It also lets me sharpen up any little areas that might need it.
By rolling a cotton swab on a makeup wipe, I get some remover on the swab but it isn't as saturated as it is when I dip it in my eye makeup remover. I get the cleanup without leaving so much remover residue behind. I don't have to cleanup after the cleanup. Then I just apply a dot of moisturizer under each eye (you can skip this step if your skin doesn't require it... I'm a #driedoutoldhag) apply my under eye corrector, my foundation or CC cream and concealer and finish my face.
See all of that dark shadow on my cotton swab? That was from a moderately smokey eye look. I didn't even go full on deep and dark. Imagine if I had left that under my eyes, on top of my dark circles?
What do you do to combat fallout when you are applying a smokey eye? Do you think that you might try this technique? If you do, let me know if if worked for you. I'd love to know. Just drop me a comment here, anytime. I get e-mail notifications of all new comments so I'll see it.
I hope that you found this helpful and that you'll come back next week for another Sunday Secret.