How I Make Cheap Shadows Pop

Getting any eye shadow colour to show up on dark skin (especially matte ones) can be a challenge. I get asked all the time, "What bright palettes are the best for POC?" and honestly, I've yet to find the perfect one. In the meantime, there are a couple of hacks I use to get the best payoff from even the cheapest of shadows.

1. Use a White Base

Many makeup enthusiasts will know about this already, but using a white base for your eyeshadow really helps them pop. You don't need to look for something that's specifically called "eyeshadow base". You could use a white cream shadow, a white concealer or even a white gel liner.

2. Use a Base that Matches the Shadow

I find this one the most useful when I want to build up colour in the eye crease. You can use anything from cream shadows to liquid lipsticks. My favourite colour bases to use are the NYX Professional Makeup Liquid Suede lipsticks. Apply this with a dense fluffy brush and this will really help the colours you use to apply smoother, layer and blend better.


NYX Precision Pencil - Black
Freedom Brow Powder - Ebony
NYX Liquid Suede - Little Denim Dress
NYX Ultimate Brights Palette
NYX Perfect Filter Palette - Marine Layer
Revolution Conceal and Define  - White (C0)
NYX Prismatic Eyeshadow - Frostbite
W7 Metal Flash Glitter Liner - Silver
NYX Suede Matte Liner - Little Denim Dress

NYX Can't Stop Won't Stop Foundation - Chestnut (23)
Revolution Conceal and Define - C14
NYX HD Powder - Banana
Primark My Perfect Colour Powder - Rich Espresso
NYX Highlighter - Synthetica and Twilight Tint mixed

NYX Lip Primer
NYX Slim Lip Pencil - Espresso
C.A.K.E Black Honey Lipstick
MDM Flow - Bossy Lipstick

Take Care and God Bless,



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