So, Tellie asked me to make a quick diagram of my “eye makeup” because she was confuddled about where to put what color. I was kind of surprised she asked me because I don’t think my technique (lol) has evolved that much, but here is a general sketch of how I do things ‘round these parts.
Here are my eyes. As you can see, I have just a little bit of lid space. It’s pretty fun to add different shades and levels of haziness (more on that later) right above the crease, but for the lid space, I observe the rule of thirds.
By the way—I tried so many times to make a video demonstration of this. It was really hard, and I had to wash my right eye three times before I gave up trying because it was itching so damn much from all the soap. So, I did it some other day. YER WELCOME.
When I was starting out, I would shade in the inner third with a darker color as well, but I don’t do that so much anymore. I basically shade in the inner 2/3 of the eye (the edge towards the nose and the middle third) with the lighter color, and blend it out to the outer 1/3, where I have placed my darker shade. It works best if there’s high contrast between the two shades (in my opinion), just because you can see the effect really well:
I mostly try to keep that ratio and I do so by just blending over the part where they meet. I don’t “over blend,” or go over each of the sides with the other color all that much. That’s pretty much it.
I observe the same thing with the lower lash line, usually. I just make sure not to bring a medium or dark color all the way into the inner 1/3 because it makes my eyes look weird and squinty.
Of course, this formula can get a bit boring, so I do the darker shade in the inner 1/3 thing (but not frequently), do halfsies (again, not frequently), or I go about my usual business (2/3 light, 1/3 dark ratio) and just blow up my “above-the-crease” color, or where byuti goo-roos usually place their “transition shade.” This creates a pretty cute soft hazy look, like I’ve done so here:
And, that’s mostly it! Sometimes I do one shadow looks, lol, but this is usually my go-to method. :) How about you? Are you more experimental with eyeshadow placement or do you have a preferred way of placing colors?