If I Did Tutorials, It Would Go Something Like This

One thing I am not is a teacher or a guru.  I am also middling about doing anything step by step.  BUT. BUTT.  Probably one of the most frequently read comments and questions I receive have to do with layering.  Specifically, I've been asked how I layer SUQQU eye shadows.  I have a default placement that I would like to share with you because literally, whether I feature that particular look in the context of a post or not, it is likely the placement I wear whenever I wear a SUQQU quad.

Alrightie then.  Get ready of so many pictures of my face that you're going to DIEE.  DIIEEEEE.  Here is what I am using to demonstrate my "technique."

  • SUQQU Blend Color Eye Shadow in 08 Mizuaoi (d/c)
  • Tom Ford liner in Espresso (here)
  • SUQQU eye shadow brushes in F, L, M (here)
  • (unpictured but helpful would be) a good small pencil brush for smudging liner.  I used RMK E
A note I will make is that you can use any SUQQU quad though it seems to work best in the old format of white base, dark matte, and two shimmers (quads 01-08).  I am using the Tom Ford liner because it smudges nicely, but can easily use a liquid or pen liner to create a wing, or any other soft pencil or gel liner in various colors to contrast, deepen or whatever.  And I'm using the SUQQU grey squirrel brushes, which apply generally sheerly, but you can use firmer bristled brushes like goat hair, or Canadian squirrel hair to get a stronger pigmented finished look.


OK, do the base makeup:
I'm wearing SUQQU Frame Fix Cream N 002 (here), Surratt Surrealiste Concealer 04 (here).  I've done my brows and I've primed my lids with Nars primer.
Apply the quad "base" shade:
Using a large fluffy brush (and in our example SUQQU L), I apply the white matte base shade all over my upper lids and along the lower lash line.
Nearly imperceptibly, it creates a nice smooth and even effect on the lids.

Apply the darkest shade to create shape on the eyes:
I like a paddle-shaped brush to do this step.  The flat side is helpful in patting on the shape on my upper lids while the tip has some level of precision and can apply along the lower lash line.  The patting motion gets me the most even and intense coverage of this color on my upper lids.  At this point, I'm not worried about blending, or evenness in application.  The additional layers of the other colors will help achieve a well blended look.  Most important is getting the shape you like (e.g., more round, or winged out in shape) and making it about the same on both eyes.
 My eyes are not even, so I often goof the "get both eyes about the same" part of it. :D  Eh, close enough.

Now the layering:
This is when I allow my brain to kick in.  I think about which of the two remaining color to show distinctly by itself on my upper lid, because that will be the last color I apply in the quad.  In the case of Mizuaoi, I have a distinct aversion to blue tones.  I'd rather use the pale blue shimmer shade as a layering mixer over the dark purply blue and use the peachy pink shade more prominently and therefore taking the edge off an all-blue look.

I use both the L and the M brush.  I use the L to sweep the pale blue shimmer shade on top of the dark blue I've already applied and slightly past the top edge of that dark blue shape.  That adds complexity to this look, right?  The main dark shade is layered with the pale blue on my mobile lid, and above the crease the pale blue stands alone.  It's a gradient!

The M brush is helpful with its pencil tip to apply the pale blue in a layer over the dark blue on the lower lash line.
There.

Now layer some more more:
Ok, these quads come with a fourth color for a reason, so we're going to use it as the final layering shade.  After wiping the L brush and the M brush clean on a microfiber cloth (or tissue), I dust the peachy pink on the brush.  I sweep it on top of the inky purply blue, the pale blue on the upper lid with the L brush.  I make sure to extend the peachy pink shape higher up on the lid, so it can be unobscured by the purply blue, and the pale blue.  Complexity, right?

M brush is used to apply the peachy pink on the lower lash line.  In this case, I just focused its placement on the outer third of my lower lash line.  Improvising and tweaking these placements a little bit is easy to do and adds a little something different each time I wear these quads.
The only real blending I do is when I sweep the layers on top of the main dark shade.  That dumb phrase "it practically blends itself!" is kind of true!

Final touch is the liner application and mascara.  I put the Tom Ford Espresso in the lower waterline and along with upper lash line.  I use a pencil brush (RMK E) to smudge both lines softly, while adding a bit more of the dark shade from the quad to it to set it.
Here is the finished look, adding Rouge Bunny Rouge Impalpable Finishing Powder (here), and RBR Sea of Clouds liquid highlighter* on the high points of my face, Chanel Joue Contraste in Rose Ecrin, and Rouge Bunny Rouge sheer lipstick in Musings*.
For me, this is my fail safe placement.  When quads don't look good using this placement, those are the ones I tend to purge for one reason or another.  (When there is a cream pan, or a split pan, or eight colors, then I start to get confused!)

Whether this technique works for you or not would depend on probably a whole host of factors.  I have a very shallow crease, so layered gradients like this always work, while placements with dark crease + dark outer V are harder.  The general shape or profile of your eyes may or may not work with this technique the same way.  But why not give it a try and write back on how it works for you?  I think this would work well on those with monolids and hooded eyes like mine.

So satisfying posting twenty selfies in one post.  :D  This totally allows me to indulge in my narcissistic tendencies for like a good hour composing this post.  *scratches itch*  AAH!

Are there particular eye shadow placements you tend to favor?  Share your knowledge so I can learn!

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