Brow Bone Shadow: Bold Ways To Wear Color On Your Eyes

Perfect for those of us who get sad when we put color on our mobile eyelids because no one can see it.
Publish date:
January 10, 2014
eyeshadows, clinique, palettes, elf, hooded eyelids

One of my beauty resolutions for 2014 is to wear eyeshadow more
often. Other than blush, it’s the beauty product that I skip the most. I have a
good excuse for both: my rosacea makes blush unnecessary for me, and my weirdo
eyelids make it hard for me to wear eyeshadow with confidence.

My eyes are
somewhat hooded, so it’s hard to even see any color on my lids when my eyes are
open; on top of that, my eyelids are insanely creased and oily. By the end
of the night, I usually have eyeshadow sitting caked in creases--not attractive.

Still, writing for xoVain has made me more adventurous with my
makeup. I get so much inspiration from the other writers and the readers (yeah,
you guys!). For example, Wendy’s everyday makeup look had me really into her pretty eyeshadow. And after I wrote about doing an
upside-down smoky eye
some of you requested more makeup looks for those of us with hooded eyes.

tried my best to oblige by playing around with some eyeshadow over my holiday
break, and the main idea I came up with was to focus my eyeshadow application
on my brow bone instead of on my eyelids.

There are a few different ways to do this. You can brighten up
your eyes with a light shade on your lids and then blend a darker shade into
your crease/brow bone, or do the opposite by applying a darker color onto your
lid and then blending a lighter shade upwards. You can also skip color on your
eyelids altogether and just focus the color on your brow bone.

I’m going to demonstrate each of these. First, don’t forget to
apply eyelid primer all the way up to your brows. Mine is from e.l.f.

Then I took out my Clinique All About Eyeshadow Duo that came
free with my foundation order. I really love it; it blends really well and
doesn’t slide around on my crazy eyelids.

It’s called Buttered Toast and has two shades, a shimmery white
that I call Butter in my head and a bronze that I’ve dubbed Toast. Makes sense,

I usually like to put Butter on my lids and the inner corners of my eyes
and then blend Toast on the outer corners and crease.

If your eyes are really
hooded or you just want to make more of an impact, you can extend Toast almost
all the way up to your brow.

This would look great with a red lip.

For a more subtle, daytime look, using a paler color on your
brow bones can look really pretty. I tried a few shades from my giant e.l.f.
eyeshadow palette that I bought for $6 at Target.

First, a shimmery, pale gold…

This one was a bit too sheer for me, but it might be a good way
to ease into it if you’re unsure about wearing eyeshadow on your brow bone.

Next, I went with a darker bronze that’s similar to Toast but
not as dark.

I really liked this shade; it felt sultry but not overdone.

I also did a very pale seafoam green.

I felt like this one brightened up my whole face.

I’ve also been trying to use purple eyeshadow more.

It can work for day or
night, and I think it brings out my eyes in an unexpected way.

Here I applied a dark purple to my lid and then lightly faded
it out to a paler purple along my brow bone.

For a very dramatic nighttime look, I used a dark green that I
like to think brings out the bit of green in my eyes.

First I made a small cat
eye with my sparkly black Sephora Collection Long-Lasting Eyeliner.

Then I followed that cat eye shape with the green eyeshadow,
extending it outwards as well as up towards my brow bone. Again. (I think you
get the gist by now, right?)

Finally, if you’re feeling extremely lazy and just want a quick
pop of unexpected color, feel free to just skip your eyelids entirely and stick
a pretty shade right on the brow bone. I did this with the prettiest turquoise
shade and really liked it.

I wouldn’t wear it to work but maybe with my feathered dress to
go to the best party ever in Bushwick á la Jessa in Girls.

I just applied it with my finger. No need to blend it too much;
personally I like it as a stark swipe of color.

If you have hooded eyes (or even if you don’t) will you be
trying any of these? Let me know which one was your favorite!