Not all beauty DIYs are intuitive, but we personally think that’s what makes them the most fun. Whenever a new, hot makeup trend appears in our feeds, we try to think of a creative way to dupe them so we can save ourselves from selling out the cash. And making your own liquid eyeshadow is no different. All you need is two products, a brush and an open makeup mind.

You’ll Need:

A flat eyeshadow brush

A balm

Pigmented shadow

Step 1: Grab Your Materials

We love using a balm like Lucas Papaw Ointment and a seriously pigmented shadow like the new L’Oréal Crushed Foils Metallic Shadow for this.


Step 2: Dime That Balm

Grab a dime-sized amount of your balm, and place it on the back of your hand (or on a makeup mixing palette, if you fancy).


Step 3: Scoop That Shadow

Pick up a good amount of your shadow with your second or third finger. Make sure you’re picking up at least a dime size amount as well — the more the better.

Step 4: Mix-a-Lot

Mix the shadow into the balm with your flat shader to create an instant liquid eyeshadow. We recommend mixing until the consistency is jelly like and tacky — enough for the pigment to blend and also easy enough to swipe onto your lids. Most importantly, make sure your eyes are majorly primed (with a concealer or primer potion) to keep your DIY shadow from creasing.


And voila: You now have your own DIY version of *that* liquid shadow that’s been blowing up on IG.



About the Author:Alanna Martine Kilkeary is a native New Yorker and an assistant beauty editor at She has had the opportunity to grace the digital pages of Harper's BAZAAR, Rolling Stone and Teen Vogue with her words and skills. She runs a literary infused fashion blog in her free time, her heart belongs to William Shakespeare, and most importantly, she believes that Wes Anderson should serve as art director for the entire universe.

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