What is a Transition Shade and Why it is Crucial Step in Your Eye Makeup Application!


There are many things I wish I would’ve learned before I became a makeup artist. One main issue I had which was my blending wasn’t improving- not matter how great the shadow or brushes where there was something always off. Looking back at my creative and dramatic makeup looks, I see how much I have improved over the past couple of years, but still knew I had a long way to go. Then I learned the hard way that you need to lay down a transition shade first before applying any other eye shadow.  In beauty school they teach you all of this but for me, I never went to any makeup academy or cosmetology school. I am 100% self taught, at first it was more of a hobby and then it transitioned into a career.


What is a Transition Shade?

 it’s essentially the shade that gives warmth to your eyes and will help blending out the darker shadows. I like to compare it to a sunset, when you look at one it isn’t just a shade of red or orange, there is always a gradual fade. A softer and gentler fade helping the darker colors fade out. This step can add depth and quality to your shadows like never before

What color should a transitional eye shadow be? That’s the easy, at least in my opinion. It’s a soft, neutral skin tone shade; that also may vary from person to person. Each skin tone is different, so some may need darker then the photo above. Depending on the seasons I switch up alot between these three shades.  
  1. Haux is my winter transition shade; more on the cooler side and is perfect for the blues, greens, purple and Smokey eye looks I create from time to time. 
  1. Saddle is my Spring Shade because spring is when I bring out my warmer tones the soft browns and orangish shadows 
  • Soft Brown is my summer transitional shade because, I don’t wear makeup in the summer as much. Why, several reasons but for one main, it’s too damn hot. But when I do, I just gently swipe Soft brown into my crease and all a little over the lid with a dash of highlight.
  • If you don’t like Mac or can’t access these colors, most eyeshadow palettes should have a few soft, weird, muddy color that most women don’t really reach for because it may be to light or just muddy looking. But trust me when I say that shade will be your best friend. Each palette adjust to their tones, so naked palettes for example they all have a shade or two that completes the tones in the palette. 


On to the brush, I always use my beloved Sigma E40 Tapered Blending Brush. I have had this beauty for a year and I use it every time I apply makeup on me or my clients. This brush is the start of the show; I have other brushes but I always go back to this one. If sigma is out of your budget just look for a large fluffy brush, just make sure its not to dense because you want the bristle of the brush to swiftly across you crease. 

How to apply: When picking up the color, don’t dig in the color like you would when applying eyeshadow on your lid. Lightly swirl it in and tap any excess shadow off. Then determine where your crease is and with a light hand apply in on the crease and above it. In windshield wiper motion or using small circular strokes, go back and forth with a blending brush slightly on or above your crease with your chosen shade. I like to extend the shadow outwards creating a more feline look to the eye. After you have applied the desire shade, gradually build up the color. If you’re going for a darker eye, add a shade that’s between the darkest one you have the lightest one. Basically, you are applying from light to dark, so that way you when you apply the dark shadow on your lid you can easily blend out the dark colors without a fail. If you start out with a dark color too hastily, you may end up with an extremely stubborn, murky spot that will frustrate you and resulting in harsh lines. This really shouldn’t be too over whelming, practice will give you excellence, so just take your brush and practice a lot. 
What are your makeup mistakes and have you improved since? 

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