I've waxed on about how much I love radiant, dewy skin, so it's no surprise that I do a huge switcheroo with my skin care products in the fall. I glom onto richer, thicker moisturizers and pile on the night creams. But, there's one swap that's not as turnkey for fall beauty regimens, and that's the cream eyeshadow.
But, Natalie in NYC says, “I only use powder eyeshadows, because I'm afraid of creamy textures — they seem so hard to use!”
While Natalie is definitely not alone in her fear, cream shadows can be easier to use. The texture leaves a rich, highly pigmented, shiny finish. The shadows are almost foolproof to apply — all you need is the pad of your finger!
Its more-moisturizing consistency isn't the only thing that makes the cream shadow a shoe-in for fall. A popular makeup artist trick is to layer your powder shadow on top of the cream shadow to get the maximum color payoff.
And now is the perfect time to sport a colorful eye. Just look at Jason Wu and Oscar de la Renta's plum eyes, or the sherbet orange at Prabal. Convinced yet? Ahead, I picked three cream shadows that'll make all your runway makeup dreams come true — without the catwalk.
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The souffle-esque texture of this shadow is something between a cream and a mouse and is super easy to apply. It has buildable coverage that goes from sheer to opaque, and the color range is beautiful. The finish is soft and shimmery, but not glittery, so it works great for the day. All you need is one light sweep of a neutral shade.
For something edgier, pop either the Fantasme (metallic silver) or Apparence (metallic gold limited addition!) on the inner corners of your eyes. For the evening, you can play around with any of the shades, but I love Illusoire (a deep plum) and Convoitise (orangey/ gold) best.
Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow, $36, available at Chanel.
For a high-impact runway effect, I am obsessed with Stila’s newest creation. The cream-to-powder texture provides high-metallic coverage, is buildable, and is shiny with a capital S. I love that the shadow comes with its own primer that is mixed right in. For something a little more subdued or for daytime wear, Kitten (a nude pinky sheen) is adorable and ultra-feminine. For a night out, l'm all about Vintage Black Gold (think Studio 54), Metallic Merlot (for that Twilight vampire look), and Metallic Cobalt.
Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow in, $32, available at Stila.
For something a bit more sheer, yet stunning, look no further than Clinique’s newest eye tint. This sheer wash of lightweight, creamy color is easy to wear, totally layerable, and literally stays put all day long — no joke! Try contouring with another shade to add depth, and to highlight.
But the best part is that you don't need any makeup brushes and it never needs sharpening — just swivel up to get more. I love that I can throw these in my bag for on-the-go, in-cab touchups. Ample Amber is my daytime go-to. It’s literally the easiest to apply, so for those of you who don’t have the steadiest of hands, this is for you. I like to highlight the inner corners of my eye with Bountiful Beige and I use Pink & Plenty for a barely there color. The Portly Plum is going to give me those Jason Wu eyes that I have been dying to try.
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Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes, $17, available at Clinique.