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Smashbox Photo Op Eyeshadow in Filter

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Smashbox Photo Op Eyeshadow FilterMy recent favorite eye shadow is the Smashbox Photo Op eyeshadow trio in Filter. There are three basic neutral matte shades that give the prettiest natural shadow. If you have hooded eyes or Asian monolids, it is really great for adding natural-looking depth to the crease. The medium-brown color, sable, is perfect for the crease. The darkest color, sumatra is pretty dark. It can be used an an eyeliner. But I mix it with the sable color to create the perfect outer V shadow around the top outer corner of each eye. Its easy to mix the colors by tapping your eyeshadow brush lightly into the dark color and then tapping it more heavily into the sable color. You can control how dark to make the shade by doing that.

I use the light cream color, vanilla, mostly to mask the area just beyond where I want the dark color to go, to prevent it from blending over too far. I also use the light color to brighten up that same area after I apply the dark color to decrease the look of droopy outer corners of my eyes. The vanilla shade can also be used to highlight the eyelid area close to the lashes to give even more dimension to the eye. And of course on the brow bone to accent your eyebrows.

This small eyeshadow palette fits easily in my makeup set. It is my go-to eyeshadow when I don't have time or energy to be creative with color, or if I want a nude or natural look. Since you can taylor the blending of the colors so easily, it can be made to look more natural by using the sable for the crease, the sumatra as an eyeliner, or more dramatic by blending more of the sumatra with the sable for the crease or outer V.

Unfortunately, this wonderful eyeshadow trio has been discontinued, and you can't get it at stores like Ulta or Sephora anymore. However, as of this writing, you can still get it on Amazon. They sell the travel size, which is pretty small, but it is perfect for those who don't wear makeup much and want a quiick easy look for when they do.

For some reason, I haven't found another medium brown color that works so perfectly as a crease color to create a very natural shadow. Most medium brown colors I've seen are too orange, too cool or ashy, too pale, or too dark. The sable color in this palette is, to me, the perfect shade and tone for medium skin. The dark sumatra color is also the perfect shade and tone for deepening shadows in the outer V. I love that all the colors in this trio are such a beautiful mattes. I sometimes use a shimmery eye primer if I want to feel a little fancy. I also sometimes add a shimmery golden color in the center of my eyelid for extra glamour.

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