One of the best parts about makeup is that every look is completely adaptable. Precise and faultless methods do exist, but if you’re not too jazzed with the end result, there’s no need to break out the remover and start anew. Makeup is all about rolling with the punches.
For example, if you’ve messed up your cat eye, a quick touch-up with concealer can sharpen a jagged wing. Blush teetering into clown-like territory? Bounce your cheeks with a damp beauty sponge to pull out the excess product and if you’ve gone a little too heavy with the eye shadow: A quick “toasting” technique can tone down the pigment.
Here is how to revive a natural-looking shadow
All you’ll need is a large, fluffy eye shadow brush and a very light matte shadow that resembles, say, a slice of toast (one that’s just slightly crispy, not charred).
Load up your brush with the aforementioned matte shade and tap off the excess.
Now, for the “toasting” bit: Swirl the brush along the edge of your eye shadow to blend. It doesn’t have to be perfect—just buff the brush into your shadow to diffuse some of the pigment.
Keep blending in circular motions, moving upward toward your temple until you’ve reached your desired look. Repeat on the other eye.
The end result should read soft and muted while still keeping the integrity of your shadow. It really softens the edge of the eye shadow. This technique will make it a lot less harsh than would have been it.
Sweeping on a toasted hue can help cover up some of the concentrated color, scattering it out without becoming smoky. That way, you lose some of the intensity without compromising your intricate blend of hues.
Makeup artists have tons of tricks in their back pockets to “fix” a less-than-stellar result. Just as you can enhance the density of your shadow, you can also tone it down if you’ve packed on too much product. Just like it was earlier mentioned Makeup is utterly adaptable.