Makeup Experiment: What’s in a base?

I was planning on submitting this post as a guest post but I decided not to and I didn’t want all my work to go to waste so I’m posting it here. This post idea came about because me and one of my friends were wearing the exact same eyeshadow combo one day but looked completely different because of the base we were wearing. It made me curious about how much of a difference using a different coloured base can have on the same eyeshadow combination.

I used the same look of MAC Satin Taupe on the lid, Sketch on the outer v and crease and Soft Brown to blend out the crease. The bases I used were NYX Jumbo eye pencil in Milk and then MAC Paint Pots in Soft Ochre, Bare Study, Indianwood and Blackground. Here are the swatches of all of them:

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Satin Taupe, Sketch and Soft Brown

Milk, Soft Ochre, Bare Study, Indianwood and Blackground

So after one hour of applying and removing makeup and one very sore eyelid later, these were the results:

Heres’ the look with NYX Jumbo pencil in Milk as a base:

Soft Ochre as a base:

Bare Study as a base:

Indianwood as a base:

Blackground as a base:

So this was a pretty pointless experiment but I was bored and I like playing with makeup when I’m bored. I have to say though that I do love the way you can easily turn anything into a smokey eye by layering it over Blackground paint pot. Also using a white base like the Milk jumbo pencil is the easiest way I’ve found to get eye shadows to show up with the most intensity and be the most true to colour. Most of you will also probably know this but if you want to intensify the shimmer in a look then layer it over a shimmery base or vice versa.

I hope this was helpful/amusing for at least some of you. Let me know if you have any requests/ideas or other ‘experiments’ you want me to try out 🙂

Categories: eye, eyeshadow, makeup experiment


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