You’ve probably heard of the “it girl” phenomenon. Whether it’s Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, or Rihanna, the spotlight seems to follow these girls around wherever they go. They’ve become so famous and accomplished that people actually started calling them “superstars.” Although they don’t always like the attention (as shown in the below video), it’s obvious that they enjoy being the center of the spotlight.

Do you ever wake up in the morning and just feel like you couldn’t decide what eye makeup to wear? Never fear, you can get some helpful tips from the one and only Robert Pattinson!

Choose A Shadow That Will Last

It’s not always easy to find the perfect match for your skin tone and eye color, but the trick is to choose a shadow that will last as long as possible.

If you have a very vivid imagination, you can probably picture what will happen if you pick the wrong shadow for your skin tone. For example, if you’re light-skinned but choose a dark brown shade, you’ll look like you’ve been in a serious accident. Not cool.

Choosing the right color is all about finding a happy medium, which takes some trial and error. To save you the effort, just take a quick peek at the color of your skin before you make any purchasing decisions. This way, you’ll be sure to choose something that will stay in place for the whole night.

Match The Shade To Your Skin Tone

If you have very fair skin, you might want to go for a pinkish-brown or a light brown shadow to compliment your natural tints. Keep in mind that darker shades are great for people with darker skin tones. If you have a very light complexion, you can very easily make the mistake of choosing a darker shadow. This will end up making you look like you have a serious case of acne.

On the other hand, if you have a medium complexion, you can go for any shade you want as long as it’s not too close to your skin tone. Just keep in mind that lighter shades are ideal for people with a pale complexion as they make you look like you’ve been airbrushed!

Avoid Cream Shadows

If your favorite makeup brand offers up a cream shadow, skip out on it. These types of shadows are a huge pain to apply. You’ll need an extra few minutes to make sure everything goes smoothly, and if it doesn’t, well it’s pretty much game over. The trick to applying a cream shadow is to use a brush. Some people even suggest using a little bit of water to make the product more easily blendable.

The point of using a cream shadow is to make your eyes look larger. If you have a normal-sized eye then applying a cream shadow won’t give you that magical doll-like appearance. It can also cause you to look like you’ve got some major brain fog. Why? When you apply a cream shadow to your eyes, the first thing that will happen is that it will blur your vision. If you’re applying it for aesthetic reasons then that’s cool, but if you’re looking to improve your mental acuity cream shadows are not the way to go.

For the sake of argument, let’s say you decide to try out a cream shadow. When you apply it and it slowly starts to sink into your skin, what do you feel? Do you feel a tingling sensation? That’s what happens when your nervous system gets a tiny bit jolted. It’s a very tiny bit of electricity that feels almost like a tickle. That’s what causes your mental acuity to increase! That’s why you should never, ever wear a cream shadow to bed. Your sleep will thank you for it.

Choose A Brush To Perfectly Apply Your Shadow

No, we don’t mean your hairdryer. We mean the little plastic brush that comes with your eyeshadow. In order to apply your shadows perfectly, you need to ensure that every last bit is taken off the brush before you apply it to your eyes. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a big ol’ panda eye. It’s impossible to hide a panda eye. You’ll look like you’ve been in a fight or you’ve been drinking.

If you feel like you’re wasting a lot of time trying to get your shadows perfectly applied, you might want to switch to a brush. For some reason people say that applying your eyeshadow with a brush rather than using your fingers is way more precise. It’s definitely not a myth that brushes are better than fingers when it comes to painting your eyes. You’ll find that out if you try out some practice strokes first.

How Many Layers Should You Apply?

We’re not exactly sure how many layers of eyeshadow you need to apply in order to look like you did something amazing, but we’re guessing that it’s at least three. One good rule of thumb is to apply one layer per eye. If you have a very dark color then you might want to go for two layers, but try to keep it under three. More is not always better when it comes to applying an eyeshadow. More than three and your eyes will start looking like they’re drowning in a sea of paint.

There, now you know what makes up the quintessential makeup bag! It won’t be complete without the one item that we’re certain you’ve got in your collection: the lip gloss / lip stain hybrid. It’s the perfect way to finish your look, and chances are, you’ll have more than one of these in your bag.