Shape Matters! Let the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette help you see why…

Smashbox Full Exposure palette 1 Shape Matters! Let the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette help you see why...

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If you would have asked me a month ago what shape my eyes were, my answer probably would have been “umm, eye shaped?” Because the truth is I really didn’t give it much thought, especially when it came to the relation to my eye shadow. But Smashbox is making it their mission to teach us that #ShapeMatters. Then, giving all of us the Full Exposure palette ($49) to put the knowledge into action!

How’s it all work? First step is determining whether your eyes are almond, round, upturned, downturned, monolid or hooded. Check out this easy to follow video for help with your answer…

Simple, right? Now for the fun part; using eye shadow to emphasize your shape. That’s were this beauty comes in!

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Full Exposure is 14 stunning neutral shades ranging from light nude to black and arranged in perhaps the most ingenious palette layout ever. There are shimmer and matte versions of each shade, the lightest shades are located in the center with warm tones on the left and cool tones on the right. But don’t think you have to stay warm or cool when applying. The shades are so flattering that mixing and matching is totally fine.

The shadows are fabulous; the mattes are velvety and the shimmers are mesmerizing, with both being very blendable. It’s the kind of palette that you let out an “ooh” when you see for the first time, and a bigger “OOH” when you apply!

Smashbox Full Exposure palette 6 Shape Matters! Let the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette help you see why...Here are shades S1, M1, S2, M2, S3, M3

Smashbox Full Exposure palette 7 Shape Matters! Let the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette help you see why...And here’s S4, M4, S5, M5, S6, M6, S7, M7

Smashbox Full Exposure palette 5 Shape Matters! Let the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette help you see why...

Full Exposure also includes a high quality specially designed double ended brush; fluffy for blending the matte shades and dual-toned flat for subtly laying down the shimmers (black bristles on one side, white on the other, so you never soil shades. How smart is that?)

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But this palette isn’t just pretty. There’s a lot of knowledge involved. Smashbox has nine years of research and the study of more than 5,000 eyes behind it!

Following the instructions that come with the palette (with three looks for each eye shape; day, night and refined) here’s how I did the night look for my almond shaped eyes.

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1. Sweep a light shade across entire lid, from lashline to browbone. I chose M5.

2. To contour and add definition, add a medium shade in a V shape along upper lashline and crease. In the photo you see M6, pre blending so the V is more apparent.

3. Accentuate the outer corner with a dark shimmer shade. I smoked things up with S7.

4. My own step, a smudged black liner combined with M7.

Smashbox Full Exposure palette 9 Shape Matters! Let the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette help you see why...Hubs told me I looked like Cleopatra! Not very accurate, but I’ll take it.

It’s the kind of palette that encourages a good selfie! And Smashbox wants to see them. Show off the look you create for your eye shape with the Full Exposure palette using #shapematters on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or uploaded directly to smashbox.com/fullexposurepalette. They’re giving away 1,000 eye shadow primers, up to 500 Full Exposure Palettes and a trip to LA for two (I just uploaded mine yesterday!)

How about it we heartsters, do you think shape matters?

Smashbox Logo Blk Shape Matters! Let the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette help you see why...Smashbox lives for lipstick. Gets excited about primers. (No, seriously, they do.) But most of all, they love sharing their makeup secrets with you. That’s why they’ve created the Full Exposure Palette—a set of universally awesome neutrals that’s essential, effortless and enhanced for your eye shape! This palette was developed because their pros needed it on set at Smashbox Studios in L.A. Just like you dress for your body shape, it’s important to apply makeup based on your eye shape—so Smashbox artists are exposing all of their secrets to get the most out of your shape with this palette. It’s all about being your most kickass beautiful self at Smashbox.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Smashbox via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions Smashbox.

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Written by Stef Andrews

11 Comments

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    mandabear

    ooh, I had no idea Smashbox used this palette to help you work with your eye shape. That’s genius actually. Especially for me – I have hooded eyes, and not all eyeshadow tutorials and methods work for my eye shape. I’m hearing loads of praise for this palette lately…Maybe I should do a little swatch fest at the store. I love the look you picked out for yourself @stef!

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    amity

    This video was super informative, and confirmed my almond shaped, hooded eye self-diagnosis. I love the idea of tailoring the palette to one’s particular eye shape, and the pretty “Cleopatra” look shows the shades off perfectly.

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    lyssachelle

    Oooo, this is fascinating. I knew vaguely about working with your eye’s shape, but a palette with instructions for all types? This is awesome. I already wanted the palette just for the colors, but that dual sided brush is making me a bit weak in the knees.

    According to the video (which I understood just fine without sound, don’t let work deter you, ladies! :-) ) I have down-turned eyes. I really was wavering between that and almond shaped, but looking at @stef‘s almond eyes, mine are definitely down-turned. I’ve already taken a peek at my video, so I’m excited to try the new techniques this weekend. Hopefully, I’ll be able to do it with a Full Exposure Palette soon! (Who needs Valentine’s Day flowers?? Gimme makeup!)

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  5. Jen

    I learned from “meimeimakeup” on YouTube, that there is actually more to the black and white double sided end of the brush than just colour. The black part of the brush is natural, and the white half is synthetic. When using the shimmery shadows, if you want it to “pack on” thickly, then use the synthetic side! With the natural side, your shadow doesn’t appear as shiny because the eyeshadow “adheres” to the brush.

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