Can You Make Your Own Duochrome Eye Shadow?

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Once I get new makeup and have taken photos of the pristine, unused look of it, I start to experiment. I play around with shadows, mixing them and swatching them. Yes, a grown woman playing with makeup. But I know I’m in fine company in this community. 🙂

I posted about a few L A Colors palettes I picked up at the Dollar Tree a couple of weeks ago. You can see my haul post here. My experience with LA Colors has been positive and I couldn’t wait to work with this palettes.

This one shade from the Sand Dune palette got me to thinking and, the wheels started turning. I was thinking, can I make a duochromatic shadow?

Here’s what I started off doing…

The purple shade on the far right is the one I concentrated on to make other shades seem like a duochrome.  The shadow, itself, is gorgeous…

(Let me know if photos of used makeup skeeve you. It does for me.)

 It’s got some duochrome effects all by itself. These photos are taken in front of the sunny window. I’ll point out the few that were not.

Here’s the teal shade I swatched first…

Now, together…

The next one is a blush. I’m really embarrassed to tell you that this blush was from my makeup artist kit, and it is old; I’ll just leave it at that.

First, a simple swatch of the blush…

And mixed with the purple shade…

Next, I wanted to see how it would look mixed with a pink. So I choose this purply-pink from the new LA Colors palette, Tiki Punch…

Gorgeous palette, don’t you think? Here’s the purplish-pink I swatched by itself, then with the purple shadow mixed…

This one shows more of the duochrome effect. Here are some different angles and various lighting looks…

 Non-direct sunlight from the sunny window.

Then, I wanted to try it with a bronzy-gold, so here I used that shade from the Boardwalk palette…

 The gold swatched alone…

And here, with the purple shadow…

One last experiment. Remember the must-have palette of last Christmas, Wet ‘n Wild’s Night Elf? I wanted to give that ‘rad’ red and matte black a try…

 Swatched alone…

Now adding in the ‘catalyst’…

That the pink swatch at the top of the above photo was a swatch from the light pink from the Tiki Punch. Here is it with the purple shade mixed with it, as well as all the swatches.

The very bottom swatch was using a lighter hand with the matte red. It made a softer version and less blotchy swatch then the first one, that’s second one down on the left.

And that was my franken shadow swatches. Some gave off more of a duochromatic flare than others, of course. However, that’s what experimenting and playing with makeup is all about; creating, mixing and enjoying the fun.

Do you like to experiment with your makeup or do you just use straight, as is? Do you think the purple shadow made the second shadow swatches look duochrome? Share your thoughts, I’m always reading and listening.

  • pretty colours! love the pink one for eyelid. Pretty!

    In Palace ♥

  • Fun! Of course I love playing with makeup, so this is right up my alley! Looks like you were able to get some good duochrome effect from these!

  • wow! You came up with some gorgeous combos 🙂

  • MissMidnightBlue

    Oh fun!! I never thought of doing something like this. 🙂 Color me inspired. 😉

  • This looks awesome. Totally beyond my skill though, haha. Something about powdered eyeshadow… I am outmaneuvered. lol

  • @In Palace That palette has some super bold pinks, doesn't it?

    @The Peach I think the experiment failed though. I wasn't able to replicate the results I got the first time I tried this. But it was fun to do.

    @Vintage Makeup I gleefully stumbled upon them. 😉

    @MissMidnightBlue Can't hurt to give it a try. You'll have fun!

    @purplegreenpanda No need to underestimate yourself. Start small. And I get inspired all the time from the makeup blogs I follow. I hope to inspire others too. 🙂

  • What an awesome idea! Now I want to try this with some of my own shadows 😀