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Busy Morning? This Eyeshadow Stick Creates Easy Eyeshadow Looks in Mere Seconds

A woman applying a shimmery eye shadow to her eye lids.

Your morning routine likely falls in one of two camps: Beauty sleep was your priority and getting yourself (or everyone else) out the door left you with little time to focus on your look. Or you love to lavish yourself with a little “me time” in the AM, but are looking for ways to streamline your beauty regimen.

You could resign to running out the door feeling a little incomplete or wake up a tad earlier to ensure your eyes pop just right…or you could reach for a heaven-sent eyeshadow stick—like Superhero No-Tug Waterproof Eyeshadow Stick—for an easy eyeshadow look in a fraction of a minute. 

Whether you’re aiming for a natural makeup look or something with a bit more oomph, eyeshadow sticks are a versatile, easy-to-use tool that help you get that gorgeous eye makeup look in mere seconds. So how easy are we talking? You might have time to scroll Instagram or finish a cup of coffee before it gets cold.  

How Do You Use Eyeshadow Sticks?

Available in 12 shades that range from light and bright to dark, Superhero No-Tug Waterproof Eyeshadow Sticks feature a creamy, blendable formula that effortlessly glides over your lids without tugging on your delicate eye area. What’s more, once this pigmented, cream eyeshadow stick sets in place it won’t crease or smudge. Before you click “add to cart” here’s how to apply eyeshadow sticks for a quick daily makeup look.

Step One: Prep Your Skin 

The best accessory for beautiful eye makeup? Great skin. After cleansing and gently patting your skin dry, apply your favorite morning-approved facial serum. 

For morning use, we’re partial to Bye Bye Dullness Vitamin C Serum and Bye Bye Lines Hyaluronic Acid Serum, which you can layer on top of each other. The former contains antioxidant-rich vitamin C to help shield skin from free radicals while boosting radiance. The latter hydrates your skin to smooth the look of fine lines and wrinkles

Follow up with SPF and moisturizer and you’re golden. CC+ Nude Glow Lightweight Foundation + Glow Serum with SPF 40 delivers an instant healthy glow with 24 hours of skin hydration. It has buildable medium coverage that’s perfect for achieving that no-makeup makeup look.

Step Two: Apply the Base Coat of Eyeshadow

For an ultra-easy eyeshadow look simply apply one eyeshadow stick and call it a day (or add that extra pop for special events). An optional step that adds some oomph is adding a second eyeshadow stick in complementary shades, one lighter than the other. 

Start with the lighter shade and glide it across your lids before gently blending it in with clean fingers. The lighter shade underneath will help your contour shade stand out and create dimension. As a bonus, it can also visibly brighten your eye area. For a more diffused eyeshadow look, use your favorite IT Cosmetics eyeshadow brush to blend.

Here are a few perfect pairs we love:

  • Epic Amethyst and Gallant Gold

  • Bare & Brave with Bionic Bronze 

  • Transformative Taupe with Tough Tan

Contour Your Eyes

For a slightly more finished look—and one that you can still pull off as part of a quick makeup routine—grab a darker shade. 

Apply the darker contour shade to the outer third area of your eye, forming a sideways V on each eye, with the connecting point forming on the outer corner of your lid. The eyeshadow’s pencil-like tube makes for easy precision. After drawing the color onto your lids, blend with clean fingers.

Ideal contour eyeshadow stick colors include:  

  • Tenacious Tawny (Matte Medium Warm Brown)

  • Fearless Umber (Matte Deep Warm Brown)

  • Super Slate (Pearl Taupe)

Step Three: Consider Lining Your Eyes

Can you use eyeshadow sticks as eyeliner? Yes! While this is an optional step, if you have a dark eyeshadow stick in your makeup bag it can be used on your lash line. Use it to add smokey-ness and dimension to your easy eyeshadow look and to help your lashes look fuller and longer. Winning. 

If a dark liner doesn’t suit your mood, try the Passionate Pearl shade—it makes an outstanding highlighter stick. 

The best eyeshadow stick shades for this are: 

  • Tenacious Tawny (Matte Medium Warm Brown)

  • Fearless Umber (Matte Deep Warm Brown)

Step Four: Finish with Mascara

The last step is to apply mascara to your lashes. We’re partial to Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara and one or two swipes are all you need to complete this easy eyeshadow look! (If your current tube is dried out or you’re looking for a new formula, our guide on how to choose the right mascara will be helpful.) 

Once you try using eyeshadow sticks for the first time, there's a pretty good chance you’ll be hooked. These simple makeup products are easy to apply, won’t betray you with smudging, and they’ll make it look like you spent way more time in front of your vanity than you actually did.

Another reason to stock up in a few shades? These eyeshadows are great for all eye types, including hooded eyes, upturned and downturned eyes, monolids, almond shapes, and rounded eyes.

Interested in learning how to create more easy eyeshadow looks? Check out our tutorials winged eyeliner, creating a subtle smokey eye, and nailing natural eye makeup.

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