How Low Can You Go?

Lets play a game of eyeshadow limbo. When it comes to getting a little smudgy under the peepers – how low can you go? An Olsen-esque downward smudge of epic shadowy proportions, a barely there ‘squint and you see it’ line or heck none at all? It’s a topic I’ve been pondering this week after spending long lengths of time I wouldn’t like to admit to pouring over pictures of the aforementioned Mary-Kate and Ashley on Pinterest. And I’ve come to the conclusion that I rather enjoy a bit of under eye shadow action. Ãœber easy to execute and acts as a bit of a ‘I’ve made an effort today’ makeup indicator. So I’ve cobbled together a few tips on how to get low when it comes to eyeshadow limbo…

Shadowy shade. This bit is the toughie – getting the colour right. Too dark and it starts to look racoon-like, too red toned and you begin to look like you’re suffering from a case of pink eye. I like to keep things more taupey. A slight shimmer running through it differentiates from your natural shadows and a good taupe flatters all. In the picture above I’m rocking NARS’ Ondine, but Burberry Sheer Eyeshadow in No.22 Pale Barley or Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze get roped in for this job often.

Time to get smudgy. Got your smudge-e, now to find your smudge-r. I like to use whatever fluffy blending brush I used in the crease, for a diffused halo of colour – yep that MAC 217 will do. But a smaller and more thinly nibbed pencil brush will work directly under those lashes for a more concentrated line of colour if that’s more your desired outcome. Or you can always regress to a good ol’ cotton bud.

Concealer, concealer, concealer. Whenever you play around with makeup under the eye, concealer is part of the package. Without it things can get a little ‘baggy‘. Of course I’m going to put Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer up for this role, but the Dior Hydra Life BB Eye Cream is starting to grow on me or Collection 2000’s Illuminating Concealer if you fancy some extra zing.

Mascara is your mate. I’m not a regular bottom lash mascara wearer, but when I decide to channel my inner-Olsen (pah!), out it comes. Sometimes I just do a quick once over which whatever I’m lacquering up my top lashes with (currently MaxFactor’s False Lash Effect Waterproof Mascara), though I can find this sometimes results in me wearing more mascara on my skin than my actual lashes. So when I want to go all out I reach for Clinique’s Bottom Lash Mascara. Sounds so faddy, but it’s seriously good stuff. Gives just the right oomph of definition and doesn’t budge. Like, not one bit.

Get in line. If rocking a bit of colour below the lashline is a bit of a no no for you, ease yourself in with some liner. Skip the waterline and get dotting between your lashes, blend out with your fingers and you’re done. Pair with some baggy garb, textured locks and a jaunty hat – is that you Ashley? 

*Cheers, claps and hollers* How low can you go? How low can you go? How low can you go? Discuss.


  • Shrutilaya

    I wore eyeliner/kajal on my bottom lashline (and not the waterline) from the age of 14 to 17. Its the only make up I wore.
    Then I went through a phase of just winged out liner on the upper lashline.
    Now, its a good balance of upper and lower lashline. And, it goes as low as it does high 😛
    The thicker the line on top, the thicker the bottom. 😀

  • Buck from the Naked Palette is usually my chosen colour for under the eye-ness! Matte, not shimmery. Dark enough to be noticed but not too dark to look raccooned!

  • Ruby@TotalModisch

    I love your writing Anna, it’s always great to read! I have to admit I should probably try an Olsen-esque under eye eye-shadow (that was a mouthful) a bit more often, but I get worried it will make my eyes look smaller and close the up! I guess I need to keep it subtle before I try anything too cray cray x

  • Don’t really wear much eyeshadow but will have to try out the under eye look

    Heels Forever

  • Anya Cross

    I love the eyeshadow under the eyes look, it’s definitely on trend at the moment. It’s soo grungy in a good way

  • That’s a very interesting subject. I love a nice taupe shade under my eyes, it gives the make-up a glamorous feel, somehow. : )

  • I really Need soemthing undeneath my eyes, or else i look kinda weird in my opinion. 😀

  • Blood Sweat Lipstick

    You explain this so well, I’ve been trying this out recently with colours which I now realise were too dark and wondering why I looked slightly dishevelled. Great post!

  • Anna Blush

    I love blending some shadow into my lower lash line. I don’t take it too low, but I find just a bit smudged in really helps define my eyes x

  • Meredith Cheng

    Somehow the Smudgy look doesn’t suit my asian eyes… Really Sad!

  • Louise – Affordable Treats

    Loved this post! I only wear eyeshadow on my lower lash line because it looks ridiculous on my lids (at least, I think so). Maybelline’s Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze is my go to eyeshadow at the moment, especially when the sun is out. I’ll probably lean towards cooler, slightly darker shades when Winter comes around.

  • SalaraSays

    Only recently started using eyeshadow under the eyes as I always felt it made me look like I’d been punched in the eye, but a good smudger/pencil brush my sister gave me from Avon has really helped me get the look I want.

  • Holly Gardiner

    I actually think I look odd without eyeshadow under my eyes haha, I absolutely love how it looks though, channelling your inner Olsen twin suits you 🙂

    Holly Mixtures


  • Oresiri teru

    I’ve always wanted to try the under eye smudge, great post I might just try it out

    Love Oresiri

  • I always put some eyeshadow under my eyes, I think it just looks better than without. But I never actually thought how low I can go! Great post! xx

    Justine | BRIGHTON DREAM

  • Divo’s Diva

    This is a very helpful article, thanks! I am still trying to master the under eye line, but it usually looks quite harsh so I’ll definitely try using some taupe eye shadow.

  • Anine

    I don’t always wear makeup on my lower lashline, especially not in summer. I have very small eyes so it only makes them look smaller. I can’t live without eyeliner on the upper lashline though!

  • Melissa PrettyLittleObsessions

    I always put eyeshadow under my eye no matter what and when I’m going out I do a full on Olsen smoky eye. I think it finishes your eye off xx

  • Great tips! I love taking Belissima from the Nars And God Created Woman set under the lower lash line – subtle smoky loveliness in a flash 🙂

  • Millie Robinson

    Great post, thanks for the amazing tips! I love putting shadow on my lower lash line it can make your eyes pop so much more! 🙂 ♥

  • Mika Avila

    I love the Olsen-type of look, like in pixiwoo’s sepia eyeshadow tutorial. It looks and makes me feel so dreamy. Sometimes I grunge it up a bit by leaving the mascara smudgy on the lower lashline and adding a dark brown liner along the top and bottom waterline and on the outer corners. I like using MAC Quite Natural paint pot and Milani Liquif’eye pencil in Brown. x

  • Sophie

    Love this post! I always wonder the same things, so I’m going to take this post on board 🙂



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  • hannah

    mary kate and ashley are beauties and i totally understand the pinterest stalking! love the look on you! xx

  • Zoe

    I like a bit more than thick eye liner I think, I just want it be obvious I suppose!

  • Olivia S

    About two days? Haha! Taupe under-eyes are just the way to go Xx

    Olivia –

  • roshkud

    I always find that makeup under my eyes makes them look small and sleepy, perhaps its because I have fairly small eyes as is? I love the look of it on other people though!

  • Millie H

    I recently tried abit of eyeshadow under my eyes for the first time, and it totally transformed my eyes! It adds just that little bit of extra definition – I love it 🙂 x

  • Celina

    I love this post! I’m such a newbie when it comes to applying eyeshadow so any tips will help. The products featured here are all so lovely; they’re the kind of shades and products I tend to go for.

    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  • Emily Allen

    I such at using eyeliner so I use a darker shadow just under and above my eye and smudge and load on the mascara :p xx Emmi

  • your eyes are so pretty

  • I couldn’t stop looking at her amazing green eyes either!

    Love your blog and your channel Vivianna!

    Heidi | Daily Beauty Blog | Bloglovin’

  • Jo Cannon

    I love the Dior BB Cream for Eyes. Essie Button got me using it and now I can’t leave it alone. I bought a back up within a week! x

  • Robin Verity

    I can never get this look right! I think I just need more practice and concealer. Hopefully I’ll get it right. 🙁

  • Fee_DP

    I love to use eyeshadow underneath my eyes, I think it makes you look very sexy! x

  • Emma Handley

    couldnt love your blog or youtube channel more! x

  • Amber Hunter

    I’ve lately been dabbling in bringing more shadow under my eyes and I have to say I love it! Though I doubt I could pull it off quite as dramatically as Ashley!


    Lovely Notions

  • rouge pa

    Loved the idea of this post and I’ve recently starts putting a toupe-ish shadow on the bottom and it really makes your eyes jump out more as long as you keep the inner part of your eyes light


  • A

    I love these posts!

    I just reviewed a much talked about product in the “beauty world”


    I always always always put eyeshadow underneath my eyes. I find it takes the attention away from my horrific bags as it makes my eyes stand out more.

  • looking gorgeous as always anna! will definitely be trying this out with my colour tattoo!

    Lorna | xx

  • Multitasking Damsel

    i always love your makeup so flawless and fresh great post !

  • Sarah Noelle coquetnoelle

    Great post! I am a little afraid of going too low but I might see this a challenge and channel a little inner kate moss and get low! x

  • PinkLips

    needed this, thankyou x