Have you ever heard of BAStar? It’s a cosmetics company dedicated to stage makeup, especially cheer teams. They have some interesting palettes, and I was able to get my hands on one of them. I’m always a little sketched about eyeshadows from a new brand, because I never know what I’m going to get, and blues can be really hard to pull off, but I gave it my best shot.


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  1. I started with some basic concealing. I’m using L’Oreal MagicLumi Concealer
  2. Prime the lid with your favorite eyeshadow primer. I love Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Eden. Fill in brows. This gel-style pencil is tarte’s Brow Architect Brow Shaper.
  3. Using the lightest color in the palette, I patted on powder on the entire lid using a paddle/concealer brush.
  4. The mid-range blue (third, in the middle) went on my crease, across the entire lid, and along the outer edge of the lid. The bright blue (last shadow, right side) went in the inner corner.
  5. The matte black shadow I applied with an angled brush as a liner on both the upper lash line and the lower lash line.
  6. Two coats of Size Queen mascara by Too Faced, and I’m done.

I was pleasantly surprised by these palettes – they are heavily pigmented (and very shimmery, in most cases), and can crumble a bit if you’re not careful. I would suggest doing your eyes first to avoid any accidental fallout. But it blends very, very well and you don’t need to build up with seven layers if you’re trying to get a brighter lid.

Order from BAStar.com for $8.95, a great price for shadows of this quality.


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