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Duochrome Eyeshadows - Looks and Layering

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Duochrome eye shadows are gorgeous applied normally- over your bare eyelid. But if you'd really like the nuances of color, apply the duochrome or iridescent shadow over a black base. A perfect base is the darkest color (a slightly shimmery black) in e.l.f.'s Black Licorice cream  shadow duo ($1). elf cosmetics cream eye shadow duo in Black Licorice Using your finger or a taklon brush, apply Black Licorice to where ever you plan to accent the duo chrome shadow. A great way to do this is to leave the inner half of your upper lid bare and apply the black cream shadow to the outer half of your lid. In these makeup looks, you can see the differences and depth that a dark base adds to a duochrome eye shadow. All of my photos use Black Licorice on the outer half topped with eye shadow, and plain shadow on the inner half. For the rest of my eye makeup, I'm using elf's Tone Correcting Concealer in Light under eyes and inner corners; and elf Studio Lengthening and Volumizing mascara in Black. For an extra bonus... the Black Licorice cream base acts as a primer and grips your shadows to greatly increase wear! L'Oreal HIP loose pigment shadow in Intrepid Intrepid ($12) is like the chocolate mint of eyeshadows. It's a medium brown glitter shadow with flashes of bright green. Absolutely gorgeous in low and high light! L'Oreal HIP loose pigment shadow in Intrepid Purely Cosmetics Soft Moon loose mineral eyeshadow Soft Moon shadow is actually a neutral steel gray when applied with a light hand. But when layered over top Black Licorice, accents of turquoise and sparks blue pop out of the charcoal gray base. This shadow ($6.50) looks amazing on any eye color!  Purely Cosmetics Soft Moon loose mineral eyeshadow Spell Cosmetics Aurora eye shadow Aurora ($8) applies to your bare lid as a medium pink with slight shimmer- when applied over Black Licorice brilliant highlights of blue and purple become visible. Spell Cosmetics Aurora eye shadow So basically by just adding a Black Licorice under your iridescent or duochrome eyeshadows, you can double up your shadow wardrobe! Do any gals out there wear duochromes? What are your absolute favorite eye shadow colors?

 About Jami and       Jami, editor and founder of the Bionic Beauty blogI'm Jami, alias Bionic Beauty. I am 32 years old, a Capricorn, happily married and share my life with my wonderful husband and tons of pets. My home is in sunny Florida - in a small, quiet beach town on the east coast. My number one, must-have beauty item is mascara. I enjoy donating cosmetics and skincare products to my local womens shelter: Genesis House. ( is currently celebrating it's 2 year anniversary with 8 giveaways in the month of July! The blog features makeup looks, money saving makeup ideas, beauty tips, products reviews, and special weekly series dealing with women's issues. Follow Bionic-Beauty on Twitter Become a Fan of Bionic-Beauty on Facebook

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Essie wrote:
1) 7/9/2009 9:56:41 AM
I think I just might try it. I love that you get 2 colors for just $1.00. That's amazing.
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abbyyyrose wrote:
2) 7/9/2009 11:35:29 AM
these are such incredible quality! and $1.00? oh my gosh. i love these :]
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rochelle wrote:
3) 7/9/2009 12:13:34 PM
hey great makeup for a $1...... fantastic!!!!!!!!!
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Twigs wrote:
4) 7/9/2009 12:21:58 PM
I love to use these as my bases. They work great!!! Peace Love && Lipstick. XOXOXOXO JordanMayTwigs.
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Halifax_NS wrote:
5) 7/9/2009 12:24:39 PM
I never thought about adding this shade as a base for duochromes. Good to know. Thanks
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Valerie wrote:
6) 7/9/2009 12:31:06 PM
I'm not a big fan of this look because I don't like the way it's divided on a straight line right down the center of the lid.
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CoastiesWife2 wrote:
7) 7/9/2009 12:35:22 PM
I love the Duo Shadows! They work great as a base, or if you're in a rush, they are great by themselves!! and the price,even better!!!
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robin in paradise wrote:
8) 7/9/2009 2:00:18 PM
Great haul from elf I'll get black licorice
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Joccy101 wrote:
9) 7/9/2009 8:49:16 PM
Looks great, I'll have to try it
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libby_donnelly wrote:
10) 7/9/2009 10:18:39 PM
thats a great look
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JENN025 wrote:
11) 7/9/2009 10:32:38 PM
yea i have never heard of but my favorite eyeshadow colors are black purples and grays.idk just me.
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redfox88 wrote:
12) 7/9/2009 11:36:03 PM
OMG im getting the one shown and a purple one if there os one and that GREEN is gorgeous!!
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Decemberbby wrote:
13) 7/10/2009 12:42:14 AM
I really like this style. The fact that it's only a $1, makes it even better!
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NikkiSoBossy wrote:
14) 7/10/2009 11:27:51 AM
I love the duo creme eyeshadows!! I use "sugar cookie" for my everyday look and I absolutely love it! It give this light, irridescent look that I love without being unnoticable. Can't wait to try more of them!
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modelesque wrote:
15) 7/10/2009 11:46:35 AM
I love to use more than one color when applying shadow and i love it even more when 2 colors come in the same package. Not to mention the perfect smokey eye kit.
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heyrindaa wrote:
16) 7/10/2009 11:59:54 AM
I liked the second eye photo because it doesn't fully cover the eye and that's how I like doing my eyes. If the primer sticks on really well, I should probably buy that soon! And I didn't think black base sounded helpful but it actually does, haha. and also, if you put white eyeliner on the waterline on the bottom lid, it will make your eyes pop out more
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vixenlove08 wrote:
17) 7/10/2009 12:47:40 PM
that looks awesome
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vspinkx3 wrote:
18) 7/10/2009 2:56:23 PM
i love the color, it looks nice
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*Jes* wrote:
19) 7/10/2009 3:53:43 PM
I LOVE LOVE LOVE using cream eyeshadows as a base on my eyelids because it does give two different shades using the same color over the base. It also makes the colors pop! Especially if you use a natural color as a base it makes colors brighter. Using a darker color base gives the shadow more depth which is awesome when you're going for a smokey, mysterious, and sexy eye! :) Great tips ELF!
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makeupmagik wrote:
20) 7/10/2009 8:39:27 PM
thanks for these ideas! I already have some of the e.l.f. cream eyeshadows and i love them, they also works great as eyeshadow base, next time i'm ordering the black licorice.As for my fav. eyeshadow colors i like golds,greens and browns :)
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Makenzie wrote:
21) 7/10/2009 10:41:21 PM
I have the same featured blue duo eyeshadow and love it! It goes on smoothly and stays on! Really makes blue eyes pop. :)
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Jess-ley wrote:
22) 7/11/2009 12:19:47 AM
Awesome!! I actually have the Black Licorice color. I think I'll try that
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Lipglosslover wrote:
23) 7/11/2009 11:07:30 AM
My favourite duochromes eyeshadow are Butter Pecan and the Olive cream eyeshadow combination from e.l.f's $1.00 line. Firstly, I would apply an eye primer either e.l.f. Studio Primer or Lise Watier (Canadian brand)all over my lids, let it set, then apply which colour I'm feeling that day, then apply my Annabelle (Canadian brand as well) matching colour in a powder eyeshadow. Does the colour really pop at that point? Yes! And its on ALL DAY with a few minor touchups.:) Sometimes, I would add an off-white eyeshadow either from Covergirl or Wet n' Wild under the brow and blend to brighten the eyes.
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corinza09 wrote:
24) 7/11/2009 3:26:19 PM
nice look i love the color
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jessicag wrote:
25) 7/11/2009 3:45:49 PM
it loosk nice. i saw a turorial on youtube using this shadow and it looks great. im going to order some soon :)
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TriciaXO wrote:
26) 7/11/2009 11:03:13 PM
WOOWW great tips with the cream eyeshadows! I really can't believe the difference the Black licorice cream makes to other eyeshadow colours. It literally adds 4x the colour atleast! I am sooo purchasing the black licorice. I have only one of the new ones, Sugar Cookie to test it out. Love them. It's an amazing base, and I am going to order wayy more colours to match for different accents! Thank you SOO much for putting this up, now I can see really how much dramatic change this creates!
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yellowtulips wrote:
27) 7/12/2009 1:47:15 AM
Wow! What an interesting technique for applying eyeshadow! I'm definitely going to try this!
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citylights wrote:
28) 7/12/2009 3:46:53 AM
I don't like the look here. It might look better if the colors were more similar and it was more blended but a straight line down the middle - nah... I still love the dual eye shadows, I just wear it with one color on lid, one in the crease line.
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leo13 wrote:
29) 7/12/2009 10:01:32 AM
wow! i love these eye shadows! before i wanted to get the butter pecan because it was so pretty but now i know how i would wear them.
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DUNKY wrote:
30) 7/12/2009 1:23:49 PM
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Naturallyvegan wrote:
31) 7/12/2009 2:36:33 PM
This is the first duo shadow that I will be using. I usually wear blacks, silvers, grays, purples, pinks and greens on my eyes. I love the fact that layering this cream shadow under a black would be awesome and create an even better staying power for the shadow. :)
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from NoVA wrote:
32) 7/12/2009 9:39:58 PM
that's so pretty!! I don't have the ELF duo cream eyeshadow yet but I do use two different eyeshadow colors to get the same effect. I like a simple, neutral color of a dark pink and brown.
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eliza123 wrote:
33) 7/13/2009 10:19:41 AM
i loveeee using darker shades of eyeshadow in the corners of my eyes, it gives them more depth.
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Bionic Beauty wrote:
34) 7/14/2009 9:50:16 AM
Hi All, I think there's some confusion as to my tutorial. The BASE eyeshadow for ALL the looks photographed is Black Licorice by e.l.f. Overtop I have applied various DuoChrome eyeshadows (which are eyeshadows that contain a base color in their powder and a shimmer color of a *totally* different color that only appears in certain light). The DuoChrome eyeshadows are COLORS, not duos of 2 eyeshadows in a pan. I really hope this helps explain things. :) Cheers, Jami
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Bionic Beauty wrote:
35) 7/14/2009 11:06:02 AM
Also another quick clarification- I did not blend the line in the middle of my eyelid since this is there to show the difference how the exact same duochrome eye shadow looks over Black Licorice (in the outer corner) and over bare skin (in the inner corner). I really hope this helps explain things. Feel free to question back and I'll try to answer (or email me through the contact form on my blog with your Q's.). THANKS! Jami, aka Bionic Beauty
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swimmer wrote:
36) 7/14/2009 11:55:26 AM
i always wear golds on my eyes, but i have never tried with another color base underneath. I will definitely have to look into this!
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Beadaholic wrote:
37) 7/14/2009 12:31:22 PM
I <3 the Bionic Beauty Blog. These looks are B-E-A-utiful, and e.l.f. products are fantastic!
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Scribbler wrote:
38) 7/14/2009 1:13:06 PM
Fantastic tip! I'll be sure to try it.
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arwensmom wrote:
39) 7/14/2009 3:12:32 PM
I love these looks! I am going to try them myself now that I see them on a real person!
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barbarabaker wrote:
40) 7/14/2009 6:18:05 PM
I have always loved your eyes and the way you wear your shadows... thanks for the posts!!!
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emerlymarie wrote:
41) 7/14/2009 6:56:59 PM
I really like the hue of Aurora. I have similar colors from other cosmetic lines that look highly pigmented, but once you put them on, they are not really that bright. I will try this out, and hopefully it will look as nice as the photo featured here.
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FLGirl1 wrote:
42) 7/14/2009 6:58:52 PM
I especially love the purple example. I really love this look. I ordered some of the colors so I could try it myself. How can you go wrong with the crazy low cosmetic prices at E.L.F.????
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adrian44 wrote:
43) 7/14/2009 7:19:51 PM
I think it is great she donates make-up to local women's shelters. Great idea to make others feel better!!
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makeupaddict1 wrote:
44) 7/14/2009 8:19:54 PM
I love the elf duo eye shadow cream! My favourite is "blueberry." The colours are so versatile and compliment many eye shadows. And it comes in two colours - one light and one dark, so I could do both smokey looks or barely-there looks. It's super creamy and easy to apply, and best of all it doesn't crease (just don't use too much!) You can also wear it on its own. Overall, LOVE!
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CrystesMom wrote:
45) 7/14/2009 9:10:10 PM
I'm a subscriber to Bionic Beauty and have to say it is one of the best beauty blogs I read! I understand exactly what Jami means in this tutorial and think the idea of layering the duochromes over the Licorice is terrific. E.L.F. cosmetics always amaze me with their quality and innovation, especially when you consider how over-priced most cosmetic lines really are. Great value!
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Crystal S. wrote:
46) 7/15/2009 6:00:08 AM
I love the tutorial and love ELF. This makeup line allows me to stay on trend even in this economy.
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Pajama.Grrl wrote:
47) 7/15/2009 4:45:34 PM
What a great tip! And seriously, where can you get anything for a dollar these days?
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simplycurious wrote:
48) 7/15/2009 6:38:21 PM
this is fantastic. i never thought about layering eyeshadows to produce colors. and i can't get over the fact that the duo is only a dollar!
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gemma54 wrote:
49) 7/20/2009 10:01:08 PM
wow, $1 for a product that great is wonderful! i really liked how u applied the eyeshadows and it looks like a great everyday look that also adds some color to it! thanks 4 the tip
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Spam wrote:
50) 7/21/2009 9:53:49 PM
WOW I'm so going to try this when I get some.. Im ordering now!
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lovingnature wrote:
51) 7/22/2009 12:11:59 AM
Shadow creams <3 I'm glad they're as pigmented as the listing shows.
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Janice<3 wrote:
52) 7/24/2009 6:59:51 AM
My absolute favorite eyeshadow colors would have to be dark colors. Like blacks, browns, maroons, and greens. I have like light brown eyes and when I wear those colors specially black it makes them stand out more. -J
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ReganTheGreat wrote:
53) 7/24/2009 7:01:48 PM
thank you elf! What great tips (:
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veronicalin wrote:
54) 7/27/2009 10:25:39 PM
Haven't tried the cream shadows yet, but I think I might have to!
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Pixieisme wrote:
55) 8/3/2009 6:05:59 PM
What a differance1 But what is a taklon brush?
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lovejoynr wrote:
56) 8/4/2009 3:32:06 AM
Oooh! I like that. Looks quick and simple. What a great tip. That will be on my list!
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Sha22583 wrote:
57) 8/6/2009 10:00:40 AM
Im loving th e purple eyeshadow look, I need to try that ASAP!
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TuesdayJumper wrote:
58) 8/12/2009 2:59:54 AM
I'm not really into cream shadows, but using them as a base for powder shadows sounds like it would make them look more pigmented and up the staying power :)
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AnonymousYo wrote:
59) 8/18/2009 4:56:56 PM
I really like these looks! The black really does make it pop! I am so trying the black licorice eyeshadow cream duo!!!!!
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Jess' Blog wrote:
60) 9/3/2009 5:31:46 PM
I love these tips, and for the price; so worth it!
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xoxoyourv wrote:
61) 9/16/2009 4:48:24 PM
Beautiful. (: I think I might just try it.
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Kristy<3 wrote:
62) 9/20/2009 12:48:01 AM
The duo-chromes are gorge-ous!! I must get my hands on at least 3 of them!
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love drunk wrote:
63) 9/21/2009 5:53:08 PM
i think its so generous to have two colors just for ONE dollar.
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echo01 wrote:
64) 11/12/2009 10:10:58 AM
I will definitely be trying this!
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RosieFlair wrote:
65) 11/12/2009 1:43:13 PM
Wow, I can't wait to try this out for myself! Thanks so much for the tips!
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imyourcocaine wrote:
66) 1/11/2010 11:37:14 PM
you know its funny that i just came across this blog post because I've had that black licorice cream eye shadow duo for quite sometime and its been neglected at the bottom of my train case ever since I got it. I didnt really like the texture much but then within the last week or so its all I've been using as a base for my Mac Vex & Humid eyeshadows. It flashes their duochromes so beautifully. I find the licorice duo to be the perfect consistency, and amazingly creaseless throughout the day. I'm actually about to order about 3 or 4 more backups and maybe a few other colors just to experiment with. Highly ,highly recommend!
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mgirl wrote:
67) 1/17/2010 5:36:23 PM
I just might try that
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meldy wrote:
68) 11/21/2010 3:48:49 AM
hey i really love elf. loved ur blog, p.s is that free giftcard thing still valid
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meldy wrote:
69) 11/21/2010 3:54:38 AM
thanx 4 da blog, nice look p.s is dat coupon still valid
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Ladysphinx wrote:
70) 11/24/2010 10:40:46 AM
You can't beat $1! E.L.F has amazing colors and GREAT prices! :)
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mariahday wrote:
71) 3/30/2011 8:32:04 PM
Love the pictures. The colours are so pretty. I don't really have a favourite, I'm more of a lipstick girl, but if i would have to choose it'd be a pearly white. haha. don't know if their's a special name for that (probably is) but I like the pearly white colours. Haha. sorry if im offending anyone with my non-knowledge.
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Sandara1288 wrote:
72) 6/14/2011 11:36:45 PM
The looks are really cute and seem wearable, I think I'll try it!:-)
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AllyM wrote:
73) 3/5/2013 3:42:42 PM
I love to use "innocent Ivory" pigment from E.L.F w/ it's pink shimmer and my E.l.F sugar cookie shadow duo together. I can't wait to try these looks
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