Practice makes perfect--I have often had people ask me about how I was able to develop my makeup skills. The answer is that I've been working on it for over 20 years! Once you get the basics down (especially with eye makeup), you can build on that.
So, the Coastal Scents hot pot eye shadows are my latest find (I probably have more eye shadow than anything else in my collection.) I like that you can choose the shades and the pigmentation is pretty great. They are super affordable, esp. when compared with MAC: http://www.coastalscents.com/makeup/...ed-shadow.html