Eyeshadow Makeup

How to Apply Eyeshadow
Getting the perfect eyeshadow look isn’t always easy, but you don’t have to be a beauty guru to achieve the look
you’re going for. With the right tools and a little practice, you’ll be on your way to perfecting your eyeshadow
Starting Out
1.Choose your eyeshadow. With entire stores
designated just to eyeshadow options, choosing the right texture, hue,
and brand can seem incredibly intimidating. Don’t allow the vast variety
to scare you though – embrace it! The hundreds of options give you
much flexibility in choosing the best eyeshadow for you. Shadows come
in every color imaginable and can be found in loose powder, compact
powder, and cream forms.
○ The most highly pigmented
eyeshadow is typically sold as a loose powder, but these are also
the most difficult to control because of their loose form. Cream
shadows are easy to apply but crease more quickly than powder
eyeshadows. The best texture to start with as a novice
eyeshadow-applier is a compact powder. You can always make
eyeshadow more pigmented.
○ Although you don’t need to have dozens of colors to be an eyeshadow artist,
it is recommended that you have at least three shades of eyeshadow in the
same color palette. Several different looks require a light, medium, and dark

○ If you don’t want to look overdone with your eyeshadow, choose three
shades that are in neutral tones, such as browns or grays. Otherwise,
choose any colors that might appeal to you and your style.
2 Select the right brushes. Although you can indeed apply your
eyeshadow using your fingertips, they will likely be too big and are coated in
natural oils which make application difficult. Invest in a few good makeup
brushes for the easiest and most attractive eyeshadow application.[1] Avoid
using sponge brushes for your eyeshadow, as these do not apply the
pigment well at all.
○ Use a stiff flat brush to apply eyeshadow to your entire lid. This brush is best
for picking up lots of pigment and distributing it over your entire eyelid.
○ A soft or stiff dome brush is used for applying eyeshadow to your crease and
blending it outwards. These are a must-have for getting a smooth, even
gradation of color from your lash line up to your brow bone.
○ Get a soft pencil brush to apply eyeshadow close to your lash line. These are
small and thin enough to work on both your upper and lower lash line, as well
as in difficult to reach areas like the inner corner of your eyes.
3.Know how to apply your eyeshadow. One of the most important aspects of applying
your eyeshadow is using the correct brush strokes and speed. Rushing through your makeup or
using the wrong brush strokes will create a messy, unattractive eyeshadow application.
○ When you first apply the pigment to your eyelid, pat the eyeshadow on rather
than brushing it across your lid. This will help it to stick to your lid better and
give a solid rather than patchy appearance.

○ Instead of sweeping your eyeshadow back and forth across your eye in a
fast motion, use short, slow brush strokes going in the same direction to
blend colors. You should never be moving your hand quickly as you apply
your eyeshadow.
○ Unless you are using a highlighter color, you should never apply your
eyeshadow all the way up to your eyebrows. This is a surefire way to

over-dramatize your eyes and make them look much too overdone.
○ 4.Apply your normal face makeup. Doing your eye makeup should
be the last step in your makeup application process, so put on your regular
makeup first. Apply your concealer, foundation, blush or bronzer, and brow
liner before making your way to your eyeshadow.
○ Apply a shadow primer to help your eyeshadow last all day. If you don’t, the
natural oils your skin creates will seep through the shadow and cause it to
gather along your crease several hours into wearing it.
○ Never apply your mascara before putting on your eyeshadow, and unless
you are doing a specialized smokey eye, your eyeliner should come after
your eyeshadow as well.
Applying Fanned Eyeshadow
1.Apply your lightest color. Normally called a highlighter shade, this is
typically a creamy nude eyeshadow. Use your stiff flat brush to put this on the inner
corners of your eyes, sweeping it up and down to gather just slightly on the upper
and lower lash line.[2] Apply a light sweep of it as well just below your eyebrows.
2.Add your middle hue. Take your color that is one step darker than your
lightest – your medium shade. Use your flat brush to pat this color over the entirety
of your lid, from your lash line to your crease. Don’t go too much further above your
crease or outwards from the corner of your eye.

  1. Contour your lid with your darkest shade. Use your dome brush with your darkest eyeshadow
    color to contour your eyelid. Start at the outside corner of your eye, and sweep the brush in a half-moon motion
    up and around to the center of your crease. Keep the shadow the darkest along your lash line, and fade it out as
    you move up. Feel free to draw the shadow up towards the end of your eyebrow a bit for an angled fan.
    4.Blend your eyeshadows. Clean your dome brush with antibacterial brush cleaner or soap and water,
    and dry it on a clean towel. Use your clean brush to blend along the edges of your shadow so that they fade
    nicely into your skin tone, as well as along your eyelid so that your three colors blend together. Use soft,
    sweeping brush strokes to blend the shadows.
    Applying Eyeshadow in the Rounded Style
    1.Put your middle tone over your eyelid. Use your stiff flat
    brush to add a coat of your middle color eyeshadow to your eyelid,
    focusing on the center. This look requires only your middle and dark
    shades, although you can choose to add a highlighter if you would like.
    2.Accentuate your lid with your darkest eyeshadow. Use
    your dome brush to apply your dark shade of eyeshadow to the inner and
    outer ⅓ of your eyelid. This means that your eyelid will have an
    application of ‘dark-middle-dark’ across the eyelid. Avoid getting the dark
    shadow too far inside the corners, as this will create the illusion of sleepy
    purple circles under your eyes. You can also choose to drag the outer edge of the dark shadow slightly upwards
    towards the end of your brow for a more dramatic look.
    3.Blend the shadows.Clean your dome brush with brush cleaner or soap and water, and dry it completely
    on a clean cloth. Use it in a soft, brushing motion to blend the two colors together on your eyelid. Avoid bringing
    the darkest color too close to the center of your lid,as this will muddy the highlighted section you have created.
    Blend the outer edges of your eyeshadow as well,so there are no harsh color blocking lines or sections on your
    Applying Eyeshadow in the Banana Style
    1.Cover your lid with your middle hue. Create your base color by using a stiff flat brush to pat on your
    medium color over the entirety of your eyelid. If you want, you can also add a tiny smudge of your highlighter
    shade to the inner corner of your eyes or just below your brow to brighten up your face a bit.
    2.Add your crease color. Use your pencil brush and your darkest color to darken your crease. Sweep the
    dark color back and forth across your entire crease to darken it and make your eyes appear more deep set. You
    can choose to create a regular banana – with the shadow only on the crease – or a
    closed-crease banana with the shadow running down to meet your lash line. Keep
    the shadow in a relatively thin line across your lid.
  1. 3.Blend your colors. Clean your pencil brush well with an antibacterial
    brush cleaner or soap and water, and dry it with a clean cloth. Because you want
    your crease to stay pretty dark, use this brush to slightly blur the outer edges. Don’t
    blend the color too much, so your lid is completely highlighted. Creating a

    Smokey Eye with Your Eyeshadow
    1.Add your highlighter. Use your firm, flat brush to brush your lightest color onto the inside corner of your
    eyes and directly under your eyebrows. This will highlight the areas of your face responsible for making your eyes
    look larger and brighter.
    2.Apply your medium color. Use your stiff flat brush to apply your middle color along your entire eyelid.
    Start from the base of your lash line and your work way to slightly above the crease. Try to avoid brushing it up to
    meet your highlighter, though
    3.Create the smokey effect. Use your domed brush first to apply your darkest color along your upper lash
    line. Sweep the color across your entire lid, but only on the bottom ⅓. Then, use your pencil brush to apply a
    darker, more precise line of color along your lash line.
    4.Carry it to your bottom lash line. Use your pencil brush to add a bit of your darkest eye shadow color
    along your bottom lash line. Start at the outside corner and work your way to the inside corner, making it
    gradually lighter as you get closer to your inner tear duct.
    5.Blend your shadow. Use your dome brush after it has been cleaned well to blend your shadows together.
    You want to create a smooth graduation of color, so take a few minutes to softly fade your darkest shadow up into
    the middle hue. Avoid contacting the line of dark shadow near your lash line too much, as you don’t want to make
    that part look too faded from blending