How To Apply Eyeshadow (for Beginners)

It can seem like a difficult part of a makeup look.Not to mention the brushes, there are so many different colors.Choosing and applying eyeshadow is easy if you are just starting to use makeup.Try a natural eyeshadow look for everyday makeup, you can wear it to work or lunch with friends.If you want a more dramatic look for a night out, use a simple smokey eye that will only take a few minutes to create.

Step 1: You can choose a neutral color or a darker one.

A base that is similar to the color of your skin and a darker shade of eyeshadow are all you need to create a natural eyeshadow look.A neutral color that matches your skin tone will look the most natural.If you have fair skin, use a base shade that’s a little darker than your skin tone.To make sure it pops, opt for a color that’s a little lighter than your skin.If your skin is fair, you could choose a champagne or light beige eyeshadow as your base color and a light brown or taupe eyeshadow.If you have a darker complexion, choose a caramel shade as your base and accent it with a dark copper shade.

Step 2: The brush should be wiped lightly through the base color.

Hold your eyeshadow brush between the thumb, index finger, and middle finger of your dominant hand and lightly brush the tips of the bristles across the base color to pick up some color on the brush.Don’t press the brush into the shadow too hard, it’s better to start with less product and add more.If you have a sponge-brush, you can use a separate eyeshadow brush with bristles.No matter which brush you use, you’ll get the same effect since this is a simple look.If you don’t have a brush, use a cotton swab or sponge.

Step 3: The brush should be tapped to remove excess powder.

A small amount of eyeshadow powder can get caught on your brush.This can cause an even application.The easiest way to avoid this problem is to gently tap the side of your brush.Whether you’re using a sponge brush or a bristle brush, do this.

Step 4: You can apply the base color to your eyelid.

If you want to blend your way up to your eyebrow, you need to sweep the brush back and forth across your eyelid.To ensure you get an even color, apply a little more eyeshadow to the brush, but make sure to concentrate the color on your lashes.The brush should be Blend upward, still moving back and forth, to just below your brow bone.As it gets higher toward the crease, the color should fade a bit.The base will be used for the rest of the look.

Step 5: Dust the brush with the powder to get rid of any excess.

After applying the base eyeshadow color, sweep your brush across your darker color.Pick up less of the darker shade if you want the eyeshadow to show up better than the base color.If you want to apply the first shade with a large shadow brush, you can switch to a smaller brush for the accent shade.

Step 6: The crease between your brow bone and eyelid is where you should apply the dark shadow.

The brush should run from the outside corner of your eye down to your eyelid.If you put the dark shade on the inner corner of your eye, it will make your eyes look smaller.If you prefer, you can sweep the brush back and forth to blend in the color.There should be no harsh lines where the color stops.If you have hooded eyes, try placing the darker shade just above the crease to create the illusion that your upper lids are more visible.

Step 7: The process should be repeated for the other eye.

It is better to focus on one eye at a time.Make your eyeshadow look as close to the first eye as possible when you do the second eye.Make any changes that are needed by comparing your eyes at the end.To make sure you get the same color on both eyes, be sure to clean off the brush.The brush can be swiped across a paper towel or the back of your hand.If your eyeshadow doesn’t look the same on both eyes, use a cotton swab, brush, or finger to wipe away some of the eyeshadow on the eye that has a little more.If you add more eyeshadow to the eye, it will make it look less natural.

Step 8: If you want to define your lashes, top with one coat of mascara.

You can make your lashes look lighter by using eyeshadow powder.If you want to counteract this, apply a coat of mascara.To get rid of excess mascara, hold the mascara wand at the base of your lashes and brush the side of the wand against the tube.All the way to the tip, sweep the brush up the length of your eyelashes.Brown mascara will look natural if you have lighter colored lashes.Black is the best choice if you have darker lashes.Clear mascara will make your lashes look even more natural.

Step 9: There is a dark shadow on your eyes.

To sweep a dark shade of eyeshadow onto your lids, use an eyeshadow brush.It is possible to pair a dark color with a medium and light shade of the same color, such as charcoal with grey and silver or dark brown with brown and beige.The finished look can be affected by the brush you use to apply eyeshadow.Use a dense brush if you want a more intense look.To get a more subtle color payoff, use a softer brush.A rich caramel or pewter color on your eyelid is a medium-dark shade.You can use a dark shade along your crease.

Step 10: There is a shadow on the crease.

Next, sweep the medium shade over your crease, going from the inner corner to the outer edge of your eye.The effect will go upwards.You should use a medium grey or medium brown shade for the crease.

Step 11: There is a shadow on the browline.

The lightest eyeshadow color you can apply is the last one.You can sweep this color up to your brow.A champagne with brown shades or silver with grey shades will highlight your eyes.

Step 12: Use a brush or finger to blend the shadow.

If you want to blend the shadow, lightly run your fingers or brush over your eyes.The brush should be moved out to the corner of your eye to lift it up.If you want, you can blend your eyeshadow with a cotton swab.

Step 13: To highlight the inner corner of your eye, brush a light color on it.

While this step is not necessary, it will make your eyes look bigger and emphasize your smokey eye.For the best highlighting effect, choose a very light color with a little sparkle, like champagne or bright white.If you used a cool color for your smoky eye, use the same shade for highlighting.You can highlight under the arch on your brows.

Step 14: For a more dramatic look, line your upper lids with eyeliner.

If you choose to use eyeliner, you will get a more dramatic result if you wear a smokey eye.If you use a pencil liner or liquid, make sure to apply it in a thin line along your upper lash line, which will stop about 1/3 of the way from the inner corner of your eye.The main eyeshadow color can be applied beneath your lashes to define your eyes.

Step 15: Define your lashes with mascara.

Two coats of black mascara is all you need to finish your smoky eye.Put the mascara against the bottom of your lashes, then wipe the edge of the brush on the container to get rid of any excess wand.The wand should be wiggled slightly, then swiped up along your lashes.For the second coat, repeat.If you use regular mascara, apply the second coat before the first dries.Allow waterproof mascara to dry for a few minutes between coats.Black mascara gives you the most dramatic lashes.If your lashes are light, you may prefer brown mascara.

Step 16: To start, use a powder eyeshadow.

It is difficult to apply cream eyeshadows.If you are just starting out, look for powder eyeshadows.You can find powder eyeshadows in any makeup aisle.

Step 17: Determine your skin color.

The color of your skin is related to how light or dark it is.It can be difficult to determine whether your skin is warm or cool.Look at the veins in your wrist while standing in natural light.If they are blue or purple, that’s cool.Your veins are likely to be warm if they look greenish.You probably have a neutral undertone if you can’t tell.Warm colors include peach, caramel, gold, and milk chocolate.If your undertones are cool, choose shades like taupe, grey, and dark chocolate.

Step 18: When you’re just getting started, stick with neutral colors.

It can be tempting to start playing with bright, bold colors when there are so many options.If your technique is off, those shades will be more noticeable.Practice with neutral colors, such as cream, beige, or chestnut, then experiment with more adventurous shades once you feel comfortable.

Step 19: If you are fair skinned, use shimmery colors to highlight your eyes.

Practice drawing attention to different parts of your eye as you play with different looks.A shimmery white or cream-colored shadow at the center of your eye will bring attention to your iris, whereas highlighting under your brow will make your eyes look more lifted.It’s a good idea to highlight the inner corner of the eye.Shades that reflect light are best for highlighting.Put shimmery shades away from the eyes as this will emphasize them.Light shimmery shades will be more dramatic on darker complexions.

Step 20: Define your eye with colors that match your skin tone.

If you are fair-skinned, use darker colors to make your eye look like you want it to.Light colors will add contrast to your eyes if you have a dark complexion.Enhance your crease with a taupe or coffee colored shadow if you have fair skin.Adding dark shadow to the outer corners of your eyes can camouflage fine lines.