The Basics: How to Apply Eye-shadow

Foundation – CHECK! Bushed brows – CHECK! Blush and lip color – CHECK! and CHECK! Am I missing something?

The definite answer would be YES! Though the steps done are enough for an everyday, natural look, you’re missing something really important – Applying eye-shadow.

Why is this important, you say? Here are a few reasons:

1. Eye make-up can draw more attention to your eyes – which are the windows to your very soul.

2. Applying eye-shadow can change your eye shape – it really can minus the surgery!

3. In putting on eye makeup, explore your creative side by experimenting with different colors.

There are a lot of techniques depending on how you want your eyes to look. It could get a bit overwhelming but, today, let’ stick to the basics to get you started.

 What you will need:

You’ll need your coloring tools – eye makeup brushes and a single eyeshadow or an eyeshadow palette.

Concealer/Primer – this will help make your eyeshadow last longer.

Now we’re ready to start applying eyemakeup!

Step 1: Put on concealer/primer. This will help your eye makeup last longer by acting as a barrier. The oil on your eyelids can cause your eye makeup to slide off or crease. This step will also help the eyeshadow color appear better.

Step 2: Take any light shimmery eyeshadow from your eye makeup palette and apply it just under your brow and on the inner corner of your eye. Applying light shimmery eyeshadow is called highlighting and this will help draw in more light to your eyes.

Step 3: Apply any neutral colored eyeshadow and sweep it on your eyelids. Make sure to choose a lighter color and to sweep that over your lids only. You can also opt for a more vibrant colored eyeshadow, depending on what type of look you want. (Be creative!) Remember to blend, blend and blend. Try not to have any harsh lines present.

Step 4: Choose a darker eyeshadow color from your palette and let’s move on to the crease. “The what?” The crease. “How do I know where my crease is?” Open your eyes. See the fold? That’s your crease. When you’re eyes are closed, you can locate your crease by feeling where your eye socket is.

Now, the eyeshadow on this step should be rainbow shaped. Blend it out. Again, in putting on eyeshadow, we do not want any harsh lines. Think of a blurry line in a picture – no hard edges, just soft and delicate ones. That’s what we’re going for.

After applying your eye makeup you should have something like this:

Step 5: To top it off – put on eyeliner or mascara and you’re good to go! You can put the same eye shadow color you used on your crease on the lower lash line too (optional).

Applying eyeshadow is an art! You may be able to apply eyeshadow like a pro if you keep doing it! Just remember that it’s similar to any skill you would like to perfect – you need to make an effort to practice. The more you practice applying eyeshadow in different colors and techniques, the more your blending gets better.

Have fun with it and don’t be afraid to try on something new!