Who doesn’t love dramatic eyes? But to get that perfect look, we have to go through the painstaking task of applying eye makeup – and no eye makeup is complete without the eyeshadow. Although applying eyeshadow can be tricky, worry not, since we have for you a step-by-step tutorial on how to apply the eyeshadow perfectly to achieve those mesmerizing eyes!
You Will Need
- Eye cream
- Eye primer
- Eye makeup brushes
- A kohl pencil
- An eye liner
- A mascara
How To Apply Eyeshadow
It’s crucial to prep the area around the eyes properly before applying any makeup. Start by cleaning the area around the eyes. Follow it up with a moisturizer or an eye cream and massage it well. Next, prep the eye area with an eye primer so that the makeup stays put for a longer time and gives a seamless finish. You can also use a concealer that matches the skin tone around your eyes. Apply the concealer with a brush and seal it with a translucent or a transparent powder. This will make the eye area look even, make the skin crease-proof, and also conceal any discoloration of the skin.
Let’s move on to the eye makeup. You should always analyze the shape of your eyes and accordingly decide on a makeup technique that will enhance them. The eye area consists of the eyelid, the crease, and the brow bone. It’s also important that you know which shade or texture to use on each of these areas. Use textures like frost/shimmer/shine on the eyelid and brow bone, and matte finish textures on the crease.
Pro tip – Use darker shades of eyeshadows to contour the eyes and use lighter shades to make the eyes pop.
Start by applying the color on the eyelid with a flat eyeshadow applicator brush using a sweeping or patting motion. Here, I’ve used a dull gold shade in frost texture, since I have very less lid space. This lighter shade will make my eyelid more prominent. Start the application from the center and then sweep it towards both inner and outer corners. Apply the color evenly on the lid and deposit more for intensity.
Now, we concentrate on the crease area. Use a darker shade of eyeshadow to define the eye shape. To achieve this, go for shades like deep browns, black, deep gray, dark purple, etc. Start applying from the outer corner of the eye, making a ‘V’, and blend it halfway through the eyelid with a fluffy eyeshadow blending brush. Do this using the windshield wiper motion. Keep blending until the color starts to look softer. In order to highlight the brow bone, go for lighter shades in either frost or shiny textures.
To make the eye makeup more dramatic, use a kohl pencil on the lower lash line. Smudge it with a smudger/pencil brush if you want a smokey effect.
Pro tip – Using a white/beige colored eye pencil on the lower rims of the eyes is the best way to make them look bigger and fresher.
Apply eyeliner to define the eyes. Start from the outer corner and gradually pull it inwards using small strokes. Wear the eyeliner as you like – you can keep it simple, or make it dramatic. And, when in doubt, just wing it out!
Apply two to three coats of mascara to complete the eye makeup. To take it up a notch, you can also wear fake lashes and coat them with mascara.
And here’s the final look.
Some quick tips:
- Invest in a good base or primer as it will instantly boost your eye makeup and will make the eyshadow stay put for a long time.
- It’s always good to finish your eye makeup first and then move on to your base makeup. That way, if there’s an eyeshadow fallout under or around the eyes, you can quickly clean it up without spoiling your base makeup.
- To define the crease area, use a pencil brush and then blend it with a fluffy brush.
- Choose an eyeshadow formula that works best for you. They’re available in either cream, powder, or pressed form. Cream eyeshadows can be used as a base for powder eyeshadows.
- In case you have hooded or deep set eyes, try applying the eye makeup with your eyes open instead of closed, so that the crease color is actually visible.
- If you have trouble drawing the ‘V’ on the outer corner of the eyes, then draw a ‘#’ with an eye pencil and blend it immediately to avoid stark edges.
- To avoid eyeshadow fall out, powder the area under your eyes with a transparent or translucent powder before beginning the eye makeup. Once you are done, just sweep the powder off.
So, are you still plagued by the question of how to apply eye shadow perfectly? I should hope not! Give this technique a try right away and let us know your experience in the comments section below.
Expert’s Answers for Readers Questions
What color eyeshadow is to be used for blue eyes?
It is better to use neutral soft tones like coral and champagne for blue eyes. Avoid anything too dark like a black smokey.
What color eyeshadow is to be used for brown eyes?
Neutral shades like copper and bronze accentuate the brown color in your eyes. Try adding a bit of a dark shade in the crease to deepen the look and add intensity.
What color eyeshadow is to be used for hazel eyes?
Opt for the metallics, pastels and dusty pinks.
What color eyeshadow is to be used for blue eyes?
A light purple for a night out is perfect for blue eyes. For the day, a shimmery brown is a good option.
What are the best eyeshadows for mature eyes?
When dealing with mature eyes, it is best to use shades that make your eyes look brighter. Using too many dark colors will make you look tired. Opt for light shimmer shades.