How to apply different styles of eyeshadow

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Have you ever seen someone’s makeup online and thought “that is BEAUTIFUL. I have to have that. ” You go out and spend hundreds of dollars on different eyeshadow palettes because you want to express yourself!

There is absolutely nothing wrong with being bold and fearless! As such, sometimes, we want our makeup to reflect that! Nothing is worse than having our hopes up for being bold and standing out than getting that new eyeshadow palette and realizing it was a flop!

Now you’re wondering “how do they get it to look like that”, “are they using different products”, “are they using filters”, forget it, it’s fake — let’s just throw the whole thing away.

Wait! Before you throw it away and vow to never try eyeshadow again, let’s see what we can do to fix it.

There are a number of reasons why eyeshadow colors aren’t as vibrant as we’d like. Common reasons: poor pigmentation or product development, technique, skin complexion and skin type.

One way to get the eyeshadow to pop, or even show up for that matter, is to neutralize the eyelid. Here are a few techniques that I use and would love for you to try to make your eyeshadow pop*!

* Note: in the picture below, it is about 8 p.m. so it’s dark outside, I’m sitting in the car and my eyeshadow is still showing using one of the techniques below!

Think of art. Most artists begin with a blank canvas. Our eyelids are existing pieces of art. Sometimes they carry oil which causes eyeshadow to fade or crease and other times, our veins or other discolorations show through. Before you apply ANY eyeshadow, be sure to try one of the techniques below.

Remember, most masterpieces with a blank canvas 🙂

1. Use a base

Neutralize the eyelid with a white or black base. White or black are most commonly sold so easier to find but are also opposite of your skin complexion so will really stand out. I’m a half cut-crease type of girl so my personal favorite is NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk (white) or Black Bean (black). It is a pencil that can be used as an eyeliner or eyeshadow, according to the company. In this case, we’ll use it as a base 🙂 It gives the eye a very dramatic uplift.

Once your eyes are prepped, primed and brows drawn, apply the pencil from the base of the eyelid (near eyelashes) to your crease. Then softly blend out from the crease to an upward motion (towards your eyebrows). This will help diffuse the stark base and give you a little more dimension or help with getting a great half- or full cut-crease.

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2. Use concealer

When most people think of concealer, they think of hiding flaws or highlighting; however, you can also use concealer to neutralize the eyelid. Some people use foundation to serve as a base but concealer has a thicker consistency, offers more coverage and easier to control.

Apply concealer, blend it out and add a thin coat of translucent powder to set it and help absorb oil (if you have only skin).

3. Use eyeshadow primer

Like concealer, eyeshadow primer is usually thicker in consistency so product sticks to it pretty easily. Not only does primer help the eyeshadow stay on but it also absorbs oil and helps to prevent creasing — great if you have oily eyelids!

TECHNIQUE – After the eyelids are prepped and primed using one of the methods above.

4. Rose Water

If you’ve never heard of Rose Water, you are in for a real treat! You can either buy it locally or make your own. It is wonderful for hydration and can even be used to prep or moisturize the skin before applying makeup. Rose water has more benefits than water when it comes to the skin.

If you make the rose water, put in a bottle so you can spritz your eyeshadow brush. The brush does NOT need to be dripping wet. You want it to feel slightly damp. Dip the brush in the eyeshadow. The moisture should help the brush pick up more pigment.

5. Setting Spray

Just like Rose Water, Setting Spray can be used. Setting spray has properties that help makeup lasts all day but also has ingredients that have more like an “adhesive” property so the pigments stick and stay put. Lightly spritz the brush with setting spray, dip in the eyeshadow or pigment and apply to the lid.

6. Right type of brush

There are many types of makeup brushes. Each brush is not created equal. Instead of using a fluffy blending brush which disperses the color, try a flat shader brush to really collect the eyeshadow and pack it onto the lid.

7. Application

Application makes the world of a difference! Many beginners apply eyeshadow in a windshield wiper motion — sweeping it across the eye lid from left to right. This is great for blending; however, the technique lessens the intensity of the eyeshadow pigment. Instead, use the flat shader brush and pat or press the eyeshadow on to the desired spot.

What’s my favorite type of method? My personal fave is concealer! The first thing I do when applying makeup is fill in my eyebrows. Once my brows are filled in, I clean them up and make them look sharper with concealer. I take the concealer down from the brow to the base of my lid, blend it out and apply a little translucent powder.

Depending on my desired look, I may combine a few of the techniques such as concealer with a white base or if an eyeshadow is really spotty, I’ll also spritz my brush and continue to build up the color! I usually do this for a more dramatic, half-cut crease.

Interested in the concealer I use? Check out the True Color Ideal Nude Cream Concealer in Deep.

What’s your favorite method for making your eyeshadow POP?

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How to apply different styles of eyeshadow

How to apply different styles of eyeshadow

Applying eyeshadow is relatively easy. However, learning to apply eye makeup the right way is no simple task. How do you choose the right shade for your eye color and skin tone? Do you really need 10 makeup brushes? Will you ever use every color in that eyeshadow palette?

We know that it’s easy to get confused about the best ways to make your eyes pop, so we’ve crafted a five-step guide to show you exactly how to handle all those eyeliners, mascaras and shadows. Let’s get started:

1. Start with great makeup brushes.

There’s a reason famous artists don’t finger paint: it’s much harder to create a masterpiece without the proper tools. The same holds true for makeup application. Invest in a few good cosmetic brushes for even, precise, and hygienic makeup application. Luckily, you can get great ones without dropping an entire paycheck.

When we tested the best makeup brushes in the Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab, we found that synthetic brushes are almost always preferable to their natural-fiber counterparts, and they are more affordable, easier to clean and allergy-friendly. (Psst: All of our winners were synthetic, and the pros couldn’t differentiate them from pricier natural picks).

How to apply different styles of eyeshadow

How to apply different styles of eyeshadow

How to apply different styles of eyeshadow

How to apply different styles of eyeshadow

2. Apply a base eyeshadow to the lid.

Using your eyeshadow brush, grab your favorite eyeshadow palette and sweep your favorite base shade on your eyelid. Depending on the look you’re going for, you can bring this base color all the way up to your brow bone in preparation for a more dramatic smoky eye, or you can stop at the crease of your eye for a basic, everyday look.

In the latter case, here’s a foolproof trick: place the color into the crease of your eye when your eyes are open, and work down toward the lash line. That way, you’ll never overshoot your crease or end up with messy lines.

How to apply different styles of eyeshadow

How to apply different styles of eyeshadow

How to apply different styles of eyeshadow

How to apply different styles of eyeshadow

3. Concentrate darker shadow in the eye crease.

Dark colors attract light, so placing a darker tone of shadow in the crease of the eye makes your eyes pop by adding depth and dimension in the exact right spot.

To get the look, dip a domed brush like e.l.f. Blending Brush into a dark shadow and sweep it right along the eye socket, following the shape of your eye between your brow bone and eyelid. A deep brown like Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Thunderbird is a universally flattering choice, no matter your eye color.

If you have hooded eyes, your upper lid covers most of your mobile lid when your eyes are open. That means you will have to play with different, higher placements for crease shadow, because if you simply apply along the eye socket, the color will disappear when you open your eyes. Instead, start with your eyes open and use your brush to mark where you want that dark color to start in order to be visible. Then, close your eyes and blend across, smoothing out any hard lines and focusing pigment on the outermost corner of the eye in a “V” shape.

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How to get the trendy ’80s eye makeup styles

From an article by Jerie Jayne, Herald & Review (Decatur, Illinois) Sept 19, 1980

How to apply eyeshadow

The new look in eyeshadow is the way it is being applied.

Use three colors of eyeshadow. Blend each vertically in a fan shape.

Starting with the inside of the eyelid nearest the nose with dark color, apply with an upward motion. Next, apply a light highlighter and then a darker color again.

Contemporary colors are browns and muted sages.

“Whether you use a cream or powder depends on what you want to do,” says Ida Stewart, vice president of Estee Lauder Inc., a worldwide perfume and cosmetic company. “Creams blend better and more brilliant in color. Powders are more subtle.”

Start with a gentle eye makeup remover, and let it set to make sure the eye is clean. Apply shadow lightly and carefully, then reapply and daub with loose powder.

How to apply different styles of eyeshadow

Eyelashes and mascara

Next is mascara. Today’s look is a combination. On the bottom of the upper lash, apply blue mascara with quick strokes upward. On the top use brown or black to give the eye shape and form.

“Blue makes the white of the eye look softer and bluer. It also makes blue eyes stand out more,” she said.

On the bottom lashes, use black or brown.

Thickness of mascara is a matter of preference and what is appropriate for the occasion. There is a difference between a party and the office.

How to use eyeliner, ’80s-style

Eyeliner (pencil or liquid) uses the same principle. The purpose of eyeliner is to shape the eye.

The eyeliner should be applied in a fine line at the base of the lashes to make lashes look thicker. Use blue with the lower ones because it reflects light, and black or brown with the top ones.

Removing eye makeup is essential. Knowing the right way can prevent wrinkles. Use a cream eye makeup remover. Most women put it on and scrub back and forth. The only thing they do is stretch their skin and smear the product into the eyeball.

Work from bone to bone. Put the cleanser on fingertips, spread the cream down from the eyebrow to underneath the eye. Hold the cream for a few moments on lashes to let it work. Wipe up until the eye is clean.

How to apply different styles of eyeshadow

How to get those ’80s brows

Eyebrows should be crisp, thin and neat. The wild and woolly look is out.

Women with glasses should avoid eyebrow pencil because it can give them a double rim look. When using an eyebrow pencil, the color should be no darker than the darkest part of the hair.

To draw an eyebrow, hold the pencil at the side of the nose. Start where the point hits. Dot the eyebrow, following a natural arch as the pencil is moved across the eyebrow. Always keep the base of the pencil on the side of the nose. Stop when the pencil point reaches the end of the eye.

Cosmetics are good manners

For women with dark circles, creams work best. Try to match the color of the face and blend in cream to hide circles. For sparse eyelashes, try false eyelashes. Today’s are natural-looking and easy-to-apply.

“Makeup has become something a woman just doesn’t do without,” says Mrs Stewart. “It’s like deodorant. When people first started using it they wore it just when they went out. Now they wear it whether they go out or not.

“Cosmetics are becoming a whole part of living. You wouldn’t go out in old worn out clothes. So why not dress your face up too? Cosmetics are just good manners.”

How to apply different styles of eyeshadow

A closer look at retro ’80s makeup: Multicolored eye shadow for the layered/rainbow look

By Shelly Kern, The Daily News (Lebanon, Pennsylvania) April 8, 1986

Eyes are the facial features that are noticed first. “That’s because one’s expressions and feelings are seen through the eyes and the mouth,” explains fashion and beauty authority, Christine Kunzelman. “And for centuries, large eyes have been considered a cherished asset.”

How to apply different styles of eyeshadowActress/model Vanessa Williams with stylish 80s eye makeup

How to get big ’80s eyes

To enhance and create the illusion of large eyes, Kunzelman offers these tips:

— To mask dark circles near the eye, dot eye disguise (opaque, light-colored coverup) with a fingertip. Use outward motions from the edge of the eye.

— With a large make-up brush, dust all around the eye with loose translucent powder. This will set the eye disguise and prevent creasing.

— With a navy-blue eye pencil, line the inside rim of the eye. This will make the whites of the eye appear whiter. Omit this step if you wear soft contact lenses.

— With an eyeliner brush, apply medium shade eye shadow. Apply as close to the lashline as possible following the natural contour of the eye. This will make eyelashes appear thicker and darker. Use only powder eyeshadows and avoid ones that are frosted. They will make the eyes appear puffy.

— With an eyeshadow brush apply a soft pink, peach or yellow powder eyeshadow to eyelid — only up to the eye crease. This will make the eye appear more open.

— With an eyeshadow brush, apply a medium gray or neutral powder eyeshadow into and slightly above the eye crease following the natural contour of the eye.

— With mascara applicator, move from the inside corner of the eye with a sideward stroke and apply black mascara. Light and colored shades of mascara do not make eyes look larger. Note that this year it is fashionable to use lavender mascara at the base of the eyelashes. The rest of the eyelash should be black. This will enhance one’s eye color.

— With an eyeshadow brush, apply dark or bright colored powder eyeshadow at the corner of the eye to form a “C” shape.

— With a dark shade eye pencil, Stay as Close to the lashline as possible. Follow the “C” shape at the outer corner of the eye. This will add definition to the eyes.

How to apply different styles of eyeshadow

Kunzelman also suggests:

— Let each coat of mascara dry before reapplying.

— Use a different brush for each eyeshadow color.

— Clean brush after each application. Clean by wiping brush with an alcohol-moistened tissue.

— Do not match eyeshadow to eye color. Contrasting colors will intensify one’s eye color.

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Eyeshadow is one of the more challenging makeup techniques to master. From selecting the right colors to learning to blend to perfection , there are a lot of elements involved in achieving a flawless eye look. Another you may not already be considering is your eye shape . Whether you have almond, hooded or upturned eyes, applying your eyeshadow to fit your unique features can be a game-changer.

“I’m never trying to change someone’s eyes, but rather accentuate our differences,” says Jenna Kristina , a celebrity makeup artist and Maybelline New York US brand ambassador.

To help you master the perfect application for your eye shape , Kristina is sharing her top tips. Grab a versatile eyeshadow palette like the NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Utopia Shadow Palette and read on.

How to Apply Eyeshadow on Monolid Eyes

Monolids are characterized as eyelids that don’t have a visible crease or hood. There are a few ways to apply eyeshadow to accentuate this eye shape. “A typical application for this would be to apply darker shadows at the base, gradually getting lighter as you move upwards,” says Kristina. “If you feel like getting a little more adventurous, this eye shape is great for graphic eyeliner , or any other creative shapes you feel like drawing on the lid.”

If you’re just starting to play with eyeshadow, Kristina also recommends adding a pop of color to your inner corners as a fast and easy alternative.

How to Apply Eyeshadow on Downturned Eyes

If the outer corners of your eyes point slightly downward, then you have downturned eyes. “For this eye shape, it’s really important to line under the eye and blend a darker shadow on the outer edge of the eye, bringing it up to the crease,” says Kristina. This method of application pulls the eye up and out for an ultra-flattering look.

How to Apply Eyeshadow on Round Eyes

If you can see the whites of your eyes around all sides of your iris, chances are you have round-shape eyes. When it comes to round-shape eyes, Kristina says that she loves to line both the top and bottom of the eye. “On the upper lid, smudge the liner on the inner and outer corners, pulling it upwards to create a triangle effect pointing out on your lid,” she explains. “On the center of the lid, apply an eye-catching eyeshadow shade to make it pop, blending into those outer triangles.”

How to Apply Eyeshadow on Almond Eyes

Almond eyes can be mistaken as round, but there’s one key difference between the two: If you can only see the whites of your eyes to the left and right of your iris, you have almond-shape eyes. Kristina recommends focusing darker eyeshadow on the outer edge of the eye and blending it out towards your hairline. Near the inner corners of your eyes, blend lighter shades for a gradient effect.

How to Apply Eyeshadow on Hooded Eyes

Hooded eyelids have a crease to them, but that crease tends to be deeper-set and hidden from view when your eyes are open. To bring out that crease, Kristina likes to use a darker shadow above the fold of the eye. “Use that same color on the outer edge of the eye, softly drawing it out towards the hairline,” she says.

How to Apply Eyeshadow on Upturned Eyes

If the outer corners of your eyes point slightly upward, then you have upturned eyes. “Go with the cat-like effect that this shape naturally has,” says Kristina. “Line the top of the eye, and for the bottom, only line the outer third — less than halfway,” she says. When it comes to eyeshadow application, drag the shades outwards towards the hairline.

Last Updated: March 10, 2021 References

This article was co-authored by Ashleigh Grounds. Ashleigh Grounds is a Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist based in Austin, Texas. Ashleigh has over 11 years of cosmetology experience. She studied cosmetology in Dallas, Texas and completed a two-year hair salon apprenticeship in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with Toni & Guy Hair Salon. She is accredited by the International Board of Cosmetology, is a certified Babe Hair Extension Professional, and is a certified Brazilian Blow Out Professional. Ashleigh was voted the best Hair Stylist in Austin for 2012 by RAW Artists and was voted in the top 20 salons for 2020 in Austin by Expertise. Ashleigh’s work has been featured in Talentmagazines, BlogTalkRadio, KXAN, and Studio 512.

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Eyeshadow can seem like a tricky part of a makeup look. After all, there are so many different colors, not to mention the brushes. Luckily, even if you’re just starting to use makeup, choosing and applying eyeshadow can be easy. For everyday makeup you can wear to work or lunch with friends, try a natural eyeshadow look. If you want a more dramatic look for a night out, opt for a simple smokey eye that will only take a few minutes to create!