Want to know how to apply eyeshadow right? You’re in for a treat! In the following article, we’ll walk you through a simple guide to apply eyeshadow in simple steps to create various looks! Let’s dive in!

How to Apply Eyeshadow in Easy Steps

Step 1: Choose Your Eyeshadow Kit

There are tons of eyeshadow kits available out there for you to try. However, you don’t need to own dozens of colors to get your eyeshadow right.

The highly pigmented ones have the best colors but they’re quite difficult to apply because of their loose powder form. The creamy ones are quite easier to use but they crease quicker.

As a beginner starts with compact powders because they’re easy to use and you can always pigment the colors more later.

Make sure that you have a reliable kit that offers light (highlighter), medium, and dark shades of the same colors, as many eyeshadow looks require that.

Step 2: Pick the Right Brushes for the Task

Your choice for applying eyeshadow can make it or break it. Ideally, brushes are the best option for applying eyeshadows easily and have a professional look.

Your eyeshadow brushes kit should include a stiff brush to help you apply the eyeshadow on the entire eyelid. 

The stiff structure makes it great for distributing a lot of pigment and powder over the lids with minimal sweeps.

A dome brush is also necessary for any kind of blending as well as applying the eyeshadow to the crease. 

Since you’ll always need to blend in various shades of color, a soft or stiff dome brush is always needed for a top-notch finish.

Having a soft pencil brush is also necessary to apply the eyeshadow at your lash line region. Due to its thin structure, it can easily reach into difficult areas and narrow spaces.

Step 3: Apply Your Normal Face Makeup

As a rule of thumb, always leave your eye makeup as the last step in your getting ready process.

Always start by applying your face make up, such as foundation, concealers, primers, blushes, etc. before finishing up with the eye makeup.

This won’t only eliminate any errors while doing makeup, but it’ll also help in stabilizing your eye makeup. 

For example, the primer will help your eyeshadow to last all day. With it, the natural oils in your skin will simply seep into the eyeshadow powder and sweep it into the crease after a few hours.

However, your mascara and eyeliner should always come AFTER the eyeshadow except in the case of a smokey eye. In that case, it’s eyeliner, eyeshadow, then mascara.

Step 4: Finish Up with Your Eyeshadow

Now that you’ve got your kit ready, it’s time to apply the eyeshadow right. As you already know, using the right brush is one of the two main aspects of a successful eyeshadow application.

The other extremely crucial point is getting the stroke and speed levels right. If you rush the eyeshadow application, you’ll end up with an uneven and unattractive look. 

Also, if you don’t apply it with the right brush and strokes, the eyeshadow won’t be stable and will look quite messy.

Instead, take your time while applying it, and test out your brushes and hand strokes to find the sweet spot for that “just-right” application.

After dipping the brush into the eyeshadow pigment, pat the powder or cream on the eyelid rather than brushing it across the lid. 

Also, make sure that all your slow brush strokes are going in the same direction instead of just brushing back and forth at high speed. 

This won’t only aid in creating a blended effect, but it’ll also help the eyeshadow to stick to the eyelid better and prevent patchy appearance. 

How to Apply Eyeshadow in Easy StepsHow to Apply Blended (Fanned) Eyeshadow 

After applying your base highlighter color, which is usually the lightest shade of the color, it’s time to create a blended look, which is the “everyday look” when it comes to eyeshadow.

Step 1: Apply the Highlighter Shade

Using a stiff flat brush, apply the lightest nude shade to the corners of your eyelids with a patting up and down motion. You can also apply a light sweep to the eyebrows

Step 2: Apply the Darker Shade to the Outer Eyelid Corner

Choose a dark shade of the same color and contour your top eyelid to the outside of the eye using a dome brush. Make sure that you apply it in a half-circular motion instead of back and forth.

Step 3: Pick and Apply a Middle Hue for the Fanned Effect

Choose a color that’s one step darker than the highlighter and apply it with a flat brush from the top crease to the lash line.

Step 4: Finish Up with Faded Effect

To do a blending effect on any eyeshadow, clean the dome brush or bring a new one. Apply the dome brush to blend along the edges of the shadow until it blends in nicely.

How to Create a Smokey Eye with Eyeshadow

The smokey look follows the same recipe for a regular fanned eyeshadow with slight differences. Here how you can do it:

  1. Start with the lightest shade and apply it all the way until under the eyebrows.
  2. Apply the medium hue with a darker shade and stiff brush from the lash line to the crease.
  3. Using the dome brush, apply the darkest shade on the upper lash lid and sweep it to the outside and upper lid in a “C” shaped motion.
  4. Sweep the rest of the dark shade on the entire lid.
  5. Using a pencil brush and gently sweep it across the bottom lash-line where it fades gradually as you move in.

How to Create A Rounded Eyeshadow Style

Rounded eyeshadow style is a different method that’s also quite easy to follow. Here’s how it goes:

  1. Start with the middle hue and pat your eyelid with a stiff flat brush, starting from the center and fading as you go out.
  2. Using a dome brush, apply a darker shade to the inner and outer part of the lid towards the crease
  3. Avoid getting the dark shade too far into the middle portion to maintain the dark-light-dark effect.
  4. Using a clean dome brush, blend in the colors slowly, so you don’t get the dark shade too fat into the middle portion.

Wrap Up

There you have it. A complete guide that walks you through all the tips and tricks on how to apply eye shadow correctly!

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