Raise your hand if you’ve ever said, “I just don’t look good in eyeshadow,” or “Eyeshadow is too confusing,” or “How the hell do you apply eyeshadow?” Yeah, we’re going to guess most of your hands are up right now. Because weirdly, sweeping some powder over your eyelids really isn’t as intuitive or as simple as it sounds, especially when you factor in eyelid shape, skin tone and straight-up patience and perseverance, the latter of which tends to be in short supply when it comes to morning makeup routines.
But never fear, because we sincerely promise that the act of applying eyeshadow is not as tricky as it looks. And to prove it to you, we got Ashleigh Ciucci, a makeup master, to break down the most basic of basic eyeshadow steps (in GIFs! Easy-to-follow, on-a-loop GIFs! Oh, boy!), so you can finally buy an eyeshadow palette and actually use it rather than nervously hiding it in the bottom of your drawer with the promise of “someday.” Click through to see the tutorial and get ready to take a billion selfies — or at least brag to a bunch of people.
Step by step Tutorial- How to Apply Eyeshadow
Step 1 Create a Base
Start by cleaning the area around the eyes. Follow it up with a moisturizer or an eye cream. Next, prep the eye area with an eye primer so that the makeup stays put for a long 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 transparent powder. This will make the eye area look even, make the skin crease-proof, and also conceal any discoloration of the skin.
Apply your lightest color.
Normally called a highlighter shade, this is typically a creamy nude eyeshadow. Use your stiff flat brush to put this on the inner corners of your eyes, sweeping it up and down to gather just slightly on the upper and lower lash line. Apply a light sweep of it as well just below your eyebrows.
Add your middle hue.
Take your color that is one step darker than your lightest – your medium shade. Use your flat brush to pat this color over the entirety of your lid, from your lash line to your crease. Don’t go too much further above your crease or outwards from the corner of your eye.
Contour your lid with your darkest shade.
Use your dome brush with your darkest eyeshadow color to contour your eyelid. Start at the outside corner of your eye, and sweep the brush in a half-moon motion up and around to the center of your crease. Keep the shadow the darkest along your lash line, and fade it out as you move up. Feel free to draw the shadow up towards the end of your eyebrow a bit for an angled fan.
Add your highlighter.
Use your firm, flat brush to brush your lightest color onto the inside corner of your eyes and directly under your eyebrows. This will highlight the areas of your face responsible for making your eyes look larger and brighter.
Apply the eyeliner from the outer corner of the eye, and gradually draw the line till the inner corner, stroke by stroke, with the help of a pointed angular brush. In this case, I am using liquid eyeliner as it works the best for me.
Make sure that you draw the line close to the lash line
Create the smoky effect.
Use your domed brush first to apply your darkest color along your upper lash line. Sweep the color across your entire lid, but only on the bottom ⅓. Then, use your pencil brush to apply a darker, more precise line of color along your lash line.
Carry it to your bottom lash line.
Use your pencil brush to add a bit of your darkest eye shadow color along your bottom lash line. Start at the outside corner and work your way to the inside corner, making it gradually lighter as you get closer to your inner tear duct.
To complete the eye makeup, curl your lashes and then apply a coat of mascara. Start from the roots of your lashes and wiggle the wand right up to the tips.
Make sure you apply more mascara on the roots and not along the length of the lashes, as using the excess product on the length weighs the lashes down. For extended and voluminous lashes, go for a volumizing mascara.
Make UP for Cheeks
Take a blush and pat it on the apple of your cheeks using a fluffy blush brush. Blend it onto your cheekbones in the upward direction near the temples, as shown in the above GIF image.
Add some touch-up
To make your cheeks glow, go for a cream base/powder base highlighter in the silver or gold shade, and apply it on the higher planes of the face, such as above the cheekbone, on the bridge of the nose, and on the center of the forehead. You can use either a brush or your fingers for this step.
Apply a nude pink or any other shade of your choice that complements the look. In this tutorial, we applied a nude pink shade for an effortless look.
You are done
And that’s the final look – fresh, natural, and to rock your whole day.