How To Apply Eye Shadow with Fingers: Tutorial

by Sweta Tiwary on December 27, 2012 · 67 comments

How To Apply Eye Shadow with Fingers: Tutorial

Hello Beauties,

How To Apply Eye Shadow with Fingers Tutorial

I am so obsessed with eye makeup nowadays that I keep trying my hands on different looks. While creating different eye makeup looks, one idea struck my mind. Can I still apply eye shadow without this brush? As a kid, I have seen a beautician who came to do makeup for my aunt on her wedding.  She did all the makeup with just her hands, no brushes were used. So, I tried my hands at applying full makeup with just hands and I was able to do it well. So today, I am telling you how to apply eyeshadow (smokey eye look) with just fingers without using brushes.  This trick will come really handy when you are travelling, when you have packed your favourite eyeshadow palette but forgot to keep the brushes. Let’s get started then:

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1. Conceal the area around your eyes, to even tone the skin.

2. Apply primer on your eyelid and mix it with your ring finger.

3. Now, take a 2-3 inch long cello tape, dab the sticky side once/twice on your hand to reduce the glue. Now, stick it near your outer V of the eye as shown in picture. Dabbing of the tape makes sure it does not spoil your face makeup with its excess glue.

4. On your ring finger, take the medium color shadow, I am using taupe brown shadow and pat it all over your eyelid till the cello tape.  Blend any harsh line with the same finger.

5. After step 4, the final look should be as shown in picture 5.

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6. On your pinkie finger, take the darker shadow, I am using a glittery black shadow here and apply in on the outer 1/4 of your eyelid. Start from the cello tape and work inward.

7. Repeat step 6 until you get your desired darkness, finally it should look like what is shown in picture 7.

8. Now, take a light shimmery highlighter color on your pinkie finger, I am using pearl shadow and apply it on the inner V of eye and blend it with the lid color with same finger.

9. On the pinkie finger, again take the color used all over the lid; in my case, the taupe brawn eye shadow and apply on lower lash line.

10. Again, take the dark shadow, in my case the black shadow on the pinkie finger and apply it on 1/4 of lower lash line.

11. Line your eyes with liquid or gel eyeliner. I winged it as I like it this way and the presence of cello tape provides some guideline too.

12. Apply kohl on waterline and tightline your upper lash line.

13. Now, remove the cello tape and voila, your finished look will look like this. Without using a single brush, you have achieved neat and sharp eye shadow line and a lovely smokey eye makeup.

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14. With pinkie finger, soften any harsh lines. Curl your eyelashes and apply your favourite mascara. That’s all, this is the final look.

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I hope you all liked it and will give it a try. I find using my fingers for applying eye shadow very easy and if you are thinking, when you forgot to pack brushes, then how you will get a cello tape; I feel you can get it in any household. I am sure your host or hotel must be having a cello tape with them, but finding eye shadow brushes, I don’t think so :D

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PS:  There is no need to clean fingers after each step, but use a tissue in case you wish to.

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{ 67 comments… read them below or add one }

anshika gupta December 27, 2012 at 3:05 pm

am not pretty sure about the tape on my face :(
but u have done a nice job :) i will try this when i find a substitute to the tape :)

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Ritu R December 27, 2012 at 3:16 pm

i think i know what your concern is…. just stick-and-remove the tape on the back of your hand 4-5 times… it will reduce the adhesiveness of the tape… when it is barely sticking to the skin, you can put it around the eyes…
no pulling, tugging, stretching… :D :D and no crows feet because of the tape :D

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sweta December 27, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Ritu is absolutely right Anshika… I have also mentined the same in this article :)

Thanks for replying Ritu :)

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anshika gupta December 27, 2012 at 4:16 pm

ooohh :) actually i am new to this makeup world na :p so i am like a curious child here :p always apprehensive about new things

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sweta December 27, 2012 at 4:23 pm

that is what helps the most in learning Anshika.. be it makeup or anything else :D

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Aparajita December 27, 2012 at 3:10 pm

This is soooooo awesome! Even i use fingers to blend properly, i guess the warmth of the fingers helps in spreading the eyeshadow…. :)

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sweta December 27, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Thanks Aparajita !!

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Natasha (Nats) December 27, 2012 at 3:53 pm

ekdum barabar bola Aps !!!

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Surbhi December 27, 2012 at 3:10 pm

great tutorial Sweta :) thanks. u have lovely eyes :)

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sweta December 27, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Thanks Surbhi :)

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Shruti December 27, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Perfect Sweta! And I know many who use the tape trick for the getting the perfect winged eyeliner look too :) This post will help beginners.
Lovely EOTD:)

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sweta December 27, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Thank you Shruti :)
I will be really happy if it will help ppl

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Ritu R December 27, 2012 at 3:17 pm

awesome tute… and i love your eyes :D

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sweta December 27, 2012 at 3:54 pm

thanks Ritu :D

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Niesha December 27, 2012 at 3:24 pm

very nice tutorial.:) I always apply the base color on the lids with my fingers. it actually gives more pigmentation and then can be blended with a fluffy brush.

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sweta December 27, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Thanks Nisha !!

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priyadarshini December 27, 2012 at 3:25 pm

great Sweta! this is so easy..and it literally comes handy :P

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sweta December 27, 2012 at 3:55 pm

happy that you like it :)

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Parita December 27, 2012 at 3:29 pm

i just saw this technique today where to apply base color using finger since that will be more pigmentation :) u have lovely eyes :)

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sweta December 27, 2012 at 3:56 pm

thanks Parita :)

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supriya December 27, 2012 at 3:42 pm

u have bootiful eyes sweta… and nice tut…. :)
we can also use medical tapes or paper tapes instead of a regular cellotape as they are less sticky :)

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sweta December 27, 2012 at 3:57 pm

very true Supriya… its about what you find handy too :)

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poorva December 27, 2012 at 3:43 pm

great post :) very useful :) lovely eotd:)

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sweta December 27, 2012 at 3:57 pm

thanks Poorva !!

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Nupur December 27, 2012 at 3:56 pm

awesome tutorial sweta :) let me see if i can do this too :)

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sweta December 27, 2012 at 3:58 pm

try it Nupur… I am sure you can :)

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Neha Padhi December 27, 2012 at 3:57 pm

i just love your eyes…and a really useful tute this is.thanks for sharing :) :) :)

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sweta December 27, 2012 at 3:58 pm

thanks Neha :)

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Rama December 27, 2012 at 3:58 pm

great tute sweta..loved ur winged liner look :)

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sweta December 27, 2012 at 3:59 pm

thanks Rama !!

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Manisha December 27, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Perfect dear :) love your EOTD … I never tried eye make up without brushes but now I wanted to try. Thanks Sweta

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sweta December 27, 2012 at 4:24 pm

thanks Neha :)

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Manisha December 27, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Manisha not Neha :(

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Neha December 27, 2012 at 4:06 pm

its good sweta. it wud be better if we get brush vs finger pic together for comparison… i hope i am not too demanding here…:P

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sweta December 27, 2012 at 4:26 pm

sounds good Neha… I will try to do my next eye makeup tut with hand an brush both to give an idea for you all… meanwhile try your hands on this you will see the difference :D

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monika December 27, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Lovely tute & so well explained….loved your EOTD. Am curious about the Faces Primer that you have used. Can you give me details plaese

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sweta December 27, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Thanks Monika… :)
and about the faces primer, it have got this one in my faces smokey eye kit
So i don’t know its price alone, I feel you can get it in faces counter.
this primer has very pearly finish which i like a lot :)

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monika December 27, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Thanks a ton :)

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megha December 27, 2012 at 4:35 pm

i loved ur tape concept, i every time feel very conscious about making v on the outer area.
thanks for the wonderful post.

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sweta December 27, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Thanks Megha :)

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Surabhi @ Womanatics December 27, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Sweta.. I toh loved it really. I am having a hard time in learning to apply eye shadow with brushes :( it doesnt come in line only.. I guess.. i’ll leave brushes and will use my fingers :D

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sweta December 27, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Thanks and go for it Surbhi ji :D
Aapna haath jindabad !!

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Lakshmipriya December 27, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Very well written steps Sweta.. :) And you have lovely lovely eyes and prettiest lashes :) :*

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Sweta December 27, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Thanks lakshmipriya :)

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gurpreet December 27, 2012 at 5:13 pm

beautiful work. very neat work..

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Sweta December 27, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Thanks gurpreet :)

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dharani December 27, 2012 at 5:42 pm

wow…. i have never seen any eye shadow better blended than this…and no harsh lines…absolutely beautiful and u have really beautiful eyes swetha

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Sweta December 27, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Thanks dharini :)

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Nidhi R December 27, 2012 at 6:54 pm

Very nice tute Sweta. Even I find blending with fingers better.

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Sweta December 27, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Thanks nidhi :)

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Sweta December 27, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Thank you vrushali :)

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Rati December 27, 2012 at 8:26 pm

this is soooo awesome sweta. I have never tried doing something like this. and how neat does it look. your eyes look beautiful. :))

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sweta December 27, 2012 at 9:38 pm

thanks a ton Rati :)

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Natasha (Nats) December 27, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Hey Sweta this is a unique post indeed… will try eye make up wid fingers some day :) beautiful EOTD

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sweta December 27, 2012 at 9:39 pm

thanks Natasha :)

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Reema December 27, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Awesome tutorial Sweta…. never heard of something like this.. but the cello tape thing makes it look so easy and neat… btw you have b’ful eyes… :D

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sweta December 27, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Thanks Reema :)

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Misha December 27, 2012 at 9:32 pm

fantabulous shweta :) …this makes evrything soooooo easy ..m loving it :D

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sweta December 27, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Thanks Misha :D

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Ray December 27, 2012 at 10:13 pm

hi…nice tute :) loved your Eye make-up

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sweta December 27, 2012 at 10:51 pm

Thanks Ray !!

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ife December 27, 2012 at 10:36 pm

lovely post..

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sweta December 27, 2012 at 10:52 pm

Thanks Ife :D

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neetu aadya lohani December 28, 2012 at 2:25 am

Wow.. Am still novice in make up world. never seen such tricky way of applying eye shadow. Thank god we dnt have to tink of sponge or brush… I Will definitely try it out, yayyyyyyyyyy

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sweta December 28, 2012 at 10:50 am

try it Neetu :)

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Debleena Sengupta December 28, 2012 at 12:50 pm

U’v got beautiful eyes… nd this thing works on ur eyes… iv got pretty much small eyes… can u suggest sumthing for making eyes more prominent? to top it iv got dark circles..

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Sweta December 28, 2012 at 2:24 pm

To make small eyes appear big… Always curl your lashes and wear mascara as it gives feel of wide open eyes…
And for dark circles use some good under eye cream, many of than are reviewd on IMBB…
Hope that helps debleena :)

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