How to Apply Eyeshadow – Photo Tutorial
I actually never thought “How to Apply Eyeshadow” tutorial could be until until a reader asked a few days back. I have tried to explain things to the best of my capability. Hope this helps people who are just beginning to do eye makeup. If you have any questions, please let me know . I’ll try to explain. Also, from my personal experience all I can say is that it takes a lot of time to do some decent eye makeup. So even if your eye makeup does not come out fine for a long time, don’t give up. Just keep trying, Trust me, It’s no rocket science. 🙂
Here is the diagram of the eye for your reference. 🙂
As you can see my eye lids are quite oily so if I apply eyeshadows directly on my oily lids, the eyeshadows would not only fade but would also get accumulated in my crease. Not pretty! So you have to apply some kind of base that would keep the oils on your lids at bay and make your eyeshadows looking fresh all day long.
I use MAC Painterly Paint Pot. You can use your foundation / concealer as well but I would say that a specialized eyeshadow base would be a good investment. Beyu, Inglot and NYX also make eyeshadow bases.
Just apply it all over your eye lid area, above the crease and on lower lash line. You may use your finger or brush depending on your preference.
To make the base even stronger apply some loose powder or compact powder all over the lid. The powder would suck any excess oil and give a smoother finish for eyeshadows to blend smoothly.
Brushes play an important role in eyeshadow application. For just applying eyeshadow you must have flat brushes such as these. Two of these are from Sigma and one is from Colorbar.
I am using Sleek Oh! So Special Palette for this look (will show your guys in detail). I am using an eyeshadow called Celebrate. It is a jewel toned wine coloured eyeshadow with blackish brown base. It has a little fallout but you’d see how gorgeous the pigmentation is.
Pick some eyeshadow on one side of the brush.
and just pat it on your eyelids. Patting the colour on lid would not only result in less fall out but would also help in giving intensity to the eyeshadows.
I mostly start from the center, go outwards and then inwards. Don’t bother about blending, just get the colour right on your lids and also keep the colour close to the lashline. Just colour your lids. 🙂
Leave the very inner corner of your eye. Just follow your eye shape. Whether you have big eye lids or small, just fill them up right now.
Now comes the blending part. There are different kinds of blending brushes available in the market. Round (MAC 224), tapered (MAC 217 , Sigma E 25) .I prefer the tapered one more than the round one.
Pick the same eyeshadow just on the tip of the brush-very little. Like so.
And now place the brush right on your crease. Feel the socket of your eyes and place the brush there.All you have to so is move your brush inwards and outwards following the shape of your eye. Keep doing it without putting too much pressure. Inwards -outwards, outwards- inwards. 😀 Don’t touch the lid , just the crease.
You’d notice that the colour on the top starts fading.
Now comes the role of precise round brushes for smaller areas of the eye. I am using this brush by Colorbar- not good actually but would work. MAC 219 and brush from sigma are quite popular pencil brushes.
Using a pencil brush pick up the lightest shade in the palette. It could be a cream, beige, or a shimmery lighter shade. The lighter shade would make your eyes look awake and add brightness to the otherwise dark look.
I am using the shade called Bow from the Sleek Makeup palette.
We left the inner corner of the eye empty. Apply this lighter shade on the very inner corner of the eye and also bring it on the lower part of the eye. It’s like making a small “V” on the inner part of your eye.
Using the same brush pick up the darker shade again.
Start from the outer corner of the lower lash line and go inwards.Merge it with the cream shade we applied in the inner corner of the eye.
Done! This is how you apply eyeshadow on your eyes. If you reach this stage nicely, after this only enhancements such as applying liner on waterline, on upper lashline and mascara on lashes are left.
Line your upper lashline, apply kajal on waterline and apply mascara.
Apply some loose powder or compact powder to give finishing touch to your eye makeup.
And you are done! This is the simplest eye makeup you can do.:)
Hope it helps. 🙂 Keep Practicing. 🙂
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