OK so you can have all the best products on the market, but if you don’t know what to do with them, then you’re wasting your time. So let’s put your money where your eyes are and get the basics down….How to apply your eyeshadow step by step.
It’s very simple, with just a little practice and some patience. You don’t have to be a make-up artist to achieve even the most professional of looks. So if your goal today is just to be able to apply you’re prized eyeshadow collection in a manner that does not leave you looking like Tammy Faye Baker, you are in the right place. NO offense to Tammy! Because let’s be honest, she liked what she saw and she rocked her look with confidence.
Let’s get to it. Don’t be afraid……… It’s a safe place.
What You Need to Have
Before we go any further with our Eyeshadow step by step tutorial, let’s make sure we have what we need to do this thing right. Contrary to popular belief, you need more than just any ole brush. As a matter of fact, having the right brushes, as well as the other essentials listed below, can make the difference between your looking like your two year old gave you a paint job while you were asleep, and someone asking you if you had a professional makeup artist do it.
So stay with me on this. You will need….
- Eyeshadow primer (A.K.A base, foundation, or concealer)
- Small flat tipped brush for application precision
- A medium-sized fluffy brush for blending
- Make-up removing wipes or micellar water
- A light colored eyeshadow (almost flesh colored but slightly shimmery)
- A darker, neutral color (darker….not too dark)
- A dark color, or a bright color (depending on how far you want to go) – Optional
- A good eyeliner
- Mascara – again, a good one
Keep in Mind
The chances of you getting this right on the first try is slim to none. But don’t think of it as a challenge. This is a new fun part of your morning routine that will give you the boost you want when you look in the mirror.
So be patient with yourself and don’t through your hands up in the air if you don’t get it perfect the first time. You’ll get it! So before you give away all of your eyeshadows and accessories, give it another go or 2 or 5. You’ll be glad that you did.
Eyeshadow Step by Step 1, 2, 3……
- Start with a clean face (no old make-up residue)
- Apply your base. You can use whatever brush came with it, but my finger works best for me. Apply it from your eyelash line up to the line of your eyebrow. (We will discuss the all important eyebrow issue in another post. I hope you didn’t think you were getting away with them o’naturale).
- Take your flat tipped brush and dampen it with water. Then dry it with a paper towel or a regular towel. You don’t want it dripping. Just moistened.
- Dip that brush into your light slightly shimmery colored eyeshadow. (tap off the excess)
- Gently brush this color from your eyelash line upwards toward the base of your eyebrow. (basically everywhere you applied your base)
- Take that same brush, clean it off, and dip it in your darker color (Don’t forget to tap off the excess)
- Apply this darker color to your Lid Only! Don’t go past the crease of your eyelid.
- Take your fluffy brush and blend the darker color in a circular motion with your base color. (you want it to look as if the darker color is fading into the lighter color so that there is not an obvious line between the two.)
If you feel like you have taken about all you can of this process, you can stop here. It’s OK. Every look does not require that you put layer upon layer of colors. If these two colors are all you are ready for today, skip down to step 11.
You can also replace this darker color with a vibrant color of your choice instead of a darker color. If you’re still with me, continue at step 9. Whatever you choose is totally fine. This is all about you becoming the Boss of your own Beauty.
9. Take your third, dark color and apply it to your lower lid from your lash line slightly upwards with your small dampened brush. (Do not bring this color all the way to the crease. Only bring it about a third of the way up.)
10. Take your fluffy brush and blend the dark in a circular motion with your slightly lighter color that is just above it with the same concept we learned in step 8.
11. Apply your Eyeliner to both your upper and lower lid. (if there is a hard edge i.e it looks like a big black or dark brown line on your eyes, clean off your small brush and with a left to right motion, blend the liner in with your dark color.)
12. Please apply your Mascara. Do NOT skip this step. Some people do. But there is nothing worse than seeing all of that beautiful eye artwork overshadowed by some dull dusty eyelashes. The Horror! You have come this far, don’t stop now. This is the last step! So push through.
Troubleshooting – Something is Not Right
OK, so how did you do? Ran into a few bumps in the eyeshadow road? Probably so. But wasn’t it fun! With a little practice, you will be unstoppable! Here are just a few more tips that will help you perfect your techniques.
- If your eyeshadow is creasing or is not adhering to your eyes well; You have probably broken the cardinal cheap vs. inexpensive rule in buying either your eyeshadows or the base. So try a different base first and see if that solves the problem before you blame the eyeshadow.
- Later in the day, your eyes are irritated. It’s probably another base problem. One of the things your base does is keep your eyeshadow in place so that it does not end up places that you don’t want it, like IN your eye. So try a better base.
- Blending and blending and blending and getting nowhere? This could be another base issue, but more than likely you just need to apply a little more pressure with your brush and take a little more time. You can’t rush perfection.
- Don’t know what colors to use? Try a dual or tricolor eyeshadow color palette. These are awesome because of course they take all the guess work out of picking the 2 or 3 shades you should use.
- Have eyeshadow, somewhere other than your eyes???? Whip out those makeup removing wipes or your micellar water and just tidy up a bit. No worries. Happens to me all of the time.
I hope this “Eyeshadow Step by Step” tutorial helped you gain a little more confidence. Now it’s your turn! You can do it. Gather your supplies and put on your patience hat. Play around with these steps until you have fine-tuned your technique. Get out of your comfort zone. Practice with different shades, brushes, and brands until you find “Your” slaying tools. They are different for each woman. And if you like, we love it!
You are the Boss.