Natural Eyeshadow Looks – Simple but Sassy


Hey Beauty Bosses! I want to share something with you; Something that everyone can use any day of the week, and for any occasion.

This is for my beginners and pros, young and seasoned to perfection! I am going to guide you through the wonderful world of natural eyeshadow looks.

If you are like me, I don’t always want to look like I’m ready for a photo shoot. But does that mean I have to go without any makeup at all? That is certainly a perfectly acceptable option. I have days like that. No makeup and no cares.

But what about when you don’t want to go full throttle on the eyeshadow shuttle. What if I just want to…..spruce things up. There is a middle ground ladies. So meet me halfway and let’s talk about how to pull of some natural eyeshadow looks.

Back to Basics

OK so I realize that there are more than one or two reasons why you want to just do a natural look. Time is sometimes an issue, and we may be tempted to cut some basic corners and slap some paint on our eyes and rush out of the door. Resist the urge with all your might! You can do it!

OK….now that we have gotten that conversation out of the way, let’s talk about what we will need for this sassy, but simple and time efficient technique.

  • A flat, rounded eyeshadow brush
  • Small round fluffy brush for blending
  • Primer
  • Eyeliner (black, dark brown, light brown, depending on your skin tone)
  • Handy Dandy makeup removing wipes
  • Mascara – yep, that’s right
  • Eyeshadows of your choosing

Natural and Neutral

Usually when we hear the words natural or neutral, we think about boring, plain colors. But remember that we are enhancing a beauty that we already possess. We are NOT blank canvases. WE are the artwork, and our makeup highlights different aspects of what is already a masterpiece. You make the makeup, the makeup does not make you. So any color you choose will work if done right.

Browns, black, tan, gray, ivory, taupe, beige, and whites fall under the category of neutral colors. For a more natural eyeshadow look I like to choose a light, color such as beige, or a tan, and pair it with a darker tone like black or dark brown. It is up to you just how low key and natural you want this look to be. A light shimmery (shimmer, not glitter) color will also work for this. Sometimes it’s hard to give up the shimmer lol.

Eyeshadow Bar Single Eyeshadow

I mentioned two different colors. However, you can use only one color if your want. You can apply just a light or dark gray color, dark brown, or taupe. Or if you want to tone it down even more, you can use a lighter tone of the neutral colors as your single color. If you are going to use both a darker and lighter color combo, you will apply the lighter color on your entire lid all the way up to the brow line.

Just don’t try this with white, for obvious reasons. I just feel like I needed to put that out there just in case lol.


After that, you can apply the darker color either on the entire eyelid to the crease of your eye, or just midway from your lash line halfway up your upper lid. You will be using your trusty flat rounded brush. Now it’s time to blend. Your goal in blending is to make your darker shade to gradually fade into your lighter color so that there is not a harsh line between the two.

If you choose to use just a light color, only apply it to your eyelid from your lash line to the crease of your eyelid. No need to bring this color up any further than that.

Use caution if you choose to use only one dark color. If your want to go this route, only apply this color to your eyelid from your lash line to just below the crease of your eyelid. Why? You still need to blend this color into your skin. You need to leave room for the color to fade out when you blend and soften the edges, without it creeping up past the crease.

All done? Not quite. Almost.

Less But Not Lazy

With this simple look still comes some do’s and don’ts we need to cover briefly.Primer. You know where I am going with this right? Don’t skip this part! We still need to apply a good primer before we apply our eyeshadow. But, you may not need to use as much of it. If you are going for the simple, one color look, you only need to apply your primer from your lash line to just past the crease of your eye, i.e only where the eyeshadow will touch your skin.

Do apply eyeliner….pretty please.

Now for a low profile, natural look you can use a dark brown, or light brown depending on the color eyeshadow you choose. You only need the eyeliner to be slightly darker than your darkest color. Feel free to go darker than that if you want your eyes to pop!

Be sure to blend the liner in a little so that it doesn’t look like you used a sharpie to line your eyes. Unless you know what you are doing. No seriously, it’s a thing. And it’s gorgeous if you know what you are doing. That is another lesson though. Eyeliner on the lower lid is optional.

When I do a natural look, I only apply it from the outer corner of my lower lid, to about a fourth of the way inward. Finish off your natural look with a lightweight mascara.

Classy and Cute

Once you master this look you will be so proud of yourself. I love love to get all glammed up show off my eyeshadow skills. But that can be a lot to pull off every single day, especially if I’m just going grocery shopping.

But when I want to look like I did put at least a little effort into my getting ready for the day routine, these are some of my go to looks.

It also comes in handy when you are running late, on a budget, or simply don’t have the patience to go any further than that. It is a good practice technique for beginners to sharpen their skills.

As I always say, have fun with it! And I always welcome tips and tricks from you so please share them with me below! I never stop learning, and I’ll try most things at least once. I look forward to hearing from you.

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  1. Kate says:

    This is a great how-to guide…especially for people like me who are just kind of overwhelmed by the whole makeup thing! For the blended eyeliner – do you recommend liquid or pencil, or does it matter? My gut says that liquid would be harder to blend but like I said, I’m no expert here.

    1. Keisha says:

      Thanks so much! Eyeliner. If you are blending eyeliner in for a more subtle look, and are not an expert at making a precise line yet, you will want to use a pencil eyeliner. Preferably a retractable one as the ones you have to sharpen are a hassle to keep sharp. Liquid eyeliner, as you suspected won’t work very well for that. They tend to dry fast and be extremely water and smudge proof. Pencil liners come in water and smudge proof formulas as well, but they give you more time to blend and get it just how you want before it’s too late. Liquid liner is used for dramatic looks and wing tip eyeliner shapes. I hope this helps! 

  2. Abayomi says:

    Your article is quite educative for the young and the old who do know this,the natural eyeshadow looks nice and as you said,picking suitable neutral colour is the key to enhance the beauty,For a more natural eyeshadow look I like to choose a light, color such as beige, or a tan, and pair it with a darker tone like black or dark brown.But it depends on the each person to decide on the colour combination to use in my own opinion.This article is eye opener,keep it up,thank you

    1. Keisha says:

      Thanks so much! I hope you come back again! 

  3. Adyns68 says:

    HI Keisha

    I think this post was really for me. I like putting on makeup but I like it to look like I did not use any, do I make sense? I mean I love to keep it simple and not too visible. So, this natural eyeshadow is really great for me. It is not too shiny and does not scream makeup. I like the contrast created when you add a darker color to the eyelid.

    I love the natural result. It looks natural and simple, yet very beautiful. And I agree that when you are in a hurry this could save you a lot of time. I got to get one!

    Thanks for sharing

    1. Keisha says:

      I’m glad you found this post helpful! And yes it makes perfect sense to me lol. No worries.

  4. AmDetermined says:

    Hi Keisha, a beginner like me is very happy that I find your post very helpful and educating, your post about eyeshadows being simple and sassy is like a magic to me now but I know its because am yet to be experience, I really need your help about this, do you own YouTube channel of how to do make up I really want to learn.

    1. Keisha says:

      Hi there! I am glad you found this post as well and that you find it helpful. I don’t have a youtube channel just yet but that will come in the future. I do however, have a post on this website for step by step eyeshadow instructions that you can check out! And I will have more step by step instructions on other makeup topics as well in the near future. So I hope to see you again here. Thanks!

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