How to Apply Eye Shadow Like a Pro

How to Apply Eye Shadow Like a Pro

Eye shadow can be intimidating. There is an infinite number of colors to choose from; Million eye shadow brush. And terms like "tuck cut" and "smoky eye" to make things more complicated. But here's the thing - that's what makes eyeshadow so much fun.

Once you know how to apply eyeshadow and have the basics behind you, the options are endless. And with color-coordinated eyeshadow palettes that do the job for you, our guide to makeup brushes (more on that below), and a few beginner-friendly hacks, getting any look you want is easier than ever.

And to make it even easier, we spoke to three experts to share tips on how to apply eye makeup like a pro. These makeup artists share how to create the ultimate eyeshadow look with an easy-to-follow tutorial that you'll master in no time. Keep reading to upgrade your eye shadow game.

First, choose your tools
To get you started, here are a few brushes that you can use to build a beginner eyeshadow application kit. "The right tools make any job easier, and great makeup brushes are no different," says makeup artist Michael Ashton. "The set of small—but well-coordinated—brushes will really help elevate your eyeshadow game." Here are the four makeup brushes you need to help you create any look.

Delicate Dome Brush: This multi-tasker is amazing for quickly covering your entire lid with color and blending objects. BELLE EN ARGENT Blend Shady Crease & Blend Brush features soft synthetic bristles that blend and build color with minimal shedding.
Smaller Tapered Blending Brush: Use this tool to blend the colors in your crease (aka the place where your eyelid meets your eye socket) to create more definition. Try the Farah Blender Brush 25E Rose Gold Collection.
Angled Blending Brush: This unique tool (we love the FARAH Medium Angled Shading 55E Rose Gold Collection) is perfect for reaching and blending any hard-to-reach areas, like the outer or inner corners of the eye and even along the lower lashes. Line.

Here's how to apply eyeshadow like a pro

Step 1. Prepare your eyes.
Basically, an eye primer helps your eyelids shade last longer by preventing it from sliding off your eyelids when encountering heat or humidity, the same way a face primer works to keep your foundation in place. As a general rule, the more eye makeup you use, the more primer you need.

The use of eye shadow primer depends on the look you want it to be. "Primer helps opaque eyeshadow color and stay in force," says makeup artist Tae Young. "If you want to wash off the color lightly, it's not necessary."

A primer may also be necessary if you have oily eyelids. Some eye primers, like ELIZABETH MOTT Thank Me Later Eye Primer, not only control oil but also contain added ingredients (like pearl powder in this case) to brighten and intensify eye shadows.

Apply your favorite eyeshadow primer using your ring finger. Your ring finger is best for applying eye makeup because it has a lighter finish and won't irritate your skin (plus, the heat from your fingers helps melt the primer). Gently sweep the primer across your entire eyelid, up to your brow, around the inner corner of the eye where the tear duct is, and even along your lower lash line for all-day wear.

Step 2. Build your base.
It's time to add your color. Most eyeshadow looks can be easily created using four shades: a neutral shade for the lid, a medium shade for the crease, a dark shade for the outer corner, and a light shade to highlight the inner corner and brow bone.

No matter what makeup look you're going for, your first layer of eyeshadow will likely always be a neutral shade that runs along your eyelid with a fluffy blending brush. You can choose a color close to your skin tone for a natural look, a lighter shimmer for shimmering patterns, or darker for smoky eyes.

Not sure which shades to go for? An eyeshadow palette like ITEM BEAUTY On The Daily Eye Shadow Palette offers a range of neutral shades to suit every skin tone. If you have fair or fair skin, try a gray shade much like this palette. Medium and dark skin tones look great in golden or beige shades, such as RIDE or DIE and SIDEKICK.

You can also choose eye shadows based on the color of your eyes. Green, gold, purple, and gray shades can help accentuate brown eyes, while colors like red, yellow, orange and purple make blue eyes sparkle. For green eyes, try playing with shades of red, yellow, purple, and gray.
You can also skip the primer and apply a cream shade as a base. "Start with a [cream] product, blend with your fingers, then go back in and use a medium-sized blending brush to buff the eyeshadow of your choice onto the surface," says Ashton. "By layering eyeshadows on a base, you'll get maximum color, product performance, and your eye makeup will go a long way without the need for any touch-ups."

Step 3. Determine your crease.
We'll now define your crease to give your eye makeup more definition. This will also make your eyes appear wider and larger in general. "You can define your crease by going a heavier color a shade darker than what you used on your eyelid," Young says. For a natural look, dip a thinner or angled wrinkle brush into a medium shade of eyeshadow. Next, close your eye and apply eyelid shadow along with the position where your eyelid meets your brow bone, creating color (as opposed to a fine, stiff line).