Does it border you, when you flip through magazines, watch reality television stars interview, the many beauty gurus on YouTube, the lady in your school, office, neighborhood etc., you think they must all have a makeup artist? A lot of times they do, and many other times, they don’t have.
Hard to believe, but most of them began just like you and I, learning how to apply eyeshadow, getting to know which techniques gave them the best results and with practice and even more practice they finally got it just right.
Make up is a fun process and the keyword for anyone who wishes to perfect her skill in makeup including the pros is “patience”. If you love wearing eye makeup then learning how to apply eyeshadow to achieve a simple, everyday eyeshadow look is necessary.
If you must succeed in achieving a good make up look, then, get your make up tools right. Make the investment. You’ll be happy that you did. Having the right brushes will enable you to do them with ease. Choosing them can be overwhelming since there are so many types and some do almost the exact thing the other does, but starting with the basics will definitely get you on the right track to creating your glamorous eyes.
As you become more experienced with how to apply eyeshadow, you can add more brushes to your set.
The following set of brushes when used properly can perform all the magic you need for a glamorous eyeshadow effect.
All Over Shader Brush: Used for applying color to the entire eye area, for a wash of color to the brow bones, to highlight your eyes and accentuate your brows, and for blending or softening color that is too dark. The wide brush head allows you to apply color to the entire lid in just a few simple strokes.
Pro Crease Blender Brush: This brush is mostly known as the “dome” shaped brush because of its shape. This brush is a must-have for anyone wishing to do a smokey eye look. It adds contour in the crease, acts as a blending tool, and can even be used underneath the eyes to smoke your liner. Every makeup artist will agree with me that this is an essential brush for any makeup kit and key to applying eyeshadow like a pro.
Flat or Dome Shaped Eyeliner Brush: Both of these brushes can be used for lining the eyes and for blending creams and gels when used as liner. Having an eyeliner brush that is synthetic (taklon), and one that is not (sable) is good to include in your basic brush set and also a must for how to apply eyeshadow like a pro.
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If you’re a beginner, you may want to consider buying a brush set for eyes so you’ll have all of your brushes at once. Some of these brushes are expensive while others are affordable but the best way to decide is to visit a makeup counter or a makeup chain and see the brushes and feel the hairs. Make sure you like how they feel on your eyes before purchasing.
Apart from getting a complete set of eyeshadow brush, “prime” your eye area Priming your eye area before you wear your eyeshadow allows the color to stay looking fresh on your eyelid even when your face becomes oily. It enhances its true shade, it also allows for a smooth application.
If you want your eyeshadow to stand out, apply your primer to your eyelid. You only need the tiniest quantity; a little goes a long way. You can also use a concealer as a base before adding color but if your lids tend to be shiny, a primer will be better. Once you’ve finished this step, you’re ready for eyeshadow application.
Note: your choice\colour combination matters a lot. Choose the right eyeshadow
Colors play an important role in this look, if you’re going for a bold smokey eye, then you’ll want to use eyeshadows that are darker hue like an onyx, eggplant, charcoal or dark brown in the crease and softer colors for the lids and brow bone to compliment them.
Choosing the right eyeshadows for yourself that will compliment your natural skin tone can definitely be a bit daunting since there are so many colors, finishes, and products to choose from. Pressed and loose, shimmer and metallic and of course the mattes are all good options.
Worn together they can help you to do a dramatic smokey eye or even a trending eyeliner look. The best way to tackle this is to start with few basic colors that work for you and also your eye color or perhaps an eyeshadow palette which will give you a combination of neutral, dark, and shimmer/lustrous colors.
Before you even begin your makeup, think about the look you would like to do. If you have a video bookmarked, or a picture you are re-creating, pull the products and brushes so you have everything you need ready. This will also save time and leave less room for mistakes. If you’re going for a daytime look that is more casual, a neutral liner and a soft color shadow on the lids may be perfect. For a more dramatic nighttime look pulling out the black liquid liner, gunmetal shimmer shadow and black mascara will of best effect.
Now, having done the preambles and basics, I guess you are ready for practical: Lets go!
Start by applying a neutral shade in a softer hue to the eyelid using your All Over Eye Shader or a medium size eyeshadow brush. Make sure to press the color into the lid as you move across the eye to ensure an even application. Create intensity even when using a lighter shade by adding more layers of the same color.
Choose a lighter, shimmery shade and with your flat eyeliner brush, add a thin line right along your lid using a patting motion to apply from corner to corner. You can repeat this step to add more shimmer.
This step is optional if you want to create a gradual fading look on your lids. To do, add a color on top of the previous color used in Step 1 that is slightly darker than the lid color. Gently pat this on your lid starting fromt the outer corner and gradually fading the color towards the middle of eye making sure to blend so it’s seamless with the color underneath. Use your blending brush to smooth any hard lines.
Using your Pro Crease Blender Brush, add a darker color to the outer corner for contouring your crease. Start by adding a little color first and adding more if needed. It’s easier to build the color than to take it down if you’ve applied too much. Remember, patience is important when you’re just learning how to apply eyeshadow. Keep blending into your crease using the “windshield wiper” effect so there are no harsh lines. To create a continuous look you can sweep the same crease color along the lower lashline.
Now it’s time for your highlighter, with your flat brush choose the highlighter you wish to use and apply this directly underneath the brow bone in a patting motion again until you have the desired effect.
We have discussed numerous ways to applying eyeshadow, and now that you have the know-how to achieving them, the looks you can create are endless.
Take it slowly, be sure to be there!