A Guide To Eye Shadow

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A lot of girls and even guys (who wear make up) get eye shadow completely wrong. I’ve been there so I know exactly how you feel. We all try a new technique of applying make up and it ends up so messy, we can’t be bothered to try it anymore.

Well, I have a few tips below to help guide you through your eye shadow process. Don’t think about it too much, if you do, it tends to go wrong. Keep it simple and make sure you practice before your night out. You want to be sure you can master this before your party else you’ll get all frustrated and flustered and then you’ll feel rubbish all night. Take an afternoon or evening to try it first. Remember to cleanse, tone and moisturiser beforehand. If your face is clean, this helps your make up to sit/lie more evenly on the skin. I would leave it about 5-10mins before applying any make up so that your moisturiser can dry. Even if you have oily skin, a little moisturiser helps, just don’t pile it on thick. Make sure it’s a thin layer. If you can use a moisturisers with a built in SPF, this way your face is protected for the day.

 1. Find out what eye shape you have and then read about the special techniques that relates to you
You can find out more here & here.

Figure out which eye shape you have, so you can learn more about different shading techniques that work best for you.

2. Do your research on your eye to know what’s what. Then you can act like a pro!
Learn more here & here.

3. Get to know what each make up brush does.
Learn more here & here.

4. Choose the eyeshadow formula that works best for what you want
Maybe a powder or a cream. I prefer the eye shadow that is a creamy base, this doesn’t dry out.

Cream eyeshadows work best for me. These tend to be crease proof so when you’re out, you won’t see the crease lines on your eye lids. Great for a base colour or on it’s own.

Loose eyeshadows are messy and can be tricky to apply. You can dip your brush into the bottle but ensure you clean your brush after use. This way you won’t mix the colours.

Pressed / Powder eyeshadows are the most popular due to being able to  mix colours easier and also they tend to be in a small compact wallet so good to travel with. You know that these won’t make a mess in your bag.


5. Don’t be tight with your primer.
Primer is a key part of your make up. This will cover up any blemishes and keep everything in place so don’t be tight!

6. For more of a dramatic effect, apply white eye liner before you apply your eye shadow. This will draw attention to your eyes.

Learn more about it here.

7. Going back to the research part, make sure you understand all your palette of shades and know where to apply them.
Some eye shadows will be for your lid, crease under brown and outer corner etc so it will be good to know what shade is for specific parts of your eye lid.

Here’s a basic guide to help you.

Lightest colour – usually for the brow bone highlighter to enhance.
Second lighest colour – good for your whole lid.
Darkest colour – best for the outer corners of your eye.
Second darkest colour – good for your eye crease.

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8. Click the palette or eye shadow that you buy. Certain wallets have specific instructions.

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9. Don’t be heavy handed, make sure you dab gently…
You don’t want to rub any of it off!

10. Now you know all about your brushes, proceed with gentle blending movements
Practice makes perfect!

11. There is a golden rule when applying eye shadow to the eye crease and that is to go over it a few times to soften the lines.
We don’t want to get outside to find we have a striking lines across our crease… not a good look!

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12. Don’t be scared to experiment
You never know until you try it out.

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13. You can use a eye shadow pencil first then blend after.
This may be more defined.

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14. If you find out you have hooded eyes, apply your make up with your eyes open. 

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15. When you’re applying your eye shadow and you want to find your eye crease/fold, slightly tilt your head towards the ceiling and direct your eyes to look down in the mirror.

16. Having problems with making the “v” shape? Try a hashtag…
This is easier.

If you have trouble drawing a neat "outer v", try starting with a hashtag shape.


17. Everyone has makeup fallout, this is just a given when applying eye shadow. Here’s the way to solve it
Try and get a gentle tape as the skin on your face is delicate.

18. If you don’t want to use the method above, use a shield
Not feeling the tape? I don’t blame you,it can be a little tough on your skin. These shields are cheap from any beauty / make up shops.

19. To finish it off, spary some spritz on to keep it all in place!
So many to choose from. Go and have a look in your local shop to see what’s out there.

This isn’t a must but can help.

Tip: Apply before you apply your mascara.


Don’t worry if you get it wrong, like I mentioned above… practice makes perfect!


********************************************************************************************************* Eyeshadow Basics Everyone Should Know Skip the smokey eye and get back to basics.

Learn more about different shapes here and here.

Everything makes more sense if you actually know what the tutorial is referring to by “crease.” From here.

If you’re struggling with blending, make sure you get a good blending brush. The MAC 217 is one of the most buzzed about, but there are plenty of less expensive options out there.

Cream eyeshadows work best as a base color for powder eye shadow, or for solid, single-color coverage.

Loose eyeshadows are often where you find the most color pigment, but can be messy and tricky to work with.

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