Applying eye shadow- tips and tricks for eye shapes

Learning how to apply eye shadow to your eyes can appear to be difficult and overwhelming, especially if it is your first time using make up. As you practice applying eye shadow to your eyes the better you become; before you know it, you will be applying your eye make up like a pro! There are a couple of things to take into consideration when applying eye make up such as the shape of your eye and what effect you are trying to achieve. For example, if you have smaller eyes are you trying to make them appear bigger and vise versa, are you trying to make bigger eyes look smaller. The key to Beautifying your Eyes is learning how to blend the right colors in you eye shadow palette.

Below you will find how to apply and blend eye colors, along with some tips and tricks to determine the type of effect you want to achieve. Use different tool brushes when applying eye shadow to your eyes; see tool brushes and tutorials for this information. Blending is the most important when you are trying to accomplish a certain look; see Eye Color Palette and use colors that go well with the pigment of your eyes. Remember to have fun while you are learning and applying your eye shadow.

Almond & Down Turned Eye Shapes

Almond Eyes-Find the crease of your eye, then start to apply the eye shadow from the bottom of your eyelid (near the eyelashes) in an upward direction. To achieve a natural look or to add your first layer of eye shadow, stop applying the eye color right where the crease ends(which is about the middle of your eyelid).

Down Turned Eyes-Start from the bottom of your eyelid(near the eyelashes) and apply a Nude shade moving upward toward the eyebrow bone. Use a mid tone to overlap the nude color; apply and blend the color toward the middle of your eyelid (the crease). Blend the darkest eye shade within your eyelid moving the color toward the outer corner of your eye; eyes appear lifted.

Protruding & Hooded Eye Shapes

Protruding Eyes-Start from your bottom eyelid(near the eyelashes) and apply a darker eye shadow; move the eye color in an upward direction toward your crease(do not surpass) and blend the color. Then, take the same dark color shade, make a v-shape outline at the outer corner of your eye and blend the color inward; eye appears smaller.

Hooded Eyes-Start from your eyelid, apply and extend a nude eye color toward your eyebrow bone; this will allow the eye to appear opened. To add more than one color apply the highlighter color over the nude shade  and use a(mid tone) transitional color to blend the two colors within your eyelid. To brighten the eyes even more, use a highlighter color and apply the shade to the inner corners of your eyes.

Deep & Close Set Eye Shapes

Deep Set Eyes- Blend a light nude (natural color) within the entire eye, then apply a deep color or dark brown to the outer corner and crease of your eyelid; blend well. Next, apply a lighter shade to the middle and inner corner of the eyelids and blend well so that there are no gaps between the dark and light colors. Your eyebrows will appear less dominate and your eyes will stand out more.

Close Set Eyes- Blend multiple eye shadow colors or use a darker shade and start from the inner corner of your eye, then use the lightest color working toward the outer corner of the eye. Use a highlighter near the tear duct of your eye to widen and make the eye appear bigger.

How to apply & blend eye shadow colors

Prime your eyes first, then use your eye shadow brush to apply the desired eye shadow color to the end of your brush; slightly tap off any excess powder. To blend eye shadow colors and achieve a 3-layer eye shadow look: Hold the eye shadow brush upright and apply the Transitional (Mid tone) eye color to the crease of your eye(using a sweeping motion). Then, take the eye shadow brush and apply the Base eye shadow color to the lid of your eye(using a pressing motion). Next, add a lighter eye shadow color just beneath your eyebrow bone (apply using a patting motion). Last, apply the darkest color to the outer corner of your eye (using a patting motion) and work the color inward; only cover 1/4 of your eyelid with this color.

*Note: Base Colors are considered a nude shade that will blend naturally with your skin tone. The lightest shade you will use to illuminate underneath the brow bone and the tear duck of your eye is called a highlighter; which can also be a shimmer/glitter color. Apply the darker color at the otter corner of your eyes. Use a transitional eye shadow color(also known as mid tone) to blend all colors within your eyelids; this tone should be applied in the crease of your eye only. Use a sweeping motion(windshield motion) to blend your mid tone color, a pressing motion for the base color and a patting motion for the darker and highlighter colors. Follow these tips to create and achieve the desired look.*

Now that you understand how to apply eye make up correctly, you can beautify your eyes in no time. The most important concepts to remember when applying your eye make up are: to determine the shape of your eye, know what colors to use and blend in your eye color palette, how to blend them and what effect you are trying to achieve. If you can master these four things, your eyes will look like they were professionally done. Practice makes progress, therefore use what you have learned and apply it; do not become overwhelmed and have fun with your eye color palette. Don’t forget to watch how to apply your eye shadow tutorials(because there are so many ways to apply eye shadow for all eye shapes) and if you have questions or comments please don’t hesitate to leave a reply below.

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