There’s no doubt about it—playing with makeup is a ton of fun. But if you’re a makeup novice, learning how to do makeup for beginners can be a little intimidating. Specifically, how to do eyeshadow can be a source of much frustration, especially when you start attempting to incorporate multiple shades and brushes into the mix. But with the help of the right easy eyeshadow guide for beginners, you don’t have to shy away from shadow just yet. And lucky for you, we have the perfect one! Try this extremely easy eyeshadow tutorial to help ease your makeup difficulties and learn how to apply eyeshadow as if you’ve been doing it for years.
EYESHADOW TUTORIAL SUPPLIES: WHAT YOU’LL NEED
L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Pocket Palette Eye Shadow: Half the battle in managing to apply more than one shade of eyeshadow is picking colors that work well together. Rather than struggling to find four complementary colors, stick with a palette that does the heavy lifting for you. This compact eyeshadow quad comes in a variety of color combos, ranging from neutral to bold. With a mix of finishes and shades that blend smoothly, the best thing about the palettes are the directions on the back. Expertly broken down for beginners, you’ll find instructions detailing the best spots to place each color.
Shading brush: Shading brushes are perfect for picking up pigmented products and applying shadow to larger areas.
Blending brush: Harsh lines and edges are a no-no for a seamless eyeshadow look. Buff them away with a soft, tapered brush.
Pencil brush: The small head of a pencil brush is just right for placing shadow in super-specific spots.
L’Oréal Paris Le Liner Signature Easy-Glide Mechanical Eyeliner, Waterproof in Noir Cashmere: This pencil eyeliner formula glides on easily for flake-proof, smudge-resistant eye makeup that will last all day long.
L’Oréal Paris Air Volume Mega Mascara, Lightweight Mega Volume Washable: Fulfill your lash desires with this mascara that offers the look of voluptuous, blown out volume.
YOUR EASY EYESHADOW TUTORIAL FOR BEGINNERS
Eyeshadow looks can be total works of art, but you don’t have to be a masterful artist to manage exceptional application. Follow these simple steps to how to do eyeshadow for a look that’s seriously striking.
STEP #1: APPLY EYE PRIMER
To help keep your shadows from smudging and creasing throughout the day—all the while punching up their pigmentation—start with the eyeshadow primer we encouraged you to pick up earlier. Blend a thin layer of primer onto your lids and up to your brow bones.
STEP #2: BRUSH ON YOUR BASE
Pick up your eyeshadow quad and apply the base color. This is typically the second lightest shade in a palette. Using your shading brush, apply the light shadow all over your lids.
STEP #3: DARKEN THE OUTER AND INNER CORNERS
Coat your pencil brush in the next color in your palette—a darker shade. Use the brush to place that color on the outer and inner corners of your lids, creating two “V” shapes. Don’t worry if it looks a little messy—we’ll get to blending soon!
STEP #4: DEFINE YOUR CREASE
To enhance your eye shape, bring a small amount of that same darker shadow into your crease.
STEP #5: BLEND, BLEND, BLEND
Blending can help solve all your eyeshadow problems. Take a blending brush and blur the edges between the two eyeshadows you’ve used so far. Since the palette contains colors that are meant to work together, they should blend seamlessly. Employ a “windshield wiper” motion with your brush to effortlessly smooth any harsh lines.
STEP #6: HIGHLIGHT THE CENTER
Wipe off your shading brush and pack it with the third shade in your palette, the lightest—a.k.a the highlighting—shade. Place the color just on the centers of your lids, where the light would naturally hit.
STEP #7: USE EYESHADOW AS LINER
You’ve made it to your final color. This should be your darkest shade, making it perfect to use as a makeshift eyeliner. Dip your pencil brush into the color and smudge the shadow right up against your lash line.
STEP #8: TIGHTLINE YOUR EYES
While eyeshadow absolutely can be used as eyeliner, it can’t do everything. To make your lashes appear thicker and more intense, you’ll want to apply an actual liner to your waterline. Choose a pencil that’s smooth enough to glide onto this delicate area. Gently pull up on your eyelid to reveal your upper waterline, then carefully apply the liner directly to the base of your lashes. Ta-da, you just tightlined.
STEP #9: SWEEP ON MASCARA
Almost finished! No eye look is complete without a coat of mascara. Place your mascara brush at the base of your lashes and gently pull upward to coat your lashes. Now enjoy your feathery-soft fringe.
Next up: Now that you know how to apply eyeshadow, add to your eye makeup expertise by reading our article on An Eyebrow Makeup Routine For Beginners.