When it comes to how to put on eyeshadow, you don’t have to apply just one shade to your lids. You don’t even have to apply only two. Using three shades of eyeshadow is a great way to create a multidimensional eye makeup look.
In fact, a beauty look featuring three shades of shadow as the star may be just what you’re looking for to turn heads, whether it’s to celebrate a special occasion or to sport a standout summer look.
Below, we’re sharing some eyeshadow shades to pair together, plus offering tips on how to apply eyeshadow when you're working with multiple shades. Get ready to level up your eye makeup game.
4 Layered Eyeshadow Looks To Try
So, you want to wear three eyeshadow colors together but you’re not sure which shades to choose. Luckily, wearing makeup can be about creativity and expression, so as long as you’re happy with the look there’s really no wrong combo — even if you’re a beginner. But if you want some foolproof combinations, combine shades that are in the same color family, such as lavender, violet, and plum or beige, soft brown, and deep brown.
You also want to have a light, medium, and dark shade. These colors will complement each other while still offering enough variation for your eye makeup to really stand out. This isn’t a hard and fast rule, though, meaning that you can also pick colors that aren’t in the same family to create a bolder, brighter result.
For a romantic eye makeup look, try a base shade that’s rose-colored, then layer on a light dusting of bronze shadow and accent it with a bit of violet.
How To Apply Eyeshadow Using Three Shades
If you’re ready to get to work with three eyeshadow colors, follow this step-by-step tutorial to applying multiple eyeshadow shades for a gorgeous look.
1. Prime Your Lids
Before reaching for your eyeshadows, prep your eyes for makeup application by dabbing an eyeshadow primer onto your lids. Eye primer will help ensure your eyeshadow goes on smoothly and wears evenly. If you don’t have an eye primer on hand, use a bit of foundation or concealer instead.
2. Pick Your Eyeshadow Palette
An easy (and affordable) way to find three eyeshadows that look flattering when worn together, especially if it’s your first time rocking three shades together, is to grab an eyeshadow palette. Palettes offer you all the colors you need right in one product. Try one of the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Pocket Palette Eye Shadow, each of which comes with four hues (pick your favorite three) in a variety of color families.
Editor’s tip: If a palette feels limiting to you, you can also pick your shades from single eyeshadows, especially if you want to use colors that aren’t in the same color family. Best of all, single shadows come in a wide variety of hues, pigment intensities, and finishes. The L’Oréal Paris Brilliant Eyes Shimmer Liquid Eye Shadow Makeup comes in 12 different hues, the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow is available in 21 different colors, and the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow comes in 20, so you have plenty of options!
3. Add The Lightest Color To Your Entire Lid
Use the lightest shade in your palette or selection, and brush it on over your entire lid using a fluffy eyeshadow brush, all the way up to your brow bone.
4. Apply The Medium-Colored Shade
Next, dip a brush into your medium shade and apply it over your lid. Build color until you achieve your desired intensity.
5. Use The Darkest Shade In Your Crease
Finally, apply the darkest shadow in your palette into your crease.
Editor’s tip: There are a few other ways you can apply multiple shades of eyeshadow — the most important part is to get creative and find what works for you.
The colorblock eyeshadow style involves applying three shadows vertically across your upper lid, like three different columns, for a super intense and colorful final look. You can wear your colors in whatever order you wish.
Alternatively, you can also stack your shades horizontally, one on top of the next. Start with your darkest color as the base, applying it closest to your upper lash line. Then simply work your way upward until you hit your brow bone.
6. Add Eyeliner
You could definitely stop at your shadows, but why not up the drama? Draw a thin line across your lids with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner in Black, slightly flicking it out at the corners to create a slight cat eye.
7. Give Your Lashes A Boost With Mascara
No eye makeup look would be complete without dressed up lashes. Use the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Noir Balm Washable Mascara, which lengthens and boosts volume. Its vegan formula includes a conditioning balm that makes lashes look fuller and healthier while feeling softer.
8. Finish Your Full Makeup Look
Since eye makeup should come first — so if you have any eyeshadow fallout, you can clean it up without having to redo your entire face — you can move onto the rest of your makeup once you’ve applied mascara.
Start with your base products, such as foundation and concealer, amp up your glow with highlighter and finish with the perfect lipstick. And no matter what, be sure to seal in your look with setting spray. We love the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray and Set Make-Up Oil-Free Setting Spray for its lightweight, non-greasy feel.
Edited by: Shannon Stubbs, Photo Credit: Chaunte Vaughn
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