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How to Apply Three Shades of Eye Shadow

Eye Makeup

How to Apply Three Shades of Eye Shadow How to Apply Three Shades of Eye Shadow How to Apply Three Shades of Eye Shadow

When it comes to eye shadow, you don’t have to apply just one shade to your lids. You don’t even just have to apply two. Using not one, not two, but three shades of eye shadow is a great way to create a multidimensional eye makeup look. Below, we’re sharing which eye shadow shades complement each other most, plus offering tips on how to apply three eye shadow shades for a gorgeous makeup look. Follow along with our eye makeup tutorial.

The Best Eye Shadow Pairings

So you want to wear three eye shadow colors together—but which shades should you choose? That can be a difficult question—but we have the answer. Look for shades that are in the same color family—think lavender, violet, and plum or beige, soft brown, and deep brown. You 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.

How to Apply Three Shades of Eye Shadow

Ready to get to work with three eye shadow shades? Follow our eye makeup tutorial below.

Step 1: Prime your lids

Before reaching for your eye shadows, prep your lids for makeup application by dabbing an eye primer onto your lids. Eye primer will help ensure your eye shadow goes on smoothly and wears evenly. If you don’t have any eye primer on hand, pat on a tiny bit of foundation or concealer.

Step 2: Pick an eye shadow palette

An easy way to use three eye shadows that look flattering when worn together is to use an eye shadow palette. Depending on your color preferences, try one of the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Quads, which each come with four hues (you’ll use the top three) in a variety of options. Try Stacked Heels (purple), What Happens in Vegas (orange), Because I’m Worth It (brown), or Cookies and Cream (silver).

Step 3: Paint your entire lid with the lightest color

Use the second shade from the top in your palette (this will be the lightest shade), and brush it on over your entire lid, all the way up to your brow bone.

Step 4: Apply the medium shade

Next, use the top shade in your palette (this will be the medium shade), and apply it over your lid. Build color until you achieve your desired intensity.

Step 5: Use the darkest shade in your crease

Finally, use the third shade from the top in your palette (this will be the dark shade), and apply it just in your crease.

Step 6: Add eyeliner

You could definitely stop here, but why not up the drama? Draw a thin line across your lids with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in Black, slightly flicking it out at the corners for a small cat eye.

Step 7: Coat your lashes with mascara

No eye makeup look would be complete without a touch of mascara. Use the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous X Fiber Mascara, which has a black primer on one end a fiber mascara on the other. Prep your lashes with the primer, then glide on the mascara.

Step 8: Finish the rest of your makeup

We suggest doing your eye makeup first—that way, if you have any eye shadow fallout, you can clean it up without having to redo your entire face. Once you’re done with your eye shadows, eyeliner, and mascara, apply your face makeup. Use a radiant finish foundation, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Foundation, then follow up with a concealer, like the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super-Blendable Multi-Use Concealer, to hide imperfections such as dark circles and dark spots. Add a touch of a highlighter lotion, like the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer, for added glow. Finish your complete makeup look with a hue from the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick collection. That’s it!

Check out our Makeup Tutorial for Hooded Eyes for another eye makeup look that can't be beat.