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When it comes to eye shadow, we’re firm believers that using two shades is better than one. And luckily, two-toned eye makeup is definitely on trend in 2017. You don’t have to be a pro makeup artist to try this look yourself, though. It turns out it’s actually pretty easy! Yep, two-toned eye makeup is definitely something you can do on your own—and it can add a whole lot of dimension to your overall look. Want to try two-toned eye makeup for yourself? Follow our tutorial below to get in on the fun!
In love with the two-toned eyes trend seen on runways and red carpets? Us, too! Follow along to learn how to apply two eye shadow colors for one pretty look. We have a feeling you’ll never want to go back to wearing just one eye shadow hue again!
Step 1: Choose your colors. When it comes to two-toned eye makeup, feel free to choose any shade you’d like—whether that’s brown, green, silver, or anything else. The key is to simply select a light and a dark shade that complement each other well. You don’t want to pick two dark or two light shades because whole point of two-toned eye makeup is to add depth. If you’re new to eye makeup in general, you may want to use matte eye shadow shades instead of shimmery ones because they’re easier to blend. The L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude contains eye shadows in a variety of different finishes so you can play around.
Step 2: Prep your lids with an eye makeup primer. Before you start applying your eye shadows, dab on an eye makeup primer to your lids. Primer can help create an even canvas for you to work on—plus, it can also help keep your look in place.
Step 3: Fill in your lid. You’re finally ready for shadow-y goodness! To start your two-toned eye makeup look, use a flat, dense eye shadow brush to even apply the lighter color onto your lid. You’ll want to apply the color from your lash line to your crease to create the base of your two-toned eye makeup look. And hear us out: There’s no reason to overboard when it comes to applying eye shadow, especially if you’re using a sparkly shade. Make sure to only use as much shadow as you need (trust us, a little goes a long way!) and to tap off any excess.
Step 4: Define your crease. In a similar fashion to a traditional smoky eye, the next step on your quest to creating a two-toned eye makeup look is to define your crease. So, pick up a fluffy crease brush and use the darker color to fill in your crease starting at your outer corner and working your way in. As far as technique goes, try swishing your brush in a windshield wiper motion along your crease. Works like a charm!
Step 5: Blend, blend, blend. Almost there! Now that you have your two shades in place, use an eye shadow blending brush to buff out any harsh lines. This can also help to give your multi-dimensional look an ombré-esque quality.
Step 6: Highlight your brow bone. Although this look is defined by being two-toned, three colors actually go into the mix. Shhh, don’t tell! While your two lid colors will be the main attraction, it’s always a good idea to add in a natural-looking highlight. Grab the lightest, brightest nude shade in your palette and brush it just under the outer tail of your brow. See how this ties it all together?
Step 7: Finish your look with mascara. No statement eye is complete before you apply a coat of mascara to your lashes. Try the L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara and you’ll be good to go.
Two-toned and totally doable! Have fun experimenting with all the colors of the rainbow the next time you do your eye makeup!