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How to Wear Matte Eyeshadows

Eye Makeup

How to Wear Matte Eyeshadows How to Wear Matte Eyeshadows How to Wear Matte Eyeshadows

When there are loose glitters, shimmering eye shadows, and metallic eye makeup tutorials galore, the idea of opting for matte eyeshadow might seem a bit, well, bland. But as much as we love sparkly eye makeup, with the right application, matte eye makeup can be just as stunning. Don’t believe us? Below, we’re sharing three eye makeup looks that will make you never look at matte eye shadow the same. 

THE BEST MATTE EYESHADOW LOOK FOR DAYTIME

During the day, it’s always smart to keep your eye makeup looks pretty without too much drama. Go for a two-toned statement eye that has plenty of dimension without looking overdone. Here’s how to do it.

STEP #1: PRIME YOUR LIDS

The best way to maintain a long-lasting matte eye shadow look is to kick things off with makeup primer. An eyeshadow primer provides your lids with an even base for more seamless application and helps your shadows stay put. Yes, please! If you’re all out of eye primer, use a dab of foundation or concealer in its place, and you’ll be good to go. 

STEP #2: DEFINE YOUR BROWS

Let’s give your brows some attention. Grab the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Shape & Fill Mechanical Pencil and brush your brows into place with the spoolie. Follow up by using the pencil to shade in your brows with featherlight strokes that will create lines that mimic real brow hairs.

STEP #3: COLOR YOUR LIDS

Now your eyes are really calling for a matte eye shadow look. Reach for the L’Oréal Paris Paradise Enchanted Scented Eyeshadow Palette and swipe the matte nude shade across your lids and above your crease. Be sure to taper the color as you reach the inner corner and blend until even.

STEP #4: ADD SOME DIMENSION

This step is all about adding some depth to your eyes. Use a deeper matte brown shadow from the same palette to define your crease further, focusing the color on your outer corner.

STEP #5: COAT YOUR LASHES

Of course, no eye look is complete without a little mascara. Pick up the L’Oréal Paris Bambi Eye Waterproof Mascara, Lasting Volume, and swipe a few coats onto your lashes for a lifted look. Voila!

THE BEST MATTE EYESHADOW LOOK FOR NIGHTTIME

Nighttime calls for darker lids and sultry lashes. With a little extra matte eye shadow, eyeliner, and a few extra coats of mascara, you can easily create a gorgeous makeup look to top off your girls' night out outfit.

STEP #1: PRIME YOUR LIDS

We’ve already covered how important it is to prime your lids for a statement eye. For a look that stays put as you dance the night away, always add this step to your makeup routine.

STEP #2: FILL IN YOUR BROWS

Filling in your brows is one of the easiest ways to take your makeup look to the next level. Instead of creating super-bold brows, keep things soft and pretty for a balanced look. Use the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Definer Waterproof Eyebrow Mechanical Pencil for defined arches.

STEP #3: USE CONCEALER FOR DEFINITION

To give your brows a sculpted look, pick up the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Concealer. Using a small angled brush, apply a bit of concealer along the upper and bottom edge of your brow for a clean look.

STEP #4: COAT YOUR LIDS

Pop open the lid of the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude and dust the mid-toned matte brown shadow onto your lid. This may seem pretty neutral for nighttime, but the trick to applying dark eye makeup is to start with lighter shadows so that your darker colors will have something to blend into once you apply them.

STEP #5: ADD DIMENSION

Next, you want to define your crease using a dark matte brown shadow. When blending the color into your crease, stop just before the inner third of your eye. At the outer corner, blend the shadow upward toward your brow bone for more depth.

STEP #6: APPLY SHADOW UNDER YOUR EYES

Don’t forget about your lower lash line! Create a smoky effect under your eyes with the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Matte-Ison Avenue. The beautiful burgundy shadow adds just enough color to your look.

STEP #7: CREATE A CAT EYE

Nothing beats a gorgeously crafted cat eye. Not only does it add a playful vibe to your look, it definitely shows off your makeup skills. Pick up the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Flash Cat Eye Waterproof Brush Tip Liquid Eyeliner in Black and wing it.

Editor’s tip: Not too sure how to apply winged eyeliner? Head on over to our article, 7 Hacks for The Perfect Cat Eye, for all the deets.

STEP #8: FINISH OFF WITH MASCARA

Top things off with mascara, and you’re ready to slay the night away!

THE BEST MATTE EYESHADOW LOOK FOR DATE NIGHT

What if it’s not just any night, but a date night? In that case, the occasion calls for a flirty makeup look. Think: colorful matte eyeshadow paired with another more neutral shade and a  touch of eyeliner. So pretty!

STEP #1: PRIME, PRIME, PRIME,

As always, a makeup primer should be the first step for this beauty look.

STEP #2: START WITH YOUR BASE COLOR

Pack on the color with the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Mix And Matte, which is a subtle nude shade, applying it all over your lids. Be sure to blend until even.

STEP #3: REACH FOR A NEUTRAL

With matte looks, you always want to create a transition in color to give your eyes a gorgeous pop. Pick up the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Matte It Up, which has a terracotta hue, and apply the shadow in your crease.

STEP #4: ADD COLOR

Now it’s time to level up with a little unexpected color. Grab the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Acro-Matte, a beautiful deep rust shadow, and apply it to your lids and slightly past your crease. Build until you reach your desired level of pigment.

STEP #5: LINE YOUR LIDS

Amp up your look with black eyeliner. Use the L’Oréal Paris Matte Signature Liquid Dip Eyeliner, Waterproof in Black, which is also matte, for a chic finish. Feeling bold? Go over your line with a little black shadow to create a sultry, smudged liner look.

STEP #6: APPLY MASCARA

Seal the deal with a few coats of mascara. Grab the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous X Fiber Mascara for dramatic volume and length. Apply the built-in primer first, then follow with the fiber mascara formula. Now, you’re ready for your beau!

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