How To: Apply Eyeshadow Like a Pro
For those of you starting out in your makeup skills, I wanted to do a complete 101 video showing everything about applying eyeshadows. Blending your eyeshadows is without doubt one of the most important things to learn to do properly. In this video I have put together several different eyeshadow shapes so you have plenty of styles and technique to choose from. I’ll also show you the best brushes for completing any look as well as how to pair together eyeshadows to do a complete look!
So let’s gets started with brushes. You only need 4 basic brushes (there are a lot more brushes on the market than just these, but these are the 4 basic brushes you will need)
Flat Stiff Brush:
- This is a MAC #239 and is mainly used for packing color onto the lid. You can also use the tip of the brush to apply eyeshadow under the lower lashline or create a very defined line in the crease of the eye. This brush is mostly for applying color. (MAC)
- This brush is ideal for applying color under the eye, or smoking the color out for a soft effect. Because of the fine tip of the brush, you can also use it to apply color to the crease area in a fine line. You can also use it to apply color to the outer part of the eye to darken and intensify the color. (MAC)
- These come in different sizes, a bigger one is great for feathering out color. However, a smaller one like the Makeup Geek pointed crease brush is more precise and easier to use on smaller eyes. This is great for feathering out color to create a smokey eye, or for blending out the crease. This brush is meant for blending instead of packing on color. (Makeup Geek Store)
- This brush is all about the blending. Because of its softer bristles it gives a more delicate blended effect to the eye. I like to use this to blend out harsh lines under the brow bone or for blending concealer under the eyes. (Makeup Geek Store)
Learning Eyeshadow Shapes
Now that you know the basic brushes that are needed, let’s get started on the eyeshadow shape. Here is a link that will go into more detail about eyeshadow placement
However, these are the basic shapes that everyone needs to know…
This is also known as “divided in thirds”. The yellow represents the lightest shade, the orange is the medium color and brown is the darkest. This is the most flattering for every eye-shape especially if your eyes are close together. Having the lighter shade on the inside of the eyes makes them appear farther apart. To do this look, use your flat stiff brush and pat each color on. Make sure to blend between each color so there are no visible lines.
Additional Example: Autumn Leaves Look
This is very similar to the fan shape only instead of light, medium then dark this begins with dark, goes to light and ends with the dark again. This is excellent for anyone with flat eyes as it gives a very rounded effect to the eyes. To ramp up the look even more, use a shimmer in the middle of the eye and a matte shade on the inner and outer part of the eye. You will use the flat stiff brush to apply this as well making sure to blend the lines where the colors meet.
This is by far the most loved one out there. For this one simply pat a dark color all over the lower lid using your flat, stiff brush and then use a dome brush with a medium or light color and blend out the crease area and soften the look.
This is by far one of the funnest looks to do. You can actually do this with either eyeliner or eyeshadow. I personally like to do this with eyeshadow just because it gives it a softer appearance and it doesn’t come off to harsh. You can start with an eyeliner and get the cat shape going upward and then go over it with a pencil brush to set and soften it. Use the pencil brush to bring the color under the eye as well. This shape elongates the eye which makes it ideal for people with rounder eyes as it gives an almond look to the eye.
Cut Crease or Open Banana
To do this use an eyeliner pencil or a very chiseled brush to make a line in the crease of the eye. Blend the color out and upward slightly but not disturbing the actual line you created. Place a lighter shade on the lower lid below the crease. This look is very edgy and sharp.
Additional Example: Grape-Inspired Look
Round Banana / Closed Banana
This is the same technique as the cut crease only in this one you round the edge and place a light color on the lower eyelid below the cut crease and drop it down and bring it below the lower lashline.
Additional Example: Chicago Bears Look
Now lets go on the eyeshadows you need to complete all of these looks. So the eyeshadows you need to achieve any look is only 4. You can go up to 5 but 4 is a standard number.
- Light Shimmery Color – This is going to be used under the brow bone as a highlight shade and in the inner tear duct for a pop of brightness to help open the eyes and make the appear larger.
- Light Matte Finish Color – This will be used under the brow bone to soften any harsh lines.
- Medium Color – I use this color in the crease to blend out any harsh lines. You can also use this all over the lid if you want just a wash of color (perfect for work or school)
- Dark Color – This will be used on the lower lashline or in the outer part of the eye. This can also be used under the lashline to create a smokey effect
Color Recommendations (using Makeup Geek Eyeshadows)
Orange / Pink:
It doesn’t matter what colors you use or even if you mix the colors up as long as you have a light, medium and dark shade along with your light shimmery shade. The key is to have a variant from lightness to darkness and you can do any look with any colors you want!
I hope this video was helpful and informative. I really wanted to give you some ideas of what basic shapes, brushes and colors you needed to do any look. Stay happy and healthy!