12 Simple Eye Shadow Application Tips

Posted September 1, 2023 by Michelle Fox

Get my top 12 simple tips to make eye shadow application perfect every single time! This list of suggestions will help you understand what is missing in your application technique and fix it! Wonder what colors look best on brown eyes? Blue eyes? Green or hazel eyes? We'll cover that too! We'll also talk about the terminology (is accent the same as contour), the theory (what are complementary colors), and the practical steps (what shade goes where) for getting a gorgeous eye makeup look. Think of this as Eye Makeup 101! Every tip is quick and easy... even for beginners! So grab a blending brush, mirror, and your makeup, and let's chat!


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12 Tips for Perfect Eye Shadow Application
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12 Simple Eye Shadow Application Tips

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Let's dig a little deeper into each of the 12 tips.

Does your eye shadow ever look "muddy"? I talked about that in my blog, 10 Reasons Why Your Eye Makeup Looks Muddy.


Please note: the quality of the makeup and your brushes have a lot to do with the final look! Check out my recommended brushes HERE!

The details:

Tip #1: Always apply a base color on your eyes just as you do to the rest of your face. If your primer doesn't have color to it, concealer works great. It gives a nice even palette to work with. Another suggestion is liquid eye shadow in an appropriate nude shade.

Tip #2: Highlight along the brow bone with your lightest shade. This will draw attention to your browline and give your eyes some lift.

Tip #3: Use your medium shade in your crease and slightly above, adjusting the position according to the shape of your eyes (higher for droopy eyes). Add your darkest shade in the outer corner in a sideways V-shape & blend.

Tip #4: Apply a light, shimmery shadow in the inner corner of the eye near the tear duct to reflect light and make your eyes look younger.

Your eye shape dictates the placement of your eye shadow. Click HERE to learn your eye shape and get FREE application diagrams!

The texture of the eye color is another consideration; matte, satin, shimmer, and glitter are some of the options.

Tip #5: If you have blue eyes, wear purple, violet, taupe, shades of brown, gray, deep blue, and black. Funky colors include fuchsia, turquoise, and silver.

Tip #6: If you have green or hazel eyes, wear purple, plum, forest green, brown, and khaki. Funky colors include light green, gold, and bright purple

Tip #7: If you have brown eyes, wear champagne, copper, brown, apricot, khaki, and beige. Funky colors include royal blue, tangerine, and hot pink.

Tip #8: Colors that anyone can wear include navy, powder blue, and charcoal. A fun color for all is silver.

Tip #9: If you want your eyes to appear larger, use a light color on the inner corner, and a darker shade in the middle of the eyelid.

Tip #10: If you want dramatic eyes, take your eye shadow brush, dip it in water, and then into the shadow and apply. It will give you a much deeper color. Be sure to cleanse and dry your brush thoroughly afterward!

Tip #11: Blend, blend and then blend some more. To see what I mean, try an experiment. Blend one eye and then use a sponge-tip applicator without blending to apply the other eye. You'll definitely see the difference!

Tip #12Practice until you get the application of your eye shadow down to a science. Over time, your makeup will look more polished. 

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Wrap Up

Take the time to learn these 12 tips and your eye makeup application troubles are over! The perfect technique is a combination of the right placement, flattering shades and blending, blending, blending.


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