Your eye makeup has the power to take your makeup game a few notches higher, no doubt! However, how to apply eye shadow flawlessly is a question that has an intimidating answer, especially if you are a beginner. Having said that, you need to get your basics right to be able to create a stunning look for yourself! With celebrities giving us major eye makeup goals and Pinterest being a constant inspiration, there are enough and more ideas to ace your own eye makeup. From edgy cut-crease to bold smokey look, the good news is that your eye makeup can add a ton of depth and dimension to your eyes.
So, how do you decide what colours to go for? Or what kind of brushes you need to perfect your eye makeup? A few makeup mishaps can make you look Halloween-ready, instead of date-ready. But, fret not! You’re in the right place. We’ve got you covered with a fool-proof guide to apply eye shadow like a pro...
Step-by-step guide on how to apply eye shadow for beginners
To help ease the process of applying eye shadow, here’s a step-by-step tutorial for makeup newbies to ace their eye makeup like a pro.
Step 1: Prep your lids
Oily lids are a big concern, especially when it comes to wearing eye makeup. It can wear your makeup off faster than you can imagine, thereby ruining the entire look. Precisely why, you need to prep your lids with a primer before applying any other product. You can use the Lakmé Absolute Blur Perfect Makeup Primer that promises to create a perfect base for your makeup. That’s not all! Its waterproof formula ensures that your makeup stays on throughout the day.
Step 2: Apply a natural colour
Once you’ve applied primer, you no more have to worry about makeup meltdowns. However, to maximise the longevity and intensity of your eyeshadow colour, it’s best to first go for a nude base. Take a fluffy blending eyeshadow brush to apply a nude eyeshadow. Pick one that complements your skin tone to the T.
Step 3: Work on your crease
It’s now time to enhance your crease. Once again, reach out for your fluffy blending eye shadow brush to apply a medium brown-toned shadow to your crease. You can pick a dark brown shade from the Lakmé Absolute Illuminating Eye Shadow Palette – French Rose to contour your eyes at the crease. Add some colour to your lower lash line and blend well for added effect.
Step 4: Highlight the area above your crease
If you think your eyes need more colour, then take a lighter shade of brown from your palette and blend it in right above the crease and just below your brow bone. If both your lids don’t match, then blend till it looks perfect. Always remember that the first rule of perfecting your base is to blend, blend and blend till you make it. Once you perfect your base makeup, your eyeshadow colours will pop, thereby taking your makeup game a few notches higher.
Step 5: Add colour to your lids
Finally, it’s time to pick one colour that would be the defining element of your eye makeup. While it’s ideal to pick a soft, pastel shade for a day look, you can go all out and experiment with darker shades for evenings. Use a fluffy brush and apply the colour, focusing just on the outer corners. For a smokey effect, gently extend the colour past your crease. And, use the same colour on your lower lash line too. We suggest you get your hands on the most versatile eyeshadow palette - the Lakme 9 To 5 Eye Quartet Eyeshadow - Silk Route which will allow you to create looks for the day as well as evening.
Step 6: Create a gradient effect
If you think you have picked a shade that looks too loud, then here’s a trick to tone it down. Grab your nude eyeshadow and blend out the edges of your dark eyeshadow. Doing so will instantly soften your eye makeup and won’t look OTT at the same time. That’s not all! Using a nude shadow over the darker shade will make your eyeshadow look clean and well-blended.
Step 7: Highlight the inner corner of your eyes
Want your eyes to appear wider and more awake? Highlighting the inner corner of your eyes is the answer! All you need to do is press your pinkie finger in the lightest colour of your eyeshadow palette or dip a smudge brush in your highlighter to open up eyes. Remember to not go overboard with the highlighter! This trick works well for special events such as date nights or cocktail parties.
Best tips to apply eyeshadow
Once you’ve mastered the art of applying eye shadow like a pro, you also need to know about all the sure-shot tricks and time-saving hacks that’ll prevent you from making blunders. Read on to know all about it…
#1 Eyes makeup before base makeup
When it comes to eye makeup, product fallout is the biggest concern. Your eyeshadow and highlighter may fall on your cheeks or forehead, thereby ruining your base. Therefore, it is best to first finish off your eye makeup first and then move on to your base makeup. This way, you’ll be able to easily wipe off any product fallout without spoiling your foundation.
#2 Pick eye shadow texture that works best for you
Eyeshadows come in cream, powder as well as pressed forms. Depending on your skin type, pick the one that works best for you. Cream eyeshadows may not work well for those with oily skin, whereas, powder forms may look too cakey on those with dry skin. So, select your eyeshadow texture smartly. At times, your cream eyeshadows can also work as base for your powder shadows.
#3 Hack to perfect the “V” on the outer corner of your eyes
You may not get the “V” on the outer corner of your eyes right for the first couple of times. While practice will help you perfect it, here’s a hack that you may want to try your hand at. Draw a “#” with your eye pencil on the outer corner and blend it immediately to avoid blunt edges.
#4 Define crease area with a pencil brush
Never underestimate the power of makeup brushes! The reason you are able to achieve a seamless finish is because of your brushes. While it is important to use a fluffy brush to apply eyes hadow, use a pencil brush to define your crease line.
#5 The secret to wearing shimmer eye shadows like a pro
While shimmer eye shadows look absolutely breath-taking and make your eyes pop, the downside to it is that it can make your fine lines and wrinkles look very prominent. So, if you don’t have wrinkled eyelids yet, try subtle shimmer-y eyes for an evening look. First create a nude base and then apply a bit of gold shimmer to the brow bone. And, voila!
#6 Use eye shadow as eyeliner
You may not always find an eyeliner that complements the colour of your eye shadow in your vanity kit. For such days, you can use your eye shadow as eyeliner. How, you ask? Simply take a pointed brush, dampen it slightly and dip it into the colour. Lastly, sweep carefully along the lash line and below your bottom lashes. Easy, isn’t it?
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