Are you seeking ways how to do eye makeup? There are many different ways to do eye makeup, and everyone has their preference. Some people like to keep it simple with just a little bit of eyeliner, while others like to go all out with shadows, liners, and mascara. Here are a few tips that will help you achieve the look you want.
The Anatomy Of The Eye: Beginner Eye Makeup
We should not forget when it comes to eye makeup tutorials and steps is terminology. You’ll be able to understand better the terminology and where they are located so you can apply your makeup correctly.
The images below show the parts of the eye. You can use these images to assist with the terms in the steps below our featured looks.
- Outer “V” – Imagine a line that runs from your upper lash line to your crease. Imagine it connecting to another line in your crease, creating a shape that looks like an upside-down “V”.
- Inner Corner – The inner corner of the eye, near the tear duct.
- Outer Corner – Outer corner of the eye.
- Waterline – The inner rim between your eye and your lashes.
- Lower Lash Line: This is the area below and beneath your lower lashes.
- Upper Lash Line: This is the area on your upper eyelid where your lashes grow.
- Crease – This is the natural indentation or slightly sunken-in area above your eyelid. Your crease can be found by placing your finger just above your eyelid and directly at your eye socket. Your crease should be located horizontally along the bone above your eyeball.
- Brow Bone is the prominent bone area below your eyebrow (between your brow and eye crease).
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How To Apply Eyeshadow With Four Beautiful Eyeshadow Looks
Disclaimer: These are not actual photos of the makeup products mentioned in this article. Therefore, the colors may differ from the ones in the images.
Eye Makeup Look 1 – Au Natural Eyeshadow & Liner
This look is great for beginners, whether you are looking for simple eye makeup ideas, minimalist makeup, or a more sophisticated look for work.
This look can be achieved with a simple neutral palette. For beginners in makeup, I recommend that you start with a neutral palette of eyeshadows. This natural makeup look works regardless of whether you have hazel, blue, green, brown or brown eyes. It uses earthy browns.
For a look like this, you will need:
- A Shimmery Neutral Eyeshadow Color – For the most natural look, choose a shade that is similar to your skin but lighter. A champagne shade might be a good choice for lighter skin tones. Medium to dark skin tones can choose a shimmery beige, deep pinky-browns or gold.
- Light Matte Eyeshadow Color – This is often one of the lighter colors in an eyeshadow palette. It can be ivory, bisque or light beige.
- Warm Brown Eyeshadow Shade – This is usually one of the darker shades in a palette.
Au Natural Eyeshadow & Liner Steps
Prime your lids. No primer? Apply foundation and concealer to the eye area. Then, translucent dust powder. Apply primer to your eyelids if you have it. Use your finger to blend upwards towards the eyebrow bone or a concealer brush.
You may also want to use a primer to apply eyeshadow below the lash line. It should dry completely before you move on to the next step.
You can use your eyeshadow brush to apply a shimmery, neutral shade (such as a champagne color) on your lids.
You can add depth to your eyes by using a darker color (brown). Close the eye that you are working on. Divide the lid into three sections. Apply the brown using a brush such as this Sigma one to the outer corner.
It will fall in the outer third section of the lid. *This brush can be used to blend eyeshadows if you only use light tapping.
To remove eyeshadow pigment from bristles, use the same brush and wipe it with a dry towel. You can also use a clean blending brush. Blend this brown inwardly, working towards the second section of your lid.
Blend in circular motions. Begin at the outer corner, and work your way inward. Blend upwards slightly past the crease.
You can apply a light matte color with a brush like the E40. Just use the tip to apply it. For example, opt for flat ivory, bisque, or light beige eyeshadow. Use a dry, clean towel to remove the pigment. Blend it with the other shadows to soften its shape.
Apply a skinny black liner to your upper lash line. You may feel more at ease with an eyeliner pencil. You can also experiment with a cream-and-liner brush, either angled or flat.
Begin by rubbing your lashes as close to their roots as you can. The outer portion should be slightly thicker than the inner but thin enough to reach the roots.
You will now need to apply some eye makeup under your eyes. You can use a small shader brush or a smudger brush. Apply the neutral shimmer shade from Step 2 to your lower lash line (just below the lashes), roughly to the inner 2/3 of 3/4.
Apply the eyeshadow you have used in Step 3 to the lower corner of your eye. Next, use a clean smudger to apply the brown along the outer edge of your eyes using a back and forth motion.
Finally, curl your lashes then apply mascara!
Eye Makeup Look 2 – Purple Gaze Eyeshadow & Liner
Let’s now move on to natural eye makeup and a stunning look for beginners that adds a rich, vibrant pop of color. !
PRO TIP: For those with brown eyes, purple is a great color to use. You might want to look into eyeshadow palettes that have this color.
For a look like this, you will need:
- Eyeshadow Shade: Shimmery Purple (Violet).
- Shades of light shimmery silver eyeshadow
- Soft, warm brown eyeshadow shade
- Purple Eyeliner – If you don’t have the perfect shade of purple, try a thin black liner.
These are our top picks:
- Shades of light shimmery purple
- NYX PRISMATIC SHADOWS in Whimsical
- Urban Decay Eyeshadows in Asphyxia
- Sephora Collection Eyeshadows in Magnolia Garden
- Shimmery Silver Shades
- Urban Decay Eyeshadow Moon Spoon
- Urban Decay Eyeshadows in Mushroom
- NYX PRISMATIC SHADOWS in Tin
Depending on your skin color, Sephora Collection Eyeshadows in Diamond Crushed or Fairy Dusty may work.
- Warm Brown Shades
- MAC Espresso Matte
- Saddle Matt by MAC
- MAC Brun
- Purple Eyeliner
- REVLON Colorstay Creme Eyeliner Plum
Steps to a Purple Gaze Eyeshadow & Liner:
Primer your lid. This look can also be achieved by applying the primer under your lashes. Let it dry before moving on to the next step. You can apply foundation and concealer to the eye area if you don’t have one. Then, set it with translucent powder.
Apply a light brown to the outer edge of your eyes and the crease between them. You should see the final shape as the second image to the right. However, it should be diffused and without any hard lines.
You can create a lengthening effect by slightly extending the brown from the outer corners of the eyes. Begin at the outer edge of the eyes and lightly apply the warm brown using a small brush. Move upwards towards the outer crease.
With your fluffy blending tool, go to the outer edge of the crease. Use the tips of the brush to apply the brown color from the outer part of the crease. Make a gentle sweep along the crease using a windshield wiper-like motion.
To blend the brown, continue to use a windshield wiper motion. You will need to go back and forth in your crease several times. Your blending brush can also be used to sweep the brown that you have applied to the outer edge into the crease.
Blend the brown from the crease upwards using the windshield wiper motion. Blend the brown from the crease upwards, avoiding the brow bone. As you move upwards, your goal is to ensure that the color fades as you get closer and more closely to the brow bone.
After you’re done blending it, the color should appear very light and diffused without any hard edges.
Apply your purple to your eyelids using your essential shader brush.
You will finish the outer “V” by applying the silver shade. Apply the silver shade to the outer “V”. Begin at the edge of the upper lash line, and end at the crease. Next, draw the crease opposite to form the “V”.
The “V” should be kept small. There are a couple of options for brushes that you can use to apply the “V”, such as a pencil eyeshadow brush and a tapered blend brush.
You can kill two birds by using a tapered blender brush such as this one. The purpose of the brush is to blend the purple and silver on your lid.
Use the tapered blending stick to blend the purple in small circular motions, starting with the outer silver and working your way inward.
Before you move on, make sure to wipe off any excess pigment from your brush. If you prefer, you can grab a new blending brush. Blend the silver upwards and outwards into the brown. To prevent the colors from getting muddy, it is best to make small circular movements.
Apply the silver shade to your lower lashes using a small shader or smudger brush. The brush can be used to apply the color directly under your lashes.
You should apply purple eyeliner in a thin line along the upper lash line. It should be as close to your lashes’ roots as possible. It should be light but can become thicker towards the outer lash line.
Apply mascara to your lashes!
Eye Makeup Look 3: Feline Minty Green Liner & Eyeshadow Metallics
Are you looking for bold, flirty, and feminine eye makeup looks? This is a great look! If you don’t like mint green, you can substitute this look with Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner In (Wave).
For a look like this, you will need:
- Warm Metallic Eyeshadow
- Optional – Light Shimmer Eyeshadow Color – (A gold-champagne would be suitable)
- Mint Green Eyeliner
These are our top picks
- Warm Metallic and Light Shimmer Shades
- TARTE Chrome Paint Shadow Pot Sun-Drenched
- Chrome Paint Shadow Pot for Top Yacht
- Anastasia Eyeshadows in Glisten Or Vermeer
- Sephora Collection Eyeshadow in Sunset At The Beach Or Copper Rush
- NYX PRISMATIC SHOWOWS in Liquid Gold
- Anastasia Eyeshadows in Legend
- NYX Slim Eye Pencil in Teal
- NYX VIVID BRIGHTS CREME COLOUR Aqua Sapphire
- NARS Larger Than Life Eyeliner on Barrow Street
Feline Minty green Eyeliner & Metallic Eyeshadows Steps
Your primer can be applied to your lid (optional, you can also apply it under your lower lashes). It should dry completely before you move on to the next step. You can use foundation and concealer if you want to use a primer. Set your makeup with translucent powder.
Use the warm metallic color lightly on your eyelids and blend it slightly above your crease. Blend this color with your blending brush to create a thin layer of paint.
Apply the light-shimmer eyeshadow shade using your smudge brush, small shader brush, or pencil brush to your lower lash line and the area near your inner tear duct. Instead, you can use the same eyeshadow shade you used in Step 2 (above).
Apply your mint green eyeliner along your entire lash line. My favorite way to apply my eyeliner is to begin at the outer corner of my eyes and work inward. The flick is the best place to start.
Start by tracing the outer edge of your eyebrows at an angle. Then, extend it. Use an angled brush to apply the cream liner.
Draw a second line from the edge of this line towards your lash line. This creates a small triangle shape. Next, do the same thing on each eye. Before you move on, make sure that they are symmetrical.
You can now fill in the mini triangles using your green.
You’ll now apply the eyeliner in sections to your remaining lashes and lid. Section 3: Apply the eyeliner from the middle of your eyes and connect it to the triangle in the outer corner. Complete it.
Section 4: Start at the inner corner of your eye. Be very careful. Next, move to the middle. Connect both sections. Keep the line thin, and get closer to section 3.
Last, curl your lashes and put mascara on!
Eye Makeup Look 4: Metallic Eyeshadow with Blue Liner Pop
This beginner’s eye makeup looks is the best for a smoldering, obsession-worthy look!!
For a look like this, you will need:
- Warm Metallic Eyeshadow
- Eyeshadow in Black or Dark Grey
- Blue Eyeliner
These are our top picks:
- Warm Metallic Shades
- Anastasia Eyeshadows in Pink Champagne
- Anastasia Eyeshadows in Vermeer
- Urban Decay Eyeshadows in Space Cowboy
- Choose from black or gray shades
- Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Blackout or Desperation
- Blue Eyeliners
- Urban Decay Glide-On Eyeliner Pencil LSD or Roxy
Steps to a Metallic Eyeshadow with Blue Liner Pop Look
Primer can be used on your lid. Allow it to dry completely before you move on. Are you lacking a primer? Apply your foundation, concealer, and translucent powder to the eye.
Apply the warm metallic shade to your upper eyelid above your crease for this step. Follow your lower lash line and wrap your eye around it. Make sure to extend your outer corner. Apply the eyeshadow to the lid using an essential brush.
Use a blending brush to blend out any harsh lines. Blend your outer corner upwards and outward. Using a small shader or smudger, you’ll need to apply along the lower lash line and around the outer edges of your eyes.
Use a light coat of black or dark gray eyeshadow to the outer, upper 2/3 of your lash line. Then apply it lightly to the lower corner of your eye along the lashline. Use your smudge brush to blend it in. It doesn’t need to be much, just a little.
You could also use an eyeliner pen for this. You’ll need to make sure that you blend and smudge the pencil with a smudger toothbrush.
Apply your blue eyeliner pencil along your lower lash line.
The model applied a small strip of false lashes to her outer corner for this look. In a future post, we’ll discuss how to apply false lashes. You can curl your lashes, then use volumizing mascara. You can curl your lashes and then apply volumizing mascara.
Eye Makeup for Every Skin Tone
Fair Skin Tone
Nude eye makeup with warm, earthy shades like bronze and gold will suit all skin types, including those with light skin tones such as taupe, rose, and champagne. Shiny finishes can be used for soft shades of green and plum.
Medium Skin Tone
This skin tone is well-suited for warm and illuminating colors like honey, copper, honey, and gold. Metallic finishes and highly-pigmented colors are strongly recommended. Rich blues will be more noticeable on a medium-to-warm skin tone than on cooler undertones.
Those with cool undertones can opt for grey or lavender to enhance their appearance.
Olive Skin Tone
While golden browns will complement your natural skin tone, rich jewel colors like royal blue, emerald and rich plum, or even burnt orange will bring out your complexion.
Dark Skin Tones
Bright colors such as a vivid purple or indigo will stand out against your skin. Liquid eyeliners that are brightly colored are also recommended. Warm golds and burgundy are great neutral options for your skin tone.
How Can I Make My Eyes Stand Out?
Pearly eyeshadows are recommended. Opt for shimmery shades and avoid dark colors. Use the cut crease technique with a brown smudged shadow at the lower waterline to open your eyes. Falsies can be used to create the illusion of more enormous eyes.
What Are Some Alternatives To The Traditional Smoky Eyes?
To complete the look, use individual lashes and a bright lipstick shade.
How Can I Use Metallic Eyeshadows In My Everyday Look?
A metallic kajal pencil may be applied to the lash line for a glamorous, everyday look.
What Kind Of Eye Makeup Is Best For Monsoon? How Can I Make Sure It Lasts Through The Rain?
The formula isn’t easy to create, so the color stays fresh all day.
These eye makeup tips and tricks for beginners were great! This week, take some time to practice and experiment. You will be more successful if you experiment with these products and looks. We hope you found this article helpful. Please let us know in the comments below.
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