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How to Apply Eyeshadow Correctly

Wearing makeup is a nice and affordable way to express oneself. But how can you use it to enhance the best parts of your appearance?

We at 5-Minute Crafts created a cheat sheet for how to apply eyeshadow correctly.

Choosing makeup brushes

The result will look better and more professional if you use the right brushes. For the best effect, it is recommended to have at least 2 brushes on hand: one for applying eyeshadow, and another for blending.

Primer or concealer

First of all, apply primer or concealer to your lids. It will help the makeup stay put longer and the eyeshadow won’t roll off during the day due to heat, moisture, sebum, or friction. Primer can also help conceal capillaries and other skin imperfections. Apply it with light massaging movements in a small amount on the entire lid in addition to the brow bone and the inner corners of the eyes.

Choosing eyeshadow

Applying shadow is similar to contouring the face, with the exception that it is performed on the eyes. No matter what color eyeshadow you are going to apply, you will need 3 basic shades: light, dark, and transitional (this shade should be as close to the shade of your skin as possible). Later, we will see the reasons for this choice.

How to apply eyeshadow

In order to apply eyeshadow correctly, it is important to indicate several important parts of the eye. There is a crease, brow bone, and a lid, as well as inner and outer corners of the eye and a lower lash line.

  • Step #1: The eyeshadow in the transition shade serves as a base for all other shadows. It should be applied to the crease and the upper part of the lid, or you can only apply it to the crease for a more natural look.
  • Step #2: Dark shadow gives the eyes shape and depth. It makes the look appear bright and dramatic. Darker shades are applied to the crease, to the outer corner of the eye, and to the outer part of the eyelid. Make sure to blend them well. Also, apply a bit of this shade to the lower lash line. It’s important not to darken the inner part of the lid because it can visually “shut” the eye and make it look smaller.
  • Step #3: After you have applied the main color, take a clean brush for the lighter shade. It should be applied to the inner corner of the eye through the center of the lid. You can also apply it a bit lower than the brows — this accent will make the eyes look more voluminous and lift them up, visually. Make sure the transition areas are blended properly and no harsh lines between them are seen. It is better to blend the eyeshadow with circular motions.

Completing the look

To enhance the effect, you can add a bit of shimmering shadow or glitter to the inner corners of the eyes. This will make your gaze more lively. Your favorite mascara will be the final touch.

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