Applying a cheap eyeshadow palette is a simple process. Learning how to apply eye makeup correctly, on the other hand, is no easy chore. How do you pick the perfect hue for your skin tone and eye colour? Is it really necessary to have ten different makeup brushes? Will you ever utilise all of the makeup colours in the palette?
We understand how easy it is to become perplexed about how to make your eyes pop, so we’ve put together a five-step guide to show you how to use all those eyeliners, mascaras, and shadows. Let’s get this party started.
1. Begin with high-quality makeup brushes.
Famous artists don’t finger paint since it’s much more difficult to create a masterpiece without the right tools. The same is true when it comes to applying makeup. For even, accurate, and hygienic makeup application, invest in a few fine cosmetic brushes. Fortunately, you can acquire excellent ones without spending your entire paycheck.
2. On the lid, apply a foundation eyeshadow.
Grab your favourite eyeshadow palette and spread your chosen base shade across your eyelid with your makeup brush. You may take this foundation colour up to your brow bone for a more dramatic smokey eye, or stop at the crease for a more basic, everyday look, depending on the effect you’re looking for.
In the latter situation, here’s a failsafe trick: when your eyes are open, place the colour in the crease of your eye and work your way down to the lash line. You’ll never overshoot your crease or wind up with sloppy lines this way.
3. Use a darker shadow in the crease of the eye.
Because dark hues attract light, using a darker tone of shadow in the crease of the eye makes your eyes pop by adding depth and dimension in just the right place.
Dip a domed brush, like as the e.l.f. Blending Brush, into a dark shadow and sweep it down the eye socket, following the curve of your eye between your brow bone and eyelid, to achieve the appearance. No matter what your eye colour is, a deep brown like Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Thunderbird is a universally attractive choice.
When your eyes are open, your upper lid covers the majority of your movable lid if you have hooded eyes. That means you’ll have to experiment with different, higher crease shadow locations because if you just apply along with the eye socket, the colour will fade when you open your eyes. Instead, start with your eyes open and use your brush to draw a line where you want the dark hue to appear. Close your eyes and blend across your lids, smoothing out any harsh lines and focusing pigment in a “V” shape on the furthest corner of your eye.
4. Use a super-dark colour to rim your lash lines.
Correctly placed eyeliner can make your lashes appear fuller. If you don’t like eyeliner, a super-dark cheap eyeshadow palette can give you a comparable effect (and is easier to remove!). Apply the dark colour using a flat, short-bristled brush around the margins of your upper eyelid, where your eyelashes begin, and down the lower lash line. If you like to line your waterline (the innermost rim of your eye), the bristles may hurt your eyes, so sketch this line with one of our favourite waterproof eyeliners.
5. Add some sparkle to your eyes with a lovely sparkly shadow.
Apply a sparkly pale eyeshadow or pencil immediately under the brow to make your brows sparkle and create lift. To brighten things up even further, apply the same pearly light hue to the inner corner of the eye. Apply a few coats of our favourite mascara to finish, and you’re ready to go.
6. Fill in the eyes with eyeliner
You could certainly end with your cheap eyeshadow palette, but why not go for a little more drama? With the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner in Black, draw a thin line over your lids, slightly flicking it out at the corners to create a slight cat-eye.
7. Use Mascara To Enhance Your Lashes
Dressed-up lashes are a must-have for any eye makeup look. Use the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Noir Balm Washable Mascara to add volume and length to your lashes. It has a conditioning balm in its vegan recipe that makes lashes seem thicker and healthier while also feeling softer.
8. Complete Your Makeup Look
Because eye makeup should be applied first, you can clean up any eye shadow fallout without having to redo your entire face. Once you’ve applied mascara, you can continue on to the rest of your makeup. Begin with your foundation and concealer, then add some radiance with a highlighter, and end with the ideal lipstick. Whatever you do, make sure to finish your look with a setting spray. The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray and Set Make-Up Oil-Free Setting Spray is one of our favourites because it’s light and non-greasy.
You don’t have to apply just one shade of eyeshadow to your lids when it comes to how to apply eyeshadow. You don’t even need to use just two. Using three tones of eyeshadow to create a multidimensional eye makeup look is a terrific way to go. In fact, whether it’s for the holidays, to get creative in the new year, or to mark a particular occasion, a beautiful look incorporating three colours of shadow as the star can be just what you’re searching for to turn heads. We’ve put up a list of eyeshadow shades to pair together, as well as some eyeshadow application guidelines for when you’re dealing with numerous shades. Prepare to take your eye makeup to the next level.
09. Eyeshadow Looks To Try With Layers
So you want to wear three different makeup colours but aren’t sure which ones to use. Fortunately, applying makeup can be a creative and expressive experience, so as long as you’re happy with the result, there’s no such thing as a bad appearance. Look for colours in the same colour family, such as lavender, violet, and plum, or beige, soft brown, and deep brown, if you want to make some failsafe medleys.
A light, medium, and dark hue are also recommended. These hues will complement one other while still providing enough variance to make your eye makeup pop. However, this isn’t a hard and fast rule, so you can choose colours that aren’t in the same family to achieve a bolder, brighter look.
For a romantic eye makeup look, start with a rose-coloured base, then add a light dusting of bronze shadow and a touch of violet to finish.
Try the stunning sunset eye, which includes layering tones of bright orange, yellow, and pink for a totally unique effect.
Pair dark and light tones of blue cheap eyeshadow palette with silver accents for a striking look that will dazzle even in a virtual fête.
Try going completely metallic for a festive holiday look by swiping a rose gold shadow over half of your lid and a dark gold shadow on the other, then finishing with a metallic champagne hue.
10. How To Use Three Shades Of Eyeshadow
Are you ready to put your three eyeshadow hues to work? For a stunning appearance, follow the instructions below to apply several eyeshadow colours.
11. Make Sure Your Lids Are Primed
Prepare your lids for makeup application by dabbing an eyeshadow primer onto your lids before reaching for your eyeshadows. Your eyeshadow will go on smoother and last longer if you use an eye primer. Use a small amount of foundation or concealer instead of an eye primer if you don’t have any on hand.
12. Select a Palette of Eyeshadows
Grab a cheap eyeshadow palette for an easy (and economical) method to select three eyeshadows that look good together, especially if it’s your first time wearing three shades together. Palettes contain all of the colours you require in one convenient package. Try one of the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Pocket Palette Eye Shadows, which come in a variety of colours and come with four shades (choose your favourite three).
Editor’s Tip: If a palette feels too confining, choose your shades from individual eyeshadows, especially if you want to utilise colours that aren’t all in the same colour family. Single shadows are available in a wide range of colours, pigment strengths, and finishes. There are 12 different colours in the L’Oréal Paris Brilliant Eyes Shimmer Liquid Eye Shadow Makeup, 21 colours in the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow, and 20 colours in the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow, so you have plenty of options!
13. Paint the entire lid with the lightest colour.
Using a fluffy eyeshadow brush, apply the lightest shade in your palette or selection across your entire lid, all the way up to your brow bone.
14. Use a medium-toned shade.
Next, take a brush and dip it into your medium shade, then apply it to your lids. Build up the colour until it reaches the desired intensity.
15. In your crevice, use the darkest shade.
Finally, in your crease, use the darkest shadow in your palette.
Editor’s note: There are a few more ways to apply various hues of eyeshadow, but the most important thing is to experiment and see what works best for you. Applying three shadows vertically across your top lid, like three different columns, creating an extremely dramatic and colourful final look is the colorblock eyeshadow trend. You are free to wear your colours in whatever sequence you like. You can also arrange your hues horizontally, one on top of the other. Begin by applying your darkest colour as a base, closest to your upper lash line. Then work your way up till you reach your brow bone.