How to Apply Your Eyeshadow Like a Pro

I actually used to run away from eye shadow. I have really prominent eyes so I never wanted anything that would draw more attention to them. Well, I changed my mind. An angel did my makeup and I loved the result with the eyeshadow so much I had to learn to do it myself to bring on the glam from time to time.

So starting out;

Choose your eyeshadow

You don’t have to match your eyeshadow with your clothes, shoes and accessories o.

Try to buy a nice colour palette. Although you don’t need to have dozens of colors to be an eyeshadow artist, it is recommended that you have at least three shades of eyeshadow in the same color palette. Several different looks require a light, medium, and dark eyeshadow.

Matte powder eyeshadows in an array of neutral tones from light to dark are your best bets for a classic, sophisticated eye design that accents the shape and color of your eyes.

Adding shine is best for the brow bone only, especially if you have wrinkles around the eye or your eyelid skin is less than taut. There are many good powder eyeshadows that impart a soft, subtle shine to highlight this area.


You need only 4 essential brushes needed to create any look.

A stiff flat brush to apply eyeshadow to your entire lid.

A soft or stiff dome brush is used for applying eyeshadow to your crease and blending it outwards.

A soft pencil brush to apply eyeshadow close to your lash line. These are small and thin enough to work on both your upper and lower lash line, as well as in difficult to reach areas like the inner corner of your eyes.

Although you can indeed apply your eyeshadow using your fingertips, they will likely be too big and are coated in natural oils which make application difficult

Prep the eyelid and under-brow area with a matte-finish concealer, foundation, and/or powder before applying eyeshadow. This ensures a smooth, even application and (if you have fair to medium skin) will also neutralize the red and blue coloration of the eyelid.

Tap off any excess eyeshadow from your brush before applying. This prevents over-application and minimize flaking eyeshadow.

Instead of sweeping your eyeshadow back and forth across your eye in a fast motion, use short, slow brush strokes going in the same direction to blend colors. You should never be moving your hand quickly as you apply your eyeshadow.

Unless you are using a highlighter color, you should never apply your eyeshadow all the way up to your eyebrows.