Senior Beauty Writer
Applying eyeshadow can be daunting especially if you’re a beginner. With the wrong technique, eyeshadow can ruin your whole look. Don’t worry though, you’ve got us. We’ll help you slay your eye looks this festive season! These are all the eyeshadow basics you need to know to get started!
Know your eye shape before you begin applying eyeshadow. The most common eye shapes are round eyes, almond eyes, upturned eyes and hooded eyes. Eyeshadow is applied differently to flatter each of these eye shapes. This image will help you figure out yours!
Now that we’ve help you understand your eye shape, let’s get down to the application of eyeshadow best suited for you.
Check out these 5 easy eyeshadow tutorials based on your eye shape
Understanding all the basics makes decoding any eyeshadow tutorial easier. Eyeshadow is applied to various parts of your eye. You need to know what lid, corner, crease and brow bone means.
Lid: Refers to your eyelid area. You usually place one base color all over your eyelids.
Crease: Is the part (crease) of your eye that folds when your eyes are open. A darker colour is used to blend into your crease.
Corner: This is the outer corner of your eyes, where you would usually concentrate the eyeshadow.
Inner corner: Your inner corner is your tear duct area, the part where your eye liner usually clumps. This is the area of your eyes you highlight with some shimmery shadow.
Brow Bone: Your brow bone is the bone under the arch of your brow. A matte, white or skin toned shadow is usually placed under your brow bone.
Brown and black eyes are the easiest to use eyeshadows with. Almost any shade you pick will look great! If you have blue eyes, pick earthy tones like coral, pink, purple. Green eyes are highlighted best with earthy browns, reds and orange hues. Hazel eyes look great with neutral browns and blueish hues.
POPxo Recommends: Buy these Freshlook lenses in the shade Hazel (Rs 810). They look amazing on Indian skin tones. Get this Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette (Rs 3,919) it’s a cult favorite eyeshadow palette that has a mix of warm cranberry brown hues that work well with a diversity of skin tones. Shop this Morphe 35W Palette (Rs 1,996) -- it’s perfect if you want just one palette. It has 35 matte and shimmer shadows in every colour you’d ever need to create natural or sultry and even smokey eye looks!
The brush you apply eyeshadow with determines the kind of look you’ll get. The very basic brushes you need to start with are a blending brush, a pencil brush and a flat shader brush.
POPxo Recommends: Blending Brushes are used for blending your eyeshadow on your eyelid and crease. Buy these cult favorite blending brushes: Sigma E40 tapered blending brush (Rs 1,143) -- great for overall blending of your eyeshadows, the Sigma E38 diffused crease brush (Rs 1,235) used for blending shadows into your crease and the M.A.C Tapered Blending brush (Rs 2,750) -- they are all great for a seamless wash of colour on your eyes!
A Flat Shader Brush is used to pack on pigment on your lids. This Colorbar Brush (Rs 200) is an absolutely great budget buy! If you want to splurge, check out the Sigma E60 Large Shader Brush (Rs 1,371)
A Pencil Brush is used to concentrate colour in your inner corner, crease and lower lashline. It gives a precise application of eyeshadow. We love the PAC Pencil Brush (Rs 335)
Applying a primer on your lids will not only extend the wear time of your eyeshadows but also bring out the colours and pigments in the shadows. It will give you a brighter, smoother formula to work with.
POPxo Recommends: Buy this Milani Eyeshadow Primer (Rs 765) it's an absolute must-have.
You need to be patient and blend blend blend! This is the most important step in any eyeshadow look, this will give you those youtube tutorial inspired eye looks. The more you blend, the more seamless your eyeshadow will look.
Much like applying concealer, there are no set rules to whether you need to apply your eyeshadow before the rest of your make-up or after. You can go both ways, really. It depends on your personal preference. If you like to do your eye make-up last, just place some loose powder under your eyes (bake your undereye area, basically) to catch any fallout. You can use a fluffy brush and dust off the excess.
POPxo Recommends: A good setting powder is a must-have if you want crease-free skin. Buy this L.A Girl HD Pro Setting Powder (Rs 750) and this PAC Fluffy Tapered Brush (Rs 485) was designed to sweep off that excess powder from your eyes!
We love this eyeshadow look for round and almond eyes
Now that you’ve got your basics right, all those festive make-up tutorials will be easier than you think!
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