With a big eye shadow color palette in your hands and so many different shades to choose from, it’s easy to get carried away; and end up applying the wrong shades to your eyelid. However, if you know the basic rules to applying eye shadow like a pro, you can experiment with different looks using different shades without doing it wrong! And this is what we are going to teach you today – The Basics!
Two Color Design
As the design name suggests, start with 2 colors – light and dark. Play around with different shades to experiment with new looks, but of course, be sure to choose colors that complement your eye color, to accentuate them. For daytime, mix and match soft colors like pastels and for a glamorous evening look; play with bold eye shades.
Step 1: Using your eyes shadow brush, apply the light color to the lid area/the base of the eye lashes. Step 2: Then blend it all the way to the brow. Step 3: Now, use a crease defining brush to apply the deeper shadow in the crease. Make sure you blend the darker shade slightly up and out and take it gently towards the corner of the eye, where the eye brow bone begins. This way, you will get the effect of a gradual dark to light gradient. In addition to this, it will also define your crease more. For a complete and more dramatized look, we suggest applying a black eye liner to the bottom lash line.
Works Best For
The two color design eye shadow application is perfect for an instant soft look during the day. Plus, this technique also works best for those who have no real crease such as hooded eyes.
Three Color Design
If you want to try the three color design, divide the eyes into three sections. Step 1: Apply the lighter color on the inside most area of the lid – the bottom half of your lid. Step 2: The second color, which is slightly darker than the first one, should be applied on the top half. Step 3: Apply the darkest shade onto the crease and just slightly beyond it, but make sure none of it is on the eyelid. Remember to blend it slightly up and out rather than following the downward curve of your eye.
Works Best For
This technique works best for those who have baggy eyes. It is a great way to make your eyes look bigger and to make them pop.
Four Color Design
The four color design builds on the 3 color design that we’ve discussed above and the fourth color is added get a more dramatic and an intense look. Step 1: To apply a four-color design, follow the same directions for the 3 color design. Step 2: Once that is done, take the fourth color and apply it over the back corner of the eyelid using small strokes. For this step, it is advisable to use a brush with a pointed head and densely packed bristles. It requires sufficient practice to pull off this design, so keep trying and experimenting to achieve perfection.
Works Best For
This eye shadow application technique is best to create an enhanced dramatic look; perfect to complement your formal attire at night.