How To Apply Eyeshadow Like A Pro


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Makeup– it’s like art supplies for your face. Whether you use it to bring out your natural features, or like to go bright and colorful to express yourself, it’s a useful skill for anyone.

One of the most useful makeup skills is eyeshadow application. There are hundreds of color combinations, shapes, and more to work off of, but one basic shape looks good on everyone.


Getting that shape down is actually pretty easy. I get so many compliments on my makeup now, and I’ve shared this technique with all of my friends so they can get the same love!

Here’s what you’ll need:


  • A lid color (in the video below, she uses a light shimmer)
  • A matte transition shade (mid tone color that matches your color scheme)
  • A matte outer corner color (darker than the transition shade that matches the color scheme)
  • A matte or satin shade a few shades lighter than your skin tone (optional)
  • A light shimmer for the inner corner (optional)

All of these shades can usually be found in an eyeshadow palette. If you want to start simple, go for a natural palette with browns, taupes, golds, coppers, champagnes, or other neutral colors.

Other Tools:

  • Eyeshadow primer
  • Translucent powder or skin tone eyeshadow (optional, but I think it does wonders for blending)
  • A blending brush (some examples are the Sigma E40, MAC 217 & 224, or Morphe M433. Anything that looks similar will work)
  • A flat shader brush for packing color on the lid (this looks like a little paddle. Every brand has one. My favorite is by E.L.F and costs $1!)
  • A pencil/definer brush (this brush has a little point for working on the lower lash line or being more precise on the outer corner. The one she uses is by Zoeva, but anything similar will work)
  • You’ll also need anything to finish off your eye look, like mascara, eyeliner, and/or fake eyelashes.

How to do it:

  1. Put your eyeshadow primer on your eyelid and blend it out. Apply your translucent powder on top to ease blending.
  2. Start with your transition shade. With your blending brush, sweep back and forth in the crease (the dip where your eyeball meets your brow bone). Make as dark as you’d like.
  3. In the outer corner of your eye and outer portion of your crease, blend your darker eyeshadow.
  4. Use your shader brush to apply your lid color to your eyelid. Use your blending brush to blend out any harsh lines.
  5. Add your brow bone highlight and blend. Dab a shimmer shade on your inner corner to brighten your eyes.
  6. For the lower lash line, use your pencil/definer brush to blend your transition shade along the bottom. For the outer part of your eye, use the darkest shade.
  7. Add mascara, eyeliner, falsies, or whatever else you’d like, and you’re done!

Get ready to receive a ton of compliments, and you may get a few questions on how to do this. No worries, we’ve got you.

What colors will you use on your eyes?