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Makeup Guide: Applying Eyeshadow

Posted by Alexandra C. | Wednesday July 17, 201313 comments


When it comes to everyday makeup, I'm usually a bare lid and mascara type of gal. Yet every so often and especially for a special meeting, date or occasion I go with a fully done eye. Of course, there's an art to do a fabulous eye and I'm not always feeling creative enough to pull it off. That's why I find tutorials and guides so nifty! They break down the secret to the eye and tell you what shades to use where to give maximum impact. 

We created our very own handy eyeshadow guide: 
 

1. Brow Bone: This area should be highlighted with a light shade to create the illusion of a larger eye.

9. Crease: This is where your darkest shade will go, more concentrated on the outer portion. Dark colours stand out, which means the crease brings your lid to the forefront and your eye looks bigger.

2. Above Crease: Blend out your crease shade and bring it forward, just beyond where the crease stops.

3. Outer Lid: Where the darkest lid colour will go. You can blend or use a bit of the crease shade here as well for a more fluid look. 

8. Middle Lid: Choose a colour in between 7 and 3. A good way to remember this is to go from lightest to darkest from the inner to outer corners of the eye. 

7. Inner Corner: Choose a light colour to highlight and open up the area. 

4. Outer Lower Lash Line: Go for a dark colour, usually the same one you used for 3. I prefer to use shadow, not liner in this area for a more subtle, natural look. 

5. Inner Lower Lash Line: Opt for a highlighting colour. I will often use the same one as I did with 1 or 7. 

6. Lash Lines: Use a liner and try to line as close to the lashes as possible. On the lower waterline, you can go for a dark shade or try a nude or white. 
 
(via bstylo.com, blog.skinowl.com
 
Here are a few of our current favourite products for eyes: 


1. Benefit They're Real! Mascara (C$29.00)

2. YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Babydoll (C$36.00)

3. Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara (C$28.00)


1. Bobbi Brown Navy & Nude Eye Palette (C$70.00)

2. Kat Von D Ladybird True Romance Eyeshadow Palette (C$43.00)

3. Pop Beauty Goddess Clutch Day To Play Palette (C$40.00)


1. Clarins Kohl Eye Pencil (C$24.00)

2. CoverGirl Ink It! Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner (US$5.99)

3. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner (C$26.00)
 
What are some eye makeup favourites? How do you wear your eye makeup?
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13 Comments

on May 02, 2015  11kalf  15,195 said:

i love colours, like Pop Beauty Goddess Clutch Day To Play Palette but I have no idea how to pull them off!

on April 01, 2014  Skye_Ann  2,191 said:

It's always interesting hearing people say they don't wear eyeshadow unless it's a big occasion but they'll wear eyeliner and/or mascara! I never wear anything other than eyeshadow unless I'm feeling like I need the extra boost.

on September 08, 2013  AngelinaRosaries  2,271 said:

I never ever applied anything myself -so I am so clueless on make up. Someone else has to do it for me. Lately, I thought, why not try? So, I went shopping.

My first try to do-it-myself, LOL. I smear all over, but i like the tutorial. it is very graphically illustrated, I am still having hard time following, mixing pallets, and I keep looking back at your guide.

Really fun, thanks Alex.

on September 06, 2013  GetaUkami  503 said:

This guide is a-ma-zing and very useful. Thanks! Some of my favorite eye makeup products are from Yves Rocher and L'Oréal! :)

on August 10, 2013  Granola Girl  2,936 said:


I used to do all of this, every day. It's hard to believe that I ever had that kind of time or commitment! :) These days it's usually just mascara unless I'm going out for the evening. But having a diagram like this really does make it a lot easier.

on July 24, 2013  Palmtree74  612 said:

Love that "Pop Beauty Goddess Clutch Day To Play Palette"...if only I could be that bold!

on July 17, 2013  shanaz  5,826 said:


One neutral shadow from my lash line to my brow bone is my everyday look. To spice things up, I may choose a pearly white or champagne coloured shadow as my all-over lid shade. This helps me look awake and conceals any discoloration on my lid.

It's such a simple step that makes me look well rested and refined.

on July 17, 2013  layalxo  2,468 said:

I never typically use eye shadow, but this is definitely a useful guide for those special occasions when I do wear eye shadow! Great tips.

on July 17, 2013  spoony  10,664 said:

This is a really handy guide! I wish I had something like it when I first started wearing makeup as it can be totally confusing not knowing what is supposed to go where.

The new MUFE mascara is amazing, but it does clump easily so more is definitely less with it.

on July 17, 2013  flower  4,418 said:


Rimmel mascara

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