Eyeshadow Tips and Tricks That Will Turn You Into a Make-Up Pro

Marc Gordon
Jan 26, 2022

When it comes to make-up, some of us prefer to go for a simple look. A little bit of mascara, some blush and lip balm is enough for them. Others like to go all out: mixing foundations, contouring, bronzer, highlighter, blush, eyeshadow, eyeliner, brow gel, mascara etc. There is no right or wrong way to choose which products to use. But there are a few tricks you can learn to ensure that the make-up you do put on looks better and lasts longer.

First, you need to know there are different types of eyeshadow. Cream eyeshadow is great as a base color for powder eyeshadow, as well as for single-color coverage. Loose powder eyeshadow offers more pigment, but it’s also a little messier. Pressed powder eyeshadows, on the other hand, are the most common type of eyeshadow because it blends easily and it’s not as messy as the other options.

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If you want to try a more elaborate eyeshadow look, try to remember your eyelid is divided into several parts: brow bone, crease, lid, upper lash line, inner corner and outer V. Also remember there is a brush for everything. Large shadow brushes are great for sweeping on highlighter, precision shadow brushes, as the name suggests, are the best option for packing on pigment, blending shadow brushes obviously help you blend and soften eyeshadow, blending tip brushes are meant to smoke out the eye, angled liner brushes help tightline the waterline.

But before you start applying your eyeshadow, remember to use some primer. This will not only help your make-up last all day but also make your eyeshadow color pop. Then, grab your lightest eyeshadow and apply it to your brow bone as a highlighter. Your second lightest color should go on your lid, while your second darkest color will look great on your crease. As a rule of thumb, the darkest color of all should go on your outer corner.