We get it, eyeshadow can be intimidating. There’s an infinite number of colors to choose from; a million eyeshadow brushes; and jargon like “cut crease” and “smoky eye” to make matters even trickier. But here’s the thing—that’s what makes eyeshadow so fun.
Once you know how to apply eyeshadow and have the basics behind you, the options are endless. And thanks to color-coordinated eyeshadow palettes that do the work for you, our guide to makeup brushes (more on that below), and a few beginner-friendly tricks, creating any look you want is easier than ever.
And to make it all even easier, we spoke to three experts to share tips on how to apply eye makeup like a pro. These makeup artists share how to create the ultimate eyeshadow look with an easy-to-follow tutorial you’ll master in no time. Keep reading to level up your eyeshadow game.
About the Experts:
Tai Young is a Los Angeles-based makeup artist and founder of Tai Young Beauty makeup brushes.
Michael Ashton is a celebrity makeup artist and groomer.
Jeannie Giannone is a Los Angeles-based makeup artist.
First, Choose Your Tools
To get you started, here are a handful of brushes you can use to build your beginner eyeshadow application kit. “The right tools make any job easier, and great makeup brushes are no different,” says makeup artist Michael Ashton. “A small—but well-curated—collection of brushes will really help elevate your eyeshadow game.” Here are the four makeup brushes you need to help you achieve any look.
- A Fluffy Domed Brush: This multi-tasker is amazing for covering your entire lid quickly with color and blending things out. BELLE EN ARGENT The Subtly Shady Crease & Blend Brush has soft, synthetic bristles that blend and build color with minimal fallout.
- A Smaller Tapered Blending Brush: Use this tool for blending colors into your crease (aka where your eyelid meets your eye socket) to create more definition. Try F.A.R.A.H. Blender Brush 25E Rose Gold Collection.
- An Angled Blending Brush: This unique tool (we love F.A.R.A.H. Medium Angled Shading 55E Rose Gold Collection) is ideal for getting into and blending any hard-to-reach areas, like the outer or inner corners of your eye and even along your lower lash line.
- A Stiff Angled Eyeliner Brush: These precision brushes, like MODA BRUSH MODA Neon Angle Shader, can be used to define and emphasize your lash line. You can even use them to fill in your eyebrows with a matte shadow a few shades lighter than your brow hairs.
- A Flat Shader Brush: A small flat brush is the perfect tool to place eyeshadow on your eyelids and blend out any liner. Try MOTD COSMETICS Pigment Packer Small Shader Brush.