When I started my YouTube channel, I struggled with eyeshadow. To be honest, I still struggle with eyeshadow sometimes, especially with my hooded, downturned eyes. But I’ve learned six eyeshadow tips for beginners kind of the hard way, by experimenting, watching tutorials, and reading about it, so I want to share them with you. You can watch my YouTube video about this on my YouTube channel, or keep reading!

Six Eyeshadow Tips for Beginners: Tip 1

eyeshadow tips tip 1

Brushes matter. When I first started my YouTube channel, I had a limited choice of brushes, and it really showed in my first few videos. Then I picked up a set on Amazon that were very highly reviewed from Lamora. It’s their blending set, and it made a total difference in my eyeshadow game. You can pick up the same brushes I got from Amazon here. I recently picked up some brushes from Sigma and Morphe and plan on doing a brush haul with those. I can already tell that the Sigma brushes are higher quality than the Lamora, but the Lamora set will at least get you started.

Brush Types

One of the six eyeshadow tips for beginners is that you need certain types of brushes as your basic go-tos. You really need:

Eye Shader

eyeshadow tips shader brush This is a brush that is rounded and fluffy and is good for applying eyeshadow all over the lid.

Crease Brush

eyeshadow tips crease brush This one is really important. You want a brush with long bristles that’s a little fluffy but not too fluffy. It needs to be fluffy enough to blend out the crease but not so fluffy that eyeshadow is flying everywhere.

Blending Brush

eyeshadow tips blending brush A must have. Should have long, fluffy bristles that are good for softening edges and blending colors together.

Detail Brush

eyeshadow tips detail brush This is good for adding a defined color in the crease, or adding a brow bone and inner corner highlight.

(Bonus Optional) Flat Color Payoff Brush

eyeshadow tips color payoff brush A flat brush for packing on color. This will get you good color payoff on the lid and can be wet to apply a foiled effect.   There are plenty of other brushes that will be useful, but these are the basic ones that you really need to create most eye looks. It will get you started.

Six Eyeshadow Tips for Beginners: Tip 2

eyeshadow tips tip 2 Primer is essential. Seriously. At the very least, put concealer on your lid and up to the brow bone. It will help make a smooth base for your eyeshadow, it will be easier to blend, the shadow will last longer and won’t crease, and you’ll get better color payoff. This is a crucial step. There are plenty of eye primers on the market. Probably my favorites are Benefit Stay Don’t Stray, any of the Urban Decay Primer Potions, or Too Faced Shadow Insurance. Those are all higher end brands, but many drugstore brands make eye primers now, so you should be able to find a good one in any price point. Just experiment to find what you like and what works best for you.

Six Eyeshadow Tips for Beginners: Tip 3

eyeshadow tips tip 3 Start your eyeshadow by covering your entire eye area with a matte neutral shade close to your skin color. For better color payoff, you can use a white eyeshadow. Eyeshadow likes to blend onto other eyeshadow, so if you cover your eye area with it, it will be easier to blend everything else onto it. A white base will make all of the colors you put on top of it really vibrant and true to color.

Six Eyeshadow Tips for Beginners: Tip 4

eyeshadow tips tip 4 Start with a transition shade, or two. Don’t go into your crease with a dark color straight away. Ease into it by applying a medium shade in the crease, and really blend it out well. Then go a couple shades darker, and blend it out. Then go with your final crease shade, and blend it into the other two. This will apply a gradient effect that will look perfectly blended.

Six Eyeshadow Tips for Beginners: Tip 5

eyeshadow tips tip 5 Blend as you go, and then at the end, too. As you apply each color, blend it out. Then when you apply the next, blend it into the existing colors. When you’ve applied everything, go over it all with a soft blending brush to really even everything out and smooth out any harsh lines or rough edges.You’ll notice all this talk about blending. I didn’t put it into my name for nothing! Blending is the single most important component to professional-looking eyeshadow, and it can be hard to achieve. I even struggle with blending from time to time, or I think I blended enough and when I photograph it, I see harsh lines. Blend, blend, blend!

Six Eyeshadow Tips for Beginners: Tip 6

eyeshadow tips tip 6 Always end with a brow bone and inner corner highlight. Use a light shimmery shade or even a face highlighter. This will make the eyeshadow look really pop and will make your eyes look awake, big, and open. Alright guys, that’s it for my six tips. Hopefully they help you and you won’t have to learn them the hard way like I did. Let me know if you have any other tips in the comments. If you want to see some good examples of eyeshadow palettes, check out my Sephora Haul and Sephora Palette Haul. XOXO Carly

4 comments on “Eyeshadow Tips for Beginners Learned the Hard Way”

  1. I found this very informative! What tips do you have for those who seem to overblend? For some reason I just feel like it all blends into a muddy mess.

    • Hi Erica! Thank you! I think it just takes practice. I can overblend sometimes, too. My best tip is to focus your blending brush on the edges or where colors meet, rather than all over. This way you are just blurring the line between colors so there is no harsh edge, but not blending all the colors together into a muddy mess.

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