Choosing a right eyeshadow for your eye makeup can be quite tricky, without a proper guide. Eye makeup for beginners is surely a daunting task no ifs and buts about it. Therefore, our Eyeshadow guide for beginners has got you covered.
Do you find pulling your eye makeup the trickiest and the hardest part of your entire makeup? Do you feel overwhelmed when it comes to selecting eye makeup products and tools? Are you confused about what eyeshadow colors to pick to create perfect looking eyes? If your answer is yes than this eyeshadow guide is for you.
From picking the right type of eyeshadow, to choosing the perfect colors, and gathering essential eye makeup brushes our ultimate guide is all that you need. Without further ado let’s get started.
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If you’re a newbie it’s natural to feel intimidated when it comes to selecting eyeshadow as there’s a huge variety available. Choosing the right type of eyeshadow will make it easy to achieve the result you want.
Let’s dive a little deeper and share some of the eyeshadow types and their pros and cons so that picking the right eyeshadow should not be hard for you.
This is one of the easiest eyeshadow types to apply due to its thick creamy texture. You don’t need to be an expert to apply a cream eyeshadow as it softens and blends really easily. Just pick the required amount on the brush and directly apply them on your eyelid. It’s that easy.
Avoid using your fingers to apply a cream-based shadow as the heat of your fingers will make it susceptible to creasing. Also, it’s best to use cream eyeshadows in winters as they are not waterproof so they easily meltdown in hot weather.
Cream eyeshadows are available in pans, tubes, sticks, pots, matte, or shimmery formulas. They can be applied alone or as a color enhancer or base with powder eye shadow.
Powder eyeshadow is one of the common types of eye shadows available. They usually come in a palette with several other color options to choose from. If you know what colors you want you can also buy standalone pigments that come in pans. Powder eye shadow is available in matte, satin, and shimmery finishes.
This kind of eyeshadow is basically a creamy, liquid texture that dries down to powder when applied so is ideal for those with greasy eyelids. Liquid eyeshadow is available with either a doe-foot applicator or a wand which makes the application easier.
Loose Powder / Pigments
Loose powder, foiled eyeshadow or pigments are powder eyeshadows that come in a loose form. They are highly pigmented so are not ideal to use if you’re a beginner.
Stick eye shadow or crayon eye shadow is suitable for beginners. The beauty of a stick eyeshadow is its easy application. Just slide it on the eyelids, and blend until you get your required color. Also, it’s easy to use in areas like lower eyelid and tear duct due to its design.
Baked eyeshadows are quite popular among women these days. They are ultra-smooth, easy to blend and can be applied both wet and dry.
How to Choose Eyeshadow Colors
Once you know what type of eye shadow you need it’s time to select the colors. You can either choose the colors contrasting your dress, or you can pull off eye makeup keeping the time of day in mind, whether it’s for day time, evening or night, as it too makes difference.
Another best way is to pick an eye shadow color that goes well with your eye color. Makeup experts revealed that selecting eyeshadows according to your eye color makes your peepers look even more attractive.
On the other hand, applying eyeshadows that don’t go with your eyes definitely diminishes the beauty of your eyes.
See Eyeshadow for grey eyes cannot be applied on those with green eyes. Likewise, eyeshadow for blue eyes can’t look that gorgeous on black eyes.
Professional makeup artists use the color wheel to select eyeshadow colors and shades. You can also try to choose eye shadow color by looking at the color wheel. You just have to select the color on the opposite side of the wheel from your own eye color.
Remember, the right choice of eye shadows will not only make your eyes stand out or look more attractive but can add depth and dimension to eyes, complement your eye color, make your eyes appear larger, or simply draw attention to your eyes. No matter what color your iris are, you can really accentuate them with the right hue of color.
Choosing Eyeshadow Brushes
Knowing the perfect eye shadows that compliment your eye color has its importance but what about perfectly applying the shadows.
With the essential tools in your beauty arsenal, you can undoubtedly create professional-looking eyes yourself. So investing in a few good cosmetic brushes definitely will be worth it.
When selecting the eye shadow brush always opt for synthetic brushes over natural brushes as the former ones are easy to wash and maintain, are less expensive, more hygienic, and eco-friendly.
On the other hand, natural makeup brushes are commonly made from animal’s fur, often squirrel, mink, sable, horse, or goat. Although the pick-up and blending properties of these brushes are great as they contain cuticles made from natural hair. But animal cruelty, their cost and maintenance is what make natural brushes a little off list.
If you are makeup geek who loves to have a hefty collection of eye makeup products and tools you’ll be glad to know there’s almost an eyeshadow brush for every step but for those with a minimalist approach, a flat eyeshadow brush, a contour eye brush, and an angled one can do the job beautifully.
Once you’ve your product and tools ready it’s time to get to the real work.
- Start with applying the primer over your lids. Though some women skip this step, it’s important as primer helps make the eye shadow stay put for a long time especially in summers.
- With your flat eyeshadow brush apply your favorite neutral color over the entire eyelid up to the crease. A neutral color will make your eyes stand out and cover up any discoloration.
- Next, with a contour brush blend in a darker eye shadow color into your crease. Start from the inside of the eye with a thinner line growing thicker as it extends to the outside of the crease. This will add definition and dimension to your eyes.
- If you have hooded eyes try applying the eye shadow with your eyes open instead of closed so that the crease color is actually visible. Then, close your eyes and blend across to smooth out any harsh lines.
- Make sure the lids match and blend the color really well.
- If you want to add more color to your eyes take the lightest color shadow and apply it just above the crease.
- If still, you want your eyes to pop out a bit more than add a lighter shade into the inside corner of the eye.
- Apply your liner and mascara. And you are done.