For newbies, eyeshadow is really easy to flop: poorly mastered eyeshadow smudging range, poor smudging that gets smudgier and smudgier, and obvious demarcation lines. In fact, if you want to optimize the shape of your eyes and make them look better, it’s important to choose the right eyeshadow and apply it in the right place at every step!
Today we’re sharing 6 universal eye shadow methods, with detailed markings on the range and method of smudging eye shadow, perfect for newbies.
The role of eyeshadow
A beautiful eye make-up can improve the shape of your eyes according to different eye shapes, in addition to making them look more luminous.
Therefore, eye make-up must be applied to suit your eye shape, not just a stack of eye shadow colours. When applying eye make-up on a daily basis, it is important to ‘go light on colour and heavy on structure’.
Colour of eyeshadow
Before applying eyeshadow, first learn to read the eyeshadow palette you have on hand.
Depending on their role and where they are applied, eyeshadow colours are generally divided into four categories: base colours, transition colours, highlighting colours and shadow colours.
1. Base colours: generally lighter colours that are similar to the colour of your skin (e.g. apricot, skin tone, etc.) and are mostly used as a base for large areas.
2. Transition colours: colours that are a little darker than the base colour, are the main shades of eyeshadow and determine the style of the look.
3. Highlighting colours: usually colours with pearlescent fine shimmer, used to highlight areas.
4. Shadow colours: the darkest colours, usually matt or slightly pearlescent, which give the whole look a more layered look from light to dark.
Eyeshadow serves the eyes, so it is important that we fully understand the eye structure so that we can apply it to the right areas.
Most of the position areas are relatively easy to understand, but there are many novices who can’t find the range of the eye socket primer. The easiest way to find the eye socket is to use your fingers to feel the position of the eyeball underneath the eyelid, then gently press your fingers to find the indentation between the eyeball and the brow bone. This is the highest point of the eye socket and the line where the eye shadow will smudge.
1. Flat eye shadow
The flat application of eyeshadow is a technique that involves applying a single colour of eyeshadow evenly across the eyelid.
The best thing about this way of painting is that it brightens the eyes and is more suitable for first-time eye makeup users. Ta is not picky about eye shape and is simple and error-free. To enhance the eye make-up and give the eyes a more radiant look, the eye shadow at the base of the eyelashes can be stroked on more intensely, with a slightly darker colour, and then gradually faded upwards until the eye shadow colour disappears into the eye socket. Although there are no overly complicated techniques in painting, there are certain requirements in terms of colour selection. For everyday eye makeup, a low-saturation pure matte eyeshadow or a very subtle micro pearl is more suitable; if your eyelids are slightly swollen, you can use some grey-brown toned cosmetic colours; some highly saturated colours are not suitable for the large flat painting method anymore.
2. Gradual eye shadow
The gradual layer method provides a clear transition and a richer expression of colour, which helps to eliminate the puffiness of the eyelids.
This method visually lengthens the height of the eye, which means it makes the whole eye look rounder, and is suitable for girls who want to improve their long eye shape or emphasise the effect of round eyes. It is also relatively simple to draw, using a lighter shade of eyeshadow to flatten the eye socket, then a darker shade to deepen the crease part of the eyelid, and a smaller eyeshadow brush to add layers. We recommend that you try to go for the same shade of eyeshadow and that you should not layer more than three eyeshadow colours. For novices, it will be easier to master the colour matching as well as the smudging effect.
Also, pay attention to the fact that there should not be a clear line of demarcation between the layers of colours and that the colour transition should be natural. Otherwise the eyes will look abrupt with one dark piece and one light piece, and the smudging will have a transitional effect when it is opened.
3. Fishing eyeshadow
The focus of the fishing eyeshadow is on the end of the eye, which widens the distance between the eyes while creating an effortlessly sophisticated look. Therefore, this style is more suitable for sisters with narrow eye spacing, and it is a good way to elongate the eye shape and make the face look smaller. Start by laying the eye socket flat with the base colour, then smudge the end of the eye with the deepening colour, gradually deepening the colour of the eye shadow from the head to the end of the eye. The eye shadow will be applied to the eye sockets with the base colour, and then with the deeper colour, gradually deepening the colour from the head of the eye to the end.
4. Sequin Eye Shadow
This eye makeup deepens at the beginning and ends, and brightens in the middle, highlighting the three-dimensional sense of the eyes, suitable for girls with flat features.
This is a good way to get the most out of your eyes, but not for swollen eyes, as sequins will make them look more puffy. When painting, you should also be careful to smudge naturally and not have too obvious cut-offs.
5. Pure Desire Inverted Triangle Eyeshadow
The pure desire inverted triangle eye makeup is a three-point line from the eyebrow to the end of the eyebrow to the sleeper, just forming an inverted triangle shape, which is a vertical drawing method and is now also more popular. This is the most popular method of eye make-up nowadays. The focus of eye make-up is on the shape of the lower eye shadow silhouette, which can enlarge the eyes vertically and make them more three-dimensional; at the same time, it can visually shorten the atrium, suitable for girls with a long atrium.
This method of painting is suitable for most eye shapes, especially for single eyelids, swollen eyes and other eyes that are not easy to paint with upper eye shadow, and can be shaped by the lower eyelid to make the eyes more radiant. Within the inverted triangle, prime with light brown eyeshadow to naturally reduce swelling. Pay attention to the natural articulation of the eye and nose shadows, the end of the eye should be connected to the end of the eyebrow and the inverted triangle base is there. The sides of the upper eyelid and within the double eyelid crease are deepened with brown eyeshadow to further enhance the depth of the eye. The sleeper silhouette is essential, drawn from the sides towards the centre to form a V-shape. Be careful to draw in the sides narrow and full in the middle to better enlarge the eyes vertically; also remember to highlight the lower part of the middle of the sleeper and the middle of the lower eyelid.
6. Imperial truncated eyeshadow
The most important feature of truncated eye make-up is that it shapes the eyes in a three-dimensional way, creating a sense of depth in European and American eyes, which can effectively enhance the aura. Truncated make-up effectively reduces swelling, double eyelids, single eyelids and swollen eyes can all be rushed! Lay down a base colour, the range can be larger than the eye socket position; then highlight the first 2/3 of the eye socket with concealer.
Smudge with brown eyeshadow in the bottom 1/3 of the eye, deepen with dark brown in a small area in the middle and also deepen with dark brown in the lower triangle; finally apply a large shimmering liquid eyeshadow in the middle of the eyelid.
As well as choosing the right way to paint your eyeshadow, the choice and use of an eyeshadow brush is equally important. A lot of new babies draw lumpy and unevenly smudged eyeshadow, and a big part of the reason for this is choosing the wrong tool.
You should practice the correct application technique!
Well, that’s it for today. Remember to practise and try to find out what works best for you!