Eyeshadow Tips & Tricks!

Eyeshadow Tips & Tricks!

As a lover of all things makeup and beauty, i enjoy learning and improving my makeup application skills and but the one thing that i always seemed to struggle with the most was eye shadow, but you know what they say: practice makes perfect (not that i’m perfect in applying eye shadow by any means, hah i wish). I have; however; been practicing and gotten so much better at it and that is why today i wanted to share with you my top 5 tips that are crucial to getting that flawless, blended eye makeup look!

  • Prime your eyes

I know many people skip this step and i don’t understand how. This step is especially important if you are doing a dramatic eye look. Priming your eyes has many benefits such as making the eyeshadows look more vibrant, increasing the longevity of your eye makeup and if you have oily lids like me, girl don’t even think about skipping this step because all that hard work is going right down the drain (trust me, i’ve been there).

  • Brushes

Good quality eye shadow brushes is crucial and a great investment. Now, there are millions of eye shadow brushes to choose from so and it can become quite overwhelming. For beginners, i would say you need at least three main eye shadow brushes which include a big blending brush (for transitional shades), tapered blending brush ( for the outer V) and a flat shader brush (lids).


  • Transitional shades

No matter what eye shadow look you are going for, remember to apply a transitional shade first. A transition shade helps to merge colors together, and gives some depth to your eyeshadow.

  • Go from lightest to darkest

This goes hand in hand with the previous tip meaning you don’t want to go straight in with a super dark color as this will make it harder to blend it. Start of with a lighter shade and then keep building it up to darker shades, this creates a gradient and is what will ultimately give your eyes that full blown out blended look. i’m not the best at blending eye shadows and i’ve noticed that the more shades i use, the more blended my eyeshadow looks.


  • Application

When it comes to actually applying the eye shadows on your eyes, remember to use small circle and windshield wiper motion. Many people (including me) make the mistake of only using back and forth motion while applying the crease color which is a big no no. Another tip that has helped me tremendously is that the further back you hold the brush on the handle, the lighter the application of eye shadow and the closer you hold it to the metal part, the more darker the application will be so if you are going in with a dark eye shadow, hold the brush further back on the handle and lightly built up the color.

So, those are some tips that have really helped me up my eye shadow game. Honestly, the more you practice the better you will become in applying eye shadows so don’t give up!

What are some of your eyeshadow tips & tricks? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you for reading! xx

101 comments found

  1. I really like your eyeshadow look!Iโ€™m terrible at doing makeup in general haha! I donโ€™t know whether youโ€™ve tried them, but are the makeup revolution eyeshadow brushes any good? ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐ŸŒธ

    1. Thank you! ๐Ÿ’—
      Haha, girl itโ€™s all about practice! I actually havenโ€™t, Iโ€™ve heard a lot of good things about that brand but I donโ€™t see it in shops here in UAE! I mainly use the real techniques eye shadow brushes they are great! ๐Ÿ’•

  2. I wish I had discovered primer long before I did! I use it religiously now, but for many years I had no idea such a thing existed! My weakest point of my makeup is often eyeshadow – usually I just swipe on one shadow and that’s that! It’s nice to read some tips for easy techniques ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I actually am in need of a good primer since my lids get oily super fast, I sometimes just use concealer as primer and it works fine, but yeah I used to think it was unnecessary haha!
      Haha, I can totally relate I used to just put a shimmer shadow all over my lids and leave it at that! ๐Ÿ˜…
      Thank you for reading lovely! ๐Ÿ’•

  3. Really enjoyed your tips! I’m not the best at eyeshadow because most of the time I don’t know what I’m doing but it just seems to work out. However, I love the real techniques brushes and golden tones. I think they are just so pretty and they work really well for me!

    GG | http://www.girlingamba.com

    1. Same here! I still need to practice more! Haha, when Iโ€™m in a hurry I will usually just put on same brown shades and it looks fine but sometimes I will spend hours doing a look and it will be so bad! ๐Ÿ˜…
      Real technique brushes are amazing, I definitely want to get more of their eye brushes! ๐Ÿ’•

    1. Thank you so much! Iโ€™m so glad you found it useful! ๐Ÿ’•
      Hey, Iโ€™m not being able to access your blog! It says the site is no longer available! ๐Ÿ˜•

  4. Ouuu super nice tricks! I always love your posts ๐Ÿ˜˜ I use primer only sometimes if I want an extra pop or doing a cut crease and I agree brushes are very vital!

  5. Great beauty tips, I really agree with them! I always prime my eyes before I do my eye makeup, itโ€™s really helps your eyeshadow pop!xx

    1. Thank youu! ๐Ÿ’•
      Hahah, hi5 girl you get the struggle ๐Ÿ˜…
      Yeah I remember before I would just go back and forth with my brush and it wouldnโ€™t look as blended and nice! Thanks for reading! ๐Ÿ˜˜

    1. Oh yeah, I totally get lazy when it comes to cleaning my brushes but Iโ€™ve started doing that more often cause otherwise I start breaking out haha! Thanks for reading girl! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’•

  6. Very useful tips! I’ve got small eyes and sometimes struggle to create looks that show different shades I’ve used, the colours all seem to blend into one.

  7. I have a hate-hate relationship with my brows, I’m ways in need of new brow advise haha, thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I donโ€™t understand how people skip primer either! I forgot to apply it once so had to take off all the eyeshadow I had on and start over ๐Ÿ™ˆ I had no idea that holding the brush further down helped apply it lighter, will definitely try that next time ๐Ÿ˜Š

    1. Hahah, samee! My eyeshadow looks all smudgy and weird and itโ€™s so annoying to take it all off after all the hard work you put in it! ๐Ÿ˜ฉ
      Oh yeah, I learned that tips from one of the beauty gurus on YouTube! โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ’•

  9. Love this post, sometimes it’s so easy to forget these things. I can’t apply eyeshadow without priming my lids. I’m glad that 90% of the time I actually do these things. It’s crazy how these simple things makes your eye look 10x better! xo

    1. Yesss, thatโ€™s so true! I think with everything Makeup related itโ€™s the smallest things that can make your Makeup look that much better! ๐Ÿ’•

  10. I literally always just brush it back and forth!! My makeup skills are appalling – thank you so much for sharing! xx

  11. I couldn’t agree more, I’ve definitely learnt over the past year that it makes such a difference to prime your eyelids and use decent makeup brushes to get a good end result!

    Alys / alysgeorge.blogspot.co.uk

    1. Me too! Before, I used to wonder why I even need to even prime my eyes and thought it was such a useless step now I canโ€™t go without it! Thanks for reading! ๐Ÿ’•

  12. These tips are really useful as I am very crap at applying eyeshadows. I always wondered why my eyeshadow never seemed vibrant clearly I was skipping very important step. Will be buying a primer next time I go into the shop. Do you have any recommendation for nice primer? Please let me know!!

    1. Thank you so much for reading! ๐Ÿ’•
      You should try priming your eyes with a concealer and then setting it with a powder, for some people that works just as good as any other primer. If you have oily lids, look in to the nars primer Iโ€™ve heard some great things about it! Iโ€™m not sure about any good drugstore eye primers, I really hope that helped! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

    1. I know how frustrating it can be, it takes a while to get the hang of it! Yeah, I actually need to get better eye brushes myself for even better application! Thanks so much for reading! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

  13. I don’t wear much makeup except for parties but I never though or priming my eyes. Sounds like it is super important though! xx corinne

  14. Wow, thereโ€™s some really useful tips here?! Iโ€™ve never even heard of the whole โ€˜hold it further away for light applicationโ€™, so I will definitely be using that.. ๐Ÿ™Š

    1. Aw thank you so much! ๐Ÿ’—
      I actually learnt this tip from a beauty youtuber and was so fascinated by it and itโ€™s an amazing tip! Hope it helps! โ˜บ๏ธ

  15. Love those tips. I use all of these and they changed the whole game. I love the Milani Eyeshadow primer. You must try it out as you said you have oily lids. ๐Ÿค—

      1. Itโ€™s really good as a drugstore brand. Itโ€™s a dupe for the Urban Decay Primer Potion but half the price and works amazingly. So up to you which one you wanna go for ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Thank you! โ™ฅ๏ธ
      Definitely try doing circle motions I feel like it gives a more blended look, and yes you can totally get away with priming your lids with concealer and then set it with powder, a lot of people do that and thatโ€™s what I do sometimes aswell but my eyelids get super oily still so I need some good eye primer ๐Ÿ˜ญ ๐Ÿ’•

      1. I totally understand exactly what you mean, I use Urban decay primer, you can get it Sephora or order online, itโ€™s little expensive but you will love it, eyeshadow will not be oily and stay as it is all day and night ๐Ÿ˜Š

        1. Oo, Iโ€™ve had so many people recommend that to me so Iโ€™ll definitely be checking that out, sounds amazing! Thanks for the suggestions! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

  16. I use foundation primer and I love using urban decay eyeshadow primer, itโ€™s the best eyeshadow primer, it makes my eyeshadow look and stay as it is all day and my eyeshadow donโ€™t fade away at all

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