Prime and Set

The most important step is to start with a good base. You can use your favorite eyeshadow primer, or even concealer to cut out an extra product (what I personally do) to prep your eyes. This evens out the tone of your eyelids and gets rid of any discoloration so you don’t interfere with the color of your shadows. Then, set your base with a small amount of translucent powder. This gives your eyeshadows a good base to stick to, and setting the base helps ensure its not too sticky and makes blending your eyeshadows much easier.

eyeshadow base vs no base
Here is a photo of the same eyeshadow with and without a base under. The top has a base, the bottom doesn’t.

Use Quality Products

You want to used a shade or palette that has colors with good pigment, vibrancy, and blendability. Nothing is takes an eyeshadow look from quality to mediocre like the patchiness a low quality eyeshadow can give you, especially with matte shades. Try to steer towards shades that have more of a velvety, almost creamy feeling. You can get away with using less pigmented eyeshadows by spraying your brush with a little bit of setting spray before dipping into the eyeshadow and applying it. Try it and I promise you’ll see a difference.

Make Use of Transition Shades

A transition shade is what will merge your eyeshadow colors together. It adds depth to your eye look and is applied in your crease to unite the darker and lighter colors together, creating a flawless blend. Typically, its a color thats a few shades darker than your skin tone, but depending on the eye look, you can play around with the color.

Know What Will Work for Your Eye Shape

Getting to know your own face is one of the most important ways to perfect your look. An eyeshadow look that looks amazing on round eyes will do no justice for someone with hooded eyes. Figure out your eye shape and look up photos or follow people on Instagram with a similar shape to you for inspiration. Then practice, practice, practice!

eye shape chart

Perfect your Blending Skills

So now what? You’ve gotten everything else down to a T, but something still isn’t quite right. Blending is KEY. Its all in how you hold your brush and how much pressure is applied. First, you want to hold your brush at the end so you get lighter and more feathery motions. Then, you want to start by tapping on your color, then swirling around the edge in circular motions. This will keep the pigment there while still giving you a flawless blend. 

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