Makeup Basics: Easy Eyeshadow

Makeup basics

Makeup basics

Applying eyeshadow is easier than you’d think. Also it isn’t necessary to use a hundred different shades when you’re practising. You can use one or two first and add colours little by little. This tutorial is for beginners. You can skip the brown and black if you feel like it’s too much.

Also for beginners I recommend brown colours (they suit all eye colours). In this tutorial I used silver mainly to show you better the colour placement.

You should prime your eyelids before applying eyeshadow. Primers really make a difference! They even out the lid of the colour, make the eyeshadow last longer and make the colours pop.

Urban Decay’s Primer Potion really is worth the hype and works great for my oily lids. ArtDeco’s primer is another favourite of mine and it’s cheaper than UD.

After applying primer add a tiny layer of powder or light eyeshadow. This makes the blending easier, since eyeshadow sticks to the moist primer.

If you don’t want or need a primer, use a tiny layer of foundation and powder as a base.


1.Start by applying the first shade to the lid. Press the colour gently to your lid to get the most out of your colour. Then take a clean brush and blend the edges with circular, soft motion.

2. Apply the next colour above the silver, in the crease. Again, blend with circular and back and forth movement. My eye area is quite big, so I blend this quite high. Remember to leave a clean space under the eyebrows.

3. Next apply the crease colour to your lower lid. Then apply a light shimmer colour to your inner corner. These two steps really make a difference, so don’t skip them. If you feel insecure about adding colour to your lower lid, use just a tiny bit of colour like I did.

4. Black colour works with all eyeshadow colours. This is a good trick to add more depth to your eyes, so you should really try and learn this! Take the tiniest bit of colour and apply it to the outer edge of your eye, in a V-shape.  Then blend how much you want. If you want the V-shape to show better, don’t blend with circular motions and add more colour. The key is to not take too much black at first.

Then you’re ready! Here is the finished eyeshadow look.


Urban Decay Primer Potion
ArtDeco Mineral Eyeshadow Base
Zuii Organic Glamour Palette

Let me know how this works out for you!