Makeup basics: Easy Eyeshadow

This post is a part of my ‘Makeup Basics’ series. In these posts I go over the basic makeup steps for beginners. I’m gonna teach you how to choose the right products and how to use them. You will learn some essential things of makeup and get some tips.

Applying eyeshadow is easier than you’d think. It isn’t necessary to use a hundred different shades when you’re practising. You can use one or two at 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.

I recommend brown colors for beginners, since they suit all eye colors. In this tutorial I used silver, mainly to show you the colour placement clearly.

You should always prime your eyelids before applying eyeshadow. Primers really make a difference! They even out the color of the lid (since the skin is very thin around your eyes), make your eyeshadow last longer and make the colors 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.

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Colour placement.

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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.

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Eyes open version.

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

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I have lots of more eye shadow tutorials and you can find all my tutorials behind Tutorial -category. I’m also covering different eye shapes such as hooded, deep set and protruding etc.

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

Makeup basics: Brows

This post is a part of my ‘Makeup Basics’ series. In these posts I go over the basic makeup steps for beginners. I’m gonna teach you how to choose the right products and how to use them. You will learn some essential things of makeup and get some tips.

Brows are a very important part of the makeup. Good brows lift your eyes and do wonders for your whole look.

Before you start with the makeup you should shape your brows. I recommend to get that done at a professional. That way you get the best possible shape for your brows.

I personally like to do that myself as well. I let my beautician-friend pluck my brows for me, because she can look at them with a fresh pair of eyes. If I start to pluck them myself,  I easily pluck too much. You know?

It’s easier to apply makeup on your brows, once you have a nice clean shape on them first.That way it’s easier to see where the brow colour should go.

There are different shapes for brows, but maybe this is the classic one.

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Brow products come in many forms. There are powders, gels, pens and waxes. For a beginner I would recommend a powder or a pen, just because they are quite easy to work with and they give you a natural finish. But as always, it’s up to you what formula you want to use. If your hairs tend to be stubborn, you might want to choose a wax or a gel, because those are also good in holding your brows in place.

When you are choosing the right color for your brows, you should check your hair color. Is it dark or light? Is it warm or cool? For my cool-toned blonde hair a slightly grey taupe color is the best.

A tip:You can get the color to look more cool and intense, if you first prime your eyebrows with a light layer of powder.

When applying product to your brows I recommend starting small. Take just a tiny bit of product and apply it on your brows. If you’re using a pencil, make small strokes – don’t try and create the brow with just one swipe.

I have a short video tutorial for this too. In the video I show you how to do your brows with Zuii Organic’s brow product.

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Some brow product recommendations

Zuii Organic Eyebrow Definer in Taupe
This is bomb. I couldn’t live without this! The product comes in an angled shape, so it’s easy to apply. The formula also keeps the brows in place. This is simply the best brow product in the world.

Guerlain Eyebrow Pen in Blonde
This is a classic brow pen. This gives a really natural look. I use this if I’m in a hurry. The shade is slightly warm.

NYX Tame&Frame in Blonde
A dupe for Anastasia. Great product and you get a nice brow with this. I would say the colour is either neutral or slightly cool.

mad4eyebrows Natural Brow filler
Review here.

Ecotools Angled Eyeliner Brush
This is my favourite brow brush.

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