Adding some contour to your eye makeup works magic in the bigger and brighter department. It might seem intimidating, but achieving the perfectly contoured eye only takes three eye shadow colors and about 10 minutes.


Step One

Choose an eye shadow color that closely matches your skin tone and apply it with a flat, dense eye shadow brush all over your lid, from your lash line to your brow bone. This helps even out your skin and gives you a blank canvas to work with when contouring.


Step Two

Apply a light eye shadow color – like tan or champagne – just to your lower lid. Take a flat, dense eye shadow brush, pick up color and tap off any excess. Press the light color into the skin on your lower lid from your lash line just up to the crease or contour area. Do this until the color is spread evenly on your entire lower lid.


Step Three

Choose a dark color – like chocolate brown – and use a soft, tapered blending brush to pick up some color. Tap off any excess, then place the tip of the blending brush in the outer corner of your eye and move it across the hollow of your eye in a windshield wiper motion. Apply as much of this color as you need until you create a deep, rich contrast with the rest of your eye.


Step Four

Use a clean blending brush to blend out any harsh lines by going back and forth across the top of the contour color in windshield wiper motions.


Step Five

You can stop there or you can contour a little more by applying some of the dark color to your bottom lid. If you want to create more depth, pick up some of the dark color on a thin, angled brush and tap off any excess color. Press the dark color into your lower lash line starting at the outer corner of your eye and working your way in. Don’t apply the color along your entire lower lash line; instead stop about one-third of the way in.


Pro Tip

The key to creating a perfectly defined eye is to use a matte eye shadow as your contour shade. A matte shade looks more natural, is easier to blend and keeps definition better than shimmery shades. You can use a shimmery shade as your lid color, but stay away from large glitter flecks, which can create fall out and make your look appear messy.

References and Resources

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