Applying makeup is a true art form. Do it correctly and the result is features that stand out and make you look beautiful. Do it incorrectly and you end up looking like a clown. Eyeshadow is one of the basic must haves when it comes to makeup. Learning to apply it correctly is easy to do and with a bit of practice, your eyes will really pop.

Things You'll Need

Pick the colors that work best with your eyes and skin tone. Matching your eye color or using colors that contrast can really make your eye color stand out.

Prime your eyelid with a shadow base or primer. This will help keep your eyeshadow in place for hours. Use an applicator wand to dab a small dot on to your eyelid and then spread it over entire eyelid with your finger.

Apply your base (or lightest) color by sweeping your shadow brush across the entire eyelid. Cover from brow to lash line.

Use the medium shadow to cover your lower lids.

Highlight the crease of your eyelid with the darkest shadow. Start at outer corner of the eye above the lash line and follow crease. Use on the lower lash line along the outer corner of the eye to create a V shape.

Make your eyes appear larger by applying a shimmery eyeshadow directly under the brow bone. Place a dot of white eyeshadow or eye pencil on the inside corner of your eye (right by the tear duct) to make your eyes look brighter.

Have fun trying different application techniques and a variety of colors, and practice applying your eyeshadow until you get the look you want. Practice does make perfect.


  • If you do not have shadow base or primer, use face powder on your lids as a base.

  • Your three shades of shadow should be a light base color, a darker color for the lower part of the lid and a highlighter for the crease.