Basic eyeshadow is simple to apply – just dab it on and go. However, you can get more pop out of your basic shadows by layering them. This technique is easy to accomplish.

Things You'll Need

Start with a primer. Apply it to the lid of your eye and up into the crease to ensure that the makeup lasts. You can apply the primer with your finger.

Apply any eyeliner that you wish to wear.

Apply your basic eyeshadow as normal. This means you should apply it from the lash line to the crease using a regular brush.

Choose a shade that is darker than your base shadow to apply to the crease of your eye. This will make your eyes pop. Apply using a short-bristled or sponge tipped brush. Don’t worry if it looks a bit messy. You will be blending the shadows.

Use a shadow that is one to two steps lighter than your skin tone. Using your regular brush, apply from the brow line, down to right above the crease in your eye. This will highlight your eyes.

Blend. Using a makeup sponge that has an edge (not a round sponge) gently brush the edges of the shadow into one another. Pay careful attention to the makeup in the crease of your eye because it is the most noticeable.

Apply mascara and you’re all set.


  • Some people prefer to use a plain black shadow for the crease and a plain white shadow for the brow. You can do this, of course, but using colors that are in the same spectrum makes the look more natural.