Eyeshadow for Beginners: + Tips To Modify Based on Eye Shape

Eyeshadow for beginners is a step by step tutorial for applying eyeshadow for the beginner beauty enthusiast who feels just plain lost when someone says, “cut crease” like it’s a skill we all have.

It’s just eyeshadow basics without all the jargon and unattainable perfection.

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Eyeshadow for beginners tutorial. Pin now, practice later.

Eyeshadow for beginners tutorial. Pin now, practice later.

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At minimum, you should be using concealer on your eyelid before applying your eyeshadow.  Concealer or a good primer will neutralize the color of your lid giving you a fresh canvas.  The benefit of a good primer, like the Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer I used, is that it adheres to the eyeshadow, so the eyeshadow applies more easily (you use less) and it lasts longer.  If you don’t have much eyeshadow left on your lids by the end of the day, you probably need a different primer.

Eyeshadow Palettes:

Am I crazy because I’m a beauty blogger who doesn’t spend a ton on the latest eyeshadow palettes?  I just can’t get down with that.  I love my drugstore finds and they work so well that I can’t justify spending more.  That’s not to say that I haven’t tried to expensive stuff too; I have.

CoverGirl TruNaked Goldens Palette:  I picked this palette up about a month ago and I’ve been getting a ton of compliments on my eyeshadow with these colors.  Perfect for the natural Summer glow.  I used the second from left (see image in widget below) for the base and the color just to the right of it as the medium tone.

Coastal Scents Smokey Palette:  Coastal Scent Palettes first dropped into my life via my Birchbox account.  I love the variety of colors I get for the price.  The shadows are pretty pigmented too, so that means I don’t kick up a lot of dust trying to get enough color on my lids.

Coastal Scents Revealed 2 Palette:  I used the color one shade lighter than black as liner.  There’s a hint of purple in it, which is gorgeous next to blue and brown eyes, but especially flattering to all my red-headed sisters.


A set of good makeup brushes is worth the splurge.  I wasn’t totally convinced of that for a long time.  Mostly, I used free brushes that came with special promotions for products.  Usually those brushes aren’t great quality and are smaller travel-sized versions of the good ones.  After years of using whatever came my way, I finally started replacing them one at a time and I noticed a huge difference.  With good brushes, my makeup applies easier, I use less of it and they are more gentle on my face.  In the video, I used a makeup wipe to clean off eyeshadow shades when I switched colors because I don’t have a huge set of brushes.  I want to note that this is purely for changing colors and it does not count as disinfecting your brushes.  Clean brushes are so important for reducing exposure to bacteria.  For more info on cleaning your makeup brushes, check out this post I did; spoiler alert, my method leaves them disinfected and they dry fully over night.

Blending Crease Brush: Hands down one of my favorite brushes.  I love the way this brush picks up product and drops just the right amount without smudging it too much or kicking up eye shadow around my eye.  This is probably why I insist on wiping it off and reusing it.

Pro Angled Liner Brush:  I can’t live without this brush.  If I could use only two on my eyes, it would be the Blending Crease Brush and the Liner Brush.  Totally saves my day when I want winged liner, but I don’t have time for the perfect precision of wet liner.

Smudge Brush: Important for smokey eyes and for slightly smudging liner to give your eyes a softer look.  A good one, like this one, will be tightly packed and soft on your eyelids.

Fan Brush:  This brush does a great cleanup job without damaging your hard work.  I’m so glad I finally figured out what this was for.

Contour Brush Set:  If you’re looking for a whole set of eyeshadow brushes, it’s cheaper to buy them as a set than individually.  This is actually the set that I have.  After replacing a few of my face brushes, I realized that I really did need the whole set and I couldn’t be happier with my purchase.

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What tips do you have for the beginner beauty enthusiast?  Comment below!


Kate Thakkar

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