Whether you like to wear a natural look, colorful wink, or smoky eye, applying and blending your shadow correctly is key to any eye look. Here are some easy-to-follow tips and tricks for blending your eye shadow like a beauty pro.
Get the Right Brushes
Most of us learned how to apply eye shadow by using our fingers. This will work in a pinch, but using brushes is your best bet. Every beauty needs at least three basic eye makeup brushes: one with very short bristles for lining and smudging, a medium-sized bristle brush for applying color, and one with longer bristles for blending.
If you already own brushes, make sure that you keep the clean to avoid irritation-causing bacteria and muddy-looking results.
Prime Your Eyes
Once you’ve got your brushes ready, prepare your eyes by priming them. A nude eye shadow primer is ideal. Simply apply some to both eyelids and blend it in until you can’t see it anymore. It will make shadow look brighter and keep it from creasing or fading throughout the day.
For Dimension: Blend Into Crease
As easy way to make your gaze stand out is to apply color to the creases of your eyes. Use the medium-size brush to apply a lighter shade of shadow across the lid. Clean the brush off and then dab it onto a darker shade. Gently work that shade into the creases (a little goes a long way), and then use the long-bristle blending brush to diffuse any obvious lines. The darker shade will give depth to your stare and make it stand out.
For An Easy Smoky Look: Blend at Corners
Again, use the medium-size brush to apply a lighter shade of shadow across the lid. Then clean the brush off and gently dip it onto a darker shade. Use light tapping motions to apply the darker color to the outer corners of your eye, working it up into the crease and down into the lashline. Then use the long-bristle blending brush to diffuse any obvious lines. For more drama, use the short-bristled brush to smudge some of the dark color across the entire upper lashline, too. This same techniques works wonderfully with nude shadows, too!
For Eye-Opening Highlights: Blend on Brow Bones
Use a long-bristled blending brush to blend a light or nude-colored shimmery shadow along the brow bone to make your brows look lifted and eyes look extra alluring. You can also add a pop of light shadow to the inner corners of the eyes for an eye-opening effect.