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Published on Jun 14, 2011

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Eyeshadow can do wonders to bring out the beauty of your eyes. However, deciding which colors, brushes and methods to use when applying eyeshadow can be overwhelming. Although there are many different eyeshadow techniques, the steps described in this guide on how to apply eyeshadow will introduce you to a method that is relatively easy to perfect, and can easily be customized for a variety of different looks.

Although there are several methods of applying eyeshadow, the techniques described below compliments all eye shapes and is relatively easy to master. You can use different combinations of colors to create different looks for night and day. Darker and more vibrant colors will create a more dramatic and noticeable look, while neutral tones like beige, brown and rose will create a more natural look.

What You'll Need
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1. Foundation or pressed powder

2. Three colors of eyeshadow

* 3. For your three colors, choose one that is light: White or beige. Your second color should be a medium tone and the last should be darker. The colors should be complimentary—you can purchase a palette of complimentary colors from your local drugstore or department store. Shades of brown and subtle rose compliment most complexions and work well if you're going for a natural look

4. Eyeshadow brush

* 5. Although you can use different brushes for each color if you choose, you don't necessarily have to. A small brush with a gently rounded tip can be used for all three shadows

Step 1: Prime
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Apply an even layer of foundation or pressed powder to your entire eyelid. This layer will act as a base, giving the shadow something to cling to and will also help prevent streaks or blotches of color.

Step 2: Highlight
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Apply the lightest color to your brush and gently tap off any extra. Sweep the brush across your upper eyelid, applying color from roughly the middle of your eyelid, above the crease, up to your eyebrow. Applying a light color this way draws light to this area, making your eyes look bigger.

Step 3: Apply Shadow to the Lower Lid
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For this step, you will be using the medium-toned shadow. Again, apply some shadow to the brush and give the brush a gentle tap to remove any excess shadow. Apply the second color across your whole lower lid, from your lash line to just below the crease of your eyelid.

Step 4: Contour
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Get some of your darkest-colored shadow on your brush. Starting at the outer corner of your eye and working your way in toward the tear duct, apply a small band of this dark color to the crease of your eye. Although it is not necessary, you can also blend your three colors by sweeping a clean brush over the entire lid.

Conclusion
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The method described above is by no means the only way to apply eyeshadow, nor do you need to stop at step four. Once you are comfortable with this method, you can experiment with different colors and techniques to create a look that's all your own.

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