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A Beginners Guide to Eye Makeup

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Are you a self-proclaimed beginner in makeup?

There’s no shame in that, sister. We’ve all gone through that, not knowing what brush to use, where to apply eyeshadow, let alone how to blend properly. But don’t worry, we’ve got your back! This makeup tutorial will help any beginner learn how to do eye makeup correctly and beautifully from here on out.

Ready to learn some insider tips and tricks about eye makeup application?

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Easy eye makeup for beginners.

Step 1

Always start with an eye primer.

Eye primer helps create a smooth surface for the eye makeup. Once the primer has dried, you can apply an eyeshadow base that helps make the eyeshadow stick to the skin better. If you don’t have an eyeshadow base, a concealer or foundation will do.

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Always use eye primer first.

Step 2

Start with 4 basic shades.

For beginners, you want to start with 4 basic shades to pull off an everyday natural look. You need a highlighter that is a shade lighter than your skin tone, a matte mid-tone shade, a contour shade that is 2-3 shades darker than the skin and a matte black shade. If you have a facial highlighter, you can use that too.

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Learn with a basic eyeshadow palette first.

Step 3

Grab the essential eye makeup brushes.

You will need a small flat eyeshadow brush for application, a small and medium-sized blending brush and a smudger (optional).

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Get the right eye makeup brushes.

Step 4

Glide your flat brush on the lightest shade and apply this on the inner corner of the eyes. This is where most of the product should be and then you can easily blend outwards after.

Make sure to tap your brush before applying to remove excess product.

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Apply the highlighter in the inner corner of the eyes.

Step 5

Here’s a neat trick you can try: Dip the tip of the brush in water enough to dampen it. Then glide it on the eyeshadow and apply again in the inner-most corner of the eyes (tearduct area). You’ll be amazed at how pigmented it is.

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Use the damp brush trick to get more color.

When you’re done with that, use the same color and highlight the arch of your eyebrows.

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Highlight the eyebrow for a defined arch.

Step 6

Now on to the mid-tone shade. Use a blending brush to apply the eyeshadow above the crease, blending from the outer corner inwards.

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Work on your crease.

How will you know you didn’t overdo it with the shadow? Hold your brush at the edge of your nose going up to the edge of the eyes. Anything below the line should be clear.

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Use this trick to check if you have enough eye makeup on.

Step 7

Contour the eyes.

Using the contour shade, apply from the outer corner while blending into the crease on the outer half of the eye. Please make sure that you don’t blend too high because the mid-tone shade should always be higher than the contour shade.

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Contour the eyes for added depth.

Step 8

Your eyelid makeup is done so you can now proceed to the bottom part of the eye. Mix the mid-tone color and the contour shade and apply on the bottom lash line starting from the outer corner until it meets the highlighter.

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Fill in the bottom lash line.

Step 9

To complete the look, apply the matte black eyeshadow on the outer corner of the eyes and close to the bottom lash line. This will make the eyes a little more dramatic.

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Use black for more drama.

Step 10

But of course, it won’t look as pretty if your lashes aren’t curled…

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Curl the lashes.

then mascara…

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Use a mascara shield to prevent it from touching the face.


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Add eyeliner for more eye definition.

and with practice, false eyelashes too!

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Wear false eyelashes for extra dramatic eyes.

As you can see, this basic natural eye makeup is quite easy and with some practice, you’ll be able to master it. Once you do, blending colors and creating new looks will be as easy as eating pie!

Don’t forget to wash your brushes!

This post was contributed by MakeupTutorials.com

About the Author

Jeff Chiarelli
Jeff Chiarelli is the Head of Marketing for Ogle School. His responsibilities include leading Ogle School's marketing and branding strategy to amplify Ogle School's passion for helping create future beauty professionals in the communities Ogle School serves.