If you’re starting out in makeup a lot of the time eyeshadow can be the most difficult task to master. With so many different palettes and color stories, you can follow it can get really challenging learning how to do eyeshadow. A great tip for starting out is to always have a good base for your eyeshadow like concealer or eye primer. This way your eyeshadow pops every time. There are a lot of different eyeshadow looks you can do that are super simple for beginners to learn and will help you get started in learning how to do makeup in a way that makes you feel beautiful.
1. Single Color
This look is super easy to achieve because all you’ll need is one color and a good base. Start with a white eye base or a light concealer all over your lid then set with translucent powder. Once the base is set down you can take the color and pat it down all over your eyelid. Build up color by continuously picking up more and patting it in with a flat brush. Take a blending brush with a nude color to blend out the edges so the lines aren’t so harsh. If you want the harsher look then skip the blending.
2. Basic Shimmer
This eyeshadow look is very simple and elegant. Take a good base like a concealer and apply it all over your lid then set with translucent powder. Now take a base color eyeshadow like a nude or skin tone color and blend that into your eyelid. This will create a good layer for your shadows to pop. Now take a color a few shades darker than your skin tone and blend that into the crease of your eyelid. Taking a flat brush or even your finger, start patting in a pale shimmery color all over the lid. Now you’ve got a basic shimmer look that’s perfect for a nice night out or a chill party.
3. Taped Wing
Even the experienced makeup artists do this trick because it’s just so easy and makes achieving the look super simple. All you’ll need is some tape. First, apply your base of concealer or eyeshadow base then set with powder. Take a piece of tape and line it up with your bottom lash leading to the end of your eyebrow. With a blending brush starting blending your desired color along your eyelid and against the tape to really saturate the color. If there are blank patches then take a flat brush and pat in the color where the patches are. Pull off the tape and reveal your perfectly cut eyeshadow wing. You can do this trick with eyeliner too to get the perfect wing every time.
4. Two Colored
This eyeshadow look is for someone who is looking for a more fun look. Apply a white cream base on your eyelid and set that with translucent powder. Take one of the shadow colors you want and apply it to one eye. Take the other color then pat it into the other eye. Blend in the edges of both eyes so they are smooth. Now you’ve got two different eyeshadow colors on each eye.
5. Bold Eye
You might think it’s harder to do a bold eyeshadow look when you’re a beginner, it’s actually super simple. Take a bright and bold color like red and a blending brush. Once you put down your concealer base on your eyelid and set it with powder, start blending the red away from your eyelid. You can use a concealer to shape out the eyeshadow for a sharper look.
6. Smokey Eye
A smokey eye can be very intimidating for a beginner. It’s even difficult for someone with makeup experience. This look takes some time and patience but can be easily achieved. Set down your concealer base and set that with powder. Start by slowly blending small amounts of black into the crease. Use a flat brush and pat in some silver onto the lid. Once the silver is patted in go back to blending black into the crease till it’s to your desire.
7. Top and Bottom Lid
This eyeshadow look is really easy to do and the end product is beautiful. First, use a concealer base for your eyelid and set it with translucent powder. Blend your main color like you typically would for your regular eyeshadow looks. Now for a fun and bold look take a different bright color. Using a pencil brush blend the color all along your lower lash line. The color contrast is going to look super fun.
8. All Glitter Look
Take a base cream like concealer or a white base and set it with a bright eyeshadow color. Take some lash glue and apply that onto your eyelid. Quickly taking three different eye-safe glitters pat the glitter in separate spaces. They will lead to a sort of rainbow ombre. Allow the glue and glitter to dry before fully opening your eyes and now you’ve got a fun party-ready eye look.
9. Monochrome Look
This look is one of the easiest ones to do for beginners because it just requires different shades of the same color. Apply your base cream or concealer or white base then set that with translucent powder. This is just an example of a look you can do. Start with a transition color that is a few shades darker than your skin tone. Blend the transition color into your crease to help the other eyeshadow blend well together. Take a light green eyeshadow and start blending that into your crease. Build up color for the eyeshadow look by blending in darker green till you get your desired look. End with a shimmery green color on the eyelid to complete the eyeshadow look.
10. Blended Shimmer
This final look is perfect for beginners who want to have a little bit more of a glamour makeup look. Start with using the eye base and setting that with translucent powder. Take a skin tone color and blend that into your crease for a transition color. Then with an eyeshadow color that is a few shades darker than your skin tone blend that into your crease. Build up color by using darker browns still it’s a darker brown. Apply some concealer onto your eyelid and set that with the skin tone eyeshadow. Then with a flat brush grab your favorite shimmer colors like a nude shimmer or a gold one. Blend some brown onto the edge of the shimmer to have them blended into the eye look. For a fun pop take the shimmer and apply it to your inner corner or on your lower lash line.
Which of these eyeshadow looks are you going to try at home? What’s your favorite color to wear for eyeshadow? Let us know in the comments! Don’t forget to share with your friends so they can learn what eyeshadow looks they should try if they are a beginner.
Hi, my name is Sara and I'm a 22-year-old college student in New York. I'm a corporate communications major excited and passionate about writing and art. When I graduate from Baruch College I hope to pursue my dream of getting a cosmetology license and hope to one day be working in the beauty industry.