How to Apply 4 Shades of Eye Shadow

Four shades of eyeshadow in one look
Four shades of eyeshadow in one look (Image: Leprechaun Art & Photography)

Give your eye makeup a professional touch by coordinating four shades of eyeshadow in one look. While you can keep your eye makeup application quick by applying only one eyeshadow from lash line to crease, you can add depth and dimension to your eyes if you learn how to use up to four different eye shadows at a time. Avoid a clashing palette of hues by staying in the same color family or by picking shades that famously complement each other, like peaches and browns, grays and blues, or pinks and purples.

Things You'll Need

  • Eye makeup primer
  • Creamy concealer or nude eyeshadow base
  • Flat head eyeshadow brush
  • Dark eyeshadow
  • Fluffy eyeshadow brush
  • Mid tone eyeshadow
  • Tissue
  • Sheer light eyeshadow
  • Highlighting eyeshadow
  • Eyeshadow brush with a small head
  • Brow color
  • Eyeliner
  • Eyelash curler
  • Mascara

Smooth an eye makeup primer onto clean eyelids from lash line to brow bone. Allow primer to absorb before blending on a creamy concealer or nude base, from lash line to brow bone as well. These two products make your eyelids a smooth canvas for your eye shadows.

Lay down your darkest color from lash line to crease using an eyeshadow brush with a flat head. Make the color adhere to your lid by pressing it on instead of sweeping it back and forth. Run the brush along lower lash lines to transfer leftover product to the lower lids for a soft and smoky effect.

Dip a fluffy brush into your mid tone color, tapping off excess before smoothing the eyeshadow onto crease in a windshield wiper motion. This creates a gradient effect, as though the darker eyeshadow is fading into a sheer mid tone. Clean the fluffy eyeshadow brush on a piece of tissue before swirling it in the light eyeshadow and applying this to brow bones. The sheer texture of the product should allow your skin to show through the color, bringing the fading eyeshadow effect to its lightest point.

Brighten up your eyes by using a highlighting shade as your fourth eyeshadow. If your skin has warm undertones, a sheer flesh tone eyeshadow with gold shimmer would be flattering. On the other hand, use a flesh tone eyeshadow with silver shimmer if your skin has cool undertones. Use an eyeshadow brush with a small head to apply the highlighting shadow to the inner corners of your eyes by the bridge of your nose and on the spot under the arch of your brow.

Buff away any hard lines in your eye makeup with the fluffy eyeshadow brush so that the edges of all colors blend together seamlessly. Finish your eye makeup application by doing a few more things. Fill in your brows. Line your eyes. Curl your lashes. Apply mascara.

Tips & Warnings

  • Choose a black or gray eyeliner to safely match any set of eyeshadow colors. If you stay in the same family of colors, you can use an eyeliner from the same group of shades, but make sure it is darker than your darkest eyeshadow.

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