Many make-up artists believe that eye shadow is
the most important part of eye make-up, because
it helps to re-contour the eyes. You can soften
your look, or make it glamorous. From dramatic to the
natural look, one can work wonders with eye shadow. To
get the best results, you should find out colours that will
suit you and how best to apply them.
Eye shadows come in cream or powder form. Pencils
are also available for shadowing. You can go either for the
shiny ones, or a matte (non-shiny) finish. Some eye shadows
even provide glitter for a gala occasion. So go ahead
and experiment, till you can perfect your technique and
also decide on what suits you best.
Powder shadows are easier to apply and blend, using
sponge tipped applicator. For liquid or cream eye-shadow,
allow one colour to dry before applying the next.
Remember that light colours highlight, while dark colours
de-emphasize, i.e. they make the area recede.
How to apply eye shadow?
First apply foundation on the upper lid, working from
the lash line and going towards the eyebrows. Use your
finger tips. Once it is dry, apply the neutral colour base
shadow over the entire area, using a large brush. Work it
the same way, from the lash line towards the eyebrow.
Then, apply the main colour, using a medium brush or
sponge tipped applicator. This should be applied only upto
the socket area. Blend well. Using a finer brush, apply the
dark shadow in a thin line along the socket. Start from the
inner corner of the eyes and go outwards. This can be
blended with a larger brush, if you want a softer look. The
dark colour should be applied under the lower lashes too,
using the fine brush. Start applying half way along the
lower lash line and go outwards. Then apply the light
shade just under the brows. If you have only one fine
brush, clean it before applying the light colour. A pearly
shadow may be good, to add more emphasis to the area.
Here are some contouring techniques for different
For close set eyes, apply darker tone from the centre of
the eyelid and go outwards, beyond the outer corner.
Apply a light tone from the centre to the inner corner. This
helps to make the eyes look wider.
For wide set eyes, use the darker tone from the inner
corner upto the centre and then apply a lighter tone from
the centre to the outer corner.
For prominent eyes, apply a darker tone on the entire
lid, going outwards and slightly upwards. Highlight under
the brows with the light colour.
For droopy eyes, use the darker tone on the eyelids,
going upwards in a wing shape. Use the highlighter under
For small eyes, use the darker colour in the crease of
the socket and the upper part of the lid. Use a lighter tone
on the eyelid. Highlight under the brows.