Simple and Pretty Eyeshadow Tutorial

Tutorial time again, loves! Trying to keep a balance of video and pictorials for you guys as well as a balance between supa’ bold and supa’ wearable so today’s look is going to be a really wearable, pretty look that’s appropriate for nearly every occasion and is really easy to pull off! I’m planning on my next eyeshadow tutorial being a really colorful, bold look so if that’s more up your alley, just hang in there because the plan is in action. 😉

Step by Step Simple Eyeshadow Tutorial

Let’s begin! Eyeshadow primer is your BFF so go ahead and apply a thin layer of your favorite primer everywhere where your eyeshadow will be. My favorite eyeshadow primer is Too Faced’s Shadow Insurance.

Simple and Pretty Eyeshadow Tutorial

On to the eyeshadow! The first thing I’m going to do is take this big blending brush from Makeup Addiction and apply Makeup Geek’s Peach Smoothie (matte peach) in and above my crease, making sure the edges are nice and soft.

Simple and Pretty Eyeshadow Tutorial

Now I want to tone down the orangeyness of this a little so I’m going to take my MAC 286 tapered blending brush and blend in a little of Makeup Geek’s Purely Naked (slightly shimmery tan) right along the same area as Peach Smoothie, only not taking it up quite as high.

Simple and Pretty Eyeshadow Tutorial

Time for work on those lids! I’m using my finger to dab a thin layer of NYX’s White Eyeshadow Base on to my lid, mainly focusing around the center area. This will give my loose pigment a little extra something to hold onto as well as intensify it a bit.

Simple and Pretty Eyeshadow Tutorial

I’m using a flat Sonia Kashuk eyeshadow brush to pat Makeup Geek’s Sweet Dreams pigment (light shimmery beige) over my whole lid.

Simple and Pretty Eyeshadow Tutorial

Next I’m grabbing my Makeup Addiction pencil brush and using it to apply Makeup Geek’s Frappe (medium maple matte brown) to my outer V area, dragging it down along my lash line a little. I chose this particular pencil brush here because it’s the largest pencil brush I own and I didn’t want this to be too sharp.

Simple and Pretty Eyeshadow Tutorial

Grabbing my MAC 286 again, I’m just going to gently blend my outer V out a little.

Simple and Pretty Eyeshadow Tutorial

Using a large pencil brush again, I’m just going to run Peach Smoothie along my bottom lash line and connect it up my upper eyeshadow so that this look will all blend seamlessly.

Simple and Pretty Eyeshadow Tutorial

Purple!! I chose to add a little pop of purple to this look because I adore the way it looks with the warm, peachy tones of the rest of the look and it’s a nice way to add a little something extra while still being perfectly subtle and appropriate.

For this I’ll be using a smaller pencil brush, my Sigma E30, because I want more precision here. I’m going to start off by applying Makeup Geek’s Last Dance (satin purpleish brown) to the outer portion of my lower lash line and use a little Wisteria (matte pale purple) to bring it further inward.

Simple and Pretty Eyeshadow Tutorial

Now we just need a little highlight! I’m using MAC’s Vanilla Eyeshadow (light matte beige) under my brow bone and LORAC’s Snow (shimmery white) from the LORAC PRO Palette 2 in the inner corner of my eye.

Simple and Pretty Eyeshadow Tutorial

I’m going to take one of my favorite eyeliners, NYX’s Jewel, and apply it to my waterline to carry on this purple smokiness going on around my lower lash line. If you want to want to add a little more drama to this look, throw on some winged liner but I’m going to keep it cool and casual today. 😉

Simple and Pretty Eyeshadow Tutorial

Add some mascara or lashes and now you’re done! I’m wearing Red Cherry’s 83 lashes. In person these look super natural and gorgeous and I’d totally recommend that everyone go order about 20 pairs of these right now. Did I mention they’re like $2.50 a pair?? I haven’t stopped wearing mine since I got them and they’re starting to get a little raggedy…

Simple and Pretty Eyeshadow Tutorial

And there you go! One simple yet pretty and super-appropriate-for-damn-near-anything eyeshadow look!

I couldn’t resist the urge to pair this with Charmed, one of my new liquid lipsticks from LA Splash. Holy cow, these are INSANELY good! Forget Lime Crime and their Velvetines and get your hands on some of these bad boys! I’ll be doing a review soon but I’ll just leave you with that for now. 😀

Simple and Pretty Eyeshadow Tutorial

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial! What do you prefer when it comes to makeup? Simple and pretty or bold and colorful?

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24 thoughts on “Simple and Pretty Eyeshadow Tutorial

  1. This is a great tutorial, Ashley! I’ve actually been wanting to grab some MUG eyeshadows but don’t know what to get – I might get the ones you’ve used here. I lean towards simple and pretty eye makeup at the moment because I’m still learning!

    1. Thank you! And they have so many good ones that it’s hard to choose! lol I hope you get your paws on some soon! =)

  2. Beautiful and natural makeup look! I tend to base my makeup off the weather, I go with the typical vampy lips in the winter and the pops of color in the spring, which I am so excited for!
    RachelShuchatMakeup

  3. Fantastic tutorial! I need the two MUG purple shadows now : ) Those lashes look great on you. You are beautiful!

  4. Great look, so many shadows to do a “simple and pretty” eye! Any way to cut down on the number of products used , so as to make this easier for those of us who have to get out the door in less that the two hours this look would take me with foundation, blush, etc.!! I don’t own any of those colors, but probably have similar ones to substitute. Estee Lauder’s old Kenyan copper is like the peach one, their Nude Fresco is a shimmery peach/beige that might look like the lid color. I have a lot of browns, one should work in the corner. I only have two pencil brushes, the ones from Sephora. I didn’t know they came in different sizes, and I thought I was the only klutz that had to use a pencil brush to do my outside V, and sometimes my crease!! Otherwise, the lines get too thick, and I have hooded lids, so the crease has to be precise, or there’s no point in doing it! Using a really light color like you did is a very good idea, that way it can’t look too heavy , and can open up the eye a little. I guess a more nudey color could be used so you don’t have to layer peach and beige, but the layering does give it a depth that one color doesn’t do. MAC’s soft brown is a good peachy brown crease color. I can’t use their satin colors, for some reason they crease more than any of their other types, but maybe that is because they look so much like mattes that I use them all over my eye. I have to try your way, primer all over eye instead of a matte light color. I was about return MAC’s vanilla because it goes on so white on my very fair skin, maybe I’ll give it another chance. I llok forward to more of your tutorials. You are much younger than me, and much more beautiful, but your techniques are universal, there’s something to be learned by everyone. Thanks, I found your review and swatches of Nordstrom’s naturals for MAC and followed it to your blog!

  5. Did you put eyeliner on your upper lash line? Do you think liner on the waterline makes eyes look smaller? Like I said, I need to do everything to make my lids look bigger cause of the hooded lids, I’ve always been afraid of liner on the waterline, its hard to do and I always thought it made my eyes look smaller, but it looks awesome on magazine pics, you, etc. I’d like to try it.

    1. I didn’t add a line of eyeliner but I did tightline which is something you should check into if you’re worried about making your eyes appear smaller. It gives you the illusion of a dark, full lash line without a big line of eyeliner taking up lid space. Dark colors in the waterline will make eyes appear smaller but small eyes don’t have to be bad and I feel like some looks like call for a dark waterline! You can add a bright color to you waterline, I LOVE NYX’s Wonder Pencil for this, to make your eyes appear larger and more awake.

  6. Can I ask a dumb question? How do you blend without ending up with a muddy, monochromatic mess? That’s my biggest challenge right now! It’s seems like not matter how careful I am with placement and blending, I can’t seem to keep the different colors in place and it ends up looking like I’m wearing a single shade all over my lid. Any insight into what works for you?

    1. Not a dumb question at all! To avoid a monochromatic mess, just blend along the edges of the shadow or in the area where two shadows meet. You can use little circular motions to do this. This will keep the color contained to the general area that you placed it in versus just swiping all over your eye with a blending brush which will cause all of the colors to muddy up. If you have any more questions, let me know!

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