Step by Step Neutral Eyeshadow Tutorial

The eyeshadow that I was wearing in my recent NYX Macaron Lippies post sparked a few requests for a tutorial and since I aim to please, today I tried to recreate it from memory and made this step by step neutral eyeshadow tutorial. Shall we begin?

If I have any excess oil or foundation on my eyelids, I like to gently dab them with a tissue prior to getting started. After that I apply a primer, usually Too Faced Shadow Insurance, to help the longevity of my eyeshadow. DSC_0005

Using a dense shadow brush, I’m applying Rewind (medium brown) from Urban Decay’s Vice 2 palette. Don’t be afraid to apply it sort of heavy in the beginning; we’ll blend it in the next step.

I usually like to apply my crease color first. This helps prevent muddying up your lid color, which is often lighter. DSC_0029

Time to blend that crease! Using your blending brush and windshield wiper motions, blend your crease color out. Blend sideways and upwards and try not to get too much of your crease color down on your lid. I highly recommend the MAC 217 brush for blending. It’s a real game changer.  DSC_0031


Now we want to apply a transition color. A transition shade will make the transition between your crease color and your under brow highlight color smoother. I’m using Urban Decay’s Habit (light peachy cream). I like to apply it partially over the outskirts of the crease color and partially over your still bare skin under your brow. Don’t take this shade all the way to your brow, though. That will come later. Go ahead and blend your transition shade. DSC_0075

Next I’m going to apply my under brow highlight shade. I’m using Vanilla (very light cream) by MAC. Using a small shadow brush, apply it right under your eyebrow. Blend it gently downwards.DSC_0088

Using the highlight color that I just used under my brow, I’m going to apply it to the whole lid and also into the inner corner of my eye. Blend it every so slightly up into your crease. Then I took Lorac’s Nude (very light shimmery pink) from the Lorac Pro Palette and applied it to the inner corner, right over the other shadow. I’m also putting Nude on the inner third or so of my lower lash line. Next I’m using Rewind (medium brown) from my crease color and applying it starting in the center of my lower lash line and blending it outwards, towards the outer portion of my lower lash line. Gently blend the two shades on your lower lash line into each other at this point if needed.DSC_0138

Using a pencil brush, I’m now going to apply Urban Decay’s Smokeout (charcoal grey) on the outer portion of my lower lash line. Gently blend the shades on your lower lash line together if needed.DSC_0144

Still using Smokeout (charcoal grey) and a pencil brush, draw a line starting on the base of your lid and extending upwards, almost to your crease. To determine where exactly to place this line, try to follow the path of your water line, if your water line happened to extend upwards.DSC_0166

Continue your line into a “V” shape, extending it slightly into your crease.DSC_0186

Using small circular motions, blend your V shape. Try to keep your blending motions contained to the shape of the V. Almost done!DSC_0198

Finish up the look by curling your lashes, applying the eyeliner of your choice and coat or two of mascara. I opted for winged eyeliner using MAC Fluidline in BlackTrack, a little bit of Urban Decay’s Perversion smudged into the outer portion of my lower lash line and two coats of Maybelline Colossal mascara. DSC_0274

The finished productDSC_0381DSC_0336DSC_0385

7 thoughts on “Step by Step Neutral Eyeshadow Tutorial

  1. I felt mesmerized by this – your makeup is flawless and your eyes are gorgeous! Thanks for the clear step by step.

  2. You make up looks very pretty! Flawless on a beautiful face!

    I’m trying this method today with the neutral colors for African American skin medium to dark skin!

    Thank you

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