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Basic Eyeshadow Tutorial

After having several people ask me to do a tutorial for the eyeshadow I was wearing in my NYX Butter Lipstick Swatches and Review post, I figured I better get to it! This basic eyeshadow tutorial is really simple to do, only uses three shades and looks great for any occasion whether it be the office, school or out on the town.

What you’ll need:

1 medium brown eyeshadow

1 dark brown eyeshadow

1 cream eyeshadow

1 medium eyeshadow brush

1 crease brush

1 blending brush

All 3 shades that I’m using today are from the Lorac Pro Palette.

First thing’s first though, apply a primer. Once it has a moment to dry we’re going to apply our first shade, the medium brown. I’m using Taupe from the Lorac Pro Palette. Apply it using your medium eyeshadow brush from the very outer corner of your eye to not quite the most inner corner. I’m putting the shade in and above my crease. Don’t worry about it looking perfect, blending will fix that soon.DSC_0030

Blend out the crease shade to soften the lines. Be careful not to get too much down onto your lid or to get it too close to your brow bone. Only move your blending brush in the areas where you want your color to be. I almost always use a MAC 217 brush for blending because it’s some sort of miracle brush sent from the heavens. DSC_0047

Using our crease brush we’re going to apply our dark brown shade, in my case it’s Lorac’s Espresso, to add some definition. Apply this on the outer third or so of your eye, right into the base of your crease. Don’t be afraid to go a little heavy here. Dimension is your friend plus soon we’ll soften it a little by blending. DSC_0081

Taking your blending brush again, gently blend it into the base of your crease. DSC_0158

Last shade! Wipe your eyeshadow brush clean on a dry washcloth or something similar. Now using your cream shade, mine is Lorac’s Cream, apply the shadow all over your lid and also under your brow bone. Very gently blend the lid color slightly upwards and the under brow color slightly downwards.

Your eyeshadow is now complete!DSC_0171

You can finish this look however you want. Add the eyeliner of your choice, or skip it all together, curl your lashes, apply some mascara and you’re good to go!

I opted winged eyeliner using MAC Fluidline in BlackTrack  and then tried to pile on enough coats of mascara to disguise the fact that my wings aren’t really even. Symmetry is nobody’s friend. DSC_0207

With the rest of my makeupDSC_0253


On another note, I got a hair cut and went a little more red! I’m digging the added red but I’m still a little attached to my missing locks. May they rest in peace. <3


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