There are different techniques to blend eyeshadow. The good news is that a lot of them are really easy to learn for beginners. The even better news is that we’re here to show you three beautiful ways to blend eye shadow. Palettes at the ready, let’s begin!
How to: Blend Eyeshadow Vertically
This is a beautiful technique which lets you blend eyeshadow in an ombre way – from down to up, also known as vertically. Follow these steps to learn how to achieve this striking look.
Step 1: Apply primer
As this is a strong eyeshadow look, it’s best to apply primer for the product to stay on for as long as possible.
Step 2: Start with a neutral base
Either go for a single neutral colour of mix two – for example white and beige – and apply it all over your eye lid.
Step 3: Next, go for a medium shade
We’re going for a medium metallic green. We’ll spread it across the eye lid up to the crease by pressing it on with a flat brush, making sure it is blended in without any rough edges.
Step 4: Time to go a shade darker
Next, use a small rounded brush to apply a darker green shade. Press it on from down to up, so that you blend the eye shadow vertically on the outer areas of your eyelids. Smooth and soften the edges with a blending brush.
Step 5: Build up the layers
We’ll go back to the outer corners again. Take a darker shade – we’re feeling adventurous with a metallic blue – and we’re pressing it on the outer corners and bringing the colour underneath as well.
Step 6: Go lighter and brighter
It’s time to amplify and highlight the inner eye. Use a clean brush to apply a light shade on your inner eye. If you spot that you need more blending – simply grab a fluffy eye shadow blending brush and blend, blend, blend.
Step 7: Finish with fixing spray
To finish this strong look and make sure it lasts all day (or night!), fix it with makeup fixing spray. Spritz, spritz and you’re ready to go!
How to Blend Eyeshadow with Gradient Clashing Colours
Step 1: Prime your eyelids
Apply primer to your lids. This is to make sure your makeup stays on for as long as possible.
Step 2: Start with a neutral base
Going for a neutral base is a great way to start building up the layers. Go for a skin toned or beige base and apply it all the way to your brow bone.
Step 3: Think pink
Using a fluffy eyeshadow brush, apply pink eyeshadow up until the brow bone. Feel free to switch to a smaller or flat brush for extra definition when adding colour to the top and bottom lashlines and the inner eye.
Step 4: Clash with blue
It’s time to add a fun element to our look by applying a clashing colour. Go for blue eyeshadow up until the crease. Gently blend the two shades together with a blending brush.
Step 5: Go green
Add a green eyeshadow to the centre of your lid for an ombre effect. Don’t shy away from dabbing the shade on to make the colour pop.
Step 6: Line your eyes
Draw a thin cat eye line using a liquid or gel eyeliner. Apply mascara.
Step 7: Go for faux lashes
Too amplify the look, apply falsies. Wait for the glue to dry and spritz away with makeup setting spray.
Et voila! Looking fabulous!
How to Blend Eyeshadow for a Natural Finish
Step 1: Prime time
Apply primer to your eyelids.
Step 2: Go for a shiny, shiny base
Using a pigment or a creamy eyeshadow stick, apply a very light colour to your eyelid, stopping at the crease. Blend using your finger.
Step 3: Apply a darker brown tone to the outer corners of your eye
As we are going for a natural look, the tones we’re going to opt for are going to be earthy and subtle. Go for a medium brown, apply it to the outer corners and blend with a fluffy brush. Keep adding a blending if you want the look to be slightly stronger.
Step 4: It’s time to highlight
Using a highlighter or a very light eyeshadow in your palette, highlight your brow bone just underneath your brows as well as the inner corners of your eyes. Blend, blend, blend.
Step 5: Apply white eyeliner to your inner eye
Line your waterline using a white eyeliner pencil. After this, line with the medium brown eyeshadow underneath the waterline. Blend the colour in - this will make your eyes look even bigger.
Step 6: Final touches
Finish the look with mascara on your top and bottom lashes.