The idea of going for a matte eyeshadow look may seem a bit bland. After all, all those glittery and shimmery eyeshadows are a foolproof way to add some charm to your look. While sparkly eye makeup may have a special place in your heart, you can make a huge impact with your matte eyeshadow looks too. Besides, shimmery eye shadows don’t go with every look, especially when you hustling in your day-to-day life. However, matte eyeshadows can go with everything and are perfect for day to night looks - light and breezy for the daytime, but equally alluring and glamorous for evening makeup. Yes, sparkling eyeshadows might be easier to apply but with a little bit of prep and smart application, you can achieve the glitz and the glam even without the glitter.
Are you unsure of how to apply matte eyeshadow or looking for ways to create matte smokey eyes or matte eyeshadow looks for brown eyes? Don’t worry, we’re here with a simple yet effective matte eyeshadow tutorial to help you rock it like a model.
Matte eyeshadow tutorial
Step 1: Prime your lids well
Moisturise your eyes and face well to keep the area hydrated and prevent creasing. Then, before creating the matte eyeshadow look or any eye shadow look, apply primer all over your eyelid, up to your brow bone; using it everywhere the eyeshadow will be applied is the best practice. This provides the perfect canvas for your eyeshadow to glide on, makes the pigments pop and helps the shadow last through the day. Let the primer fully absorb before you move on to the next step.
Step 2: Blend the concealer well
Banish the blemishes and highlight your beautiful features by applying a dot of your concealer to each lid and taking it up to your eyebrow. Your eyelids often appear slightly discoloured or blotchy and using a concealer helps to create a smooth, even-toned base for your matte eyeshadow look. If you are unsure of your ideal concealer shade match, you can use the Maybelline Foundation Finder tool and opt for a shade or two lighter to create the brightening effect.
Step 3: Opt for the neutral base eyeshadow
When you work with matte eyeshadows, it’s best to pick a neutral shade at first. No matter if you want to create an everyday matte look or the one that’s dressier for the night, the base colour should always be on the neutral side. Placing the base colour all over your lids and up to the brow bone will give you a subtle wash of colour and will help enhance the rest of the colour that you’ll be wearing. This is the colour that you will be able to see when your eyes are fully open. Additionally, using a neutral colour will also help cover up a discolouration on the lid, if any. The best way to apply the colour on your eyelids is to use a flat eyeshadow brush, gently. And yes, you don’t want a heavy coating of colour, so use a soft hand.
Step 4: Focus on the lids
After you are done applying the base colour, it’s time to focus on your eyelids. All you need to do is blend a deeper coloured eyeshadow on the lids and start creating the depth and dimension. You can use the same brush that you used earlier, by flipping it to the other side and lightly tapping the eyeshadow onto the lid until you achieve the desired colour. Remember, with matte textures you need to work a little quicker while blending and applying so that they look consistent and even throughout.
Step 5: Contour the crease
Take the deepest shade of the eyeshadow and blend it onto your crease to create more depth and bring out the shape of your eyes. The most effective way to do so is to blend it in a circular motion with a tapered brush, back and forth. A pro tip is to keep blending for a longer time, even when you think you are done. Blending well will ensure that all your eyeshadows work together, and the result is more polished. So, blend, blend, blend, and when in doubt, blend more and you are good to go. To add a perfect finish to your matte eyeshadow look, apply eyeliner or kajal or both and finish off with mascara.
Now that you’ve learned how to apply matte eyeshadow, you might be wondering which shade will suit you the best? Head to the Maybelline Virtual Try-On tool that helps you experiment with different eye, lip, and face makeup products, without any commitments. If you need some more help to finalise your lip makeup and select a lipstick shade that will best suit your matte eyeshadow look, you can try the Maybelline Lipstick Finder tool and stand out from the rest.