Overwhelmed with all the different eyeshadow styles you see on your Instagram feed every day? Don’t worry, we have your back! Here is how you can create 4 of the most popular eyeshadow looks, even if you are a makeup newbie.
1. Smokey Eye Makeup
One can never go wrong with the cult favourite smokey eyes makeup look. Whether you prefer a dark and mysterious all matte smokey eye makeup or want to turn up the glam by adding some shimmery eyeshadows, smokey eyes are one of the hottest eyeshadow trends that will make you look uber-glam and chic. To create a smokey eyeshadow look, start by applying the lightest shade from the Maybelline Nudes Eyeshadow Palette all over your eyelid to create a base. Next, depending on your preference, pick a dark matte brown or shimmery eyeshadow from the palette and apply it to the inner half of your eyelid using a flat eyeshadow brush or your finger. If you cannot pick between the matte or shimmery eyeshadow for your smokey eye look, play with the different colours and textures and make up your mind using the Maybelline Virtual Try On tool. This virtual makeover tool allows you to test different Maybelline products in real time and with no commitment, so you can see yourself in Maybelline from the comfort of your own home!
Then, using a soft blending brush, apply the darkest matte brown shade to the outer half of your eyelid and blend it with the shimmery eyeshadow till there are no harsh lines. Now go in with the black eyeshadow and focus it on the outer third of your eyelid. Blend the black with the brown till the colours create a seamless gradient effect. Using a flat angled brush, line your upper lash line with the black eyeshadow and apply an intense black kajal on the upper and lower lash line to intensify the look. Since smokey eyes are intense and dramatic, keep the rest of your face and lip makeup simple to avoid creating a makeup look that is too loud and gaudy.
2. Cut Crease Eyeshadow Makeup
Create a dramatic contrast between your eyelid shade and your crease shade using a cut crease eyeshadow look. Here is how you can create this cool looking eyeshadow look in 4 simple steps -
i. Define your crease using the brown eyeshadow from the Maybelline City Mini Eyeshadow Rooftop Bronze Palette.
ii. Next, apply a brightening concealer across the lid, cutting your crease in a clean semi-circle or by extending the concealer outside the outer corner of your eye like a wing. Use the Maybelline Foundation Finder tool to find your concealer shade and then use a concealer that is one or two shades lighter to create a dramatic cut crease look.
iii. Use the lightest shimmer shade from the Rooftop Bronze eyeshadow palette and apply it to the part of your eyelid that still has the concealer. The tacky concealer will help the shimmery eyeshadow to adhere to your eyelid better.
iv. To amp up the cut crease eyeshadow, use a liquid eyeliner to create a bold wing or an intense cat eye look.
3. Nude Eyeshadow Makeup
Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to reserve your nude eyeshadow looks only for your no-makeup makeup days. Nude eyeshadows look great with a bold red lipstick or when you are creating a sun-kissed and fake tan face makeup look with a lot of bronzer and blush. The best part about nude eyeshadow shades is that you can also team it up with other dramatic eye looks like the smokey eye or cut crease. Simply swap out the shimmery eyeshadow shades from either of the two looks with a nude eyeshadow, highlight the inner corner with a powder highlighter, and add a touch of liquid highlighter on your brow bone to instantly transform the look. Finish off the nude eyeshadow look with your favorite eyeliner and mascara and you are done!
4. Natural Eyeshadow Makeup
Natural eyeshadow looks are perfect for when you want to create a no-makeup “I woke up like this” makeup look. When looking for an eyeshadow shade to create a natural eyeshadow look, pick a colour that closely matches your skin tone – you want the eyeshadow shade to create a ‘your skin but better’ look. Add a faint wash of the natural eyeshadow using a very light hand to enhance the natural colour of your eyelids. Keep the eye makeup look diffused and blended without any stark demarcations. Large and fluffy blending brushes work best for creating natural eyeshadow looks. To complete the look, ditch the eyeliner and kajal and add only one single coat of mascara to your curled lashes. If you want to make your eyes appear brighter and more wide-awake, apply a white or peach kajal only to your lower waterline.
Just knowing these different eyeshadow looks might not be enough if you are a complete eye makeup beginner. To achieve flawless looking eye makeup, regardless of the style, check out our Step By Step Eyeshadow Makeup Guide For Beginners.