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How To Do Eye Makeup For Beginners

Knowing how to do eye makeup is important for all makeup lovers. This tutorial will help any beginner learn how to apply eye makeup professionally from here on out.

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How to Do Eye Makeup | Step-by-Step Tutorial

A Beginners Guide on How to Do Eye Makeup

We’ve all gone through the awkward beginner stages of learning how to apply makeup: not knowing what brush to use, not knowing what a crease is, or not knowing how to properly blend your foundation.

If you’ve found yourself staring at the mirror wondering what goes where we’ve got your back. This step-by-step eye makeup tutorial for beginners will get you on the right track!

Step 1. Always Start with an Eye Primer


Take out your eye makeup kit to get started with the first step which is the eye primer as a base. Eye primer creates a smooth and clear surface ready for applying eye makeup.



Once the primer has dried, apply your eyeshadow foundation, concealer or base. This way, the eyeshadow sticks better on your skin.

Step 2. Start with 4 Basic Neutral Shades


For beginners, who want to pull off a ‘no makeup’ makeup or everyday natural look, you need 4 basic shades. You need a contour shade 2-3 shades darker than your skin:

  • A highlighter with a shade lighter than your skin tone
  • Matte mid-tone shade
  • A matte black shade

If you have a facial highlighter, you can use it too.

Step 3. Grab the Essential Eye Makeup Brushes


You will need a small and medium-sized blending brush, a small flat eyeshadow brush for application, and a smudger (optional).

Step 4. Begin to Apply Highlighter


Glide your flat brush on the lightest shade and apply this on the inner corner of the eyes. This is where most of the product should be. You can easily blend outwards after.

Always make sure to take out makeup residue by tapping your brush or brushing it at the back of your hands before applying.

Step 5. Do the Eyebrows


Here’s a neat trick you can try: Dip the tip of the brush in water to dampen it. Then, glide it on the eyeshadow.

Apply again on the innermost corner of the eyes (tear duct area). You’ll be amazed at how pigmented it is.


Once you’re done, use the same color to highlight the arch of your eyebrows.

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Step 6. Now the Eyeshadow


Now, on to the mid-tone shade. With a blending brush, apply the eyeshadow shade above the crease, blending inwards from the outer corners.

Learn how to apply eyeshadow for beginners step by step tutorial for brown eyes here.


Eyeshadow Tip: Hold your brush to the outer corner of your eye to check if you’ve applied the correct amount of eyeshadow. Nothing should fall below the brush.

How will you know you didn’t overdo it with the shadow? Hold your brush at the edge of your nose going up to the edge of the eyes. Anything below the line should be clear.

Step 7. Contour the Eyes


Using the contour shade, apply from the outer corner while blending into the crease on the outer half of the eye.

Please make sure you don’t blend too high. The mid-tone shade should always be higher than the contour shade.

Step 8. Do the Eyelashes


Your eyelid makeup is done so you can now proceed to the bottom part of the eye. Mix the mid-tone color and the contour shade, and apply on the bottom lash line starting from the outer corner until it meets the highlighter.

Step 9. Highlight Corners of the Eyes


To complete the look, apply the matte black eyeshadow on the outer corner of the eyes and close to the bottom lash line. This will make the eyes a little more dramatic.

Step 10. Curl and Volumize Lashes


But of course, it won’t look as pretty if your lashes aren’t curled… then mascara…


You can get your mascara tips and tricks here for va-va-voom eyes!

Step 11. Apply the Eyeliner


And finally, your eyeliner… Simple eye makeup with eyeliner can make the difference between ‘will do’ and gorgeous eye makeup.

You can take this tightening makeup tutorial to make your eyes brighter and bigger, plus eye makeup tips for small eyes.

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You can finish your eye makeup off with false eyelashes! You can also do this lengthening and volumizing eyelash trick if you’re up to false eyelashes.

For a closer look at how to do eye makeup, watch this video by TheMakeupChair:

As you can see, it’s quite easy to learn how to do eye makeup. We hope this step-by-step tutorial taught you good on how to do eye makeup for a natural, everyday look.

With some practice, you’ll be able to master it. Once you do, blending colors and creating new looks will be as easy as pie!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on March 12, 2017, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.


  • Ama Otoo
    Posted August 15, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    Now with this much knowledge, I think I’m ready to start some “proper” eye makeup.Whoop Whoop!! Thanks a lot for this article. :-)

  • ama
    Posted August 15, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Now with this much knowledge, I think I’m ready to start some “proper”
    eye makeup.Whoop Whoop!! Thanks a lot for this article. :-)

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