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How to Apply Eye Shadow

Learn how to apply eye shadow from professional makeup artist Michelle Dittrich in this Howcast eye makeup tutorial.


"My name is Michelle Dittrich and I'm a make up artist. I've done make up on a lot of celebrities: Pam Anderson, Kanye West, Lenny Kravitz, Cynthia Nixon. Theres a big misconception that ""I could never do that look on the runway and you absolutely can. Everybody can. You'll play to your best attributes, and I can show you how to do that. I just finished a Summer look on Billy and now we're going to turn her into a dramatic eye for night-time look. We're going to keep her summery bronze look going just for a really hot night on the town now. Ok, so she has on the very first look that we started with, which was natural eyes, which we left for summer. But now she needs some more definition in her brows and we''re going to do her eyes entirely. So, lets start with your brows. I'm just going to add a little bit more definition. We used clear brow gel before but I just want to make sure that they don't get overpowered by the dramatic eye that we're about to do. So, I just did a little fill on this eyebrow, right eyebrow. And like I said ""small dashes similar in length to your brow hairs"". Ok? Just a little bit more defined. It automatically also makes you look like you have highlighter on your brow bone which you don't, because of the varying conrast that it adds. Ok. Small dashes throughout the entire brow. So now, I am going to apply, because we have already done a summer face and bronze look on billy, we want to protect it. So, here instead of a translucent power which I've used before. I'm going to use more of a peachy tone just to protect the make-up and we're going to leave it really powdery on her skin. So go ahead and roll the brush with the powder on it. Though, your not trying to mat her out, you just want to apply a really thick layer of powder to protect the make up that you've already done, cause we're going to use some darker shadows and we want them to not ruin the rest of her make up. Ok. This will be the brush that we'll dust it off with later but we're going to leave it like this for now and get started on the dramatic eye. I'm going to use a dark purple eyeliner. It's a very deep and dark eggplant kind of color and we're going to use that inside of the eye, a little bit smudged on the outside bottom as well as across the top lash line. And thats going to be our starting point and I'll show you where to go from there. As far as eye shadows go, I'm going to use this very dark purple Aubergine shimmer as well as a smoky gray and I'm actually going to start with kind of a cement-y brown. So lets start on the top lash line with the purple pencil. This does not matter if you do it perfectly or not because we're going to smudge it out anyway. The idea is just to get, really, a lot of color and depth next to the lash line and just smudge it across. So thats just very fast easy, we're going to smudge it in a moment with a brush but first I'm going to use this inside of her eyes. So, on yourself if you just take a brush and pop down the lower it, can you see that kinda pulls it out? It's easier than like, sticking a pencil inside of your eye.
Of course always make sure you sharpen your pencil after every time you use it.
Are you ok to do it this other way? Ok.
Alright, so, I was going to do a little bit actually underneath each, on the bottom lash lines too. It will help the shadow that we're going to apply, grip a little bit more as well as be more smudgy.
Alright, so, the next thing that we're going to do is take this kinda cement-y brown here with a medium kind of finger-sized brush, also flat, so it will fit right into your eye and across the lid. So, lets do this first.
We're going to make it look like we took a lot of time blending when we didn't.
So, starting on the outside like the outer half of the eye, just go ahead and make a V - and with the brush, you can see how i'm not using it like the finger, i'm using it on its side. So like this, into the crease, as well as halfway across the eye.
And make the small V - and blend it out. Ok?
So thats just the very first step. Do the same on the other eye. Pat it halfway across starting on the outside so when you use this kind of medium tone its going to create an illusion when we add darker tones throughout the rest of the eye.
So the next step to our look is going to be, to take this dark purple color that I pointed out earlier with an even smaller brush, more rounded brush than the last one and we're going to pull it across the whole lid.
So, go ahead and swirl it in, to the shadow. Give it a small tap and start right next to that purple line, softly blending outwards.
So where I started the first color out working inwards in a V - shape, now I'm starting in the middle of the eye and blending it into the other color and we're going to go ahead and blend it in to the very center and beginning of the eye but not applying more product because we don't want to be too, too, dramatic. That would be scary.
Ok, So we're still using this eggplant-y color, we started on the middle, worked our way in and used whatever was left on the brush to blend inwards.
We don't want to start on the inside with the majority of the color and work out cause it could be too dramatic. So, you can always add more.
Start in the middle, blend it into the V- that we made first in the other color
and then use the residue to pull in. So we'll do the other side now too.
Starting in middle, blending into the V- and into that lash line, liner that we did first and then using the residue on the brush, to pull the rest of the color inwards so as not to be too dramatic but to be Sexy dramatic.
Moving on.
Next brush that we're going to use is not as pencil-y or short and firm as the next one that we'll use but it is still of a similar type. So its going to apply in a more dramatic fashion, the eyeshadow that we're going to use underneath your eye, as well as on the outside of your eye to give that really cat look.
Ok. So now we're taking this deeper.
Its a kind of a mix between an eggplant and a cement.
So we used the cement first then we used the eggplant. Now we're using the kind of in between color.
So grab your brush, give it a tap and go ahead and look all the way up- and we're just going to smudge it out underneath the eye. Working our way in with the color like we did with the V- and giving it that nice lift at the end. All the way up- working it into that liner that we put first. So its gripping and adding a little bit more purple into it.
And then at the end, pulling up.
Really pretty.
So, now we're going to do a little bit of blending and then some mascara. So, I just want to go back to that original brush that we used to apply the first cement color.
Now it really should not have that much color on it but I'm just going to double check on the back on my hand so that if there is anything left, its ok if there's a little bit but you don't want to have too much..
So we're just going to go back. Close the eyes and just blend them all together make sure it has a nice soft edge, kinda pulling upwards towards the brow bone but we're not applying any more color.
We're just blending it out.
So you can be kinda free with your motions here like your doing a fan motion back and forth, to really blend it all together and fan it out.
Let's see. Oh, pretty.
Now what we're going to do is wipe, or more so, brush off the powder underneath, probably touch it up a little bit and then put the mascara on to finish the dramatic eye look.
So, I originally showed you the flat fan brush. This is of similar quality in that it has a very light, thinner, top to the brush.
We did have a little bit of fall down of color over here in particular you can see so I'm going to take a little bit more of the powder brush it all off. And the reason why I'm doing this before the mascara is so that we don't get little dust particles in your mascara. Because your mascara is going to take a moment to set.
So be free about this, don't be too meticulous this is supposed to be fun your dramatic going out at night look. It's easy to do, its' pretty perfect, and now we're going to do some mascara.
Let's see.
So, now we're going to go into mascara and if you want to make this look even more dramatic, i'm going to later show you how you can add some individual false lashes and to create an even more, flirty dramatic look.
Ok, so. I picked also, a very, very dark purple mascara to go with our dark purple eye. Our dramatic eye. And this is a fun way to wear color, all of it, but still have like a neutral look. So its a way to wear color without wearing color. That means it can go with your bronzy look its like, the cooler tones with a hint of egg plant. with all this warm pretty summer, can work.
So, I'm just going to continue that idea in a really dark purple so its gonna almost almost look black unless you really look at it.
When you're doing this, use that brush that you used to blend your shadows instead of your finger if you need to hold something. I'm going to use the brush on her but, you should look back into the mirror, tilt your head down and touch the mascara right to your lash line and pull up. Ok?
I'm just going to pull your lash line back a little bit and add some. So you can get right at that lash line and really pull it up.
So, you can see it doesn't look too purple but it's still purple, so that's fine. And do the other eye. On this look you can actually do a little bit on the bottom but I'm going to see how dramatic it looks on both eyes first.
So that finishes your basic dramatic eye look. And in the next video, I'll show you how to make it look even more dramatic with mascara on the bottom and individual false lashes on top."

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