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How To Apply Eye Shadow

Glamour-eyes your beauty routine with shadow that looks like it was done by a professional.


  • TIP: Round-out the wing shape for a less dramatic look.
  • Step 1: Sweep the dark shade in the crease and "wing" out at your eye's outside corner with another brush or sponge-tip applicator.
  • Step 2: Slightly blend each shadow color into the other with a brush so there are no stark edges.
  • Step 3: Use a little loose or pressed powder to blot and set the shadow.
  • FACT: Ancient Egyptians used eye shadow as early as 10,000 B.C.
  • Step 4: Use a brush or sponge-tip applicator to apply the medium color from the center of your eyelid out and up to the crease.
  • Step 5: Apply the lightest shade with a brush or sponge-tip applicator from your lash line up to your eyebrow. Cover the entire lid.
  • TIP: You can also apply a primer specifically formulated for eyes with a sponge-tip applicator or your finger.
  • Step 6: Choose the type of eye shadow that's easiest for you to use and control: powder, cream, or pencil.
  • Step 7: Choose a light, medium, and dark shade that complement your eye color and skin tone.
  • TIP: Save black, dark gray, and deep purple for nighttime.
  • Step 8: Pat your clean eyelids with loose or pressed powder to create a base for longer-lasting, crease-free shadow.

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