Here are 19 eyeshadow basics everyone should know, from Buzzfeed:
1. Figure out which eye shape you have, so you can learn more about different shading techniques that work best for you.
2. Learn the lingo so you know which part of your eye is what.
Everything makes more sense if you actually know what the tutorial is referring to by “crease.” From here.
4. Choose the eyeshadow formula that works best for what you want.
Cream eyeshadows work best as a base color for powder eye shadow, or for solid, single-color coverage.
Loose eyeshadows are often where you find the most color pigment, but can be messy and tricky to work with.
Pressed eyeshadows are the most common type of shadow, because they blend easily without being too messy.
7. Figure out which shades of your basic eyeshadow palette are meant for each part of your eye.
It all depends on how you want to shade and shape your eye, but there are a few general guidelines:
The lightest color usually works well as a brow bone highlighter.
The second lightest color usually looks good on your lid.
The second darkest color usually works best in your crease.
The darkest color usually works best in your outer corner.
Full tutorial here.
12. Don’t be afraid to make a very defined shape first, then blend it so the edges fade away.
14. If you have hooded eyes, practice applying makeup with your eyes open instead of closed so your crease colors are actually visible.
Of course, you wouldn’t actually draw a black line and then head out for the evening, but the black line shows how applying shadow with your eyes open will give you a different, more visible shape. Get more tips for hooded eyes here.
16. If you have trouble drawing a neat “outer v”, try starting with a hashtag shape.
You can use an eyeshadow pencil, eyeshadow on a stiffer-bristled brush, or even eyeliner pencil to draw the hashtag. Then, blend it out using a blending brush. If you used an eyeliner pencil and the brush isn’t moving the product around enough, try gently blending with a cotton swab instead. From here.
17. Makeup fallout is inevitable (especially with darker shadows), but there are definitely ways to fix it.
One note: before sticking tape to your face, stick it on another part of your body (say, your arm) first, then peel it off so it doesn’t hurt when you tap it against your more delicate face skin. Here’s the tutorial.
19. Keep all your hard work in place with a spritz of setting spray.
This is not a necessary step, but if your makeup doesn’t look like it’s still there at the end of the day, these can help. Just spritz *before* you apply mascara, so your mascara doesn’t run. Read more about different types of setting spray here.