How To Apply 2 Shade Eye Shadow

By on June 8, 2011

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Adding contour to your eye makeup gives your eyes depth and dimension; using only one color of eyeshadow on your entire lid, on the other hand, can make your eyes appear flat and plain. Two-color eyeshadow palettes are especially convenient for makeup wearers who want to appear polished but have no time to coordinate eyeshadow shades before heading off to school or work. Whether you are a novice who is only beginning to experiment with eyeshadow, or an expert skilled at makeup application, two-color palettes are widely available, both from high-end cosmetics companies and in more affordable drugstore brands.



  • Two-color eyeshadow palette
  • Eye-makeup primer
  • Concealer or flesh-tone eyeshadow
  • Flat-head eyeshadow brush
  • Eyeshadow crease brush
  • Fluffy eyeshadow brush
  • Tissue
  • Angled eyeliner brush
  • Cotton swab
  • Brow color
  • Eyelash curler
  • Mascara
  • Mid-size fluffy brush
  • Foundation or under-eye concealer
  • Translucent powder

  • Instructions:



    1- Help your eye makeup last throughout the day by applying an eye-makeup primer on clean eyelids, from lash line to brow bone. After the primer is absorbed into your skin, create a base for the colors you will be using by smoothing on a flesh-tone eyeshadow or concealer, also from lash line to brow bone. This will help your eyeshadow stand out against your skin.

    2- Lay down the lighter of the two eye shadows in your palette, from lash line to crease, using an eyeshadow brush with a flat head. Swirl an eyeshadow crease brush into the darker eyeshadow and tap off excess to minimize product fallout under the eyes. Sweep the color back and forth over the crease. To contour eyelids that don’t have an obvious crease, create a sideways “V” shape on the outer corner of the eye instead (see Resources). In either case, you may leave the lower lids bare, or subtly intensify your eye makeup by swiping the crease brush onto lower lash lines to transfer some of the darker eyeshadow onto bottom lids. Or skip this step and proceed to Step 3 to use the two-color eyeshadow palette for a more dramatic evening look.

  • 3- Stipple the darker color on from lash line to slightly above the crease with the flat-head eyeshadow brush. Sweep the eyeshadow onto lower lash lines as well, to balance your eye makeup and keep it from being top-heavy. With a clean, fluffy eyeshadow brush, blend the color from the crease upward, to just under the brow bone. This creates a sultry, smoky effect. Wipe the hairs of the brush on a piece of tissue before dipping it into the lighter color, which you apply to the brow bone.

  • 4- Use the fluffy eyeshadow brush to blend away any demarcation lines that indicate where one color ends and another begins. Dip a moistened angled eyeliner brush into the darker eyeshadow and work the color into both top and bottom lash lines. You aren’t actually lining your eyes here, but rather intensifying your lash lines. When the eyeshadow dries, run a cotton swab over any jagged edges for a neatly smudged look.

  • 5- Give your eye makeup a polished finish by filling in your brows, curling your eyelashes and applying mascara. If there are any eyeshadow particles under your eyes, briskly brush them away with a mid-size fluffy brush. Blend your regular foundation or under-eye concealer over stubborn spots to erase them. Prevent under-eye makeup from creasing by dusting translucent powder on the area.