Eyeshadow Tips: How To Apply Different Kinds Of Eyeshadows

Here are the different ways to apply different kinds of eyeshadows as requested by Joselle. Click here to learn more about the different kinds of eyeshadows.

Always pat (never rub) when you apply powder eyeshadow. That way, the color will adhere to your skin better and stay more vibrant. You can use:

* Sponge tip applicators – pick ones with small pores
* Brushes – try MAC #239 Eye Shading Brush
* Fingers

* Brushes – try MAC’s #252 Larger Shader Brush
* Fingers – I personally would not recommend using fingers since your body oils can make cream eyeshadows crease more easily.

Loose Powder/Pigments
Like powder eyeshadow, the key is to pat it on. Wetting your brush with water or MAC Water Base Mixing Medium will also help the eyeshadow adhere to your skin.

* Brushes – try MAC’s #239 Eye Shading Brush
* Fingers

Eyeshadow Pencils
Apply directly onto the eye and blend.

* Brush
* Fingers

Eye Glosses
These are probably the most difficult to master. Remember to always use sparingly and never put any powder underneath.

* Fingers
* Brush

Rule of Thumb – Start with a small amount – you can always build up the color gradually. If you applied too much, simply blot the area with a Kleenex.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. hey, today i just bought the full coverage mac foundation. its like creamy. and i really know nothing about mac foundation! is that suitable for Dry skin? and also for us, asians. we should use NC range for mac?

  2. OOPS hahaha, i just saw your profile! i use NC30 too. first time trying out MAC cos i read ur blog last wk, and got interested in MAC hence decided to buy one myself. anyway i have dry skin too.. just wanna know since we r the same skintone and dry skin, which foundation u use? and your face looks so dewy, when i applied e foundation, my face looks so err fair/dead lah.

  3. hey Ju, I did not use any foundation, only concealer, in the recent looks I did which probably explains why my skin looks dewy.

    I do use foundation once a while for a more polished look though. I really like Laura Mercier’s Moisturizing Foundation, MAC’s Full Coverage Foundation(as a concealer) and Maybelline’s Instant Age Rewind. For more reviews on foundations I have tried, please read the following:


  4. oh and to answer your question about MAC, I do think asians should go with the NC range since most of of us have warm undertones.

  5. can i also ask, for dry skin we should use water-based/oil based? is mac full coverage oil/water based?

    i just have alot of troubles for foundation.. cos it’s quite important to me, but i dont understand the warm/yellow/pink undertones part. could you elaborate more? will really appreciate your help!

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