Eyeshadow Tips: How To Create Depth With Eyeshadow

They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend but I say makeup is what every girl should befriend, especially a good brown eyeshadow.

When used properly, brown eyeshadow can add depth to your eyes and make them look a gazillion times bigger. Plus pretty much any eye color and skin tone would look good with it. Need proof? Check out the following example taken from the latest issue of Easy Finder:


Before and After

How To Use Brown Eyeshadow To Create Depth
To create the illusion of depth with brown eyeshadow, all it takes is a few easy steps and the following tools:

* Brown eyeshadow of your own choice (NARS Duo Eyeshadow in India Song was used on model Angelababy above)



* Black eyeliner
* Mascara
* Eyelash curler
* 2 to 3 eyeshadow brushes

Step 1. Using a dense eyeshadow brush, pat the brown eyeshadow onto your entire eyelid.

Step 2. Blend the eyeshadow upwards with a fluffy brush so there is a gradation of color, i.e. keeping the color darkest along the lashline and fading gradually as you go upwards.

Step 3. Line your top and bottom lashlines with an eyeliner.

Step 4. Smudge the brown eyeshadow on your lower eye to soften the line.

Step 5. Curl your lashes and apply several coats of mascara.

Voila! Bigger, deep-set eyes in no time!

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.

11 COMMENTS

  1. oh wow. just last week i was thinking hey brown eyeshadow makes my eyes look bigger and I kept trying to recreate that look but never managed it again. This was really useful

    Thanks phyllis

  2. ooh awesome!

    any recs for a nice dark brown for the contouring (MAC preferably)?

    did you buy any of the holiday sets yet :p

  3. Hey Kim, the holiday sets aren’t out in London yet but I already had someone from the US purchase them for me and they are on its way here (can’t wait!!!) Will post reviews once I get them.

  4. Oh hey I do the same thing with MAC tempting but instead of black eyeliner I use a brown one. I also apply the eyeshadow with a brush first and blend with my finger since I only have one brush!

  5. Hi just wondering, what do u mean by the EnTIRE eyelid? is it the part from the lashline to the eyebrows?

    Also, do u have any tips on non-smudging eyeliner and mascara? I’ve tried waterproof for both but by midday they already start to run T.T

    Thanks!

    Love ur blog btw ^^

  6. hiii! omg that tutorial makes me believe that make up is like plastic surgery without the pain :D

    i was wondering though, is it okay for you to do a step by step? I’ve been trying really hard to recreate the lok, but so far its not working :(

    thank yuuu :)
    <3 happy valentines day btw :P

  7. THis is interesting! Can you please give me an idea of the different types of brushes and post corresponding pics for each. I am married with 1 daughter and a university employee and want to look smart always. But i need to know some basics about make-up. Please help!

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