Eyeshadow Tips: How To Create Depth With Eyeshadow

October 29, 2006

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 using brown eyeshadow

To create the illusion of depth with brown eyeshadow, all it takes is a few easy steps and the following:

• 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, 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!


  • Reply Jenny October 30, 2006 at 1:50 am

    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

  • Reply Anonymous October 30, 2006 at 3:23 am

    any breakdown of this look? post 62 thrid pic http://www.thefashionspot.com/forums/f47/asian-eyes-3082-4.html

  • Reply Kim October 31, 2006 at 12:06 am

    ooh awesome!

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

    did you buy any of the holiday sets yet :p

  • Reply lynn October 31, 2006 at 1:59 am

    best post ever….

  • Reply Phyllis October 31, 2006 at 8:12 am

    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.

  • Reply starlight143 November 1, 2006 at 5:30 pm

    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!

  • Reply Anonymous November 1, 2006 at 10:28 pm

    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


    Love ur blog btw ^^

  • Reply Phyllis November 4, 2006 at 6:53 am

    When I say the entire eyelid, I am referring to the area between your lashline and your crease.

    Try reading this


    for tips to make your liner stay on longer.

  • Reply vivian January 12, 2007 at 8:11 pm

    What if you don’t have a crease? =/

  • Reply ennx February 14, 2008 at 7:58 am

    hiii! omg that tutorial makes me believe that make up is like plastic surgery without the pain 😀

    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

  • Reply Attilenore M. Austria February 9, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    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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