5 Tips on How to Apply Eye Makeup for Beginners

Guide on how to apply eye makeup if you have never done it before

By Sarah Potter
5 Tips on How to Apply Eye Makeup for Beginners

Have you ever find yourself staring so hard at the mirror and wondering what hideous thing you’ve done to your eyes? Eye makeup is no doubt one of the significant spices that make your make up look WOW. And a lot of self-approved beginners have had to struggle so hard to be perfect at it. There’s so much to learn, and it might become frustrating or tiring at some point.

You probably have asked so many questions and haven’t gotten any answer to them. Some of which could be; what brushes do you need for your eye makeup? How to apply eye makeup that fits your eyes?  How and where to properly apply your eye shadow? And many others.

Well, you don’t have to worry, we got you covered on this. This not just a general guide, but here we have guides for each unique eye color which would enable you to achieve a fantastic result.

How to Apply Eye Makeup for Blue Eyes

Blue eyes are highly conspicuous. It is said to be one of the most attractive and unique eye colors. To highlight your eye color and make it look a bit more appealing, here are some simple, foolproof guides on how to apply your eye makeup.

1. Start by priming your eyes

To do this, you would require a color correcting concealer and foundation. Apply the right and necessary amount of the concealer (this would be easier if you have a concealer pen) on your eyelids, under eye circles and wherever you have any sort of discoloration. Then using your pinky finger, blend the concealer. After doing this, apply a bit of foundation to make your skin tone even and to aid your eye shadow to adhere and stay in place. You could also use a primer if you have one.

2. Fill your brows up and shape them

Fill up the bare areas of your brow and develop it using a suitable brow pencil. Whatever shade of pencil you pick should be similar to brow and hair color. Make sure to follow the natural course or shape of your eyebrows too.

3. Fix in your Eye shadow Base

Use the matte brown eye shadow as your base color. It should be applied from the lower half of your upper eyelid to your crease, but not into the crease. Make sure to blend properly.

4. Apply a burnt bronze shade

Just above the crease where you have applied the matte brown, rub in a burnt bronze shade after which you should blend the shadow properly.

5. Rub in a gold tone to your crease

Apply the gold tone over your crease and make sure to blend evenly.

6. Overlay with Taupe eye shadow

Use a taupe eye shadow to overlay your crease and gently blend it.

7. Accentuate your inner corner

The main aim is to highlight the inner corner of your eyes, and you can do this by applying your highlighter to the inner corner of your eyes. If you don’t have a highlighter, try using a light but neutral shimmery shade from your eye shadow palette

8. Don’t forget your mascara

Add some volume and curl to your lashes using black mascara. Do this by coating your upper lid lashes twice and the lower one twice.

Video Tutorial

Below is a useful video tutorial of the steps above with similar color palettes being used: 

How to Apply Eye Makeup for Hooded Eyes

Just in case you are wondering, hooded eyes are those which have too much skin folding down the brow bone, up to your lash line and obstructing your crease. This would make your eyelids smaller. To apply eye makeup, that makes those eyes look amazing, here are some tips.

1. Start by priming your eyes

Hooded eyes more than any other eyes need a primer because their eye makeup can easily be ruined. It can be quite frustrating when you achieve perfect cat eyes only for it to get smudged. If you don't have a primer, a concealer and foundation in small quantities will do.

2. Matte Makeup is perfect

Using a dense shadow brush, apply the matte eye shadow to your upper eyelid. Apply some shimmery cream shade just below your eyeballs. Then add a bit of highlight at the center of your upper eyelids, above the lash line.

3. Accentuate the Inner Corner of your Eyelids

Using a pencil brush, apply light and shimmery highlighter to the inner corner of the eyelids and also beneath the arch of your brows.

4. Water-Resistant Eye Makeup is better

This is majorly applicable to mascaras and eyeliners. Water-proof products are much better because they have a lower tendency to get smeared on an unintended part.

5. Make your Eyeliner Winged and thin

You should line your eyelids thinly since they are small, this would allow for more space for your eye shadow. Make sure to keep your eyes open while applying the makeup, so you know what you're doing.

Video Tutorial

Here's a good video tutorial to show you how this makeup can be done: 

How to Apply Eye Makeup for Green Eyes

Green eyes are the rarest color of eyes and are mysteriously enchanting. Green eyed ladies have the luck entirely with eye makeup because they are able to create different looks because of their eye color. They are also able to use a variety of colors such as gold, wine, shimmering taupe, purple and smokey grey.

  1. Use a fluffy brush to apply a nude or peach eye shadow as your base color.
  2. Use this same brush to apply a warm brown eye shadow on the crease of your eyelids
  3. Using a flat, stiff brush, apply a warm shimmery copper eye shadow.
  4. Use a black eyeliner, to line the waterline of your lower eyelids and also coat your upper and lower lashes with your mascara.
  5. You can also add a pair of false lashes if you want. 

Video Tutorial

Similarly, a good video on how to enhance your beautiful green eyes with this makeup tutorial:

How to Apply Eye Makeup for Hazel Eyes

Hazel eyes can be quite confusing as they contain a variety of colors, which could be green, brown, gold and even gray. The colors you use for your eye makeup would determine what which of the various colors would stand out.

1. Apply your primer

Put on little amounts of primer on each of your eyelids and then blend with the tip or pad of your fingers.

2. Apply some brown eye shadow

Use a dense shadow brush to apply some brown eye shadow over your eyelids. The whole of your eyelids should be covered, even up to your crease.

3. Highlight your crease

Use a fluffy blending brush to apply in circular motion some gold eye shadow (or whatever color you decide) on your crease area, even to the outer corner of your eyelid and then blend.

4. Accentuate the inner edge of your eyelids

Use a pencil brush to apply a shimmery cream shade to the inner corner of your lids and also right under your brow bone. Then blend using a fluffy brush.

5. The line beneath your lower lashes

Do this using an emerald green color (or whatever color you want to highlight in your eyes). Applying this green color will not just bring out the green in your eyes (this refers to other colors) but also create some depth effect. Using a pencil brush, make sure you blend

6. Line your upper lash

Do this using a medium brown eyeliner.

Video Tutorial

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How to Apply Eye Makeup after Eyelid Surgery

Applying your makeup to your eyes after surgery is not as hard as it sounds. It's merely following your standard procedures, only you would have to follow certain precautions to ensure you don't get any infections or cause any injuries to your eyes. After surgery, your eyes would have to take a break of makeup for at least two weeks. Although the space of time depends on what the physician advises you to do.

It is important to note that, you have to change your make-up set because, of the bacteria that might have settled over it during previous use. The major things to change are your eyeliner and mascara. It would also do you more good to buy new makeup products that are water-based. Make sure the incisions on your eyelids are completely healed before you attempt any sought of eye makeup.


Applying the perfect makeup to your eyes would really do a great deal to your face makeup and also complement your outfit. Ensure always to put on an eye makeup that goes well with your eye color and general look. Remember that your make up after surgery remains the same, only that you have to be careful and also change your makeup set.