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How to Apply Eyeshadow Eyeliner: 12 Powder Eyeliner Tips and Tutorials

Certainly! Applying eyeshadow and eyeliner can greatly enhance the appearance of your eyes. Here are some tips and tutorials for applying powder eyeliner and eyeshadow:

Eyeshadow Application Tips:

  1. Prep Your Eyelids: Begin by applying an eyeshadow primer or a concealer to your eyelids. This helps the eyeshadow to stay put and prevents creasing.

  2. Select the Right Brushes: Use different sizes and shapes of brushes for various purposes - a fluffy blending brush for diffusing color, a smaller brush for precise application, and a flat brush for packing on color.

  3. Create a Base: Apply a neutral eyeshadow that matches your skin tone all over your eyelid to create a smooth base.

  4. Transition Shade: Use a mid-tone eyeshadow in a shade slightly darker than your skin tone as a transition shade in the crease. Blend it well to create a seamless transition between colors.

  5. Deepen the Crease: Apply a darker shade to the outer corner and crease of your eye, gradually building the color for depth. Blend it well to avoid harsh lines.

  6. Highlight the Brow Bone: Use a light, shimmery eyeshadow shade on your brow bone to highlight and lift the area.

  7. Apply Eyeshadow to Lower Lash Line: Use a small brush to apply eyeshadow to the lower lash line, connecting it to the upper eyelid colors for a cohesive look.

Powder Eyeliner Application Tips:

  1. Use an Angled Brush: Opt for a thin, angled eyeliner brush for precision. Dampen it slightly to intensify the pigment of the eyeshadow.

  2. Choose the Right Eyeshadow: Select a matte eyeshadow shade that matches the intensity you desire for your eyeliner.

  3. Create the Eyeliner Shape: Start by sketching out the desired eyeliner shape along the upper lash line, using short, controlled strokes.

  4. Connect the Lines: Connect the outer corner of the eyeliner to the eyeshadow on the outer corner of your eye for a seamless finish.

  5. Adjust Thickness: Thicken or adjust the eyeliner gradually as needed, ensuring symmetry on both eyes.

  6. Experiment with Colors: Don’t limit yourself to black or brown; experiment with different eyeshadow colors to create unique eyeliner looks.


  1. YouTube: Video tutorials on channels like "Lisa Eldridge," "Jaclyn Hill," or "NikkieTutorials" offer comprehensive step-by-step guides for eyeshadow and eyeliner application.

  2. Makeup Blogs: Websites like Makeup Geek, Temptalia, or often feature detailed pictorial tutorials on eyeshadow and eyeliner application.

Remember, practice makes perfect! Experimenting with different techniques and colors will help you find what works best for your eye shape and personal style.