How To Make One Shade Eyeshadow Looks Work For You!

There are many options to choose from and experiment with when building an eye design i.e applying eyeshadow. The basic concept is to accentuate the eye shape or to change it, this is usually doe by progression from light to dark shadows. Blending is the kay to beautiful, seamless makeup; today I will start by providing a step by step tutorial of how to create a simple basic eye design with just one shade, over time I will build up to 4 colours which is what I tend to use as an experienced artist.

One Colour Eyeshadow

This design works so well because it is effortless and put together, by using one subtle/soft colour over the eye area it brightens up the eye. There are 2 ways to wear this design, 1 is to apply all over the lid from lash line to brow bone or just on the lower lid itself.


  • Start by placing the shade close to the lash line on the outer edge of the eye (closest to the temple), using a round eyeshadow brush.
  • Blend the colour from the lash line up into the crease line to add depth and shape.
  • Then brush a light wash of the same shadow over the lower eye lid to blend.
  • Ensure that there are no patches of skin peeking through the shadow.
  • Apply a small amount of shadow to the outer corner of the lower lash line.
  • This application looks great with a pop of colour (read on to expand the eyeshadow look).

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If you would like to create a more dramatic look then keep reading on for a step by step process:

  • Leading on from the previous eye design, continue blending from the crease line up to the brow bone.
  • Blend to avoid leaving any harsh lines towards the outer v of the eye.
  • This design work best with neutral colours unless going for a funk high fashion design.
  • The best colours for this look would be a light tan, taupe, beige, mauve, grey or auburn.
  • Ensure the deepest shadow is within the crease line or upper lash line.

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High Fashion

  • When working with powder, take your shade on big fluffy brush ad bled upwards from the outer v onto the temple.
  • Blend at the edges to ensure a soft and feathery look.
  • You can also blend from the inner eye into the contours of the nose.

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  • When using jewel tones or different textures such as cream products you can use a flat eyeshadow brush to swim the colour across the lids to create a dramatic effect.

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