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15 Eye Makeup Ideas For Beginners

By Staff Writer
Share to Pinterest15 Eye Makeup Ideas For Beginners

It's time to banish those beauty jitters! You don't have to be a makeup maestro to have stunning eye makeup. We get it–the idea of wielding brushes and eyeshadow palettes might seem daunting at first, but creating incredible eye looks can be easy. Whether you just want to accentuate your natural beauty or create a glamorous look for a big event, there are tons of ways to create eye-catching eye makeup without years of practice.


Embrace your natural beauty with neutrals

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If you're intimidated by the idea of putting bold colors on your eyelids, then a neutral look is a great way to start your journey into makeup. It's also a great way to look polished with that popular "no makeup" makeup look. First, look for an eyeshadow palette with colors similar to but darker than your skin tone. Start with your eyeshadow primer, then add a light base of the color and build up the shade as you go. The outer crease of your eye should have the darkest shade, with your inner crease the lightest.

Finish with a highlight color on your inner crease. Use a fluffy brush to blend the lightest shade toward the darkest until it looks natural. Add a coat of mascara to finish the look, and voila!


Add the timeless beauty of a classic winged cat eye

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To achieve this alluring look, grab a liquid eyeliner and begin by drawing a thin line along your upper lash line, starting from the inner corner and extending it slightly past your outer corner. Then, extend the line even more outward to create the classic winged look.

If free-handing the cat eye sounds intimidating, you can use tape on the outside of your eye to help guide the shape. Simply apply the liner, let it dry, then remove the tape and enjoy the clean line!


Shine like a star with glimmer eyeshadow

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An easy way to elevate your eye makeup is with shimmering eyeshadow. Since the shadow itself is the star, you can worry less about blending multiple colors, and use only one. Having eyes that sparkle has never been easier! For a natural glow, use an eyeshadow that's similar in shade to your eyelids.

If you're feeling bold, go with an eyeshadow to complement your eye color. For brown eyes, look for shimmery purple or green eyeshadow. For blue eyes, try gold or bronze for a striking contrast. For green eyes, purple or maroon are solid choices to make them pop.


Make a statement with false eyelashes

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No time to bother with blending eyeshadow? Throw on a pair of false eyelashes for an easy upgrade to your look! If you're heading for a night out, put on voluminous lashes to instantly open up your eyes and give you that irresistible doe-eyed look. For everyday glam, choose wispy lashes for subtle length and volume.

For events like festivals, there are even lashes decorated with rhinestones or glitter! No matter which false lashes you choose, don't forget to apply them with a reliable lash adhesive and trim them to fit your eye shape.


Add some fun with a pop of color

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Add a pop of color for an easy and playful twist to your eye makeup. One way is to choose a bright eyeshadow shade that complements your eye color and apply it to the center of your lids. Blend it softly towards the inner and outer corners for a seamless transition. Another way is by using colored eyeliner to line your eyes. You could even try colored mascara!


Focus on the lash line

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Use a pencil eyeliner to draw a thin line along your upper and lower lash lines, keeping it as close to the lashes as possible. This will make your lashes appear fuller and define your eyes. Skip the eyeshadow for a minimalistic approach, or add a neutral shadow as a base for a more polished finish. Pair with mascara, and you'll have a chic and easy look.


Double the fun with double liner

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Apply a thin line of black eyeliner along your upper lash line and a slightly thicker line of colored or glitter eyeliner just above it. Try a colored liner that's a shade that complements your outfit for the ultimate polished look. This is a great way to add some fun to your eye makeup without too much skill needed since the black eyeliner will help cover up mistakes.


Look effortless with a smudge

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Get in touch with your inner rockstar and try the smudged eyeshadow look. In fact, if you've ever rubbed your eyeshadow into a mess when you're tired, then you've already tried it! To achieve the smudged eyeshadow look, start by applying a base shade to your lids. Then, use a smudging brush or your fingertip to apply a darker shade along your upper and lower lash lines.

Blend the color, blurring the lines for that effortless and smoky finish. The best part of this look? Since it's intended to look messy, you can't mess it up!


Try a stencil for perfection

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Stenciling your eyeliner makes it easy to achieve professional-level results without the need for advanced skills. You can find eyeliner stencils at beauty supply stores, and they come in tons of sizes for every eye shape. You can even mix it up by applying colored eyeshadow with the stencil.


Highlight the inner corner

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To achieve the inner corner highlight, choose an eyeshadow shade that complements your skin tone and eye color. Light champagne, soft gold, or pearly shades work well for most eye colors, while lighter pastels can add a bolder pop.

Using a small eyeshadow brush or your fingertip, gently apply the chosen highlight shade to the inner corners of your eyes. You can blend it slightly onto the lower lash line for a seamless transition. The inner corner highlight brightens up your eyes and counteracts any signs of tiredness. This option is an easy addition to your everyday makeup routine.


Add dimension with crease color

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To start with crease color eye makeup, select an eyeshadow shade that is a few shades darker than your lid color and complements your eye color and overall makeup look. Neutrals like soft browns or warm taupes work well for beginners.

Using a fluffy eyeshadow brush, gently apply the crease color to the hollow of your eye, starting from the outer corner and blending inward toward the center. The key is to create a soft, diffused effect, so be sure to blend well to avoid harsh lines.


Be bold with neons

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Experiment with neon eyeshadows for a fun and easy look. Choose one neon color that complements your eye and skin tone. Line your eye with black eyeliner and add mascara. The neon color will be the star, so you can keep the rest simple, but you'll still look like you put together a great eye look.


Mix it up with lower lash line color

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Apply a bold eyeshadow or liner to the lower lash line, and keep your eyelid and upper lash line simple. A bold color can be balanced with a dark eyeliner, whereas a lighter lower lash line color may look better with just mascara.


Add metallics for a sophisticated flair

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Apply metallic eyeshadow on your lids, focusing on the center. Blend with neutral tones for a luxurious and multidimensional finish. This eye-catching style is perfect for special events, date nights, or when you simply want to radiate elegance and charm.


Stay a step above with floating eyeliner

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Instead of lining your upper lash line, draw a bold yet precise line slightly above your crease, creating the illusion of floating eyeliner. You can use black or colored eyeliner to add extra oomph to your look.



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