Eyeshadow School Makeup Tips & Tricks

Eyeshadow School: Ombre Lid

Happy Monday!
I come to you with another installment of shadow school! We are almost through the different techniques (just a couple more) and then we will move to colors (for your eyes & skin tones) and some other fun stuff. I hope you are all enjoying it so far!

Every Eyeshadow technique simplified! So awesome!

Photos by Jessica Janae
Step one: Prime those lids! Seriously I always want to skip this step but it’s not worth it!

Step Two: Using a fluffy brush cover your whole lid with a Midi Shadow – MAC Soft Brown in Photo- (any medium shade shadow colors are included!) From your lashline all the way up to where your brow bone begins.

Step Three: Take a Crease Brush and a deep shade to softly run across the lash line. (MAC SMUT in photo)

Step Four: Using a Light Shadow (preferably one with a little shimmer) and a fluffy brush highlight right below the arch of your brow. (MAC Nylon in photo)

Why I love it: It’s so simple! And looks really flawless with a teensy bit of effort.

Pair it with: Some tightline eyeliner and lashes for an extra glamorous look!

Who it looks fabulous on: It looks especially pretty on prominent eyes and hooded eyes. (weird because those are kind of seem like opposites, but it’s true:) Because it recedes the lid right above the eyeball and brings the arch forward to balance everything out.


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    August 25, 2014 at 5:52 am

    This is so pretty! Love it. Can you do a series on identifying your eye type, kind of how you did with “face shape?” I know it should be obvious but I’m not sure what kind of eyes I have.

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    August 25, 2014 at 6:10 am

    I love eyeshadow school! Thanks so much Cara for another great lesson.

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    August 25, 2014 at 6:26 am

    I love this. I do this all the time, but put the dark shadow along my lower lashes as well. I never think to take the color all the way to the inside of the eye. I’m going to try it! Thanks Cara!

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    Beauty Vanity
    August 25, 2014 at 6:26 am

    Love! The darker shadow near the lash line is so subtle but makes a huuuge difference!

    xx Alyson
    The Beauty Vanity

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    August 25, 2014 at 6:57 am

    What colors did you use for eye shadow to create this look?

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    Hope Howland (@HHDesigns)
    August 25, 2014 at 7:12 am

    Oh I cannot wait to try this!! Thanks for the tip!

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    Ashley H
    August 25, 2014 at 8:07 am

    I have been loving eyeshadow school! This is such a gorgeous, simple look. I can’t wait to find out what colors look good with my eyes & skin tone. I always seem to stick to neutrals, but that gets kind of boring after a while.

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    August 25, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Your eyes really pop with this look. Any word on when the new medium hac will be ready to order? I’m wanting to try it!

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    August 25, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Best professor ever!!! I have prominent eyes and this is my go-to 🙂 You are the best

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    August 25, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Very simple and chic
    Thank you for sharing
    Maggie D.
    The Indian Savage diary Fashion Blog

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    August 25, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Oh my goodness, so pretty!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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    August 26, 2014 at 1:11 am

    So beautiful! Love the look 🙂

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    Emerald Earrings
    August 26, 2014 at 4:04 am

    Such a great look!

    I posted a giveaway on my blog yesterday! http://emeraldearringsblog.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/the-eyes-have-it-and-a-giveaway/

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    August 26, 2014 at 4:28 am

    I love all your eye shadow school tutorials! I am a busy mom of three and love how quick and simple all of the looks have been. It is stuff I can actually do! Just another reason I love your blog!

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    August 26, 2014 at 9:28 am

    So natural love it :)Check out my Top 7 Makeup products in my Makeup Kit at the mo at http://www.zairacantara.blogspot.com 🙂

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    August 27, 2014 at 11:14 am

    I love all of your looks! I have very hooded eyes and I LOVE that you mention what looks are great for those. Can you do more tutorials for hooded eyes? It is hard to find beauty bloggers with hooded eyes or that do tutorials for hooded eyes

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    August 27, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Thank you for this! I need all the help I can get with my makeup! So I really appreciate it!

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    August 29, 2014 at 10:21 am

    So beautiful! I love this look, Cara! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Have a lovely weekend.

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    September 1, 2014 at 6:45 am

    Hi Cara, I have been following your eye shadow school and have learned a TON. I was wondering if you had any thoughts/tips/advice for us spectacle-wearing chicks? Unfortunately, my eyeglass prescription is not compatible with contacts which means I wear glasses all day, everyday. I tend to steer clear of eye shadow as I worry that the glasses-eye shadow combo might be ‘too much’. Was thinking that if anyone could make my eyes pop under my spectacles, it would be you. Thought it might work for a future eye shadow school post, as I know there must be others in the same situation as me 🙂 Thanks so much – Jen

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    Dizao Organics
    January 25, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    Wonderfully expressed! Website is adequately looked after. Style is moving forward. To remain up-to-date, get yourself some collagen face mask! It totally adds the best detail to your face.

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    chemi makeup
    April 18, 2015 at 9:00 am

    pretty work!!! following u now

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    March 31, 2016 at 11:02 am

    I am 39-years old and have finally learned how to apply eye shadow. Thank you! I have very hooded eyes, and applying shadow in my crease has never looked good. This method compliments my eyes perfectly! I’ve finally found my go-to, everyday style.

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