9 common mistakes you makee when applying your eye makeup

When it comes to eye makeup, there is a lot to learn and a lot of practice to do as well which is why it is considered one of the hardest makeup to do.

Most times, we just decide not to do the eye makeup at all because we know how stressful it can be but as makeup lovers, we always end up doing it..lol

Very little things differentiates a pro makeup artist from a beginner majorly because a pro has a lot f experience in the field of makeup.

Well, this post is here to point out common mistakes you make while applying your eye makeup and how these mistakes can be avoided and even why they shouldn’t be ignored.

So, let’s dive right in.

9 common mistakes you makee when applying your eye makeup

9 common mistakes you make when applying your eye makeup

9. Not Using A Light Color Before A Darker One While transitioning

This is another common mistake, which when avoided can make a lot of difference in the end result.

When applying color for transition, it is best to start with a lighter color before applying a darker shade and an even darker one if you wish to make it more pronounced.

Applying a darker color first makes blending very difficult and in some cases impossible.

Go in with a light shade of a color before going ahead with a darker shade of the first color.

Remember to blend one color in properly  with a blending brush before applying another color.

Note that all the colors you use must be in the same color family to get a form of evenness in your eye shadow unless you are a professional makeup artist that is very good with colors.

common eyeshadow mistakes

Bad blending

Common eyeshadow mistakes

Proper blending

8. Not using colors that complement on the eyelid.

Most makeup artists these days have not been working with this but is a good practice.

When applying color on the eyelid, it is important to put the color wheel in mind.

This will help you to tell colors that would complement each other.

Colors that complements on the color wheel are always opposite each other.

If you don’t use colors that complement, you end up with an awkward looking eye shadow finish. Trust me..you seriously don’t want that.

With a lot of practice and experience, you wouldn’t be needing any color wheel to work with, so if you are a beginner at doing eye makeup, it’s always best to start out right.

common eyeshadow mistakes

color wheel

7. Using Too Many Colors On The Eyelid.

So there might not be a law or rule indicating the number of eye shadow colors that must be used during eye makeup but we all know that “too many cooks spoils the broth”.

This also applies to makeup.

Applying too many colors spoils the entire look.

A simple eye shadow look involves applying a color on the lid and a darker shade at the outer V of the eyes which can also be used for transitioning and a bright color on the inner end of the eye to make the eyes pop and alert.

There are so many new eye shadow looks out there you can try out but just be careful not to apply too much and also blend properly.

I create so many new eye shadow looks, at least twice in a week with a video tutorial. Check them all out here.

6. Applying Too Much Color Under The Eye.

Applying eyeshadow under the eyes can look really pretty when properly done.

But again, applying too much is just BAD!

When you apply too much color under the eyelid, you will end up with eyes that look pale, sleepy or just awkward.

Good eye shadow practice

5. Matching your eye shadow to your eye color.

This is another very common mistake. Brown eyes are not selective at all as any eye shadow color complements just fine.

Other eye colors such as blue eyes, grey eyes and dark brown eyes looks best on certain colors.

  • Blue eyes (all light neutral tones complement blue eyes).
  • Grey eyes (sooty, smoky eyes complement/enhance grey eyes )
  • Brown eyes (Anything goes for brown eyes)
  • Dark brown eyes (bright colors are best for brown eyes)

4. Applying eyeshadow on the eyelid with flat eyeshadow brush in a zigzag motion instead of dabbing.

One very common mistake people make is applying eye shadow in a zigzag (to and fro) motion instead of dabbing it on the eyelids.

If you are using a fluffy eyeshadow to apply eyeshadow or to blend eyeshadow, you can do this in a zig zag motion. However, while using the flat eyeshadow brush to apply eyeshadow, especially glitter eyeshadow, its better to dab the product on the eyelids.

Dabbing eye shadow on the eyelids reduces the rate at which eye shadow falls on the face. It also helps it to stick better to the eyelids.

3. Not Using The Right Brush

This is very important but yet highly ignored.

No matter how good you are, the type of brush you use to create a particular effect matters a lot if you want to have a perfect look.

I know that there are so many brushes and you find it difficult knowing which one does what, but not to worry, go check out basic makeup brushes every girl should have and how to use them.

2. Improper Blending.

Blending is very important while doing your eye makeup. What differentiates a professional from a learner is her ability to blend.

What are you blending? You are blending two or more eye shadow colors together to form an even gradient such that you cannot tell where one eye shadow color stops and where another begins.

How do you blend? First off, you want to use the right brush, a blending brush. A blending brush is fluffy and full with a pointed end to make it easy to use.

Blending does not only involve sweeping through the eye shadow from left to write, also make small circular movements on the eyelids for a more perfect blend.

  1. Using The Eye shadow Brush To Apply Shimmery Eyeshadow or Glitters Without Getting it Moist.

So this is another little makeup secrete to make eye shadow application easier and neater.

Make sure your eye shadow brush is moist before applying your shimmery eye shadow or glitters to reduce the amount of eye shadow that will fall on the face while applying it.

It also helps the eye shadow to stick better to the eyelids and makes it last all day.

We are finally done phew! Imagine having so many things to remember just for eyeshadow application.

But trust me, you would be happy with the final look when you do it right.

So its the time when you share to your friends so they can come learn these few tricks I have shared.

Feel free to ask questions or contribute to the post in the comment section.

Thanks for your time.

Until next time, xoxo.



mistakes you make while applying eye makeup