New to Makeup? Try This Easy Neutral Eyeshadow Tutorial for Beginners

Dawn's Life, over 40
by Dawn's Life, over 40
7 Materials
30 Minutes

Getting your eyeshadow to look good can be a little complicated, especially if you’re a beginner. In this neutral eyeshadow tutorial for beginners, I’m going to show you one of my best beginner eyeshadow looks. It’s subtle, fun, and really pretty. Also, the technique is pretty straightforward too.

Tools and materials:

  • Packing brush
  • Fluffy brush
  • Crease brush
  • Neutral eyeshadow palette
  • Primer
  • Eyeliner
  • Mascara
Applying primer to the eyelids

1. Prep your eyelids

First, apply some primer on your eyelids. This will create a smooth, workable surface for your eyeshadow and prevent a lot of your eyeshadow from accumulating on your crease. 

Applying gold shimmer eyeshadow

2. Apply base eyeshadow

I’m starting with a pretty gold shimmer eyeshadow. Lightly apply this eyeshadow to the whole mobile eyelid. I used a fluffy brush for this step as it minimally applies the eyeshadow. The eyeshadow should be applied upward, almost your brow bone. 

Mauve eyeshadow color

3. Apply eyeshadow to the crease

Next, I’m going to be using this beautiful mauve color. 

Applying mauve eyeshadow to the crease

Apply this color to the crease of your eye with a crease brush. 

Building up color on the cease

Go back and forth until you’re satisfied. 

Color gradient on the eyelid

Can you see the beautiful color gradient appearing on my eyelid? 

Eyeshadow palette with neutral tones

4. Apply a darker color to the outer corner

Next, with a flat packing brush, choose a darker color like the one I am using. 

Applying darker eyeshadow to the outer corner

Apply this beautiful, neutral eyeshadow to the outer corners of your eye. It should be a sideways “V” shape. 

Packing color onto the eyelid

Once you’ve carved out the “V”, pack the color right into it by dabbing the brush on your eyelid. Hold the brush closer to the tip so you have more control. 

Lining the lower lash line with a dark color

Line your lower lash line with the excess eyeshadow on the brush. 

Shimmery gold color eyeshadow

5. Apply shimmer to the inner corner

Next, go back to your blending brush and apply the first light shimmery color that you used in the beginning. 

Applying gold eyeshadow to the inner corner

Apply this eyeshadow to the inner corner of your eyes. 

Applying shimmer to the center of the lid

For the last part, dab a little shimmer to the tip of your finger. Then, press it into the center of your lid. This will act as a spotlight and emit that lovely gradient, shimmery effect. 

Tightlining eyes with a gray eyeliner

6. Apply eyeliner

Next, tightline your eyes with whatever colored eyeliner you want. Because this eyeshadow look is on the neutral side, I chose a light gray eyeliner. 

Drawing a wing on the outer corner

Also, you can draw a little wing on the outer corners of your eye. 

Applying mascara to eyelashes

7. Apply mascara

Don’t forget the mascara! I’m using a volumizing mascara, which makes a huge difference in opening my eyes. Apply two or three layers to the bottom lashes, too. 

Before and after beginner eyeshadow look

Eyeshadow tutorial for beginners

Neutral eyeshadow tutorial for beginners

Here’s the finished eye. Can you see how a little eyeshadow really goes a long way? There’s really nothing to it; just spending a few minutes in front of the mirror can enhance and elevate your eyes, especially if you’re over 40.

I love this warm color tone, and I think it’s one of the best beginner eyeshadow looks. Thanks for watching my tutorial!

Products used

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  • Fluffy brush
  • Crease brush
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