Ways to Wear Black Eyeshadow

Black eyeshadow has been a staple piece in many of our makeup bags. Come to think of it, it’s been a fan favorite for years now! Speaking from experience, I know that black eyeshadow can be a tiny bit intimidating. Especially if you’re unsure of how to apply it without giving yourself raccoon eyes. I know you must be thinking, “black in the summer?” and yes, black is a year-round color. Don’t let the warmer months stop you from rocking this dark eyeshadow shade. Black eyeshadow is incredibly versatile!


And to prove my point here are 5 ways to wear black eyeshadow. These application tips will be able to enhance your eyes and maybe even change your opinion on bold, dark shadows. 

TOP TIPDon’t forget to use a primer to ensure your eyelid is prepped and ready for your eyeshadow to glide on effortlessly. Eyeshadow primers also make sure your eyeshadow stays in place all day whilst preventing any creases.

  • Use Eyeshadow as Liner

If you love black eyeliner, you have to give this a go! Black eyeshadow has such a brilliant color payoff and can give your winged liner a gorgeous smoky eye look. By using a damp angled brush, dipped into a little black shadow, you’ll be able to achieve a softer, gradient finish. In comparison to the sharp lines from liquid eyeliners. A bit of a hazy twist from your classic eyeliner look.

This technique is super great for everyday wear as it doesn’t matter if you make a mistake. If you think you’ve ended up applying too much shadow and it looks a little too harsh or intense, all you have to do is blend it out! Much easier than having to worry about uneven strokes from gel or liquid liners. Plus, you won’t have to stress about cleaning up the lines since you’ll just use a blending brush to fix it. 

Eyeliner looks fabulous on all eye shapes. However, it’s super flattering on the monolid and downturned eye shape. A sweep of the liner will be able to create definition and the appearance of a lifted outer corner. This tip will enhance your eye shape beautifully. 

  • Apply Black Eyeshadow as Your Crease Colour

Did you know that dark colors actually attract light? Using a black shadow in your crease adds depth whilst making your eyes pop! A dark matte shadow creates dimension, which ultimately gives the look of larger eyes and more lifted lids. Imagine it as contouring your eyelids!

A superb application tip would be to blend your eyeshadow up and outwards. This blending motion will help to make your eyes appear more open as well as defining your crease. Plus, this technique is ideal for softening those edges for a smooth transition from color to color. You’ll be blending like a pro in no time! This is an amazing technique for those with hooded and close-set eyes.

  • Define Your Lower Lash Line with Eyeshadow

An excellent tip to accentuate any eye shape is to define your lash line. It’s such a simple yet elegant way of framing your eyes and creating symmetry, by drawing a focus to the lower outer corners of your eye. 

Applying eyeshadow to your lower lash line will even make your lashes look thicker! Isn’t that incredible? I absolutely love the look of defined lash lines as I feel like they just complete your makeup look. It’ll leave you looking dramatic and chic like you’ve just come off the runway!

  • Use It to Help You Create a Bold Halo Eye Look

Looking to make a statement with your eye look? Well, this one’s for you! A “Halo Eye” or “Spotlight Eye”, is all about using contrasting colors to achieve the illusion of rounder and brighter eyes. 

Normally the eyeshadow shade in the center of the eyelid is often a more shimmery shade to offer that bright pop of color. Whereas, the shade surrounding the shimmer is darker. This is where your black eyeshadow comes in handy! 

This eye makeup technique is all about cleverly placing and blending your black eye shadow around your shimmer. We want to be able to fake the appearance of wider and bigger eyes. This stunning eye look is complimentary on all eye shapes! So, why don’t you give it a go?

  • When in Doubt, Cover Your Whole Eyelid

Last but certainly not least, the most familiar way of wearing black eyeshadow; just packing it on your entire lid. A very striking look and pretty much essential when you picture punk rock glam. 

It’s a quick and easy way to add instant color to your eyelids. Either dab it on with your finger or pack it onto your favorite eyeshadow brush. Then, all that’s left is to blend! If you want to add a bit more glitz and glam to your eyelids, I would recommend adding a lovely shimmer on top. This is the perfect finish as it helps to really open up your eyes and add some bonus sparkle. Great for all eye shapes!

There’s something very cool about the whole black eyeshadow look. It’s intense yet exciting. Even just the idea makes me feel unbelievably confident. Looks like black eyeshadow seems to be the equivalent of a Little Black Dress.

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