Applying eyeshadow for black women only requires you to follow a few basic, easy to manage steps. Apply eyeshadow for black women with help from a celebrity makeup artist in this free video clip.
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Hi, my name is Taylor Babaian. I'm a celebrity makeup artist and today I'm going to show you how to apply eye shadow for black women. So whenever I'm applying eye shadow on black women I don't like to have rules. However, I do consider that the eyelids can get a little ashy so you'll want to avoid colors that have a little bit too much gray in them or white. So to get the look I'm going to use L'Oreal Paris Hip Metallic Eye Shadow Duo in sculpted. so on Chelsey today I've actually chosen a little light lavender with some shimmer in it as well as a plum with some shimmer in it and I really love this on dark skin because it's something a little bit different than your natural Earth tones, browns, it's going to contrast a little bit against your skin and yet it's still wearable. We're going to apply our first color which is a light lavender along the base of the lid. It's a nice highlight color and what that does is it's actually going to bring the lid forward. So on dark skin remember highlight will give you highlight as long as its lighter than your natural skin tone. So if you choose a color that might be like very similar to your skin tone, you're not really going to get much of a highlight. So choose a color that's definitely lighter than your natural skin tone. So for more drama I'm going to go, same color underneath the eye, look up. I'm just going to do a little bit in the inner corner and I'm keeping my same full brush so we get a nice broad stroke of color and what that does is it really brightens the eye. That way my smoky dramatic eye still looks pretty. You can see how beautiful that looks. It's really highlighted and brightened the eye. Now I'm going to use a smaller brush and apply my darker contour color, just in a V shape on the outside corner of the eye. Now you're going to get contour if it's darker than your skin color. So if you have darker skin make sure that you're using a color that's darker than your skin tone like plum. You can also do like a very dark brown or a black. Black always works great. I'm going to take that dark color, now wherever you're applying this dark contour color is where you are going to get that nice dramatic effect. So I want some drama for Chelsey, something fun so I'm going to extend this out fairly far. Just going into the hollows of the eye right underneath the brow bone and extending it. Now I'm using a smaller brush for the under part of her eye, just for the outside corners. Again we're trying to get that winged effect and I still want to see a little bit of that lavender popping through which is why I'm using a smaller brush. If you're having a hard time getting pigment on your lids, you can always wet your brush. So dramatic eyes are always great and it's a lot of fun but you want it to always look pretty. You don't want it to look like it's just a bruised eye which can happen a lot of times with dramatic eye makeup. So to ensure that that doesn't happen you do it in levels, you do it in depths so lightest first and then keep adding color to it. I always like to get a clean brush and kind of just smooth out the edges so it doesn't look too hard unless you want that sharp look but I want it to still be soft. Now I'm going to go in with some liner, black liner makes everything dramatic. Choose a nice soft liner. Now you're probably going to be using this look for a night out so just make sure that you use one that doesn't, you know, bleed all over. So eyeliner is absolutely essential. I find it a huge key whenever I'm creating the look of an eye, creating the shape of an eye, it makes my eye look bigger. It can make eyes look sultry and for dramatic eyes you definitely want to use that. I want to give Chelsey a more sultry look so I'm going to put it on the inside of her eyes. So I always like to use black because it's going to give you more definition and it's going to create a cat eye look. So we've completed Chelsey's beautiful eye makeup look and we used plums which creates this beautiful dramatic effect. Again when you're looking at eye shadows for dark skin, you want to choose a color that's lighter than your natural skin tones. Here it's the lavender, the darker is the plum. Now if you wanted something a little bit more natural, a little less dramatic, you can always switch it out for a light gold in the center of the eye and a dark chestnut brown for the outside corners of the eye and that will create a nice softer effect but beautiful. So there you have it, that's how you apply eye shadow for black women. I'm Taylor Babaian. Thanks for watching.