When you apply eyeshadow to eyes with puffy lids, go with somewhat darker colors that will make the puffiness appear to recede by way of contrast. Learn how to make puffy eyelids look beautiful in this free video on makeup techniques.
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Hi, I'm Christine, and I'm a makeup artist. I'm going to show you how to apply eye shadow for puffy eyelids. So, when you're trying to conceal puffy eyelids, what you want to do is follow the basic rule of shadows and highlights and we're going to try and reduce the puffiness by putting something a little bit darker there. The things that you'll need are some eye shadows, a dark one, a medium one, and then a light and a couple brushes to apply the shadow. So I like to use a flat brush for the eyelid and then a fluffy one to shade and do the crease. Let's get started. The first step is going to be to take that medium shade and apply it to the lid. So it could be any color, just kind of not a light color not a really dark color, medium and I'm just going to take my flat brush there and tap it in there and then we're going to apply it to the eyelid. So when I apply to the lid, I like to pat it on, nice and gently to get the color on there and then you go back in to blend it so you don't have to worry too much about how good it looks, you just want to deposit the color and by patting it it doesn't go all over the place like it would if you were to swipe it. So now you have the medium eyelid color you can move on to the crease color. This is going to be a little bit darker and I'm going to take the fluffy brush and just lightly swirl it in there, get off the excess and we're going to apply it right in the crease. So I'm going to start on the outside and just lightly work my way in, little back and forth motions. I like to do it pretty lightly so it looks soft and blended and what we're doing here is we're putting these dark colors and it's going to make everything recede instead of come out at you like puffiness does. So we're just lightly putting this color in the crease, creating a shadow and also blending the medium color that we put on earlier. You can raise those brows to see your crease a little bit better or tilt your head back and that will help. Now I'm going to take that lighter color and the same fluffy brush, just kind of dust off that previous dark color and we're going to use this to create an eyebrow highlight. So we're going to add a little bit of lightness to play off of the shadows that we created. So I just lightly apply this right under the brow bone and again with a light hand and you can also use it as a blending tool, just right underneath there, back and forth, blend that crease color. And there you go, that is how you can apply eye shadow to puffy eyes. The must have item I would say would be that medium eye shadow because you don't want to go too dark, you don't want to go too light but you need something that has enough color to recede the puffiness. So, that's the must-have item. Again, the brushes make a big difference as well. So, have fun with it, play with colors but just remember that dark recedes and light brings forward. Thank you so much for watching. I'm Christine, bye.