Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

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Makeup & Beauty Tips on How to Apply Matte Eyeshadow

Share your best tips and tricks for applying matte eyeshadow!  Feel free to share your first experiences, how you’ve grown, what you’ve learned, and what, ultimately, you found most helpful in learning how to apply matte eyeshadow.  (And if you haven’t conquered it, hopefully some of these tips will help you get there!)

Temptalia’s Tips

  1. Softer mattes can often be powdery and easily blended out – but sometimes they will blend to nothing all too soon!  After you grab the color with your brush, lightly tap the brush handle against your forearm; this will help loosen any excess powder before you apply it to your lid.  Then, pat, rather than sweep, the eyeshadow onto the lid, exactly where you want it.
  2. When using multiple matte shades together, I prefer to apply them first, then blend after I’ve determined where each shade is going.
  3. For firmer, stiffer matte textures, use a fluffy brush and lightly stab at the eyeshadow to loosen the color, and then grab the color and apply.  Use very fluffy brushes to blend out these stiffer textures, too.

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13 thoughts on “How to Apply Matte Eyeshadow – Tips & Tricks

  1. My biggest tip for working with matte shadows is to put down a color that is close to your skin tone over the entire lid before you begin to use any colors or dark shades.

    It helps SO much with blending it smoothly, because dark or bright mattes often stick to the skin in funny ways and don’t blend so well.

    It also provides something to blend the edges into easily, to make the look softer and more finished.

    My other tip is to stay away from dense brushes. It may seem more precise if you are scared of making a mess, but as christine mentioned, fluffy is key!

    • Madeline

      I agree with the prepping the lid first with a skin tone eyeshadow. This is what I do almost everyday! It works every time :)

    • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Nicole Nicole

      This is a great trick I learned only recently. I dust a light layer of my setting powder on top of my eyelid primer, and my eyeshadows blend amazingly well, whether matte or not. I feel like this makes my eyeshadow last longer throughout the day, as well.

      • stephanie

        This is something I do as well! I have an oily lid and the more layers to soak up the oil the better. So I prime, add a base, apply a setting powder, and then a eyeshadow the same color as my skin tone, the colors seem easier to work with. I always pack on a couple of shadow layers as well

  2. Tapping off excess product on your brush before applying. Matte shadows can be powdery and that helps prevent fall out. Also, blending! Darker matte shadows can be harsh so make sure to use a fluffy brush to blend any harsh lines.

  3. I use the same methods for all eyeshadows myself. I pack on the shades first then blend. Even with soft matte shades I find packing them onto a good primer/base prevents them from diapering as they merger with the primer. It’s why I like my Lime Crime eye primer as it’s both a sticky base and primer in one. ;)

  4. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Amy xamyx

    There’s a reason that “all-matte” palettes aren’t so readily available- matte shadows are meant to be used as “compliments” to other textures/finishes. When a matte shadow goes on patchy, it’s not a sign of poor quality, but rather it’s not being used for it’s intended purpose.

    However, if an all-matte look is what you’re going for, then there are some simple tricks. As another comment stated, you can use a matte shade similar to your skintone as a base, or you can just use a transluscent face powder.

    Also, I only use a fluffy brush to blend, as I feel I get better placement & pigmentation using a denser brush. Whichever type of brush you use, “gliding” the bristles over the pan in one direction (instead of “swirling” or “wiping” back & forth) will result in less “kick-up, mitigating fall-out, and the bristles will be more uniformly covered in product, thus less “patchy” application. Like with glitter shadows, I always try different brushes/techniques with different shadows, even within brands. I find what may work with one shadow may not work as well with another. Makeup is something I really enjoy, so putting in a bit of extra effort & experimentation is fine by me.

    • Jill Huntress

      this is so helpful! i have trouble with making matte shadows not patchy and i wasn’t sure why. im definitely going to try using different brushes and technics next time i try. thank you so much!

  5. Yazmin

    I remember watching a YouTube Guru called monroemisfits or something like that, She said she finds it easier using a sponge tip applicator to help grab matte colours and apply the eyeshadow to the eye. I use that method whenever i want to wear a matte colour that is bright and vibrant.

    For neutral and darker colours i find using a stiff brush, if applying on lid, or a dense blending brush are the best tools to use. Rather than applying loads, build up colour in even layers.

    Use a base that matches the finish, i use bases without any shimmer to help with matte eyeshadows. Or concealer is a good substitute.

  6. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Veronica Veronica

    I tend to do this with most finicky eyeshadows, but in particular powdery ones like mattes – first I cover my eye area with concealer, set with powder, allow it to settle, THEN add primer over it. It can be a bit sticky to work with if you move too fast, but that stuff does not budge…which is important for me, considering I sometimes pull 16-18 hour days.

    I also generally prefer them as a complement to other finishes, with the shimmery or frosty shades covering the lid, while mattes blend into the corner, crease, or browbone. I only go all-matte when I want a very, very subtle look. A mixture of textures really gives the eye an interesting look!

  7. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of futuralon futuralon

    I have a hard time even finding matte eyeshadows. I will keep these tips in mind. :)
    I’m only in my early 30s but I foresee my shimmer use decreasing and matte use increasing pretty steadily. I can’t really use shimmery blush anymore either.

    • r0saL1n3

      I’m in my 30s but I still like simmers and haven’t gravitate towards matte yet. Hopefully, I won’t have to until way later. But Urban Decay came out with a matte naked palette (about $26).

  8. Matte shadows are truly rare to find. It is challenging to pull off because unlike shimmery eyeshadows, when using matte it is more obvious when you make a mistake (e.g. did not blend shadows well). Thanks for the tips!