5 Eyeshadow Mistakes That Are Actually Making You Look 5 Years Older

February 14, 2018 by Kiarra Lyles
shefinds | beauty

When applied correctly, eyeshadow can make your eyes pop and can even create a more youthful appearance. However, when eyeshadow is applied incorrectly, it can backfire and cause you to look old and tired.

Applying eyeshadow is kind of an art; it takes a lot of practice to create a masterpiece! Here are 5 common eyeshadow mistakes to look out for when applying makeup, so you don’t look…well, you know, older:

applying eyeshadow mistake

1. Not Using A Primer


Not using a primer before applying makeup might be the biggest eyeshadow mistake there is! Primer preps and smooths out your skin, prevents creasing and caking, and it makes your eyeshadow stay in place for hours!


"Be sure to let primer dry first with your eyes closed for a few seconds before proceeding with the eyeshadow," says makeup artist Min Min Ma.


too faced primer

Too Faced Shadow Insurance ($20)


We love Too Faced's Shadow Insurance primer; it's lightweight, waterproof, and will keep your eyeshadow from creasing!

applying eyeshadow mistake

2. Using Too Much Product


When you have a nice eyeshadow palette with multiple shades, it's easy to go overboard on the amount of product you're using. Always start with a little bit of product and then apply more if needed. 


“The best part about makeup is that when you start with a little you can always add more,” says Joey Maalouf, co-founder of The Glam App.

applying eyeshadow mistake

3. Using The Wrong Brushes


The brushes you use to apply your eyeshadow are just as important as the eyeshadow itself. Investing in a good set of eyeshadow brushes will help you apply and blend your eyeshadow to perfection. No more Q-tips!

kat von d makeup brush

Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Brush ($27)


We recommend starting off with this double-sided contour brush by Kat Von D. The tapered side is used to sweep on eyeshadow precisely, while the light side helps to blend.

applying eyeshadow mistake

4. Not Applying Eyeshadow To Your Bottom Lid


Many people neglect their bottom lash line, creating an incomplete look. Use the eyeshadow you use on the main portion of your eyelids and apply a light sweep to your bottom lash line. This will really make your eyes pop!

applying eyeshadow mistake

5. Not Highlighting Your Inner Corners


Highlighter isn't just for cheekbones! Applying a bit of highlighter to the inner corners of your eyes can create a brightening effect. This trick will also help your eyes look bigger--and who doesn't want that?!

becca highlighting palette

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector® Pressed Highlighter ($38)


This multipurpose pressed highlighter is perfect for highlighting inner corners! It also comes in 9 different shades to match your exact skin tone!


Watch out for these common eyeshadow mistakes when applying makeup. You can thank for your wider, brighter, more youthful-looking eyes later!


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