How to Wear Bold Eyeshadow Looks

Creating Bold Eyeshadow Looks is easy and fun! Image Credit Beauty Heaven.

I love nothing more than doing a Google Image search for eyeshadow looks. If you’ve never done this, I really suggest trying it. The collage of beauty and talent that pops up ( which changes every time because of new content being consistently added ) is a sight to see. I am constantly amazed by the level of talent I see in Makeup Artists, regardless of whether their skills are beginner or advanced.

I used to be the type of person that said “no, I could never do that” when it came to bold eyeshadow looks. However, as I’ve gotten older and have learned more about makeup, color theory and application in general, I have learned that yes I can create these looks.

Here’s another thing I’ve learned: so can you! Yes, you can create your own beautiful, bold eyeshadow designs. All it takes is a bit of practice, and application of color theory to achieve this goal.

When in doubt, start small

If you’re not sure what colors to pair together or which shade goes where, don’t worry. There’s a simple solution for that.

Begin using one color on your lids at a time. You can either use a very fine tipped eyeshadow brush for a bold color liner look, or you can use a fluffy eyeshadow brush for all over color.

This is a really great way to test colors you’ve never used before and see how they wear with your skin tone and hair color.

After you’ve gotten more comfortable with colors ( I always recommend googling “color theory” and “color wheel” to learn which colors play and blend well together ), then start amping up your looks with different shades. One of the biggest mistakes people make with color ( including myself ) is that we start with too many colors, too big of a palette and too many different tones at once.

For instance, I have a friend who patterns her eyeshadow colors after her favorite Disney Characters. She chooses the colors from the character’s wardrobe, then incorporates them into her eyeshadow looks. She is a master of creating these looks because she is well versed in color theory and knows which color tones to pair together.

If you’re pairing warm tones with cool tones, your look isn’t going to go off like you want it to. This is a rule I had to learn, because even though I was pairing the colors I thought were right, I had warms and cools together without realizing it. Once I learned color theory and practiced using one color at a time, my looks got much better.

Don’t skip out on the eyeshadow primer

If you’re not already using an eyeshadow primer, now is the time to fit one into your routine. Honestly, it’s best to use an eyeshadow primer underneath any look, but especially when it comes to bold color.

Be mindful of the color primer you’re using, though. There are some light and dark primers on the market which will alter the look of your shadow. This is fine if it’s what you’re going for, but if you want bright, vivid tones, then using a darker eyeshadow primer underneath will make the shade darker.

I apply a coat or two of my eyeshadow primer with a beauty sponge or a brush before applying any shadow. Let it sit for a few minutes, then apply your color. Not only will it look more vivid and three dimensional, but it will wear longer also.

Keeping the rest of your makeup low-key will add extra interest to your eyeshadow

I’m a sucker for big, dramatic eyes and downplayed lips. I just think it really helps to draw attention to all of the hard work you’ve put into designing and applying your eyeshadow look.

When you use bold lip colors with bold eyeshadow looks, they tend to downplay each other. If you’re wanting people to notice your eyes, then definitely don’t go over the top with the lip color.

I would also recommend downplaying your blush, contour and highlighter and going for more of a fresh faced dewy look. This will also draw more attention to your eyeshadow.

Atiqa Odho Cosmetics has the bold colors you’ve been waiting for

I love Odho Cosmetics, because there are so many different formulas and colors to choose from. The collection is available exclusively at and I really recommend grabbing a few of these up.

Happy Eyeshadow Creating!



Kat Dickerson
loves blogging about beauty and skincare.
Kat Dickerson

Kat Dickerson

loves blogging about beauty and skincare.

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