A Much Requested Eyeshadow Tutorial – Vertical Gradient Method Of Eyeshadow Application


Hello everyone!

Chinese New Year is approaching faster than I thought. I can hardly find time between all that cleaning, clearing, last minute shopping for clothes and shoes, to blog. But you see, I love you guys very much, so despite all that mad rush, I’m doing a highly requested eye makeup tutorial today. Just for you!

It’s also a good time to launch this makeup tutorial since most girls would spend more effort on applying makeup when they go visiting so what better time than now to share a quick and easy eye makeup tutorial for the new year?

In today’s tutorial, we will use the Vertical Gradient Method Of Eyeshadow Application, a great method for those with monolids or have a fold that is very near to the lashline. These characteristics are typical of Asian eyes.

Previously, in Part 2 of the Eyeshadow Tutorials for Asians series, I used neutrals as those are the easiest to blend and would look good on all skin tones and eye colors. Shades of blue will be used in this tutorial, for those who want to move away from browns and neutrals, for a more fun look!

Products used:

Step 1: Prime the Lids

Apply UDPP in Eden all over the lid first, then Milk.

Step 2: Base Color to Mark Perimeter

I love The Face Shop Eyeshadow PK103 because it is just so versatile – it works on the lid, inner corner, lower lashline, brown bone highlight, cheekbone highlight – and behaves like a chameleon – blends in with any color family!

Apply the shimmering base up to the socket line. Be sure not to leave a line that shows an obvious divide between the naked brow bone area and PK103. It’s quite hard to get a harsh line with PK103 anyway.

Step 3: On Goes the Second Tier

Apply a lighter blue, I use NYX Irises, for the transition color from dark (Speed Blue) to light (PK103). Blend well! We’re going for an edgy blue look with soft edges.

Step 4: No Need for Eyeliner

The thing I love most about the Vertical Gradient Method of Eyeshadow Application is that there is no need to apply eyeliner. A dark color eyeshadow will be sufficient to intensify the eyes, and there will be no need to worry about smudging eyeliner marks!

Here, Speed Blue from the Kat Von D Beethoven Palette is used as the third and final layer. Apply it close to the lashline.

Remember to blend well so that there is no clear demarcation between the colors.

Oh, by the way, I depotted Speed Blue and Tequila from the Kat Von D palette. So happy to finally have them in a place with my other more often used eyeshadows!

Step 5: Lower Lashline Love

Lining your lower lashline with a dark color would give your eyes more dimension. Hustle from the Naked Palette is used here.

Add some light shimmery powder on the brow bone area too.

Step 6: Tightline + Mascara

Remember to Tightline (What is tightlining?), apply mascara on both upper and lower lashes and…. you’re done!

You can use other color families like purples and greens too! And like I said before, because my fold is rather high up (meaning closer to the Orbital Rim), the gradation of colors is not as smooth as it will look on someone with monolids or a fold that is further away from the Orbital Rim. This method of eyeshadow application is perfect for monolids and thinner double eyelids! 😀

This look was the last look for the ‘8 Days of Christmas Eye Makeup Tutorials‘.

I hope this fun and easy eye makeup tutorial will benefit those who have requested I do a tutorial using the Vertical Gradient Method, and also those who find it difficult to adopt the ‘typical’ way of applying eyeshadow – you know, the crease and all that. *rolls my Asian eyes* Lol.

To my fellow Chinese friends, have you planned what eye makeup to sport for Chinese New Year? I’d do a ’15 Days of Chinese New Year Eye Makeup Tutorials’ if I had the time, but… I don’t think I do. 😛

To my non-Chinese friends, what holidays are coming up wherever you are?

Next up – A post where I discuss leaving negative comments on blogs. 😡

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About Bun Bun

Hello! My name is Juli and Bun Bun is my alter-ego. I blog to share my love for makeup, how to apply it, and what works or what doesn’t work, all from an Asian perspective.

My first makeup product was a shimmery light blue lipstick which I proudly wore all over my eyelids and lips. It cost $2.50, felt like $250, and made me feel like a million bucks.