You might not have ever learned how to apply eyeshadow. It's something that many women pick up when they are teenagers or they just teach themselves. There's really no right or wrong way to do it. However, if you don't master the skill you might think that you just don't like makeup. Eyeshadow is really the one chance in cosmetics to bring in a lot of color and a little element of fun. Here are a few basic tips on how to apply eyeshadow.

You might think that eyeshadow just isn't for you. You might be envisioning the bright blue colors from your mother's generation. However, this isn't the case anymore. It can be both subtle and at the same time dynamic. If you are worried about your makeup looking too heavy then go with neutral colors. Depending on your skin tone this can range anywhere from pink, brown, or beige.

Learn how to highlight. It's the same principle that you would use in a painting. You wouldn't just slather on all of one color. This is one of the little secrets that the makeup artists use on "What Not to Wear". They seem to use it every single episode. Try applying a little bit of a white or silver shadow at each corner of the eye and under the arch of the brow. This really adds a lot of light to the eye and it doesn't have to be glaring.

Eyeshadow has several different uses. You can even use it as a liner. If you have a mineral makeup then you might be able to get it wet. Look at the shadow directions first to see all of the capabilities. This allows you to create a liquid liner from mineral makeup. You can just put a little bit of water in the lid and then put your favorite shadow in it. This is a very easy way to get a precise line that isn't too harsh. Plus, you'll be able to get the exact color of your eyeshadow, you won't just be stuck with the basic eyeliner colors.

Master the smoky eye. This is a very dramatic look but you don't have to be a makeup artist to do it correctly. However, when done incorrectly it might really remind you of a raccoon. This is the perfect look for evening because it's daring. You can use it with a variety of blacks, grays, or silvers for a true smoky eye. For a more subtle look try the same effect with pink and purple. It requires you to layer darker shadows on top of lighter shadows and then really blend them in.

When you know the basics of how to apply eyeshadow you can really have a lot of fun. You need to remember to use a combination of liner and shading to really get a dynamic look to your eye. You want to use several different colors on your eye for more sophistication and variety. You might not be able to get the designer clothes or purses that all the celebrities have because of your budget. However, you can replicate their makeup looks with just what you already have at home.