Skip To Content

    13 Things For People Who Suck At Applying Eyeshadow

    Whether you're a beginner at makeup or just don't know how to apply eyeshadow (like me), we have all the tools you need to step up your eye makeup game.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. An adhesive shadow patch to prevent eyeshadow from falling onto your finished makeup. It even has a straight edge to guide your sharp eyeliner.


    Promising review: "I don’t know how I've done my eye makeup without these my whole life! They help so much with eyeshadow fallout it’s insane! There are two stickers on them, but I only do the small top ones since I like to do my foundation before eyeshadow! They’re very sticky and sometimes take off some of my foundation but I’ve found if you first tape it on your hand then onto your face it helps!" —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $10.89 (comes with 100 pieces).

    2. A beginner's Make Up For Ever dense angled brush for applying eyeshadow evenly and thoroughly for moderate to heavy coverage and blending.


    Promising review: "My eye makeup routine has gotten so much easier since I got this brush. I use it with powder shadows for blending into the crease and it works wonders." —Jewelisfabulous

    Get it from Sephora for $30.

    3. A creamy Julep waterproof eyeshadow stick that'll effortlessly glide on your lids where you want it and won't crease. It also has a built-in blending sponge on the opposite end for easy smudging if you want to take your look up a notch.


    Promising review: "So easy to use, and brightens my eyes incredibly! No powder mess to clean up on my face. Makes me want to throw out all my powder eyeshadows! This is the only eyeshadow I will ever need, as I’m trying to simplify my makeup routine. I am almost 60 years old, and this made a significant difference in my appearance, even though I do not use eyeliner or mascara. Makes my eyes pop. It’s a game changer!" —shelly

    Get it from Amazon for $18 (available in 20 colors).

    4. Adhesive and hypoallergenic makeup tape for anyone who wants to create the perfect winged shadow — it won't hurt when you take it off, either.


    This product is cruelty-free!

    Promising review: "I use this every time I do my eye makeup. I also use it for my clients and it doesn't hurt to take off, yet it stays in place perfectly." — laurenpetrillo

    Get it from Sephora for $6.

    5. A disposable dual-sided eye shadow sponge to use when brushes just aren't your thing. These allow eyeshadow to easily wipe across your lid in a controlled way, so shadow won't just fly everywhere. Or you can just use these to clean up any excess shadow if you mess up!


    Promising review: "Excellent! These are the perfect size for applying eyeshadow. No bacteria buildup in your eyeshadow in the container because these are disposable. A fresh applicator every day. They hold the shadow well after you swipe your container and then apply the shadow to your lids." —nicoleg

    Get them from Amazon for $6.99 (comes with 80 sponge applicators).

    6. An eyeshadow stamp for creating a precise look in seconds without having to actually draw on your lids. Just apply powder shadow directly to the tool and stamp on. Voilà, magic!


    Promising review: "Amazing tool for people who like to create good gorgeous makeup. Need a little practice but it works miracles." —simona d. murgescu

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in two colors).

    7. A multi-purpose finger sponge to blend cream or powder shadow with precision. It can also be use for concealer, setting powder, highlighting, and contouring.

    Promising review: "I love the versatility of this bullet. I buy several of them for different uses. 1) For liquid foundation and concealer, 2) For cream contour — IT'S PERFECTLY SHAPED FOR THIS, and 3) For quick eye shadow application. It's great for creating the perfectly blended smoky eye." —JRenee

    Get it from Ulta for $14.95 or Amazon for $12.99 (available in two sizes).

    8. A supersaturated Maybelline cream eyeshadow that'll be easy to apply, with a smooth application that'll look great on all skin tones.


    Promising review: "The color is true and easy to apply. I use a sponge tip applicator to apply. It is metallic but not overly so. As I am olive, it compliments my skin tone. It surely would compliment ALL skin tones... That's just how pigmented. It is smooth and applies evenly." —JeMicheSunshine

    Get it from Amazon for $3.79+ (available in 20 colors).

    9. An ultra-smooth eyeshadow primer with an invisible, grease-free formula to keep your shadow from fading, running, or creasing — the key to a flawless finish.

    Promising review: "At first, I was skeptical about trying this product because of the bad experiences that I have had previously with eye primers. After giving it a try, I found out that this was nothing like the others that I have used before. This primer goes on smooth, doesn't have a sticky or greasy feeling, and actually keeps my eye shadow on all day without smearing. Where others have worked for part of the day, with the aforementioned problems, this one worked all day. I did not have a problem with my eyeshadow smudging or smearing. It stayed in place until I washed it off." —Susan

    Get it from Walmart for $7.98.

    10. A glitzy informative eyeshadow palette made specifically for beginners who don't know how to build shadow tones and colors. It comes with a 101 guide to help you achieve several amazing looks, and it even tells you which shades can go where.,

    Promising review: "I have never done a smoky eye before, and I often feel like I am not good at applying makeup. I followed the directions and I am very happy. I was a bit afraid during the step where I applied the black eyeshadow, but once you blend out with the brown, it looks very nice. I would highly recommend for beginners." —Sean and Maureen C.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    11. An affordable EcoTools beginners duo brush set to create the effect you desire without spending a fortune. Don't know which brush to use? These brushes will give you blending and defining tips on the handle! And did I mention they're made with eco-friendly and recycled materials?!


    Promising review: "These brushes are so soft! I think they're great, especially for beginners, because these brushes alone are all you need to achieve your basic look with eye shadow. I also love that the brushes each indicate the intended use, right on the brush (the brushes are labeled blend, smudge, shade, and define)." —kiana

    Get it from Amazon for $2.99.

    12. A vibrant temporary eyeshadow sticker for when you don't have or want a palette — you can just press and go!


    Promising review: "I only got one color in my box but it's a nice smokey eye and easy to use. I just blended a little with a bush and it looks nice almost all day." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $1.99 (available in 65 colors that are sent at random).

    13. A shimmering and pigmented metallic eyeshadow-slash-highlighter that'll seem like you used high-end palettes to achieve an Instagram-inspired look.


    Promising review: "This took a long time to ship, but for the price, it was totally worth it. I use this as a highlighter pretty much every single day and it beats every single expensive highlighter brand I have ever tried. Its staying power is amazing and the shimmer is fantastic! The colors are all fairly similar. Just slightly tinted." —AmazonShopperND

    Get it from Amazon for $1.99 (available in eight colors).

    Need beauty product recommendations? Check out Korean skincare products you need to know, drugstore products that actually fight acne, products to help deal with dry skin, or check out all of our beauty content for even more great stuff for your hair, skin, and more.

    24 Skincare Products You'll Definitely Want To Have On Hand This Winter

    18 Black-Owned Beauty Products You Seriously Need In Your Life

    17 Of The Best Products For Oily Skin You Can Get At Walmart

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

    Shopping for something specific? Check out BuzzFeed Reviews to find the best things for every budget!


    Need A Shopping Buddy?

    Get great products - from pros in the fine art of buying stuff online - delivered to your inbox!
    Newsletter signup form