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Glamorous on-the-go eye makeup tutorial, no brushes needed

Ivy Boyd is a beauty blogger and a makeup artist who has previously worked for Sephora and as a graphic designer. She studied art in college and brings that approach to her makeup artistry and YouTube tutorials. Ivy loves everything from...

How to perfectly apply eyeshadow without brushes

If you were to ask my dear husband how many makeup brushes I own, his answer would be one of three things: too many, 1 million or ugh. We may debate on want vs. need but he might win this round because here's an eyeshadow look done with zero brushes!

When applying multiple shadows with nature's brushes, I actually like to work dark to light. I find it layers better this way.

Step 1: Put eye shimmer on your ring finger

How to perfectly apply eyeshadow without brushes

I first pick up a good amount of a bronze shadow like L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Bronzed Taupe on my ring finger. Your ring finger is your softest finger.

Step 2: Blend color up from your lash line to your eye crease

How to perfectly apply eyeshadow without brushes

I begin pressing the color on at my lash line, working upwards. I take it all the way up into the crease, continuing to use a pressing motion.

Step 3: Apply the same shade below your eye

How to perfectly apply eyeshadow without brushes

Next, I apply a bit of the same bronze hue to my pinky fingertip, then sweep it along my lower lash line.

Step 4: Apply lighter shade to the center of your lid

How to perfectly apply eyeshadow without brushes

How to perfectly apply eyeshadow without brushes

Now we'll be creating some dimension with a lighter shade. Pick up a shimmery Champagne shadow like Stila's Kitten and press directly on the center of the lid. Highlighting in the center of the lid highlights the iris of the eye.

Step 5: Use excess to highlight your brow bone

How to perfectly apply eyeshadow without brushes

Apply the excess shadow that is left on your finger to your brow bone as a highlight.

Step 6: Continue highlighting with the lighter shimmer

How to perfectly apply eyeshadow without brushes

Pick up more Champagne shimmer with your pinky finger and press onto the inner corner of the eye. The light will catch here and make your eyes appear brighter and more alert.

Step 7: Blend lines as needed with a clean finger

How to perfectly apply eyeshadow without brushes

Simply use a clean finger to blend out any harsh lines.

Step 8: Finish with mascara

How to perfectly apply eyeshadow without brushes

Apply mascara and voilà! Your brush-free eye look is complete.

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