The eye makeup I wear most days is comprised of a bunch of shimmery neutral colors, and while there are a lot of steps involved, it’s actually a pretty quick routine. I’ve taken some pictures so I can take you through it step by step. (I had no idea taking pictures of your own eye would be so tricky!)
Here is my eye, no makeup. My lids are a bit hooded, (see how the skin rests on my eyelid so not a lot of lid is visible) so the makeup I place on my eyelid doesn’t show as much as it does on people with more lid space.
This is the Naked Palette by Urban Decay. It came with the brush and primer. You can pry it from my cold, dead fingers.
I start eye makeup with an eyeshadow primer unless I already put primer all over my face including my eyelids. This primer dried clear, but some of them are tinted.
After primer, I put a shimmery champagne or pale pink all over my eyelid and brow bone.
* a note on color choice: The colors I use will look different on different skin tones, so you might prefer darker colors or colors with more yellow in them to suit your complexion.
I then use a highlight color. (for me a shimmery white, but if you have a lot of gold undertones or darker skin, a shimmery yellow or light gold would look nice) I put the highlight under the arch of my eyebrow and in the inner corner of my eye. Putting a highlight in the inner corner makes my close set eyes look more evenly spaced and it makes me look more wide eyed and awake.
If you want to, you can mark the crease of your eyelid or just above the crease before coloring in the eyelid. This helps you make sure both eyes are even and if you’re creating a new crease, you can make sure you like how it looks before filling in the rest of your eyelid.
Add some medium neutral shades to your eyelid. I usually use two shimmery ones, using the lighter one on the inside half and the darker one on the outer half.
The next step is to create a V shape on the outer half of the eyelid with a dark color. If you want a more dramatic effect you can create the V in black or with a bright color.
Check and see how it looks with your eye open.
If you want to blend the colors more, take a small fluffy brush with no product on it and dust it over your lid. If you want to town down the colors, use a little translucent powder on the brush.
Finish off the look with some eyeliner and mascara. I like to line my lower water line with white to make my eyes look bigger and I use a gel liner with a slanted brush on the top.