Why Wear Eyeshadow on Your Lids When You Can Wear It on Your Brow Bone?

September 14, 2020
By: Alanna Martine Kilkeary | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
brow bone eyeshadow tutorial

We’re so over wearing eyeshadow on just our eyelids — especially because our eyes get all of the attention nowadays (hi, masks!). This smoky-eye trend fatigue led us down an Instagram rabbit hole recently, in which we discovered influencers like @donidarkowitz playing around with eyeshadow on her brow bone. It was just the change we were looking for, and we knew we needed to try it ourselves. Ahead, we challenged Dahlya Pryor, or @nahh.dee as she’s known on the ’gram, to school us in all things brow-bone eyeshadow. To do so, Pryor created this easy-to-follow, four-step tutorial.


  • STEP 1: Create Your Wing 

    After priming her eye with the Urban Decay Primer Potion, Pryor applied the Maybelline New York Color Strike Cream to Powder Eye Shadow Pen in Ace, a midnight blue, in a squiggle under her brow bone. She started at the inner corner of her eye, near the side of her nose, and traced the arch above her crease before bringing the shadow down in a shallow “U” shape at the outer half of the eye and winging it back up toward the tail of the brow. She kept the rest of the lid bare for maximum impact.

  • STEP 2: Add Black Shadow

    Next, Pryor added definition to the look with a black eyeshadow. We recommend using the NYX Professional Makeup Foil Cream Eyeshadow in the Black Knight for a similar effect. Apply it directly underneath the blue squiggle you just created, blending it into the blue and following the same shape from the inner corner to the outer brow bone. 


  • STEP 3: Shape Your Cut Crease

    By tapping on a thick, pigmented concealer directly underneath the black squiggle, Pryor created the shape of her cut crease. She brought the concealer down to her top lash line and winged it out underneath the shadow beyond the eye, down to her bottom lash line. We suggest picking up a long-wear formula like the Dermablend Cover Care Concealer for this and setting it with a neutral eyeshadow that matches your skin tone.

  • STEP 4: Highlight the Eye

    With a fluffy shadow brush, Pryor applied an iridescent purple eyeshadow (try Lucid from the Urban Decay NAKED Ultraviolet Palette), just above the winged-out shadow as a highlight. She also tapped it into the inner corners of her eyes for more shine. To complete the look, Pryor rimmed her lower lash line with blue shadow and added a set of ultra glam falsies and mascara. 


brow bone eyeshadow tutorial
Photography and Makeup: Dahlya Pryor of @nahh.dee, Visual Designer: Hannah Packer

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