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Eyes are the windows to your soul. All the more reason you should brush up on your eyeshadow skills and give your lids some extra attention. However,applying eyeshadow like a pro can be tricky — what are all those different sections of a palette for? What type of brush should you use?

Now, we find our ten golden rules for applying shadow like a pro and you’ll be golden, too.

STEP 1: Always use primer: An eyeshadow primer creates a clean canvas for you to work with, and it acts as a barrier between your eyeshadow and the natural oils in your skin.

STEP 2: Enhance your natural eye color: Choose an eyeshadow shade that will intensify your natural eye color.Finding colors that complement your peepers the most is a good place to start.

STEP 3: Know your eye shape: Do you have deep-set eyes? Close-set? Hooded? Determining the shape of your eye helps you decide which shading technique is right for your specific features and plays up your natural beauty.

STEP 4: Decode your palette:You might be tempted to open an eyeshadow palette and just have at it, but it's important to know which sections correspond to each part of your eye.

Lightest color: This is your base color. Apply this shade from your upper lash line all the way to just beneath your brow. You can also use this color in the inner tear duct corner of your eye where the shadow is deepest to add a bit of brightness.

Second lightest: This is your lid color, as it’s slightly darker than the base. Brush this over your lid from your upper lash line to your crease.

Second darkest: This is applied to the crease for a contouring effect. This should go over the area where your brow bone meets your lid.

Darkest color: Finally, the liner. Using an angled brush, apply to your upper lash line, making sure to brush where the root of your lashes meets your lid so there is no visible gap.

STEP 5: Blend, blend, blend:Blending your edges is the difference between your eyeshadow looking flawless.

STEP 6: Invest in the right brushes: Here are the three most important ones you should own:Basic Eyeshadow Brush+Blending Brush+Angled Eyeshadow Brush

STEP 7: Take care of your tools: Cleaning your eyeshadow brushes is probably at the  very bottom of your to-do list, but it's very important. 

STEP 8: Choose your formula wisely: Pressed eyeshadows are your basic, most common formula.ream shadows are perfect if you want a dewy sheen.

STEP 9: Avoid a monochrome look:Don't be afraid to go bold, but just make sure your overall look has balance.

STEP 10: Keep it all in place with a setting spray. Get the most mileage out of your makeup by using a setting spray as your final step.