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How to Apply Rainbow Eyeshadow

Three Parts:

Pink, orange, yellow, green, and blue eye shadows are great alone, but they are even better when combined to create beautiful rainbow eyes. The look is fun and fairly easy to achieve with a little practice. You can create a rainbow look solely for experimentation or to celebrate a particularly colorful event. To apply rainbow eye shadow, you should prime your eyes, add the eyeshadow, and complete the look with some added eye makeup.


Preparing for the Look

  1. Plan your face makeup.You don’t have to wear anything other than eyeshadow, but it is helpful to plan your face makeup out if you do wear it. You could go with a subtle look of matte foundation, light blush, and nude lips. It’s also an option to take the look all the way and use colorful highlighter, contouring, and bright lips. Set out the makeup, but wait to do it until you’ve done your eyeshadow because it tends to fallout as you apply it.
    • Rainbow highlighter is available in most beauty supply stores and online.
    • Choose a color of your rainbow eyeshadow, like red, for bright lipstick.
  2. Prime your eyes.Use a primer that is specifically made to be underneath eyeshadow. Simply dab the primer on your lids where you will be applying the eyeshadow. If you don’t have a primer, put a little foundation and powder on the eyelids to achieve an even base. These additions will ensure the shadows don't fade too quickly.
    • You can also add a white primer or white eyeshadow to make the rainbow eyeshadow pop even more when it is applied.
  3. Set out your brushes and shadows.Three brushes are ideal to use for this look. Get out a pencil type brush, a blending or crease brush, and a larger highlight color brush. Set out your eyeshadow after the brushes. Then, put out some cotton swabs, makeup remover, and foundation so you can correct any mistakes you may make.
    • Make sure the brushes are clean because dirty brushes can harbor germs and will make your eyeshadow colors appear muddy
    • You can still achieve this look if you don’t have all of these brushes, but it may not be as easy.

Applying the Rainbow Shades

  1. Dab the first shadow on the inner corners of your eyes.A bright pink eye or red shadow is a good option for the first color, but you can start with a different color. Just make sure the next color you apply can fade into the next. Dab the eyeshadow out towards the inner corner of the lid with a highlight brush.
    • Tap your brushes off first before applying each of the next eyeshadows so you don't get fallout on your cheeks.
  2. Apply the next color to the center of your eyelid.Begin to add an orange eye shadow right next to the pink or red. The orange should be applied to the center of your eyelid. Again, use the highlighter brush to do this. Then, begin to blend the two shades together with a blending brush..
    • If you started with a different color, look at the colors of the rainbow and follow with a color that is close to the color you chose on the spectrum. For example, apply green next if you started with yellow.
    • Dab the eyeshadow application brush onto a paper towel between the two colors so the colors do not blend on the brush.
  3. Move on to the outer edges of your eyelids.Use the highlighter brush again to apply a yellow eye shadow. Put the yellow on top of where the orange has begun to fade. Fade the yellow slightly further along to the outer edges of your eyelid.
    • If you chose a different color, apply a color that would follow that color on the spectrum. For example, apply blue now if green was your second color.
  4. Apply the next color below your waterline.For the green and blue part of the rainbow, apply the eyeshadow with a pencil brush. Apply the green eyeshadow just below your waterline and near your bottom eyelashes. Fade the color a little further along the lower eye. It should come to the middle of your bottom eyelashes.
    • An indigo-like color would be the next color if blue was your last color.
  5. Finish with the inner corner of your lower eyelid.Apply a strip of blue eyeshadow slightly onto the green. Fade that almost to the inner corner of your lower eyelid. It should meet with the pink eyeshadow you started with in the corner of your eye.
    • If indigo or violet was your last color, you could finish with a pop of red or pink.

Completing the Look

  1. Blend the shadows for a seamless transition.Look at the rainbow eye shadow in a mirror. Use your application brush to neatly blend the colors together. Don’t blend all of the colors together—just the colors the outer edges of the colors that are next to each other. To get the most seamless effect possible between colors, use a clean brush, or even a clean finger tolightlymix the colors together. This will create new colors to ease the transition.
    • At this point you can use foundation or cotton swabs to correct any mistakes.
    • If you think a color does not look bright enough, simply go back and repeat a step until you're satisfied.
  2. Apply eyeliner.This isn’t necessary, but it can enhance the look. Line the top eyelid, just above the waterline, with black eyeliner. Or, you can stay colorful and use a bright blue or colored eyeliner.
  3. Finish the look with mascara.Curl your lashes before applying mascara. A black, volumizing mascara would make the overall look bolder. You can also go for a subtler look with a clear mascara, or continue the colorful look with a deep blue mascara.
    • It’s also an option to use false eyelashes.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    What can I use if I don't have foundation or powder?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You can use BB (or CC) cream, concealer, or nothing, if you feel like your skin looks fine.
  • Question
    Can I use shimmer or another type of eyeshadow if I don't have matte?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, you can. It might look a little busy if it's intensely glittery, but if it have a subtle shimmer it should work well.
  • Question
    What does it mean if I apply this and my eyes sting?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    The makeup could be irritating your eyes. Either you got a little eye shadow on your eyeball, or if you use a liquid liner, there could be fumes that emanate off of it that could sting your eyes, much like an onion would.
  • Question
    If i don't have the color what can I do?
    Amishu Jhansal
    Community Answer
    It depends on what color you don't have. If you don't have say, orange, you could blend red and yellow in the middle to create an orange look. You could skip certain colors if they fall at the beginning or end of the rainbow. The picture ends at yellow, so if you don't have yellow, end at orange. You could also alter your rainbow. If you plan to do it "pink, red, orange, yellow," but don't have a red, you could start at green, go to yellow and then go to orange, for example.
  • Question
    How do I apply 80's eyeshadow?
    Cecilia Flores
    Top Answerer
    Bright, bold colors. Lots of colors. Glitter. Shimmer. Bright. Neon. Disco. Metallic.
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A good explained video tutorial on how to get rainbow eyes.
  • Apply an eyebrow powder or pencil to darken your eyebrows and to create a dynamic contrast to your vibrant eyeshadow hues.
  • To achieve other vibrant colors, consider dabbing the eyeshadow brush in water before you apply the shadow. Just be careful to not have too much water on the brush or the colors could run together.
  • Don't be afraid to experiment. There are no hard rules of makeup except for a few obvious ones—like matching your foundation to your skin tone.


  • Keep in mind that such bright makeup may be against certain school or work dress codes.
  • Make sure your makeup is not out of date before using it. Your eyes could be harmed if the makeup is no longer supposed to be used.

Things You'll Need

  • Face makeup
  • Red/pink eye shadow
  • Orange eyeshadow
  • Yellow eyeshadow
  • Green eyeshadow
  • Blue eyeshadow
  • Purple eyeshadow
  • Mascara (optional)
  • Eyeliner (optional)
  • Eyeshadow base (optional)

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