I did my right eye for the tutorial and it took foreverrrrr. I did my left eye in maybe 2 minutes or less and it came out looking way better! Maybe it was b/c I was so scared about messing up. So this is the full shadow look on the left eye/ what it should look like before you line the eyes:
In my experience, the key to getting a gentle gradient is:
1) Use a heavy hand on the dark shadow. Don't be afraid!
2) Use a light hand on the very light shadow/ highlight.
3) Don't overblend. Let your skin melt the colors together.
As always, I started with an eyeshadow primer. There are so many on the market now, but I stuck to my basic Urban Decay Primer Potion.
Step 1: Use a dark brown (I used a Makeup Forever in Espresso) with a slanted shadow brush. You want to really pack the color onto this brush and draw a V on the outer edge of your eye. Start on the outer corner and fill in your eyelid up to the crease, easing off around 3/4 of the way into the eye.
Step 2: Using a dark brown, blend starting from the middle of your eyelid inward almost to the inner corners. Sorry, I don't have an exact product for this palette. I got it from my sis-in-law.
Step 3: Using a bright copper or some shimmery gold, apply color to the area right above your crease and smooth out the dark brown edges. I used that wide fluffy brush you see in the pictures.
Step 4: Get a light, shimmery beige (I used Stila's cream eyeshadow in Kitten) and apply it lightly to the inner corner of your lids. I used my fingers and tapped the color on gently.
Step 5: This is the most important part!! Use a slanted eyeliner brush and gel eyeliner to line your upper lashline. Use the pencil liner to line your upper waterline. (Here are some great references from Frantastic. This is the lashline and this is the waterline.)
I used MAC gel liner in Blacktrack and drew a line starting at the outer corner of my eye about 3/4 of the way in. Then I used the pencil liner to draw a black line all along my upper waterline.
Step 6: Then I used the slanted eye shadow brush from before and drew a line using the eye shadow on my lower lashline starting from the outer corner and stopping 1/2 way in. This is how it should look so far:
To line the upper lashline with the gel liner, I followed the natural shape of my eye and slightly flicked the line upward at the outer corner. I made sure that the line I created with the eyeshadow connected with the color on the upper lashline.
Step 7: Finally, I used the pencil liner to fill in the inner corner of my eye. As you can see, I had to draw a little bit outside of my lashline into the actual fleshy corner. If you only follow the lashline, you can't really see the eyeliner on the inner corner. I also filled in the bottom lashline with the pencil liner.
Step 8: Finally, I curled my lashes and added mascara.