Eye Make Up

Answers to 3 Excellent Eye Make Up Questions You Always Wanted to Ask

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Question 1: How do I apply eye shadow perfectly each time? Could you please give me some tips?

Your makeup is as important to your completed look as your outfit, in fact, it can actually be more important. We’ve all seen women who don’t have a clue how to apply their eye shadow but we’ve also seen women who know how to apply it properly and they look beautiful. Don’t you want to be one of those women? Of course you do, no question about it actually! I’m going to give you some tips so you can do just that.

NEWS FLASH… applying your eye shadow really isn’t hard at all. It’s just a matter of finding the right method; look for you and your personal style. Don’t worry if you can’t get it right the first time, it takes a few tries to get it right and practice makes perfect! Check out these tips:

  1. You must always apply a base coat on your eyes. This is the same procedure the rest of your face. You can apply loose power or your foundation to the eye area. It gives a nice even palette to work with.
  2. Blend, blend, and then before you think of stopping, blend again! I cannot stress how important this is. Try this and see… Blend one eye and then just use a brush and apply the other eye. You’ll see the difference in the two eyes and you’ll instantly know what I’m talking about. You’ll never forget to blend again.
  3. If you want bold dramatic eyes, take your eye shadow brush, dip it into water and then into the shadow, then apply. It will give you a much deeper, intense colour.
  4. If you have blue eyes, wear purple, violet, taupe, grey, deep blue or black. Funky colours include fuchsia, turquoise and silver.
  5. For green eyes, wear purple, plum, forest green, brown or khaki. Funky colours include light green, gold and bright purple.
  6. Brown eyes work best with champagne, copper, brown, apricot, khaki or beige. Funky colours include royal blue, tangerine and hot pink.
  7. Any colour eyes can wear navy, powder blue, and charcoal. Fun colours include silver.
  8. The trick is to apply a lighter colour shadow to your inner corners of your eyes to reflect and make your eyes look younger. This will give more of an open eye look for a youthful appearance.
  9. If you have small eyes and want them to appear larger, use a light colour on the inner corner and a darker colour shade in the central of the eye part.
  10. Practice makes perfect so keep practising until you get the application of your eye shadow down to a T. When you get good, your make up will look more natural and more refined.
  11. Smear your dark shadow only to the eyelids from the lash line to the crease line in the eyelid. Apply your medium shadow from just below the eyelid crease to the brow bone.
  12. Always highlight along the brow bone. Doing this will define and make your features stand out naturally and beautifully.

If you follow my tips, you’ll be looking your best and be ready to party as quick as you can say eyeshadow!

While you’re practising these techniques, you should take notice of what works best for you. Everyone’s methods are different and may not work for you. Practice by yourself or with a friend. This way, you can ask their opinion.

So go for it and get gorgeous right away!

QUESTION 2:  How Do I Apply Eyeliner?

Out of all our face features, applying eye makeup is the most artistic and creative section. From different shapes to lots of different colours, whether using shadow, pencils or liner, you can completely change your entire look simply by using a little imagination.

I’ll now answer your question on how to apply eyeliner with some tips to help you create great effects.

One striking effect that can be achieved easily and a favourite of such well-known actresses from Marilyn Monroe to Gwyneth Paltrow, is outlining the eyes with either a white or beige eye pencil. This has the effect of making the eyes look bigger and more alert. It creates a seductive, alluring and a youthful look.

To apply the eye pencil, gently pull your lid away from the eye using one or two fingers and draw a line along the inner eye. Do the same method with both the upper and lower lids. To make a sharpened pencil softer and easier to apply, draw on the back of your hand or on a tissue. This will soften the tip.

Kohl can be applied in the same way with dramatic effect. The use of kohl goes back to ancient Egyptian times (please check out my other article on this) and is characteristic of eye makeup in the Middle and Far East. Apply your kohl pencil as referred to above to both the upper and lower rims, from corner to corner. Then, using either a eyeshadow brush, a sponge-tipped applicator or even your fingertip, blend the colour by smudging it to create a smoky effect.

Once you are satisfied with the look, you will need to set it by using a light application of loose powder. For a more intense effect, apply your preferred colour around the eyes in either cream, liquid or powder form.

If you want to use liquid eyeliner, once you’ve grasped the technique of applying it, this can be a quick technique of achieving a stunning and sophisticated look.

Firstly, it’s best to be in front of a good magnifying mirror, so that your eyes are magnified sufficiently. Then, using your free hand, start by drawing the eyelid taut. If you’re right-handed it’s probably easiest for you to start putting on the liquid from left-to-right, (as if you are writing) and vice versa if you are left-handed. Draw across in one continuous fine line. If you want a thicker line, at the end of the run, simply go over it again.

A great tip when applying liquid eyeliner is to apply it as close as possible to the eyelashes, even running into the eyelashes. Try not to poke yourself in the eye! This will avoid you getting that annoying white line effect between the eyelashes and the eyeliner when the two don’t meet.

Applying liquid eyeliner does take a lot of practice, so have a bottle of makeup remover or cleanser to hand until you are confident in the method.

QUESTION 3: Can You Give Me Some Tips and Tricks of How to do Eye Makeup and Apply Eyeshadow?

When someone looks at a woman’s face, more often than not the first thing he or she notices are her eyes. As they say, the eyes are the windows to our soul. That is why the eyes are given much attention when eye makeup is applied to her face.

Whenever you put on your eye makeup, your goal should always be to make your eyes look brighter.  Your eye makeup should make your eyes stand out. You can achieve this by selecting the right colours for your eyeshadow and creating the right blend of eyeshadow for your eyes.

The colours you decide upon for your eyeshadow should either match the colour of your eyes or provide a contrast to it.  If your eyes are blue, then a dark gold eyeshadow would work perfectly for you.  If your eyes are brown or hazel, brownish or golden tints for your eyeshadow would look gorgeous.  Nonetheless, blue eyeshadow on brown eyes can provide a very nice contrast and make the eyes appear brighter.

Your eyeshadow should be made up of three shades: a light colour such as taupe for your base shadow, a darker highlighter for the crease of your eyes and the main colour for your eyelid that is a shade lighter than your highlighter. The important key to making your eyeshadow work, is to blend in these three colours.

Applying your eye makeup comes after you have applied foundation on your face. Always put on your makeup from the eyes downwards. Before putting on eye makeup, put a base coat of primer on your lids first with eye cream for protecting the sensitive skin of your eyelids and then dab on a little (only a small amount) of foundation over them.  The foundation will make sure that your eyeshadow will last for hours.

When you have finished applying your foundation, dab on the base colour for your eyeshadow, covering the whole lid and the brow bone. Then apply the main colour for your eyelid. Highlighter comes next but take care how you put your highlighter on because if applied the wrong way, your highlighter can make your eyes look too big and too beady… not a good look! Keep your highlighter to the outer edges of your eyes. Avoid putting highlighter on your brow bone, unless you are putting on makeup for an evening out or somewhere special. Blend the three shades of colour to your eyeshadow carefully so they appear to smooth over each other.

After you’re done with your eyeshadow, you can start putting on your makeup to your eyebrows and eyelashes. Your eyebrows give your character to your eyes so you should not abandon them whilst putting on eye makeup. Brush them with a brow brush (if you have one) and then shape them with eyeliner. Make sure that your eyeliner pencil is sharp and matches the shade of your mascara. Makeup pencil sharpener are quite cheap.

For your eyelashes, application of mascara will do a lot in making your eyes stand out. Mascara lengthens your eyelashes and makes them seem thicker. If you can, curl your eyelashes first with an eyelash curler before putting on your eyeshadow. This prevents botching your carefully blended eyeshadow. Put just enough mascara and wipe away excess mascara from the applicator before placing it to your lashes so that your lashes will not clump and stick together.  Try to use smudge-proof or waterproof mascara so that it will not run if ever tears come to your eyes, particularly when you are wearing contact lenses. To finish, line your eyelids just under the lashes with eyeliner.

If you want the special touches to your eye makeup, you can put on a little shimmer on your eyes. This will make them look brighter.  Special occasions require special touches on your eye makeup and you can always put a little amount of shimmer on your brow bone. You can brighten your eyes by drawing a dot or two with white eyeliner or eyeshadow on the inner edge of your eyes.

You should always remember when putting on eye makeup is to go for balance. If you’re wearing bright red lipstick, go for subtle eye makeup or you can completely not wear eye shadow and just stick to mascara and eye liner. Wearing red lipstick and smokey dark eyeshadow will only make you look like a clown or look like you have black eyes. You don’t want them to compete with each other.

Applying makeup, we should always take care how we put on our eye makeup on and how we apply eyeshadow. The eyes are the most beautiful feature so we should emphasize this beauty always.

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