Most women come across this problem each and every day. You apply your eye makeup every morning, but you can’t seem to get it right. Whether it’s crooked, too heavy or badly blended…there are so many things that can go wrong just from the stroke of a brush!
We all know that eyes are one of the first things that you notice about somebody, so it’s important to make our eyes look as good as possible.
Follow these simple steps and you’ll be there in no time…
The often neglected eyebrow plays a huge part in your overall eye ‘look’, and if you try filling out your brow you will notice a huge overall effect immediately!
What you’ll need: Eyebrow tweezers, eyebrow pencil.
Simply tweeze away any few stray hairs to re-define your eyebrow shape, and then fill them in with pencil. Apply it light, using short, feathery strokes to make it look natural and smudge the colour into the main body of your brow using your ring finger.
Tip: When deciding what colour eyebrow pencil to choose – remember that blondes and redheads should use one shade darker than your own hair colour, and brunettes should use one shade lighter.
The easiest way to get a great brow shape is obviously to go to a professional! You don’t need to make it a regular thing. You only need one visit for them to sculpt you the perfect shaped brow for your face shape, and from there all you need is a little upkeep through regular plucking.
Have you ever experienced spending half an hour putting your makeup on in the morning, and your hard work has almost wiped off by lunch? It is incredibly frustrating! But there is a way that you can safeguard against it by wearing a primer.
A primer is different to a concealer. Wearing a primer eye base, whether a powder or a cream, can help to even out your skin tone, set your eye makeup in place and prevent creasing. And you can get them nice and cheap from any beauty store or online.
To get the best results you should use either two or three different shades of eye shadow to allow you to highlight and shade, and compliment your eye. The key to getting a soft blend is to work from the lightest colour to the darkest.
What you need: Eye makeup brush (recommended one flat tipped, and one fluffy shadow brush), three shades of eye shadow.
- Apply a neutral colour first. You should use a flat tipped brush here if possible, and sweep a light colour across your eyelid and up to just below your brow bone.
- Next, using a fluffy shadow brush, you should brush a slightly darker, medium colour across the lid only. This will have a brightening effect on your eye.
- If you choose to use a third, darker colour, use a thin brush to trace this colour into the crease of your eye lid to add depth and definition.
Tip: Take the colour up to your brow bone, but don’t sweep it over it unless it’s a neutral colour. It is the same to create a smoky eye look. Keep the colour on your eyelid and around the eye, don’t extend the colour above the crease.
Then all you need to do is blend the colours together. This is much simpler than many people think; all you need to do is clean your eye makeup brush, and very lightly, smooth the colours together to create a softer looking effect. For the dark shadow in the crease of your eye, blend it on the outside edge only. If you blend it onto your eyelid, it makes your eye look smaller.
Be sure to use a clean makeup brush, or one that has only neutral colours on it, otherwise you will ruin your look! You can easily clean a used brush by wiping it on a tissue.
A trick which I normally do at this stage is dab a very small amount of a light coloured eye shadow to the corner of my eye using a small brush. This acts as a highlighter, and really opens the eye up and makes it look much bigger.
No eye look is complete without a bit of eyeliner as it defines the shape and size of your eye. You can draw the eyeliner on so it makes your eyes look bigger, and add a flick at the end to create a longer, more feminine, feline shape.
What you’ll need: Eyeliner.
Eyeliner comes in a few different forms, but if I had to choose between a pencil eyeliner or a gel eyeliner, gel would win every time because it creates a much bolder look. Draw a thin line across the very tip of your eyelid, almost touching the root of your eyelashes, to get the best look.
Tip: To create a smoky eyeliner look, you just need to wet the tip of a thin brush and dab it into a dark coloured eye shadow. Sweep a thin line of gel eyeliner across your eyelid first, followed by a thin line of the eye shadow, and allow it to smudge slightly.
The finishing touch to any eye makeup is the mascara. I would never recommend for you to apply it first, as any excess eye shadow powder you use might cling to your eyelashes. Mascara works miracles for our eyes, adding volume to our lashes and opening our eyes up completely. Many women who don’t wear any other makeup will still wear mascara.
Each woman has her own technique when it comes to the application. But there is a method, recommended by beauty magazines such as Glamour and Vogue, which helps to maximise your lashes.
What you’ll need: Eyelash curlers, mascara.
- Curl your lashes first using an eyelash curler. This immediately doubles the look of your lashes length. For added impact you can heat up for eyelash curlers for a few seconds by holding them underneath a hairdryer, this will make them stay curled for longer.
- Apply a thin coat of mascara – getting as close to the roots as possible, wriggle back and forth as you move outwards from your eye. Work from the inside outwards and make sure to reach as many lashes as possible, even those tough corner spots!
Tip: You should never put mascara on the top of your lashes as well as the bottom, as it weighs the lashes down.
Hopefully this easy-to-follow guide has taught you a few tricks that will speed up your morning routine, and will stop you needing to repeat it again at lunch!
Steph is passionate about fashion and beauty. She works at Lenstore, an ecommerce retailer that sells contact lenses in the UK.