10 Must-know eye makeup tips
Eye makeup is a fickle art form – it’s hard to apply, easy to remove, and seems to change its form whenever your eyelids become too oily for your masterpiece. Makeup trends also seem to change from month to month, and it’s hard to know what brands or styles are still popular. Whether you’re a bona fide beauty guru or a makeup newbie looking for some beginner’s tips, we’ve put together the best well-known and secret beauty tips for making sure that your eye makeup is complete perfection.
Use a Primer
This step is often overlooked, and we get it. No one wants to buy an extra product that isn’t really visible, and can often be expensive. However, if you want your gorgeous eye-based artwork to last from morning until night, primer will be your saving help. It’s incredibly simple: apply all over your lids, let it settle, and then begin the beautifying. For many, the holy grail of eye shadow primers is Urban Decay Eye shadow Primer Potion. It comes in a small tube, but a little goes a long way. If you’re on the search for a more budget-friendly option, try the NYX HD Eye Shadow Base.
Curl the lashes
For a lucky few, eyelash curlers are superfluous. For the rest of us, eyelash curlers make the difference between a sad, downturned look, or your eyes being the sultry focal point of your face. Sure, they may look like a medieval torture device, but they’re easy to use once you get the hang of them. Simply apply to your lashes, squeeze, hold for ten seconds, and release. Enjoy your newfound curl!
Don’t ignore the brows
Another one of important eye makeup tips is not at all about eyes. Let’s repeat it all together, guys: eyebrows are the frame of the face. Brows make a huge difference to your eye makeup; they can overpower it, complement it, or render it completely useless (if your brows are lacking, that is). Find the brow gel, powder, or liner that works the best for you, and experiment to find a clean brow shape that works well for your face shape. Make sure to fill in sparse areas, and keep things light – less is more!
Try a mascara primer
Mascara primers are not necessarily a new product, but they have certainly been experiencing a renaissance in the last year or two. Mascara primers work in much the same way as a face or eye shadow primer; they help to encourage even, smooth coverage and extend the life of your mascara. In particular, mascara primers help to prevent clumping, and extend length – pretty much everything you need for your lashes.
Hooded eye how-to
Hooded eyes can make things extra complicated. Winged liner is near impossible, and shadows never seem to appear at all. According to makeup experts, individuals with hooded eyes should avoid using metallics or sparkles on the base of their eyelids. Instead, mattes should be used to create deeper contours, and imitate the look of a deeper set eye. In addition, use shadow and eyeliner to draw the eye upwards and outwards, instead of following the natural downturn.
Use complementary colors
Remember in first grade, when you learned about the color wheel? Well after many long years, your color theory knowledge will finally come in handy for you. Here’s the general idea: opposite colors will contrast each other. This means that if your eyes are blue, then a copper eye shadow will really make them pop. Green eyes? Try purple shadow. Now that you’ve got the hang of it, put on some eye-popping shadow and watch your eyes become infinitely more stunning!
Don’t fear color!
True, color can be scary – no one wants to accidentally apply a little too much blush and end up looking like Fran Drescher (fabulous though she was). A little pop of color can elevate your eye makeup level to new heights, and give you a supermodel confidence boost. Colored mascara and eyeliners are trending, and they’re a great way to draw attention to your eyes in the chicest way possible.
Most of us would love large, doe eyes – so, what’s the best way to fake it? Use white or nude eyeliner on your lower waterline to make your eyes appear larger. This is a look that can be as dramatic or as a subtle as your occasion calls for. White eyeliner will have the most vivid effect, while a nude liner will be a little more natural. Whatever you prefer, make sure you follow the liner with regular mascara and some shadow under the eye to create depth.
Fake it until you make it
And by that, we mean give false eyelashes a try. Okay, so you may never ‘make it’ in the sense that really long eyelashes don’t just appear out of nowhere. But for the more follicle-challenged of us, there are falsies. False lashes come in a range of colors, styles, and lengths. This means that you can go au natural, or add some glitter and glam. They’re easier than they look to apply (just a little eyelash glue and some tweezers), and they really do make an incredible visual difference. Hooded eyes or small eyes in particular can really benefit from the effect of false lashes – so give them a try, and head out on the town!
Try tight lining
Tight lining is one of the best eye makeup tips you’ve probably never heard of. It’s a brilliant way of employing no-makeup makeup – in other words, playing up your natural features in a very subtle way. Tight lining is the act of applying eyeliner to the waterline of your upper eyelashes. This method is not for the faint of heart, as it does take a little finessing to become comfortable with. When done properly, however, it’s a great way to create eyelash definition – essentially, it makes your eyelashes look thicker and fuller, while also appearing like your eyes are free of makeup altogether.
What are your favorite eye makeup tips?