I put together a quick vid to show you a few makeup tricks for your everyday eye look. As you will see, I’m no professional at this video thing—I promise to work on the mumbling part for next time. Okay I’ll confess… I was nervous! But, be sure to watch it through to catch my coping mechanism which I reveal at the end. 😉
Eye Makeup Tips
- Use a primer on your eye lids.
- Your eye lids are full of oil glands and can often appear greasy. A quality primer will keep your eyeshadow looking fresh all day long. Check out the video to see what product we recommend.
- Smudge your eyeliner.
- Drawing a perfect line across your top lid can seem impossible. Use a smudging tool to even out your eyeliner and give it that smoky look.
- Blend your eyeshadow until the harsh lines disappear.
- It’s all about the tool! Make sure you are using a good brush to help you get the job done.
- Use a Q-tip to wipe the corners of your eyes.
- Your eyes naturally water throughout the day. Wiping the inner and outer corners of your water line will prevent your eyeliner from running.
- Fill in your eyebrows.
- Remember your eyebrows are sisters, not twins. They are never going to look exactly the same. Just be sure to give your eyebrow a natural looking arch.
- Add multiple coats of mascara.
- If you want those long, full lashes, the trick is to layer your mascara. Don’t forget to separate them afterward.
- Let your mascara dry before flaking off the excess.
- If you accidentally get mascara on your eyelid, make sure you let it completely dry before removing it with a Q-tip. This way it doesn’t ruin your eyeshadow.
In addition to applying your makeup, I made a list of some basic scientific concepts I learned while in cosmetology school.
The purpose of eye shadow is to create perceived light tricks. The areas you highlight, by using lighter colors, are going to appear larger. The areas where you use darker shades are going to appear smaller.
*It’s the same concept as highlighting and contouring your face make-up*
- Wide-set eyes:
- Use dark shades on the inner corner of your eye and light shades on the outer corner. This will make your eyes appear closer.
- Close-set eyes:
- Use light shades on the inner corner of your eye and dark shades on the outer corner. This will make your eyes appear further apart.
Choosing an Eyeshadow Color
Understanding the basic color theory will help you to choose a color that complements your eye’s best. Of course skin tone and hair color also play a factor in this, but here’s the general idea:
- Red and green complement each other (think Christmas)
- Yellow and purple complement each other (think Lakers)
- Blue and orange complement each other (think Broncos)
- Use shades with red undertones—burgundy, maroon, plum
- Use shades with orange undertones—copper, bronze, coral
- The palette is yours. Almost any color will fly!
- This one is kind of tricky, but we would recommend using shades with purple, yellow, and green undertones—eggplant, gold, emerald
The Given- natural colors such as brown, gray, and black look good on all eye colors.
Uncover you zest!