The Art of Applying Eye Makeup

Eye MakeUp Tips:

Eye makeup really enhances the beauty of the eye and makes the eye pop. Makeup makes smaller eyes look larger, and very large eyes can get more depth and richness with the proper use of eye makeup products.

Eye Makeup Step #1: Always Start With An Eye Primer
Eye primer helps create a smooth surface for the eye makeup. Once the primer has dried, you can apply an eyeshadow base that helps make the eyeshadow stick to the skin better. If you don’t have an eyeshadow base, a concealer or foundation will do.
Eye Makeup Step #2: Start With 4 Basic Shades
For beginners, you want to start with 4 basic shades to pull off an everyday natural look. You need a highlighter that is a shade lighter than your skin tone, a matte mid-tone shade, a contour shade that is 2-3 shades darker than the skin and a matte black shade. If you have a facial highlighter, you can use that too.

Applying Eye Makeup
The application of makeup for eyes is really an art form. Often it takes some practice to get really good at it, and to find the best look for you. When applying makeup to your face the eye products should go on before anything else. The main reason for this is that eye shadows and eyeliners can get messy and if you have to use a cream to wipe away any excess, or to clean up around the eye it’s much easier when your face is clean and without foundation.

The order of application should be eyeliner, then shadow and then mascara. Starting with eyeliner will define the area, which makes it easier to apply shadow correctly. The mascara should be last because it needs to stay clean and if it’s put on before the shadow then particles of the eye shadow will land on the mascara, which is impossible to clean up.

Eye Shadow
The best application tip for eye shadow is to use a good bristle brush and not the sponge applicators that come standard with eyeshades. You will not believe the difference in using a good bristle brush like the pros use. The shadow will blend and apply much smoother and easier, the color is cleaner and the bristle brush fills creases so much better than those spongy applicators. A set of good makeup brushes is essential for any makeup kit, and not just for eyes, for blush and powder as well.

Eye Makeup Step #3: Grab The Essential Eye Makeup Brushes
You will need a small flat eyeshadow brush for application, a small and medium-sized blending brush and a smudger (optional).
Eye Makeup Step #4: Glide Your Flat Brush
Glide your flat brush on the lightest shade and apply this on the inner corner of the eyes. This is where most of the product should be and then you can easily blend outwards after.Make sure to tap your brush before applying to remove excess product.
Eye Makeup Step #5: Here’S A Neat Trick You Can Try
Dip the tip of the brush in water enough to dampen it. Then glide it on the eyeshadow and apply again in the inner-most corner of the eyes (tearduct area). You’ll be amazed at how pigmented it is.
When you’re done with that, use the same color and highlight the arch of your eyebrows.

Eye shadow colors are a personal choice, though there are some standards that apply to everyone. If you have blue or green eyes, then try using same shades for shadow. Eye shadow has the amazing ability to enhance the colors of the eyes so it will make green eyes much greener, sometimes turn them a different shade of green, or even make them appear blue or agua if you use a deep shimmery blue shadow.

The darker colors of shadow such as deep browns, blacks and grays will give a very dramatic effect, especially when used with a dark eyeliner. This look is best saved for evening as it is quite stark and may look a little garish in daylight for women who have light colored eyes.

Those who have dark eyes can benefit from metallic eye shadows of any color, though the earth tones, grays and silvers often look best and give those darker pupils more of a pop and richness.

With a little practice and experience any woman can find the best looks for her eyes, and can turn any plain Jane into a raving beauty.

Eye Makeup Step #7: Contour The Eyes
Using the contour shade, apply from the outer corner while blending into the crease on the outer half of the eye. Please make sure that you don’t blend too high because the mid-tone shade should always be higher than the contour shade.
Eye Makeup Step #6: Mid-Tone Shade
Now on to the mid-tone shade. Use a blending brush to apply the eyeshadow above the crease, blending from the outer corner inwards.
How will you know you didn’t overdo it with the shadow? Hold your brush at the edge of your nose going up to the edge of the eyes. Anything below the line should be clear.
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