Mastering Eye Makeup Basics – A Simple What Is Eye Makeup?

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Many women seem afraid to experiment with eye makeup feeling its too complicated and time consuming. They have that why bother attitude because they feel their all natural look is best. This can be true at times but when a well polished woman using correct eye makeup steals your job promotion right out from under your nose, you may want to take a second look at using eye makeup.

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.

With practice and the right colors and tools you should be able to put your eye makeup on in less than 10 minutes in the morning. It comes down to the message you want to portray. With as little of just mascara and lip gloss or full face it all depends on you.

With everything out there to day it can be more than intimidating in amount of eye makeup to pick from.

Here are some eye makeup guide lines to think about..

Do you ignore your eyebrows?

Or are you one that tends to over pluck them? Your eyebrows are a very important part of giving a good impression. They provide a balanced look to your whole face. For perfectly groomed eyebrows in an instant try this neat trick.

Comb through them with brush, a old toothbrush will work for this. Comb the hairs upwards and outwards. This will help open up your eyes. You can keep them in place by lightly applying a clear gel. If you are not sure what is the best way your eyebrows should look, visit a professional. She will be able to guide you by showing the correct way to pluck and shape your brows to work with your face.

Ever Thought about using eyeliner?

Eyeliner can be applied to flatter all eye shapes and sizes. It comes in 3 types, liquid, cake and pencil. Liquid eyeliner is the hardest to master because it takes a steady hand to do it.

Cake eyeliner is applied wet using a eyeliner brush. Pencil is just that a pencil. Eyeliner should be applied after your eye shadow and before your mascara. The easiest and most effective way to add extra emphasis to your look is to use a pencil. Carefully draw a soft line, keeping close to your upper lashes then repeat under your lower lashes. Smudge with your finger tips to draw attention to your eyes not your eyeliner.

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.

Do you wear mascara? And if you don’t, why not?

Mascara creates a flattering fringe to your eyes. Even more so if you have blond lashes. Black is the most common color used but mascara also comes in brown, brown-black, and navy. There are products today, Magic Lash for example that helps you further enhance your eyelashes. It’s applied after your first coast of mascara. You apply Magic Lash then a second coat of mascara. For those of us who can’t afford eyelash extensions it’s a God send. It might be something you want to look into

How many eye shadow colors or types do you own?

Eye shadows come in a mass variety of colors and types. You have mineral eye shadows, pressed powder, cream, sticks, and liquid. Pressed powder eye shadows are the most popular. Today there are many who prefer mineral eye shadows because its naturally made. Pressed and mineral eye shadows are easy to apply using just a makeup brush. You can build on the color of choice from barely there to dramatic. It can also be used as eyeliner if you wish. Cream eye shadows are oil-based and a good choice for dry or older skin that needs extra moisturizing.

Stick eye shadows you have to be careful they aren’t dry. They need to have a creamy texture to them so they don’t drag on your eye lid. Liquid eye shadows usually come in a slim tube with a applicator. Look for the kind that go from cream to powder.

There you have it, the simple basics of eye makeup. It seems like a lot it really isn’t. This is just example of what is out there to help you enhance your own natural beauty. Decide for yourself what you want to use but don’t be surprised what happens if you have never wore eye makeup to work before. If you have properly applied it, when someone takes a second look and asked you have done something different to your hair etc. You know your eye makeup has changed how someone sees you.

It doesn’t take much so why not start experimenting today?

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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