Eye MakeUp Tips:
Is there a wedding or a big party in your future? I bet you already picked your dress, shoes, jewelry and hair style by now. But have you given some thought to your makeup? There’s nothing worse than having to rush and improvise your makeup at the last minute! Avoid unnecessary stress and do a makeup rehearsal to validate your colour choices and figure out how much time you need to be ready.
|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.|
A party is the perfect time to glam up your makeup. When choosing your colours, get inspiration from your outfit, but make sure to add a touch of coloured glitter to the centre of the lid as a finishing touch. If you are looking for some makeup inspiration, here’s a step-by-step tutorial of one of my favourite party looks – purples and golden eye shadows, teamed with black eyeliner and mascara.
1. Prep your skin
It all starts with great skin. Cleanse your face every night, no matter how tired you are, and apply a nourishing night cream. In the morning, after you cleansed and toned your face, apply a moisturizer with SPF 15 or higher. Wait until your moisturizer is fully absorbed to avoid streaking.
2. Apply primer and foundation
For a special occasion, if you do not want your makeup to smear, I recommend using a primer that will keep your makeup lasting longer. Apply your desired foundation – be it liquid or powder, beginning the application where you want the most coverage – usually the cheeks, then lightly layer over the rest of the face and neck, until you are satisfied with the coverage. Use less foundation close to the eyes to minimize lines.
3. Add life to your cheeks
|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.
Apply the blush sparingly and with a light touch, sweeping up along the cheekbone, and using the center of your eye as the starting point of your application. The upward sweep will give the illusion of pulling your face upward, slimming it. Be careful not to apply the blush too far below the cheekbone, because this will visually pull down the face. Always swipe in one direction to avoid streaking. If you’ve applied too much blush, you can tone it down with a touch of finishing powder.
4. Conceal dark circles
A soft mineral concealer won’t clog your pores and will cover those dark circles or small imperfections of the skin.
5. Apply the eye shadow
Place a light purple eye shadow all over the upper lid, the internal corner of the eye and below the brow to highlight and open up the eye. Dip the tip of a blending brush in a deep purple eye shadow. Apply the colour on the external corner of the eye and along the crease to add depth. Blend it so that there are no harsh edges and everything looks seamless. Add a touch of shimmery gold eye shadow to the centre of the lid.
6. Line the eyes
Line your upper and lower lash line with black eyeliner, extending the line on your upper lid to create a wing. Using a thin eye liner brush, apply some gold eye shadow under the lower lash line to add extra sparkle.
7. Curl your lashes and apply mascara
Curling your lashes can produce spectacular results. Your eyes will look bigger and more wide-awake instantly. A good mascara can also make your eyes look larger in no time. Apply one coat on all lashes. When you apply the second coat, focus in the center to make eyes appear bigger. Use a thin wand mascara for more precision and to avoid clumping.
8. Apply lipstick and lip gloss
Finish your look with a bold lipstick. For extra sparkle, add a touch of lip gloss on top of your lipstick.
9. Enjoy the party
No need to worry about your makeup now! You are all gorgeous and ready to be the attraction of the party! Relax and have fun!
|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.
|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.|