How To Do Eye Makeup

by optimist

Applying eye makeup doesn't have to be difficult! Here are some simple steps on how to do eye makeup ...

Applying eye makeup is not as intimidating as it seems. There are some basic tricks to it, and once you get the hang of those, it's all very simple. Here's how to do eye makeup:

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 Create A Good Base:

Before going ahead and applying eye shadow and liner, you should make sure that the rest of your face looks good. It might be too late to start drinking lots of water and using moisturizer, but you can apply tinted moisturizer to even out your skin tone.

Next, make sure that your brows look good. Ideally, you should get them shaped by a professional, and then maintain that shape at home. At the very least, use slanted tweezers to clean up the strays and make the shape nicer - but be wary of over-plucking!

If you have thin brows, use taupe or light brown shadow to make them look thicker.

Apply Eye Bases

The first thing to do before applying eye makeup is to apply some eye cream (unless you are very young and have enviably good skin around your eyes!). Eye cream will help the rest of your makeup sink in, and will prevent creasing.

Apply concealer under your eyes, try to cover up any dark circles. Pat the concealer in carefully.

Make sure you apply primer on your eyelids if you will be using eye shadow. Some days I use just some liner and mascara, or just mascara, and those days primer is not needed. However, if you'll be using shadow then primer is essential to having the eye shadow stay on!

Apply Eye Shadow

If you're planning to wear eye shadow, now is the time to apply.You should select three shades of the same or similar color - if you've purchased an eye shadow set, then the color selection is made easier. If this is your first time using eye shadow, you might want to stick to browns, but if you've already applied shadow before and know some basics of how to do eye makeup, you can be more adventurous and wear different colors like lilac, green, blue or pink.

Apply the lightest shade across your entire eyelid, from lashline to brow bone. Apply the second shade across your eye lid only. Apply the darkest shade along your lash-line. Blend all three colors together - don't have three disparate colors, have them merge together. I like to use my finger to blend, but you can use an applicator or brush if you like.

Apply Eye Liner and Mascara

The final step is to apply eye liner and mascara. I like to wear black liner, but that looks harsh on some girls who prefer to wear dark brown or grey. You can also dip a wet applicator into the darkest eyeshadow shade and wear that as a line.

Finally, apply two coats of mascara to make your lashes look fuller and longer.

Updated: 03/27/2012, optimist
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