Eye makeup has always been one of our favorite things to apply, and over the years we have learned some great eye makeup tips from a variety of places and sources that would like to share with you. These eye makeup tips will help your eyes look prettier and look bigger without looking overdone or fake. Try them and let me know how you like them!
1. Conceal first!
First things first when considering the best eye makeup tips, ladies. Always, always use concealer and use it first. Also, when selecting a concealer, color is so important; it can either make you look older or enhance the appeal of your eyes. Select a concealer that’s more golden in color. This combats the blue undertones in your eyes, which makes your eyes appear more youthful. When you finish applying the remainder of your makeup, you won’t even see that it’s golden in color. Instead, the concealer works with under eye circles to mask them, and gives you a youthful, slightly dewy glow. Favorite brand is Maybelline’s 24 Hour Colorstay Concealer in Cream/Light.
2. Apply it under and on top!
When applying concealer, use your fingers instead of the brush for better, heavier coverage. Otherwise you’re wasting your product by letting it absorb into sponges or using the applicators, which never cover everything evenly. It’s fine to use the applicator to apply it to the skin, but once you do, rub and blend with your fingers. Also, always apply on top of your eyelids, and below your eyelids. Make complete circles around your eyes with your concealer. When you apply the rest of your makeup on top, it will give your eyes a really bright, lighted effect that no one would ever guess you created with concealer. It makes the eyes very youthful, and they look bigger and brighter as a result.
3. Apply mineral powder!
Next, before applying your eye shadow, apply a mineral foundation powder, much like you would use all across your face. Using your fingers, simply pat a bit of the neutral powder under your eyes and on top of your eyelids to spread it evenly. You just need a little to soak up the oils in the concealer. Too much will look cakey, so just apply enough to soak up the concealer and to make everything even. This also gives the perfect base for your eye shadow, and will help it stay on longer. It also prevents your mascara from blotching under your eyes, which can happen when concealer is still a little wet and mascara tends to stick to it after application.
4. Apply white eye shadow first!
White eye shadow seems kind of strange, but it’s the secret ingredient to big eyes! Select a white eye shadow, and apply it across your whole eyelid, from the corner all the way up to the top. This gives a lifted look and will enhance the look of the other colors you are using.
5. Crease time!
Now it’s time to put your darker color in the crease of your eye. You might have a different favorite dark color like plum or charcoal grey. Use what works for your eyes and your specific hair and skin color. Brown usually works well for almost anybody and looks more natural, in my opinion, for everyday makeup. Also, when applying in the crease, don’t cover your entire eyelid. You want to apply it from the middle of the eyelid in the crease, to the outside corners, not the inside. This allows the white eye shadow to still be seen, and will make everything appear larger once you’re done. Apply your crease shadow with either your finger, if you have small hands, or apply just a bit of water to a Q-tip and apply it that way. The eyeshadow sticks to the damp Q-tip and goes on better. Just apply it from the middle of the eyelid, and extend out, almost like a triangle across your crease.
Now, get a small eyelid brush, and gently, very gently that is, blend everything together. This is just so you don’t have any harsh lines.
7. Apply the final color!
Next, you want to apply a highlighter color to your eyelids. This gives them one final lifted effect and it complements the color spectrum you have going on at this point. It should be applied right over the bone that extends right above your crease line, just barely enough to add a little glow. This gives your eyes a larger, youthful look that’s quite stunning, no matter who wears it. It’s also the secret tip that all models and beauty professionals use.
Now it’s time for the favorite product outside of concealer: Eyeliner. Prefer to use a pencil instead of liquid for better, more even coverage, but use what works for you. Try to stay away from gel pencils. They can rub off really easily, especially on top of eye shadow already applied. Start at the outside corner of your eye and extend all the way to the inner corner, leaving just a teeny tiny bit without eyeliner. You want to extend almost to the inner eye, but not quite, and more than ¾ of the way. This leaves just enough unlined so you don’t look overdone. If you like liner on the bottom does the same here. This gives your eyes a large, beautiful look that anyone will take notice of.
Apply good, waterproof mascara. Some of my favorite brands are L’Oreal Voluminous and Hard Candy’s Ginormous mascara. Neither will irritate the eyes, they make the eyes look larger, nor won’t they flake off. Apply 2-3 coats on the top lashes and one on the bottom. And you’re done!
White eye shadow seems kind of strange, but it’s the secret ingredient to big eyes!