Arguably, eyes are your most prominent and most important feature. Eyes are extremely effective communication tool that helps you build trust, friendships and even love. Ultimately, eyes can express what words can’t deliver, so if you are going to do eye makeup at all it must be perfect.
There are so many eye makeup styles and techniques but I am not going to cover any particular style today. Instead, I am going to address some common issues, a type of issues you are likely to face no matter what you are trying to do. These issues are so common and so frustrating; it baffles me how almost every makeup manual ignores them. I think the reason for that is that some of these things are just common sense to makeup pros but they aren’t so obvious to regular women. When you become a pro in something, you sometimes tend to lose touch with needs of those who aren’t at your level.
Eye makeup base.
First things first, your eye makeup needs a good base. It literally needs something to stick to. You can’t just apply eye shadow, eye liner and mascara and expect it to stay there when you are constantly moving your eyes, blinking, smiling and sweating. You absolutely need to use eyelid primer or something similar to provide a good foundation for your eye shadows and eye liner and no, this step cannot be skipped.
If you cannot find primer (and I know it’s simply not available in some countries), use foundation, creamy concealer or even nude color cream shadow. The place to apply is entire area from lash line to the hollow. I personally like to apply this under my eyes as well.
If your makeup tends to melt away very fast, you might find that applying a little bit of lose powder over primer layer solves this problem. This type of eye lids is called hot eye lids and it typically needs this extra layer of powder to seal eye makeup and keep it in its place.
Eye shadow troubles.
Eye shadows can be a real challenge and the very first issue you will face is that you can’t create a perfect eye shape, leave alone making your both eyes look same. Well, here is one old forgotten trick:
1. Take a pencil eye liner and define in what direction your eye shadows are supposed to go. I mean by that your perfect angle and make sure it’s same for both eyes. All you need is a small dash at the outer corner of your eye in direction of you eyebrows. Here is what I mean:
2. Take a tissue paper or, even better, a business card and align its edge to the line you just made. Here is how:
Apply eye shadows while holding business card. Once you are done, you will see you get a perfectly clean line. Repeat the same for another eye. Once you remove the card you will see you have perfectly clean and sharp lines for both eyes. The only problem with this line is that it’s a little too sharp, so you will probably want to use blending brush to soften it a little, but otherwise it’s simply perfect!
Eye liner tips – how to get a perfect finish.
You can spend years blaming your lack of skill, but the truth is it’s extremely hard to get a perfect finish with gel liner or any type of liquid eye liner. Typically, if you use liquid eye liners it’s because you want your line to look intense – a type of look black eye shadow or pencil can’t accomplish. However there is often this annoying shine and general messiness. My solution? Use angled brush to apply black or dark gray eye shadows over liquid eye liner. Eye shadow will stick to gel liner making it nice and matte while keeping things elegant.
False lashes tips.
Picking right false lashes is just a part of the story. Most false lashes are too long so you will need to try it without any glue first and trim to make the size perfect for you. If you don’t do this the edges will not stick properly, you will look weird and you can potentially mess up your entire eye makeup. Trim first then add a little extra glue on the edges to make them stick perfectly.
Another thing you want to do is to bend false lashes when you just get them out of the box. This will make them more flexible and give them more eye-like shape. More important tips on false lashes here.