Eye makeup is the cherry on top of the cake when it comes to painting your face. From a basic cute look, to a stunning beauty with soulful eyes, upping your eyeshadow game will really make all the difference. Whether you want to update your everyday look to give it a bit of oomph, or you’re looking for evening makeup to transform you into a gorgeous diva, we’ve got a few tips and tricks to help you out.
Set up a good base
Before you begin, use an eyeshadow primer. It’s an absolute must whenever you’re doing any complex eye looks as it will prevent creasing, make your eyeshadows look more vibrant and stop it from fading throughout the day.
Which colors to use
It depends on many factors: the occasion, your eye color, your hair color, your outfit, and ultimately – your mood. Green eyes look lovely with purple and pink tones, and blue eyes can look quite enchanting when paired with bronze or orange. Grey eyes can use blue tones to bring out that unique shade, and brown eyes are great paired with olives, purples, and generally, most eye colors look good in some shade of brown. Honestly, the best way to figure out what looks good is to experiment.
To begin the eye look, pick a matte, neutral shade (soft brown, peach, or light grey for example) and apply it in your crease with a crease brush. Use gentle, wind-wiper motions to swish the color into the crease, and make sure you’re not holding the brush too tightly. A looser grip will make the application look more natural. After this, use a blending brush to diffuse the color even more, to make the transition even smoother.
Once you’re done, use a flat synthetic brush (or simply your fingers) to press on the color you’re using as your lid shade. If you’re going to work, you can use something with a matte finish, or if you’re going out to a party, you can use a shimmer, or a satin finish. When you’re done, blend it out again with that big blending brush.
Now you can dab a dark color into the outer corner of your lid to give the eyes even more depth. For this, use a smaller crease brush, and then start blending it together with your crease shade. Keep it contained to the outer ‘V’ corner of the lid and blend until the transition of the shades is smooth. Honestly, it’s all about blending.
Work with your eye shape
The technique is very similar for multiple eye shapes, but hooded eyes can be a little tricky to work with until you figure them out. Don’t try to fight your eye shape, work with it. The “halo eye” look works wonderfully for hooded eyes, and you can read about how to accomplish it here.
Eyeliner and mascara
Felt tip liners are good for beginners because they give you the most control, and gel liners paired with a tiny, firm, eyeliner brush are generally great for everyone, but they take some time to get used to it.
If you struggle with drawing a straight line, try placing a few small dots just along your lash line, and then connect them slowly with your eyeliner. The last step that is definitely not optional is mascara. This is the one thing you shouldn’t skip because a good volumizing mascara makes your eyes pop and completes the look like nothing else. Those long, defined lashes give you a sultry appearance, and can make even the smallest eyes appear bigger, brighter, and more awake.
The gist of it is this: learn the rules, practice, and then feel free to break those rules. Don’t apply makeup only in the morning, when you’re in a rush. Take some time to play around with it when you’re home and doing nothing else. Enjoy the colors, enjoy the whole ritual. You’ll learn better if you let yourself get creative.
Sophia Smith is beauty and style blogger, an eco-lifestyle lover, graphic designer and a DIY enthusiast. She is very passionate about natural skincare, minimalist wardrobe and mindful living. Sophia writes mostly about beauty-related topics in her blogs and articles. She has contributed to a number of publications including: Viva Glam Magazine, Just Haves, How to Simplify and Carousel.