Most of us do our make up focusing on our eyes, so today’s post is all about them peepers.
Lets start at the base do you need a primer? No you don’t NEED an eyelid primer. If you have trouble with eye shadow fading and creasing a primer can help keep your eye make up in place for much longer then eye make up on its own.
So now that your eyes are primed (or not) what colours will you use? Look at the colour wheel above. The colours opposite each other contrast, meaning they’ll bring attention to each other if worn together. So imagine if you had lets say blue eyes and wore a contrasting orange or pink eye shadow, your eyes would pop! Green eyes look great with purple eye shadow and colours with warm red undertones. Brown eyes actually have an advantage when it comes to eye make-up colours though. Blues and purples will give brown eyes great contrast and draw attention to them creating a head turning look but brown also goes great with gold’s, oranges and almost any other colour.
So what goes where? Like contouring and highlighting eye make up can be used to change the shape and appearance of your eyes. Highlighted areas become brighter and more prominent whereas contoured (or shaded) areas appear to recede. That’s why highlighting the brow bone and shading the crease of the eyelid is so popular. The highlighted brow bone improves the appearance of bone structure and lifts brows while the shaded crease recedes making eyes seem bigger. But don’t get hung up on the idea that a shading colour needs to be dark, I love using gold in the crease to bring out my beautiful chocolate coloured eyes. Also using an orangey bronze shade in the crease is amazing on blue-eyed beauties.
Okay so your eyes are primed, highlighted, shaded, and covered in colour. To complete your eye looks comes eyeliner. Pencil, powder, or liquid eyeliner takes a pretty eye look and adds intensity. Pencil is the easiest option providing a subtle yet defined eye. Powder is the most subtle/natural looking, simply pick an eye shadow you want to use and a liner brush and your set. Powder tends to smudge and wear away fastest. Liquid is long lasting and dramatic but applying it can be hard and has a bit of a learning curve. If you have narrow eyes you can use liner to elongate them by only lining the outer lid. Using black liner against your lash line will make your lashes appear thicker. And of course Mascara makes your eyes appear bigger and more feminine and is a quick way to finish any look.
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