How To Apply Basic Eye Makeup

No matter what eye shades you’re using, this basic technique is easy to follow and will create a flattering makeup look with color that really lasts.

  • Step 1: Prime your eyelid. Eyeshadow will last longer if it is not applied directly to bare skin (oil on the lids can cause shadow to crease, while dry lids will absorb moisture from the shadow, leaving blotchy colour), so sweep foundation or concealer over the top.
  • Step 2: Fill in your brows. Choose an eyebrow pencil that is the same colour or if you are blonde or a redhead and have very pale brows, one shade darker than your natural brow colour. Using light strokes, gently colour over your brows to add emphasis.
  • Step 3: Choose your shades. For this look you need a light shadow, a medium and a dark. It does not matter what they are so long as they go together. Try ivory, dove grey and charcoal on cool skins; taupe, beige and chocolate brown on warm. Dust the lightest shade across the whole of your eye, lid and socket.

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  • Step 4: Now, take the medium shade and apply this to the eye socket and the outer corner. Blend well using your finger.
  • Step 5: Take the darkest shade and, using your sponge applicator, apply a thin line of this along the tip lid and around the bottom as close to the lashes as you can get. Blend this well with another applicator or a cotton bud to create a smudgy line. Apply lashings of mascara.

Easy Eye Care Tips: You can use makeup to bring out your eyes

  • If you have small or close-set eyes, follow the steps above but, when you get to Step 5, don’t take the shadow all the way along the lower lid. This will shrink the eyes. Instead concentrate the color around the outer corner of the eye, blending to a soft tapered finish around the middle of the lower lid. Now add a tiny dab of shimmery or light shadow in the middle of the upper lid and blend well.
  • Curl eyelashes or use a curling mascara to maximize the amount of eye you can see. If you want to bring out deep-set eyes, apply a light shade across the whole eyelid but skip the darker shade in the socket crease. Now take a dark but soft shade (like plum, deep brown or grey) and smudge this along the lower lid and outer corner of the eye. Line as before. Curl the eyelashes and apply lots of thickening mascara.

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