Eyes are one of the most charismatic features of your face. Eyes are expressive. With very less or no face movement, they tell a lot. This goes without saying that natural looking eyes are beautiful. But if you do possess ways to make them more gorgeous, why not! For instance, there are days when you feel gloomy and have had sleepless nights. There are times when you haven’t got enough rest, yet you have to go work the next day. These are one of the few times, eye makeup helps brighten your day. Read on to learn everything from essential tools to applying eye makeup to enhance your look.
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What we bring to you, is simple ways of doing them and you’re all set to step outside, along with a list of What all do you need to do eye makeup?
These are the ingredients, you need to achieve any eye makeup look –
Face cleanser and face moisturizer
Choose a face cleanser and a face moisturizer depending on your skin type.
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That will help to hold your eye makeup in place for long hours. You can also use a concealer or a foundation, in place of an eye primer.
Under eye concealer
If you have dark circles or any under eye blemishes, a concealer helps to cover them up and give you perfect under eyes appearance.
Eye makeup brushes
There are different kinds of brushes that suit for different needs. Small brushes will help to create an intense color on your eyelids. Angular brushes will help to create detailed lines. If you’re looking for a full coverage, medium brushes are your go to. So, these are a few varieties. You can also use more than one brush to create any eye makeup.
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Eyeshadow color palette
These bring colors to your eyes. If you love nude eye makeup, play along with nude skin shades. But, if you’re going to a nightclub, choose among the shimmery eye shadow colors. And, then there are a variety of colors to choose from. They create a variety of eye makeup looks. Therefore, the eyeshadow colors come in a palette.
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Eyeliner and kajal
They come in different colors, from bright blue to soft brown and more. You can also see bright pink, black, green and pretty others.
Eyeliners are found in liquid form, pencil and like sketch pens. Kajals now, can be found in the form of a pencil gel etc. Usually they can be used interchangeably for example you can use a gel Kajal as an eyeliner also.
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Fake eyelashes (if you’re a fan)
They help those who want a very dramatic eye look. Also, these are more often preferred by those who feel that their eyelashes need to be more accentuated.
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This particular eye makeup accessory helps to curl your eyelashes, the way you want them.
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They help in making your lashes appear big, defined and bright. If you’re not using fake eyelashes, this will help to keep your eyelash in place. They widen your eye look and give you beautiful curly lashes.
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What are the steps for applying any eye makeup?
The steps that I am going to tell you about, these are more or less the same for any eye makeup look.
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Clean your face
Wash your face well. If you have very oily skin, wash your face with an oil free face wash. That will help to get rid of excess oil. If you have dry and combination skin, choose a face cleanser accordingly.
Thereafter, pat dry your face and your eye area gently.
Moisturize your face and the eye area to retain the skin’s moisture. It is not advisable to dry your skin excessively. That will only make the whole eye makeup look, come out to be dry and dull. Therefore, moisturize to fulfill the skin’s hydration.
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Use an eye primer
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In order to set your eye makeup and making doubly sure that it doesn’t fall apart, an eye primer is a must! It will help to keep the layers of eye makeup in place, for longer hours.
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Fill your Eyebrows
Just defining your eyebrows helps frame your entire face and bring out your eyes with or without any makeup.
- To find out the starting point, place a brush along the side of your nose.
- Now, angle the brush at 45-degrees from the outer corner of your eye to the outside of your nose. This is where your brow should ideally end.
- Now that you have defined the area for your eyebrows, brush the brows with a spoolie brush, this allows you to see the shape you like and where they are uneven.
- Fill in any sparse areas with a pencil, using short dash like strokes, so that they mimic your natural hair. Fill in lightly so that it’s barely there and use a color that best matches your brows.
- Extend the tail of the brow a little extra to add a little drama to the look, or just leave as is.
- To define the shape of your brows, use an angled brush and a similar colored pressed powder to define the shape of your brows. Do not overfill the inside corners of your brows or make the end point too harsh.
- Next, brush your brows again with the spoolie brush to soften the harsh line if any and to blend out the color.
- Comb through the brows with a colored gel, to hold the hairs in place and to set the look.
- To make the edges look clean and sharp, trace around the perimeter of your brows with a fluffy brush and translucent powder.
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Apply an under eye concealer
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Under eye concealers are effective in concealing of dark circles or any under eye skin imperfections. They give you clean and clear under eye skin. Start by drawing the outline of an inverted triangle under your eye, and then fill in and blend from there. This brightens up the face. If you apply the product directly under your eyes i.e. right on top of your bags or dark spots, you are actually emphasizing the area and not concealing the same. To learn more about How to Use Concealers you can check out our article An Ongoing Tussle – Foundation vs Concealer
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Use a eyeshadow base
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Eyeshadow base does two things-
Firstly, it helps you to avoid any worn out of the eyeshadow/s you will be using. And, enhances the colors to be further used on eyes.
Secondly, applying an eyeshadow base will keep creases away. It will help you to apply eyeshadow/s smoothly.
Pro Tip: Start with a base shadow without any shimmer that matches the lightest skin tone of your face all over the lid up to your brow. Use this base shade to make the darker shades on your lid are properly blended upto the crease.
The crease line, inner eyelid and brow bone
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Inner eyelid, brow bone- use a lighter shade or a light highlighter, to uplift the brow bone. It gives the brow bone a natural shine and lift. For the inner eye lid use a shade darker than the one you used for brow bone, but not darker than what you’ll use for the crease contour.
The crease line – Use a darker shade (than your skin tone) of eyeshadow to enhance the look of the crease. You may choose a medium to dark brownish color (depending on your adjacent skin color). Add the same shade to the lower eyelash line. Then, blend towards outer side corners, with a blending brush.
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Your eyeshadow looks, shall depend on the event that you’re attending, the time of the day, for example, bright pop colors for the night and nude light shades for day.
You may add a touch of highlighter on the inner eye corner. This will make the eyes look bright and wide.
Pro Tip: To avoid making a mess under your eyes and zero fallout, from the eye shadow apply a small piece of tape under your eyes and simply pull them out when you are done.
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When you’re mixing two or more colors together, it is important to create a smooth color transition. If you don’t, the boundaries of each color used, will appear uneven. Therefore, blending of the boundaries of each color gives a smooth color transition.
Generally, a nude color may help you to make the blending more easier and achieve a softer eye effect. This will make your eye makeup appear one whole, then be seen too distinctively.
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Before, you proceed to apply a kajal or eyeliner, there is one step that you can try, if you feel to –
You may add a shimmering color touch on your eyelids to create a shiny glam look. Generally, preferred by people for night parties and clubbing. Use your finger tip and blend little to smoothen it a bit. It shouldn’t appear let loose on the eyelid.
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Kajal and/or eyeliner
Some products that are available in the market, can be used as both – eyeliner and kajal.
Black eyeliners are always a classic, but to make your eyes pop out, use a color that compliments your eyes. Feel free to use a colorful mascara if you feel extra adventurous.
While applying the eyeliner, the thumb rule is to draw from the tear duct corner to the outer end of the eyelash line, along the upper lash line. Ofcourse, for those who wish to elongate the eyeliner, can do so. Create small dashes as outline, make a small triangle at the end of the lines, connecting the lower lash line and the upper lash line. Then fill it up with the liner. This makes the application very easy and smooth, without unevenness.
- To make your eyes appear bigger and more awake, don’t connect the top and bottom liner, creating an illusion that they are bigger.
- Along the bottom waterline, apply a nude shade of eyeliner, to get instant brightness. This tip works wonders for days after a late night or if you simply want your eyes to look larger.
When you’re wearing a kajal, depending on various makeup look; you can either fill up the entire waterline or only the outwards corner line.
You will smudge the liner or the kajal depending on the kind of look you’re going for! Usually done for smokey eyes. But then again, experiments are always fun!
Some eye makeup only calls for an eyeliner while some require a bit of both.
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Fake eyelashes, eyelash curler and mascara
This step is a mix of a few things –
If you don’t wish to use fake lashes, use an eyelash curler. You can curl the upper eyelashes, as well as the lower line. ( Some people heat their eyelash curler, with a hair dryer and then use them for better hold. While you do this, always check the heat intensity on the curler, before using them on eyelashes.) Curling your eyelashes makes your eyes look bigger, always use the curler before applying the mascara or you could end up pulling out your eyelashes.
You can use fake eyelashes if you feel like, watch the video below to learn how to wear fake eyelashes, do so and then move on to the following step. Use a glue to stick them. Some also come with an adhesive, as well.
Use any mascara (waterproof or not, as your preference) to make your eyelashes appear bright and defined.
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Pro Tip: To make your lashes stand out, use two mascaras, one for thickening and one for lengthening. Apply the thickening mascara, to the base of your lashes, to get a fuller look and cover the root and, then apply the lengthening mascara from the middle to the adds, to add an extra dash of flair add a little extra product to the outer lashes
To remove any smudges simply dip a small brush/ Q-Tip in micellar water and carefully wipe it away.
These steps, together, form the basic steps prior to an eye makeup look. To learn about specific eye makeup looks you can check out our Article Learn eye makeup techniques all the way from a beginner to a professional salon level!
Are you ready for your perfect eye makeup look ? Please comment and let us know if we’ve missed some dos and don’ts, or if you have some more tips that you follow for the perfect eye makeup look.