You can experiment with every kind of look and make it your own. Whether, you have just begun to do makeup or you’re a pro at it! We don’t judge. What we list down for you are the basic steps. You can always play with your makeup and achieve a look that best suits you alone!
The base preparation is the same – cleanse your face, moisturize, apply eye primer and under eye concealer. The eyeshadow base differs for a range of different looks.
To learn more about them check out our article An easy and informative guide on applying eye makeup.
Pro Tip before we get started, don’t worry if you make mistakes, simply use a Q-tip of cotton swab and some micellar water and softly wipe it away. This tip is a life saver for me as I can’t tell you the number of times I have accidentally smudged my eyeliner.
Let’s start with the most known and one of the cult favourite’s, smokey eyes.
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Suitable for every eye shape and therefore, considered an ultimate eye makeup look.
- Avoid doing this look in a rush, give yourself sufficient time to blend everything and get the shape, else you may end up with a messy not so good look. To blend, shape and clean any fallout give yourself at least a 10-15 minute window.
- Don’t worry about getting everything perfect, it’s ok if you haven’t mastered your brush technique or you can’t draw your liner straight. Everything will be smudged and blended in the end giving you a smokey eye look that looks so good.
- Using a heavy brush is a strict no-no instead of giving you an ethereal glamorous look it will look like soot and not smoke. You want to apply the eyeshadow base as lightly as possible so that the color isn’t so dense. Use a soft, fluffy brush to achieve the look.
- Use a pencil liner, as they work better in creating the soft smudged lines that you want to achieve for this look.
- To brighten the look, tab a dash of champagne hued shimmer over your iris.
- Try experimenting with different dark and rich colors.
Apply the eyeshadow base. Use a mid tone of warm brown shade, that is neither too light or nor too dark on your skin tone.
Work on your crease line with extra press and swipe from one end to the other. Follow the shape of the crease, like a semi circle.
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Put your eyeliner on the upper lash line. Keep it even and jet black.
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You may also go for the panda look. Use the eyeliner to shape your crease line as well. Smudge it towards the lower lid. Then fill up that space with dark eyeshadow shade. Blend the eyeliner on the crease and the eyeshadow shade well.
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You may bat wing it or a cat eye. Or, keep it simple till the end of your eyes.
Put a dark shade eye shadow over the eyeliner. Use a color near about the black shade, like charcoal, for instance.
Blend using a brush. Start from, till the middle of your eyelid, towards the outwards into the surrounding eye shadow base color.
Use the same brush and apply along the lower waterline (as kohl).
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Smudge it a bit with your finger.
Apply heavy mascara to your eyelashes. To create a glam, wide eyes and curled eyelashes look.
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Cat eye makeup
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After the preparation, as mentioned in the beginning of the article. Let’s Begin…
1. If winging the eyeliner doesn’t come naturally to you,start with the wing and then continue lining along your upper lash line
2. Use a piece of tape as your guide to help you get the perfect wing. Carefully peel off the tape once you are done to get the super sharp wing. Simply place the tape at the outer corner of your eye, going up towards the end of the eyebrow as shown in the image below.
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3. To get wings that match, alternate between eyes. So everything you do on the right eye, do the same to your left one before moving on.
4. If you are like me and struggle to keep your hand steady, simply use a pencil liner first and draw over the same with the liquid liner.
Let’s get started on How to create the Perfect Cat Eye Look
If you are going to use eyeshadow then curl up your lashes after you have used the eyeliner to create the cat eye. If not then use a mascara after curling your eyelashes after you are done with the basic eye makeup preparation.
If you are going to use an eyeshadow then use a colour as per your choice. Basically, the prime focus of any cat eye makeup look whether using an eyeshadow or not is how you have defined the cat eye. Therefore, for an overall makeup look, i.e., using an eyeshadow and eye highlighters; depends on the time of the day, your mood or the occasion.
To draw the cat eye line, start with the outer corner of your upper lash line. Extend the line till the end of your eyebrows.
If you’re professional then draw the line straight away but if you are a beginner use small dashes and then fill up the line.
Draw the eyeliner on the upper curvature of your lash line. As well as, the lower waterline, starting from the innermost corner till the outermost corner of your eyes.
Stretch the eyeliner line. From the outermost corner of the eye, till the end of the previously drawn line up till the end of your eyebrows. Fill in the gap with eyeliner and there you have your cat eye!
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Natural eye makeup
Natural eye makeup means to create a look that is not too subtle nor too bright and glam. An makeup that is created by effortlessly blending the makeup with your natural skin tone.
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The natural eye makeup uses colours, which range from light brown to brick like colours. That depends on the kind of skin tone you have. For example, from very fair to fair skin a shade of light brown will work. On the other hand for very dark skin tone dark brown to break like colours will do wonders.
The preparatory steps remain the same, as mentioned in the beginning of the article. Follow through the next basic steps to create a natural eye makeup. But of course, you can play with a range of different colours or eyeshadow shimmers. Only to add a little bit of shine or little glam to your eyes, if the occasion needs so, or, if you feel like!
Apply a hint of the colour appropriate for your skin tone on the space between your crease line and upper lash line. Why hint? Because you can add more of the colour if you think the first layer is very faint. Secondly, so that you do not go overboard with it.
To add effect and dimension to your eyes, before applying the eyeliner highlight the crease line a bit. Start by darkening it with the same colour that you have used prior to it, on the eyelid. Blend it very well, so that the boundaries are not too highlighted and it looks seamless.
To keep the lock very bare minimum and natural apply eyeliner only on the upper eyelash line.
If and only you wish to go for a little more but not too much on-the-face makeup. Choose a shade, as your skin tone or one notch darker than your skin tone. Apply a very small hint of it on the entire lower lash line. Blend it along the lower lash line. Such that it doesn’t look too much on the eyes or have a very smoking effect. (Until and unless you’re going for that smokey smudge look)
Use of mascara to give your eyelashes some shape and colour. The essence is to keep the look natural, therefore, if you have very fair skin and brown eyelashes, wear brown eyeliner. One that suits the colour of your eyelashes. But, if you have dark black eyelashes then use the regular black eyeliner.
What you need to keep in mind is, not to put too many coats of your eyeliner. Doing that will make your lashes pop out more, than the whole eye makeup that we have created.
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Shimmering eye makeup
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The look of this eye makeup is to highlight your eyes using a shimmery eyeshadow. The color may differ according to your choice. Or, according to the kind of look you’re going for.
For instance, for smokey eyes, we usually use brown, near black or charcoal shades. So, brown hue shimmer eyeshadows can be used to top the look. If you’re going for a natural eye makeup, light pink shimmery drizzle or white can be used to complete that look.
The color is pressed on the middle of the eyelid, just over the upper lash line. And press it along the upper lash curvature.
Use the shimmer eyeshadow to apply along the eye liner for more bold and catchy eyes. Whether you’re creating a wing or a cat eye!
For a more shiny glam doll look, press the eyeshadow along the space between the upper eyelash line and crease line. That’ll give your eyes more definition and sparkle.
Last but not the least, blend it, to dust off the excess powder. Use your finger or a flat pressed brush.
How u blend it depends on what look you’re going for. Therefore, you may use more than one color to create this makeup look. For a more subtle softer look, blend more over the eyelids and crease line. For a pop up bright eye appearance, dab just a little, with your fingers.
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Arabic eye makeup
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There are slight variations that come with this look. Know about them after these easy basic steps that are must to create this eye makeup.
After prepping your eyes with a cleanser and a moisturizer, open the eyeshadow palette. Foremost, select whether you want a little shimmer and shine. Or else, just plain low-key or bright propping colors.
Arabic eyes look good with pink shades, brown shades and gold shades as well.
Apply the eyeshadow in the space between your upper eyelid and the crease line. Extend the color towards the end of your eyebrows.
Use your black eyeliner and draw the crease line till the outer corners, below the end of the eyebrow.
Thereafter, apply the eyeliner along the upper lash line and lower lash line. Draw from the outer corner till the innermost corner and stretch uptil the nose side steeply.
Here, you can do two things –
Apply the eyeliner on the lower lash line. Smudge it a bit to widen its width a little (not too much!). You will be stretching the line to join the extended cease line. Then, fill in the gap with a dark eyeshadow till just the middle of your eyelid. Blend with the surrounding eyeshadow.
You may refrain from absolutely connecting the extended crease line, the upper and lower lash line. Stretch them but not connect them, like any triangle. Keep their width close. Fill in that space, your eyelid area and up till the inner corner. For that, use a shimmery eyeshadow or any bright color to make your eyes bright and wide.
Apply mascara to give your lashes some weight. That will complement the whole dramatic look. You may also use fake lashes and coat them with mascara.
Smudge the eyeliner on your lashlines for a smokey arabic eye effect. Use more of the darker shades to keep it very smokey.
Use glitter eyeshadow to brighten up the whole look. If you’re not making a triangle on the outer eye corners, draw an extended upper lash line and apply the glitter eyeshadow along till the innermost corner.
Extending the eyeliner from the innermost eye corner till the nose side, is a must!
Rather than simply extending the upper lash eyeliner, draw the eyeliner till the end corner. Do that for both, upper and lower than line. Then stretch from the lower lash line. Give a flick or a strong pigmented line up till below your eyebrow corner.
Widen the eyeliner on the upper lash line. Apply a lighter version on the lower lash line. Extend the upper lash line more. Widen towards the end. Make a triangle and fill in the gap.
Use a highlighter on the outer brow bone. That will bring a highlighted look to the eyes.
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Cut crease eye makeup
The idea here is to cover your natural crease line. We will use some eyeshadow colors that compliments your skin tone. Some may prefer glitters as well. Use setting powder to set the coverage we made on your natural crease line. For a defined cut crease, use an eyeliner and blend, or, use a darker color than your eyeshadow base color to accentuate it.
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Cleanse and moisturize. Use eye primer and an eye concealer on the eyelid area and the natural crease line. Blend and blend.
Use the eyeshadow on the same area. You may use two shades, as well. That’ll help bring a gradient look on the eyes. Blend them well along the entire eyelid surface. Set using a setting powder for the next step.
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Define the cut in line using a bright shade, shimmery or bright color eyeshadow uptil the new cut in line. Extend it towards the outer eye corner. If you wish to achieve a more definitive cut in line, use a kohl or eyeliner to draw it. Then, smudge it a bit for a seamless boundary.
Draw eyeliner on the upper lash line. Give it a flick or just extend a bit! Use the eyeliner on your lower lash line as well. You may smudge it or keep it just like that. Lastly, wear your fake lashes or apply a few coats of mascara and you’re good-to-go.
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What do you conclude?
The essence of eye makeup is to make your eyes look more attractive. To give it the definition it needs. Now, that can often be soft and mild, or call for a dramatic change.
What we have laid down are the basics that follows any eye makeup tutorial. Thereafter, one can make it their own, by playing with variations here and there. Keep coloring, keep experimenting, keep having fun eye makeup scenes! Do let us know if you want us to cover any other eye makeup looks.