With so many popular eye makeup trends all happening at the same time it’s no wonder a girl can feel a little overwhelmed. Do you go for the clean lid and strong liner, classic cat eye, bold, graphic liner, or break all of the rules and go smoldering, and smokey for day. Our answer is definite YES to all but before you begin, take a minute or two to check out these 5 great tips for creating your look. Achieving your perfect eye makeup look is easier than you think and can be done in just a few simple steps, so let’s get started!
To prime or not to prime. The answer really comes down to a few things. The first being, “do your lids tend to be on the oily side?” The next would be “are your lids naturally darker in comparison to your face?” And last, “are you creating a look such as a classic cat eye where you will need the lids to be even?” If you answered yes to at least one of these then the answer is yes, you should apply a primer first.
By adding a primer first you not only ensure that your colors will stay on even longer but you also get the added benefit of giving your eyeshadows a great base to sit on, blend easily, and look even more vibrant.
Pro tip: When applying anything directly to the eyelid or area’s surrounding the eyes you want to use as little pressure as possible as this part of the eye is extremely delicate. If your primer is applied with a sponge tip applicator, apply to the lid first and then use your pinky or ring finger to lightly pat color on.
Once you’ve finished applying your primer, the next step is to choose your colors. If you do decide to go for a smoldering, smoked out look, choose a darker shade like an onyx, slate, dark brown, navy, or deep plum. If you want the look but not the darkness then pick up a lighter and more brighter shade like a teal or a pastel in a lavender or pale pink. Using a medium size eyeshadow brush or an all over color eyeshadow brush, apply your color from the lashline outwards. Depending on the style you’re creating you can fan out the shadow (pointed) or do more of a classic dome shaped look (curved).
If your eyes are close-set doing a pointed finish is especially good for making them look farther apart. For a more defined eye makeup look, start with a light hand and add your colors in layers over the initial color. As a rule, we always like to start light and build the color, as it is much easier to control. For the best results, don’t forget to blend and buff the color out to soften any harsh lines. The darkest part of your color should be at the outer crease of your eye and get lighter as you move towards the inner crease of eye.
If you’re going for the full sultry, and smoldering eye, then you’ll definitely want to add a highlighter or a lighter shadow directly under the brow bone and to the inner corner of eyes to brighten the look and make your eyes pop even more.
If you’re going for sexy or smoldering, take a minute to curl your lashes and definitely before applying mascara. Not a lash curling gal? Have you tried Tweezerman’s Super Curl Lash Curler? You might just change your mind. No bars on the sides, and you can heat the pads for a few seconds using a blow dryer for the most amazing results evah! Do it just once and you’ll be hooked like us 🙂 Finish with your favorite mascara, and if you apply more than one coat, make sure to comb through your lashes in between.
If you want to go for the full eye makeup monty and do the lashes we won’t stop you. Applying either a set of lash strips or a few individual lash clusters are both very effective for creating a super, sexy doe-eyed look. Using lash clusters allows for a little more control in terms of where you place the lashes and how they turn out. If it’s your first time applying false lashes we usually recommend starting here first before moving onto lash strips.
A popular lash brand to check out is Ardell, but you can also find some great alternatives at Sally’s, MAC, or websites such as Frends Beauty Supply where they offer a variety of all types. Don’t forget your lash glue. Duo is pretty much the best and the leading brand when it comes to formula and ease.
You know that saying “without eyeliner I’m nothing?” Well, not in all cases but if your goal is to achieve a strong eye makeup look, then leaving out the eyeliner just won’t do. Not applying eyeliner is like leaving out the frosting on a chocolate cake. Depending on the Eyeliner look you’re creating or how dramatic you’ve decided to go with your eye color should determine whether to pick up a pencil, gel, or liquid liner. So for instance if you’re doing a winged or classic cat-eyeliner look then a liquid or a gel liner will serve you best, while a more subdued liner in a pencil (gel formulas work best in terms of smudging) is more suited for a dramatic eyeshadow look.
To do a softer eyeliner, go for a kohl liner to easily achieve a smudgy, smokey look. If your eye makeup look uses softer shadows, finish the look by choosing a pencil or liquid liner to create a cat or winged liner. The contrast will compliment your lid color and make them stand out even more. For an easy cat eyeliner, extend the liner out and up where your lashline naturally continues from your bottom lashline. Do the famous flick and bring it back down to connect with the beginning of liner.
Pro Tip: If this is your first time doing a cat eyeliner, check out our cat eyeliner stencil for this step.
A finished eye makeup look means a nicely groomed brow. Why go to all of the effort and then forget about the brows? By grooming your brows you create a more polished look, while framing your face for very flattering results. You can set your brows with either a colored brow gel or a clear mascara. Depending on the temperature and time of year this is also a great way to keep brows in place and set your color.
Another great step for framing the eyes is to add a highlighter under the brow bone, inner corner of eyes and to the tops of your cheekbones which instantly brightens the face. As a rule less is more when it comes to applying your highlighter so try to build the color slowly. You definitely want to keep the attention on your eyes and adding too much will do just the opposite.
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