No matter how you cut it, great eye makeup comes from one thing: practice, practice, practice! The elusive, perfectly symmetrical cat-eye is within your grasp… with a little practice and these 15 helpful tips.
Tips for Eyeliner
Before you put on anything else, eyeliner is the foundation of your look and should be applied first. Whether you use liquid or pencil liner is often a personal choice, but could also depend on the look you want to achieve.
- It can be really difficult to draw a straight line with liquid liner. If you’re just starting out, mark your line with dots and connect each dot one at a time.
- If your liner appears asymmetrical despite your greatest efforts, apply a little concealer to a q-tip to cover the problem area. You don’t have to start from scratch just because there’s a small error.
- Gel and pencil liners sometimes need to be warmed up to go on smoothly. I’ll typically roll the tip of an eyeliner pencil in a circle on my palm, until it softens to a better consistency. Some people suggest holding a lighter briefly to the tip as an alternative.
- Smokey eyes don’t just look great, they’re also an excellent way to cover up some shaky line work. If your liner wings are less than perfect, cover them up with an attractive gradient of gray or blue in a smokey look.
- Don’t be afraid to experiment with color! Eyeliner comes in a variety of colors for a reason. For instance white liner can make your eyes look bigger, and that blue liner gives you a softer day-time look than gray or black. Brown liner works really well with natural tones and gold.
Tips for Eyeshadow
Eyeshadow presents a different set of challenges than eyeliner. Instead of worrying about straight lines, you now concern yourself with color combinations, shapes and opacity. It can be tricky to get right, but here are some tips to get you started.
- Make sure your eyelid is clean by wiping the area with a makeup remover pad before application. Both cream and powder products will adhere much better to clean skin.
- Primer may seem like an unnecessary step, but it will set your eyeshadow like nothing else. If you need your makeup to last all night, use a little primer before applying color.
- Don’t fret about uneven application- the best part about eyeshadow is how easily it blends. Use a clean brush to start marrying colors, light to dark, and watch those unsightly globs of pigment turn into a beautiful gradient.
- Invest in a quality, varied set of brushes. The right brushes will make all the difference in how evenly your shadow is applied and how well you can blend. Precision brushes are needed for more delicate operations.
- Match the color and shape of your eyeshadow to compliment the color and shape of your eyes! This one seems like a no-brainer but we all know someone with big, blue eyes who uses sky-blue shadow.
The most important thing is to have fun, and stay positive even if things don’t look right the first time. Remember, it’s easier to fix a mistake than to start all over again. If you have found or top 10 eye makeup tips useful, then make sure to see more of our guides to perfect makeup.