Isn’t it true that “the eyes are the window to the soul”? This is exactly why a big part of makeup technique is learning how to do justice to the eyes.
Eyes are often the first-noticed feature on someone’s face. This can be either a good thing or a bad thing. If you apply your eye shadow improperly, you can make your eyes look sunken and tired. If you know the right techniques, however, you can make them bright and striking.
The thing to do is strike the perfect balance of shadow and highlight. Just remember that makeup can either bring out your eyes or it can distract from them. You will love that this technique is fairly simple and can be done in three minutes or less, so all you have to do is use a little more color or a darker shade if you want a dramatic, night-on-the-town look.
Before you go through the steps, pick out three different complementary shades of eye shadow. You will want to have one very light shade (almost white), a medium shade, and a dark shade. Depending on how heavy or light you prefer to wear your eye makeup, adjust accordingly. I personally like a bright, shimmery cream for my light shade, a shimmery tan for the medium shade, and a matte dark brown for my dark shade.
Step 1: Base
The base eye shadow is going to be your medium shade. I actually use a makeup primer on my eyelid to keep makeup from collecting in my crease as the day goes on. It also assures that the shadow goes on smoothly without clumping in spots. If you have oily skin or sweat easily, you will want to find something you like and apply a thing layer from lashes to eyebrow before applying your shadow.
Back to the base shadow – take your applicator or brush and apply from corner to corner of the eyelid, only going as high as the crease. It will be basically a half-moon shape. This can be a fairly light application because you will apply more in the blend step.
Step 2: Crease
For the crease, use your dark shade – using your applicator or contour brush, apply liberally inside the crease and down to the outside corner of the eye.
Step 3: Blend
Using a blending brush or the original applicator, blend out the dark shadow until there are no sharp lines or distinctions between the base shadow and the dark shadow. You can either add more base shadow on top to help blend, or if you have enough on already, you can just blend with the brush.
Step 4: Highlight
Highlighting is what will bring your eyes to life. You will use your light shadow to bring light to your eyes. Using a clean applicator or brush, apply the light shadow under the brow and in the inner and out corners of the eye. Blend until lines are smooth.
That’s it! It seems slightly complicated at first, but once you’ve tried it a few times, you’ll have your system down and you will love your look. What eyeshadows are you going to use for your new look?