Step by Step to Do a Full Eye Makeup Like an Expert
Even if you’re an expert makeup user, eye makeup can be daunting. Acutely applying your chosen colors in the right way will make your eyes pop and appear natural all at once.
However, one miscue can spell disaster, making it look like you accidentally copied a Halloween costume instead of doing your daily routine.
While we always stand by a more natural makeup look, sometimes you just need to go all out. Here’s how to apply full eye makeup like an expert.
Selecting the Proper Eye Makeup Brushes
Makeup brushes make applying your eye makeup easy and also offer you the ability to perfect the application of eyeliners and eyebrow detail.
- The eyeshadow brush is ideal for specific applications. When you want to add depth with different colors, a brush will serve you better than your fingers. The bristles are short and dense, which allows for more control when adding shadow to the outer corners of your eyes.
- A blending brush has slightly longer bristles than other brushes, allowing the brush to be more flexible. These types of brushes are used for mixing different shades together on your upper lid after you’ve applied more than one color.
- Pencil brushes have a fine point, which allows you to create precise lines and detailed art.
- A flat brush is excellent for adding a wash of color to your eye, or even better, one single shade.
You are not obliged to use brushes, and you don’t need to use every single brush. Simply employ the ones that work best for you and make application most comfortable.
Is It Necessary to Use a Primer?
You don’t need to use an eyeshadow primer, but it may be beneficial if you have oily skin and want your shadow to last.
However, avoid using primer if you have mature skin since it can dry out your eyelids and cause them to appear crepey.
Begin Your Beauty Routine with Your Brows
Applying a light shade of eyeshadow or concealer to your brows first allows you to create more defined and symmetrical brow shapes.
If you usually use a lot of eyebrow makeup, starting with your eyebrows will also make it easier to clean up any mistakes on your upper eyelids.
This type of brush makes the process easy. The included brush is dense, firm, slightly rounded, and allows you to apply product close to the skin for a natural look with minimal effort. Use an eyebrow brush to gently brush brows upward before applying any product.
The First Step Is to Find Your Shape
Place a pencil on the side of your nose, and tilt it so that the point is touching your brow bone. This is where your brow should start.
The arch should be at the point where you can turn the pencil enough to hit your brow bone again. And finally, 45 degrees from the outer edge of your nostril should be where your eyebrow ends.
Outlining Your Eyebrows
If you have less hair on your eyebrows, you can use a pencil to draw them out so they appear more defined.
If you want a more natural look, forgo the outline and only fill in the brows with color. Use an eyebrow pencil that is lighter than your actual brow color to create the outlining effect.
Filling Your Brows
The key to perfecting your brows relies on finding the correct brow shade that will seamlessly blend with your natural hair color.
Even though it can be enticing to pick a hue that is darker, resist the urge; this method will only result in an overdone and harsh look.
For those with darker skin, choose a Browns tone that has just a hint of brown. By doing so, you can avoid any harsh lines. Use a dense brush to fill in brows with only sweeping the powder over them lightly for natural look.
You can then go back once more with the spoolie end of the brush and blend in the powder until it appears diffused throughout your eyebrows.
Up next, Eyeshadow!
If you’ve ever watched an eye makeup tutorial, you might feel overwhelmed by the many products and steps. The good news is that you can achieve a gorgeous look with just a few shades of eyeshadow.
Before you load all the colors from an eyeshadow palette on your eyelids, resist the temptation unless it is Pride month and you want a rainbow look.
Otherwise, go for something more natural that complements your complexion better.
1. Pick Your Shape
When you try to recreate looks from movies or magazines, eye makeup can be tricky. If you’re just starting out, stick to basic styles that suit your abilities. You can always add complexity later.
It’s easier to work with shadows if you want drama than it is to create a shapes (like cat eyes, for example).
2. Fill in the Foundation
Use the lightest shade in your palette over your entire lid. With this step, you’re essentially choosing a base shade. This is typically a nude or beige that’s just darker than your skin tone (or two shades darker if you have dark skin).
Consider the actual color of your eyelid when making this decision since it may differ from the hue on the rest of your face.
For example, those with dark skin should use a shadow that’s one to two shades lighter than their natural complexion. Another option for deep complexions is taupe or coffee shadow. The point here is to begin with a very neutral color so that other colors can build atop it easily later on.
3. Use a Darker Color of Eyeshadow in Your Crease
If you have a crease in your eyelid, apply the medium shade of eyeshadow to that area from the inner corner to the outer corner of your eye. If you don’t have a crease on your lid (a monolid), use the two lightest colors as your base and midtone instead.
The midtone should be applied in the middle of your lid, about two-thirds up from the lower lash line.
4. Apply Your Darkest Shade of Eyeshadow in the Outer “V” Shape of Your Eye
This step usually makes people feel uneasy because they will use a dark shade to create a contouring effect that gives the illusion of longer eyes and creates a more polished look.
To elongate your upper lash line, begin at the outer edge and make a soft “V” shape that extends to the top of the crease you just defined.
Make sure to blend inwards towards the inner corner, but don’t smudge it. You want the final product to look natural.
5. Bring Attention to Your Inner Corner
Use a highlighter to make your eyes pop and give them dimension. You can highlight both the inner corner of the eye and the brow bone, or just choose one. If you’ve already used concealer to shape your eyebrows, using a different colored highlighter may make it more noticeable.
Those with darker skin tones look beautiful with copper or bronzeeye shadows in the inner corner and/or on the brow bone.
6. Time to Blend
Use a large brush to blend your eye makeup over the entire lid, blurring any harsh lines or angles that make your lids look fake.
Wouldn’t It Be Easier If…
You’re absolutely right, and we are glad you asked! You can create a glamorous and natural look by using a single product that is capable of achieving both.
Cream shadows are formulated with hydrating ingredients that reflect light naturally and draw attention to the eyes.
How to Apply Eyeliner Perfectly
The key to any eyeliner look, no matter what type of product you use—lliquid liner, pencil liner, or powder shadow—is practice. Go slowly at first until you get a feel for how much pressure to apply and how thick you want the line to be.
A third of the way in from the inner corner of your eye is a good starting point on both top and bottom lash lines. Use a pencil if you’re new; liquid takes time to master..
Any Tips on How to Apply Mascara?
Ditch the falsies and give your natural lashes a chance to grow back by taking better care of them. This means using gentle, non-drying mascaras free of any harsh chemicals or ingredients that could damage your lashes.
A few months without false eyelashes may seem difficult, but it’ll be worth it when you see how much longer and healthier your natural lashes are!
Apply mascara to your upper lashes by curling them first with an eyelash curler. Doing so will open up your eyes and create a more awake look.
Use no more than two coats on your top lashes, and one coat for the bottom ones.
Don’t Forget to Set Your Makeup With Powder!
If your eye makeup usually disappears a few hours after you put it on, try using a setting powder. Choose one talc-free, meaning it can help keep your eyeshadow masterpiece in place, as well as the rest of your makeup routine.
The more you apply eye makeup, the easier and simpler it will become. If you use natural eyeshadow products that are good for your skin and follow a few of these tips, then you can create easy looks that will last all day long.