Makeup has the power to enhance your natural beauty or to completely transform your look. For some women, it is something that they feel as though they cannot live without, especially eye makeup. While makeup doesn’t give me confidence which I’ve written about on my blog before, I do understand that for some women, they feel as though it is a compulsory part of dressing up for a particular event or function. I might not wear makeup everyday but I usually have a brow tint and wax done every month and I always have my eyelash extensions infilled every 3 weeks so I always feel as though I’m not completely bare. Regardless though, makeup isn’t something that I feel as though I have to wear for fear of what others will think of me makeup free but it’s something that I regard as a want to wear.
I really enjoy the getting ready part of going to a special event and I like to take my time with it rather than feeling rushed. It is a lovely feeling when you’ve taken time over your hair and makeup and chosen an outfit that you feel comfortable and confident in. When I look at myself all ready in the mirror, it definitely gives me a boost of excitement ready for the night or day ahead!
With so many tutorials and articles sharing top makeup application tips online, available at our fingertips, so many women are able to learn and recreate the looks of makeup artists without having any formal training. I love that with makeup there really isn’t any right or wrong way to apply it, as long as you get the finished result that you like then that’s all that matters.
In today’s post, I’m going to share with you some of my favourite makeup tips.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR EYES LOOK MORE AWAKE
When applying eye makeup, I like to keep the lightness towards the inner corner of the eyes to give them an open, wide awake look. I’ll always apply a pop of highlight on the inner corner which instantly gives the eyes a brighter sparkling appearence and for winged liner, I keep the line heavier or thicker on the outer corner and taper it out to a fine point for the wing to lift the eyes and for the centre going into the inner corner of the eye, I make the line as fine as possible as a thick dark line can make the eyes look more closed. Some women find that as they get older, one of both of their eyelids could start to droop as the result of ptosis which can really make the eyes look more tired. Some consider having a droopy eyelid treatment if it starts to impact their vision but using otherwise, you can help to lift the appearence of the eyes to make them look more awake by keeping lighter shadows in the centre and inner corner and elongating the eyeliner out and up into a wing.
Another great tip is to use a white or nude pencil on your lower water line to make your eyes look more wide open. This is also great if your eyes are looking red and tired.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR EYESHADOW POP
If you want to really make your eyeshadow pop then you can either use an eyeshadow base or what I find works even better is to use a really good concealer across the whole of the lid, right up to the brow bone. This makes the skin matte and completely evens the tone of the skin on your lids so when you apply the eyeshadow, the colour pay off will be so much more pure because it doesn’t have the natural tones of your skin to deal with. It also helps the shadows to apply more smoothly.
HOW TO INTENSIFY THE COLOUR OF YOUR EYESHADOW
Want to intensify the colour pay off from your eyeshadows? Use them wet when you’re applying your eye makeup! Most powder eyeshadows are able to be used wet, even if they don’t specifically tell you that on the packaging; just be sure to do a little test area first. Dampen your brush with water and then dip it into the eyeshadow and apply to the eye in more of a pressing motion to begin with. You’ll usually find that eyeshadows that didn’t have as strong a colour pay off will now look more intense. This works so well for shimmer and metallic shades in particular.
HOW TO GET THAT CRISP EYESHADOW & EYELINER WING
If you’re wondering how to get a really crisp line with your eyeshadow or to get an even flick on each eye, then using either a shadow shield, sticky note tab or even a piece of masking tape will help with this. Apply it diagonally running from the outer corner of your eye, up to your brow bone, complete your eyeshadow and liner and when you remove the sticky tab you’ll find a beautifully crisp line!
HOW TO MAKE YOUR LASHES LOOK THICKER
Tight-lining is the key to making your lashes look thicker. Apply your eyeliner pencil to the upper waterline and wiggle the pencil between the lashes too, this will make the base of the lashes darker and therefore they’ll appear thicker and your eyes will be more defined. If you’re going for the dramatic look and want to accentuate your eye shape even more try at home eyelash extensions. They are a low cost alternative to professional lash extensions but do not require as much upkeep. Depending on your natural lash length and curl, you can choose a set which looks best for your eye shape and get the long full lashes you’ve always wanted without spending too much time.
The eyes really are the window to the soul. They’re an area of our face that can really show signs of ageing, tiredness and stress. Using an eye cream morning and night will help to reduce the appearence of fine lines around the eyes, improve hydration and reduce puffiness and dark circles. Aside from that, eye makeup is the way forward to really enhance the eyes and make them a focal point on our face.
I hope that some of my simple eye makeup tips have helped you; if you have any questions, please pop them in the comments box below and I’ll get back to you. Don’t forget, you can always check me out doing my eye makeup LIVE on the WhatLauraLoves Instagram!