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The simple hacks that your eye makeup is missing

Tue, 8 November 2016 2:00PM

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Applying eye makeup is no small feat. And whether you’re a pro or a novice when it comes to smudging, blending and lining your lids, there’s always learning to be done! I myself love eye tricks, because I have naturally hooded eyes and it took a while for me to work out the right way to line and shape them for maximum effect. Below are some other great, easy ways to take your eye makeup to the next level – trust me, you’ll be like “why wasn’t I doing this before!”



MAC Pressed Pigment in Blonde Streak, $40

To create a wide awake look, use your favourite highlighter in the inner corner of your eye to brighten it. Don’t forget along your brow bone for a raised brow look! I love adding that little pop of sparkle to the inner corners of my eye, it can completely change your look, totally recommend if you want to go from 5am to 10 am in two seconds.

Use a white base


Stila @ Mecca Eyeshadow Compact in Chinois, $26

If you really want your eye-shadow to pop and get the most pigmented look – start with a white base. With either white eye shadow or white eyeliner all over your lids you can make all the shades you put on top brighter and bolder.

Use shadow as eyeliner


KAT VON D @ Sephora Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette $64.00

When you’re in a pinch and run out of your liquid or pencil liner, or just don’t have the colour you want in a liner – opt for an eye shadow shade! You can create a smokier line and even make a wing, it’s also a great way to make your eyelashes look fuller. I like using the Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette along with an angled brush for this trick, it’s versatile with a range of matte pigmented shades, perfect for quick shadow eyeliner. Just wet the brush, pat into the shade you want, and get lining.

Line your inner rims


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If you have hooded eyes like me, then you know the struggles of applying eyeliner to the tops of your lid. My trick to get the same lined effect is to apply liner in the waterline! It will intensify your look and give you a fuller looking lash line. You can also opt for the nude or white liner on the bottom waterline which really helps open your eyes up. Your eyes will look bigger and more awake!

Make sure your shadow brush is fluffy, not flat


Prestige Cosmetics Shadow Crease Brush, $12.95

Fluffy brushes are great for blending eye shadow, applying highlight to your brow bone, and applying a transition colour to your crease. They’re kind of like the every woman’s makeup brush. It’s a must have for your eye shadow needs, you need a fluffy brush in your life!


Apply mascara towards your nose


Urban Decay @ Mecca Perversion Mascara, $36

We’re taught to apply mascara from the bottom of our lashes, directing upwards. But if you want a fuller, more voluminous look to your lashes – start from the outer corner of your eye and sweep the brush in towards your nose! Your lashes will look so lush, and it’ll even push your lashes further upwards. I find it’s one of the best ways to apply mascara to create a bold fluffy lash!

 Use Tape 


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The best eye looks are sometimes achieved with tape, and there’s no shame in that! You can wing your eyeliner, create a cat eye with eye shadow, and eliminate fall out from all with the magic of some masking tape. Just stick a small piece running from the outer edge of your bottom lash, right up following that angle. This is THE perfect direction for all your flicks to go, and it makes it impossible to mess your look up!

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