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How to: Top 10 Eye Makeup Tips & Tricks

Fri, 9 November 2012 10:39AM

I’ve officially hit my one year anniversary of beauty blogging, Primpers, and I find that I always go back to talk about one of my favourite topics – eye makeup.

Keep reading for the top 10 tips and tricks that I have picked up along the way, and hope that it may benefit some of you as it did me …

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Tip #1: Love false lashes but find them too time consuming or finicky to apply? Cheat your way by layering different mascaras together to achieve a false lash effect. For instance, apply a volumising mascara to add thickness, and then add a second coat of a lengthening mascara for bold, fluttery lashes!

Tip #2: Dark under eye circles getting you down? Use a good light reflecting concealer or layer concealers to get perfect coverage. You might need to use a concealer in a shade or two lighter than your circles to lighten the darkness, and then apply a light reflecting product like the ever famous YSL Touche Eclat, $55, department stores, to add luminosity – I picked up this nifty trick from PRIMPED. Make sure you also apply concealer to the innermost corner of your eyes (just inside of the bridge of your nose), as it makes a huge difference to lightening your under eye circles.

Tip #3: Open up tired eyes by running a white pencil along the lower waterline, it gives you a more wide awake appearance and also makes the whites of your eyes appear brighter. If white is too stark, try a pale gold pencil instead, I guarantee it works a treat!

Tip #4: I’ve said this before, but always wear an eye primer. Even if you don’t have oily lids (lucky you!), an eye primer makes colours appear more vibrant, prevents eyeliner from smudging and gives your eye makeup longevity by providing them with a base to adhere to. I love Urban Decay’s Primer Potion but it’s rather hard to find in Australia, so I’d recommend Too Faced Shadow Insurance, $26.95, Kit Cosmetics, as a great alternative.

Tip #5: Ensure your brows are always groomed, it might be worth booking a monthly appointment with a specialist – I love the Benefit’s Brow Bar – and only tweezing the odd stray in between appointments, if necessary. Great brows can have the same effect as a facelift, and really accentuate your eyes.

Tip #6: Love a smoky eye but unsure of how to achieve it quickly? Cheat your way by applying a dark cream shadow or shadow pencil over your entire mobile eyelid (I like Models Prefer Infinite Colour Shadow Pencil, $9.95, Priceline), and then press your chosen shadow over it, making sure you don’t go over the crease line. Dab a little white or gold in the inner eye area for contrast and behold, you get the intensity of a smoky eye with minimal effort.

Tip #7: If you have stiff, straight lashes, invest in a great eyelash curler, try Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, $39.95, select David Jones, or a heated lash curler, try 1000 Hour Heated Lash Curler, $18.95, Priceline, before applying waterproof mascara, which will keep your curl going until you take it off at night.

Tip #8: Can’t leave home without eyeliner on but found your favourite liner has run out? Just dampen a thin eyeliner brush and press it in your favourite shadow. It works just as well as eyeliner to line your eyes.

Tip #9: Keen to create a cat’s eye look but find it difficult to get a balanced, perfect flick? Grab some sticky tape, like matte Scotch Tape, and apply it from the outer corner of your eye up towards the end of your brow. Make sure you apply it to your hand first to remove some of the stickiness and avoid undue tugging on the sensitive skin around your eyes. Draw your liner, moving from the inner eye, flicking up towards your brow, before gently removing the tape. You’ll end up with perfectly balanced flicks each and every time.

Tip #10: Last, but not least, always, always remove your makeup before going to bed. Leaving mascara on overnight can eventually damage your lashes, leading to breakage and causing them to fall out prematurely. You can also cause eye irritation and allergies by sleeping in your eye makeup, so avoid that by keeping makeup wipes next to your bed as a last resort.

I hope you enjoyed these tips, and found at least a couple of these useful.

Have you got any eye makeup tips you think are worth sharing?

P.S. I’d just like to thank PRIMPED for giving me the chance to guest blog, and also to thank all of you for your support and kind comments on my first article. I honestly can’t find the words to describe how much it means to me, so thanking you from the bottom of my heart will have to suffice for now. When I look back over the past year, I’m truly amazed at everything I have learned, not just from experts in the field (I’m looking at you in particular, Kat, Hayley and Yaz), but also from other beauty bloggers and from my readers!

Feel free to drop by my blog The Made Up Maiden anytime, even if it’s just to say hello!

Much love,

Nalini x

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  • Posted by: daylight dancer Master Fan // Fri, 9 November 2012 11:24am

    Congrats on being featured on primped again nalini!!! My fave beauty blogger xx.
    I love your tip on layering mascaras for a false lash effect, ill def be trying this out!
    I really need to buy a eye primer. Each time i apply eye shadow i tell myself i need to buy some but i always forget.
    My tip id like to share is that you can create your own custom lip gloss but mixing your favourite shade of eyeshadow with a touch of clear lipgloss using a lipbrush. I know its not a eye make up tip like yours nalini but its another use for eye shadow. The more eyeshadow you use the more pigmented the gloss becomes. Might come in handy for a costume party.

  • Posted by: catn2kittens Master Fan // Fri, 9 November 2012 12:07pm

    Loved the article Nalini, especially the sticky tape tip – thanks for letting me know to stick it on my hand first, I wouldn’t have thought of that and it could have been a painful mistake! :)

  • Posted by: Kimberley // Fri, 9 November 2012 12:53pm

    Congrats Nalini! I love a flesh toned pencil for the waterline so much, who knew a simple touch could be so effectively!?

  • Posted by: misschris Master Fan // Fri, 9 November 2012 08:20pm

    Great tips.. I need to get my hands on a white eye pencil and a ysl touché éclat.

  • Posted by: zoeeangelaa Master Fan // Sat, 10 November 2012 12:01am

    I often follow tip 3.
    I also love putting a light pink shade on the inner corner for a brighter eye.

  • Posted by: Teegs // Sat, 10 November 2012 05:35pm

    Theres an Aussie product called Issada.. they do a radience pen that work similar to YSL Touche Eclat, but soo much better, has a botox effect on the skin… my beauty therapist has me HOOKED! il never look back :-)

  • Posted by: Gloss_Geek Master Fan // Sat, 10 November 2012 07:49pm

    Great tips Nalini :) Especially no.2!

  • Posted by: beautybee1 Master Fan // Sun, 11 November 2012 11:47am

    Nice blog Nalini! I agree with no 10 especially – removing eye makeup is a must (and it’s so not a good look to wake up with panda eyes)

  • Posted by: lolo Master Fan // Sun, 11 November 2012 12:22pm

    I layer mascara too! I LOVE Rimmel’s Day to Night Mascara because it has two wands, one for lengthening and one for body and I use them together to create that false lash effect :)

  • Posted by: Coconal Master Fan // Sun, 11 November 2012 09:19pm

    Thank you so much, Daylight, your comment means so much to me! Oh, what a fantastic tip, I do that from time to time and also use nail polish! Great way to use up a colour you barely use anymore.

    C2K, yay, so glad that you found it useful!

    Kimberly, thank you and it’s indeed amazing what difference a little touch makes!

    Misschriss, you so do! I find you can go into Myer or DJ and ask to try it out. I hear Chemist Warehouse always has the TE on sale!

    Zoeeangelaa, Oh great tip, thanks!

    Isaada, I have never heard of them but I will certainly look into it!

    Gloss_geek, undereye circles are the bane of our existence! Thanks, hun!

    Beautybee, thank you, and not to mention that smearing mascara/liner over your pillowcase makes laundry harder! 😉

    Lolo, I actually had a giveaway with that product once! I must check it out myself, once I get through the 20 or so unopened ones I have in my stash! 😛

  • Posted by: adriennne Master Fan // Tue, 13 November 2012 08:42am

    Great tips Coco!! It’s nice to have one of our own writing on Primped :)

  • Posted by: CC12394 Enthusiast // Wed, 14 November 2012 10:21am

    Love the article, I use the white eyeliner now and it makes my eyes look nice and fresh! =]

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Wed, 14 November 2012 03:49pm

    Love the idea of a white pencil to make the eyes look whiter and brighter thanks! Lots of great eye makeup tips Ill be using!

  • Posted by: mellyboo Newbie // Wed, 14 November 2012 08:46pm

    Thanks for the tips! I’m looking forward to using the shu uemura curler once I get down to David Jones ASAP!

  • Posted by: Coconal Master Fan // Wed, 14 November 2012 10:24pm

    Adrienne, thank you so much!

    CC12394, it’s amazing what a huge difference a small thing can do, isn’t it?

    Sparkles, I’m so glad to hear it!

    Mellyboo, oh do give it a go, the sales assistants are usually very happy to give you a trial so have a play and see if you like it. :)

  • Posted by: DebstarDesigns Master Fan // Thu, 15 November 2012 04:17pm

    Love that sticky tape tip! Thanks for sharing :)

  • Posted by: meedee Master Fan // Thu, 15 November 2012 10:57pm

    Oh Im so slow…cant beleive I didnt discover this until now….
    Fantastic ….I do hope that we hear more from you here at Primped :)

  • Posted by: daylight dancer Master Fan // Fri, 16 November 2012 06:03pm

    Ive used the bone powder that comes in the australis aquare eyeshadoe palette to add some sparkle to my eyes and it makes my eyes look wider also. It works really well with dark smoky eyes too,

  • Posted by: beauty3122 Enthusiast // Tue, 20 November 2012 02:58pm

    Great tips! Thank you

  • Posted by: Tina-1291133452 Master Fan // Thu, 22 November 2012 05:55pm

    Great tips coco!! I follow them all :)

  • Posted by: cwingy83 Enthusiast // Wed, 28 November 2012 02:54pm

    love all the tips will come handy .

  • Posted by: loopylexy Master Fan // Wed, 28 November 2012 06:01pm

    You’ve just reminded me, I need to dye my lashes so I can skip the mascara during summer. Weeeee~~

  • Posted by: Coconal Master Fan // Sun, 2 December 2012 10:26pm

    Debstar, you are most welcome, I never let myself run out of stickytape! :)

    Meedee, thank you and I hope so too! :)

    DD, those palettes are so versatile, aren’t they?

    Beauty3122, my pleasure!

    Tina, thank you hun!

    cwingy83, glad you found it useful!

    Loopylexy, great idea and easy way to avoid panda eyes. :)

  • Posted by: matty Enthusiast // Sun, 9 December 2012 10:39am

    Great tips! I love YSL’s Touche Eclat. It’s just brilliant.

  • Posted by: Tahlz68 Enthusiast // Thu, 13 December 2012 01:38pm

    Great tips Nalini! Thanks!

  • Posted by: Jessielyn Master Fan // Tue, 5 February 2013 04:07pm

    Too Faced Shadow Insurance is insane- love love love it!

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Sat, 16 February 2013 04:18pm

    i love your tips Nalini, hope to read more from you :)

  • Posted by: cookiesandcream Devotee // Fri, 22 February 2013 07:08pm

    wow thanks so much for the tips, definately going to use these

  • Posted by: Snezana-1319445104 Enthusiast // Fri, 15 March 2013 05:54pm

    Great tips!

  • Posted by: cookiesandcream Devotee // Sun, 7 April 2013 08:48pm

    great tips

  • Posted by: meredithanne90 Enthusiast // Fri, 10 May 2013 09:03pm

    Great advice to keep in mind

  • Posted by: Erin-1312272625 Master Fan // Sat, 8 June 2013 12:51pm

    I’ll definitely start layering

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Thu, 1 August 2013 09:47am

    An eye primer is something I must invest in. I use a face primer so it would be logical to use a primer for eye’s as well.
    Thanks for the tips, excellent.

  • Posted by: brookieliz Master Fan // Mon, 23 December 2013 01:24pm

    Absolutely love these tips. Eye make-up is my weak point (near-blind without glasses and not contact lens compatible) so love to see these easy, fool proof tips. Will definitely give em a go :)

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