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 …
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!
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