Eye makeup can take your makeup game to another level. It’s either make it or break it when it comes to eye makeup, really. Things can go horribly wrong. If you try and attempt things that you aren’t too sure of, you might have yourself ready for a halloween party, rather than for work. Worry not! We have devised a foolproof guide in order to perfect eye makeup, so let’s dive right in!
Before we can start talking about the eye shadow, we need to look at the various products required to get the perfect eye makeup.
You Will Need
Eye makeup brushes
A kohl pencil
Now, let’s look at some of the types of brushes that we’ll be using throughout this tutorial.
Types of Brushes
Different brushes have different functions. One would be useful for packing on the eyeshadow, the other for blending and another for smoking out the lower lash line. Let’s look at a few of them.
Flat Stiff Brush
This brush can be used for applying eyeshadow on the eyelid, as well as under the lower lash line. A flat brush is best for packing the product onto the eyelid. The MAC 239 is a great product for this. This also works extremely well when you want to apply a glitter pigment as the stiff nature of the brush helps in picking up the product easily.
The pencil brush is used to apply the product onto the lower lash line. This is great for when you’re smoking out the lower lash line, or if you want to create a soft look. You can also use this at the crease to create a soft crease line. It works well at the outer corners of the eye where you want to add intensity as well.
Stiff Dome Brush
This brush is perfect for applying and blending out colors. It’s especially useful when you are using more than one color and want to create a smooth transition without removing the shade differences.
Fluffy Dome Brush
The fluffy dome brush is for blending, blending, and then – you guessed it right – blending some more. It helps you achieve that flawless eyeshadow transition from one shade to the other. It helps to diffuse any harsh lines and makes the transition look smooth.
Okay, now that you know about what the various brushes do, get them ready! It’s time for the eyeshadow tutorial!
How To Apply Eyeshadow – Step-By-Step Tutorial
Step 1: It’s All About That Base
Prepping the eye area is extremely crucial since it’s all about that base (Meghan Trainor might be talking about a different kind of base, but she’s not wrong!). Start by cleaning the area around the eyes. Follow it up with a moisturizer or an eye cream. Next, prep the eye area with an eye primer so that the makeup stays put for a longer time and gives a seamless finish. You can also use a concealer that matches the skin tone around your eyes. Apply the concealer with a brush and seal it with a translucent or transparent powder. This will make the eye area look even, make the skin crease-proof, and also conceal any discoloration of the skin. It also creates a clean base so that the colors sit better.
Step 2: Chose The Type of Eyeshadow
It’s now time for the actual eye makeup. You should always analyze the shape of your eyes and accordingly decide on a makeup technique that will enhance them. The eye area consists of the eyelid, the crease, and the brow bone. It’s also important that you know which shade or texture to use on each of these areas. Use textures like frost/shimmer/shine on the eyelid and brow bone, and matte finish textures on the crease.
Pro Tip– Use darker shades of eyeshadows to contour the eyes at the crease and use lighter shades at the center of the eyelids to make the eyes pop.
Start by applying the color on the eyelid with a flat eyeshadow brush using a sweeping or patting motion. Here, a dull gold shade in frost texture was used, since there is very less lid space. This lighter shade will make the eyelid more prominent. Start the application from the center and then sweep it towards both inner and outer corners. Apply the color evenly on the lid and deposit more for intensity.
Step 3: Dark Shades for the Crease
Now, we concentrate on the crease area. Use a darker shade of eyeshadow to define the eye shape. To achieve this, go for shades like deep browns, black, deep gray, dark purple, etc. Start applying from the outer corner of the eye, making a ‘V’, and blend it halfway through the eyelid with a fluffy eyeshadow blending brush. Do this using the windshield wiper motion. Keep blending until the color starts to look softer. In order to highlight the brow bone, go for lighter shades in either frost or shimmer textures.
Step 4: Rim The Eyes With Kohl
To make the eye makeup more dramatic, use a kohl pencil on the lower lash line. Smudge it with a smudger/pencil brush if you want a smokey effect.
Pro Tip – Using a white/beige colored eye pencil on the lower rims of the eyes is the best way to make them look bigger and brighter.
Apply eyeliner to define the eyes. Start from the outer corner and gradually pull it inwards using small strokes. You can keep it simple, or make it dramatic. And, when in doubt, just wing it out!
Here’s the Final Look: