Eye makeup is an essential component of any makeup routine, as it has the power to transform your overall look and highlight the natural beauty of your eyes.
But creating the perfect eye look that matches the rest of your makeup without ending up looking like a clown is a skill only a few people are born with.
The rest of us just have to practice until we get a hang of it.
Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned makeup enthusiast, mastering the art of eye makeup can seem daunting, especially with the countless products, tools, and techniques available.
However, with a little patience, practice, and the right guidance, you'll soon be able to create a stunning eye makeup look.
In this post, we'll break down the basic steps of eye makeup and provide you with useful tips and tricks to help you achieve a flawless eye makeup look.
From choosing the right eyeshadow blending brushes to applying eyeliner and mascara, we've got you covered.
So, get ready to enhance your eyes and boost your confidence with our ultimate guide on how to do eye makeup.
Before we get started, let's take a look at the things you'll need to create that flawless eye makeup.
1 . Eyeshadow Primer
This will help to create a smooth base for your eyeshadow and ensures that it stays in place all day.
2 . Eyeshadow
What's eye makeup without eyeshadow? Eyeshadows are available in cream, loose powder, and pressed powder which is the most common because it usually comes as palettes containing different shades. Eyeshadows also come in various finishes like matte, satin, shimmer, glitter, and marbled. To start, you'll need at least one eyeshadow palette with a variety of neutral colors.
3 . Eyeshadow brushes
You'll need something to apply your eyeshadow with, and I don't recommend using your fingers. You'll be needing at least six eyeshadow brushes. A small flat concealer brush for blending out concealer on top and under the eyes, you can also use this brush to blend out eyeshadow primer.
A flat eyeshadow brush for packing on eyeshadow onto the eyelid. A crease brush or small angle brush for precise application of eyeshadow on the lid and outer V of the eye.
A fluffy blending brush to blend out transition colors and any harsh lines. An eyeliner brush to line your upper lash line, and a spoolie/mascara wand to comb out your brows or lashes.
4 . Eyeliner
These come in gel, pencil, and liquid forms. To give your eye that defined look.
5 . Mascara
To enhance your lashes and make them appear longer and fuller.
6 . Lash Curler
This is optional, but if you want your natural lashes to look like you had an extension put in, then a lash curler should be in your makeup kit.
7 . False Lashes and Lash glue
Also optional, but highly recommended for those special nights when you're feeling adventurous. There are short ones that mimic your natural lashes and bigger, fuller versions for that full-face glam.
8 . Brow pencil/gel
Unless you're going for the no-brow look or maybe you have naturally thick and well-defined brows, you'll be needing a brow pencil or gel to help you fill in those sparse areas of your brows and define the shape.
9 . Concealer
Dark circles around the eyes is something most people struggle with. This is where a concealer comes in. To help cover up those dark circles, blemishes and even to clean up the shape of your brows.
Before we get into the steps on how to do eye makeup, you must be wondering, when should you do your eye makeup? Before or after your face makeup?
Truth is, you can do it either way.
Some people prefer to start with the eyes and then finish up with the rest of the face makeup while others like to start with the face and do the eyes last.
I'd recommend starting with eye makeup for one reason. To allow room for mistakes.
Eyeshadow particles may fall into the face, and the liquid liner could transfer onto your lower lash line, and ruin your foundation.
You don't want that.
Now that you have all the necessary eye makeup tools, let's dive into the steps for achieving a flawless eye makeup look.
The first step in any eye makeup routine is to prep your eyelids. You'll need a clean base so start by cleansing your face and applying your regular moisturizer. Next, apply an eyeshadow primer to your eyelids. This will help to create a smooth base for your eyeshadow while ensuring that the colors pop on your eyelids and that it stays in place all day.
With eyeshadow primer, the trick is to use a little amount. Even if you're going for a cut crease eye look, you still don't have to use much product. Too much could lead to creasing, clumping, or breaking of the eyeshadow.
Applying eyeshadow in itself is quite simple. You just need to determine the kind of eye look you want, and how it fits with your eye shape. Let's be sincere, not everyone can pull off a full-cut crease or bold eye makeup look.
There are six basic eye shapes. There's round, almond, monolid, hooded, downturned, and upturned. And knowing yours is the first step to conquering your eye makeup challenges.
If you have round or almond eyes, you're blessed with a visible creature and lots of lid space. So you can play with literally any kind of eyeshadow look, and even add a dramatic wing liner. For my ladies with hooded, monolid, downturned, or upturned eyes, you have little to no visible crease and oftentimes going for a dramatic eye look like the halo or a cut crease will be much more difficult to achieve with your eye shape.
Now let's head straight to the eyeshadow application. For this, you'll be needing your desired shades of eyeshadow and your eyeshadow brushes. We'll be showing you how to achieve five different eyeshadow looks.
For this look, you'll need a black cream eyeshadow, a black, brown, and neutral matte eyeshadow, and a gel liner.
For this look, you'll need a light and dark matte shade of brown eyeshadow and a champagne shimmer eyeshadow.
This eyeshadow look is what I like to call a combination of smokey and cut crease. For this look, you'll need two shades of matte brown eyeshadow, black matte eyeshadow, and a bronze or gold shimmer eyeshadow.
This type of eyeshadow look is great for that "no makeup makeup look" or just if you're feeling too lazy to apply eyeshadow. To achieve this look, go for nude colors that match your skin tone and apply it all over your lid. Matte eyeshadows are best suited for this type of look.
Use a fluffy blending brush and gently buff your preferred nude eyeshadow all across your eyelids. To give a little glow you could add a little bit of shimmer of the same color of eyeshadow to the center of your lid with your fingertips or add a slighter lighter shade to the inner corners of your eyes.
The problem with this look is that different skin tones will need different shades of nude eyeshadows. For example, bronze, gold, rose and plum shades work well on fair skin. Brown and bronze eyeshadows are great for medium skin tones. Gold eyeshadows for tan skin. Teal and earthy brown shades for olive skin. While rose gold blended with brown hues compliment dark skin.
Aside from the natural eye look, this is probably the second easiest eyeshadow look to practice. All you need is three to four different shades.
The fun part about this look is that you can decide to use all matte or go all shimmer for all shades of eyeshadow and you'll still create an iconic piece. Just make sure the corners complement each other.
The next step after eyeshadow is the application of eyeliner. Now there are different types, pencil, gel, and liquid eyeliner.
For beginners, I'd recommended getting a gel and a pencil liner, because they're easier to work with.
Let's leave the liquid liner for the pros. A pencil liner is great for lining your waterline and tight lining while the gel liner is perfect for lining your upper lash line.
To apply your pencil eyeliner, make sure you've sharpened the tip, or get a retractable pencil and gently run it across your waterline. For the gel liner, you'll need a clean eyeliner brush.
Dip the brush into the gel and gently apply a thin line as close as your can to your upper lash line.
Here's an extra tip. You can also use a small flat-angled brush and black eyeshadow to stamp out the shape of your eyeliner. Just make sure to keep it close to your lash line.
To create that winged liner or cat eye look, once you have lined your eyes, start at the outer corner of your eyes and draw a straight thin line from the bottom lash line, extending it upwards toward the tail of your brows, but it shouldn't touch your brows.
From the point where you stopped, start from there and draw another thin line downwards to meet your upper lash line, then fill in empty spaces.
If you're worried about uneven wing lines, you can try placing a small piece of tape under each eye at the outer corner, then go ahead, apply your winged liner and remove the tape.
Voila! You have yourself a perfectly straight line.
Lastly, for some extra oomph, use a smudge brush to blend the eyeliner, creating a softer and more diffused smokey look.
After eyeshadow and eyeliner comes the mascara. There are different types such as lengthening, volumizing, and waterproofing. Choose the one that you are most comfortable using and that suits your preferred look.
Defined brows can take your eye makeup from 100% to 1000%. To achieve the perfect brows, you'll need a brow pencil, brow gel, brow tamer, and powder. When picking out your brow product, make sure to go for one that matches your hair color or one that is one or two shades darker for best results.
If you have barely visible eyebrows, you might need a different approach.
Finally, it’s time to add a bit of glam to your eye makeup look with false lashes. False lashes can help create a more dramatic and intense look that enhances your natural lashes.
Plus they come in different styles and lengths, so it’s important to choose the right ones that suit your eye shape and desired look.
Once you have your preferred lashes, you'll need lash glue, tweezers, and a pair of scissors.
To make your eyes look great with makeup, you need to practice a lot and be patient. It might take some time to figure out what works best for you. But if you have the right tools, makeup mirror, products, and techniques, you can create an eye makeup look that will make you look amazing and highlight your natural beauty.
Remember to always prep your eyelids before applying any makeup, choose the right eyeshadow blending brushes, and apply eyeliner and mascara to complete your look. And don’t forget to set your brows to frame your eyes perfectly.
False lashes are optional, but if you do decide to wear one, choose a pair that enhances your natural lashes.
With these simple steps and tips, you’re well on your way to creating a stunning eye makeup look that boosts your confidence and enhances your natural beauty.
So, go ahead and experiment with different eyeshadow colors, eyeliner styles, and mascara formulas until you find your perfect eye makeup routine.
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