Choosing and applying eye makeup takes practice. Experiment with it to find what works best for you. A subtle application of eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara work together to create magic and make your eyes look their sparkling best.
Use lighter shades of eyeshadow during the day, and go darker at night. If the eyes need extra definition, blend a slightly deeper shade into the crease line.
Grey, taupe or deep blue eyeshadows look great with blue eyes while those with green or hazel eyes should opt for soft mauves, plum, brown or forest green colours. Choose copper, beige or forest green to complement brown eyes.
Hair colour and complexion must also be taken into consideration.
Use warm shades such as champagne, peach or golden brown if your hair has golden undertones. If your hair is ash blonde, grey or black, cool shades like pink, lilac or turquoise can look stunning. Peach, grey or neutral brown shades are universal for any hair colour or complexion.
If you have a fair complexion, stick with natural, subtle colors. For dark complexions opt for deeper shades.
A white or shimmering eyeshadow applied just beneath the eyebrow will give your eyes a wide, open look.
Remember pale tones emphasize, while deep sooty shades define.
Unless you have dark skin do not wear black eyeliner. Black creates too great a contrast if you have paler skin. Experiment with a range of dark grey to light brown instead or try blending the eyeliner with a thin layer of eye shadow.
Pencil eyeliner gives your eyes soft definition, while liquid versions allow for greater precision and a more dramatic effect.
When applying eyeliner, rest your elbow on a hard surface with your wrist resting on your face. Tilt your head back slightly and keep your eyes half open.
Draw a line across the upper lid and as close to the lashes as possible. This gives the desired illusion of thicker lashes.
If you are using a pencil, soften the line to create a smokey effect by smudging with a brush, cotton bud or your finger.
Line the lower lids just below the lower lashes, moving from the outside edge inward, draw a faint line following the shape of your eye, go back over the line and darken. Your line should be slightly thicker at the outside corner, becoming thinner as it moves in toward your nose.
Use eyeliner after you've applied eyeshadow and before applying mascara.
Black mascara works for almost everyone but blondes should opt for brown by day and reserve black for night. If you have blue eyes try using blue mascara, this will highlight and brighten them while purple mascara makes brown eyes look absolutely stunning.
There are two basic types of cosmetic mascara: waterproof and regular. Regular mascara is easier to remove at the end of the day but to remove waterproof, you need an eye make up remover.
Discard mascara within four months of use since it becomes contaminated with bacteria, it also clumps or dries up.
Apply your mascara in two thin coats, building up the length and thickness gradually. Always allow it to dry between each coat.
Starting in the middle of the upper eyelash, sweep the wand from root to tip, wiggling the wand a little as you move upwards, then work your way out to the edges.
For your lower lashes you will need less mascara. take care not to smudge under the eye. Apply to the lower lashes by brushing from side to side rather than up and down.