In all my years of being a makeup artist, this is one of the questions I get asked the most: How do I use makeup to make my eyes look bigger? Well it’s not as difficult as you might think, especially with my help! I’m here to give you some great tips and pointers to really make your eyes pop.
Here are some key things to remember when making your eyes look bigger:
This is probably the most important tip to remember! When applying your eye shadow and liner, it’s crucial to keep the light colors on the inner corner of the eye and the darker ones on the outside. Doing so will help to make you’re eyes look much bigger and more open. Remember to blend so you don’t see where the colors start and end, it should be a nice, gradual fade. The darkest color should be at the outer most corner of your eye and fade into your crease. When doing the application, I like to think of the motion I use as a horizontal “V” with the corner part of the “V” matching up with the corner of the eye and to open part of the “V” fading into the crease.
Shimmery eye shadows reflect the light and help bring things out. When making your eyes look bigger, use a very light, or even a white shimmer on the inner most corner of your eye (even underneath) to really open up your eye area. Again, make sure you blend!
Liner is essential in helping your eyes stand out. To really make them pop, I like to really focus the liner on the outer corner of the eye and blend inward. You don’t want to be able to see where the liner starts and stops, it should be a gradual fade. It’s totally up to you and your personal preference as far as if you go super defined, or sexy and smudgy on the liner. Make sure to line both on top and underneath for maximum results.
Tip For more dramatic results, use contrasting light (on the inside) and dark (on the outside) colors. The lighter the light and darker the dark, the more dramatic the results will be. If your preference is more natural, you can do a more monotone color scheme still using the light and dark technique.
Here’s a fun experiment… Try doing just one eye with the tips I gave and then look at the difference. It really is remarkable what a little makeup can do!
So that’s how to make your eyes look bigger! Don’t worry, you can totally do this! If you’re nervous, then try a neutral version and work your way up to a more dramatic look. Remember, it’s only makeup! If you don’t like something, you can take it off and change it! Just be brave and have fun. You know what they say… the eyes have it!
The eyes are the windows to the soul, so they say, so why not really help them to stand out? A little eye make up is just what the doctor ordered to help pop those peepers with some drama! I know that eye makeup can seem scary, or intimidating, but don’t worry, I’m here to guide you with some super simple tips for dramatic eyes!
The best tip I could ever give you is to not be afraid to experiment and try out something new. I know better then anyone how difficult change can be, but I’ve found that once you try something new and get used to it, more often then not, you wind up loving it. So… be brave!
Doing a dramatic eye doesn’t necessarily mean going super dark. True, the darker the color, the more likely your eyes will stand out, but you can get a very dramatic effect using bright colors, or metallics, you just need to know how and where to use them. (That’s where I come in!)
So, here are some of my best tips for a dramatic eye. Here we go!
Eye liner is by far, the best tool to use to bring out your eyes. Without it, there really is no drama at all! So line ‘em up, girls! It’s up to you and what look you’re going for as far as what liner you use… a pencil for smokey, a liquid for retro, a gel for defined… the possibilities are endless! The whole idea of eye liner is to bring out your eyes. The best way to apply is to try and get as close to the lash line as possible and use small strokes. You don’t want to see a gap between your lashes and your liner at all. If you’re having a difficult time with that, then try going back and smudging the liner with a Q-tip, or adding some shadow on top. You also don’t want to line your entire eye. Doing so will close off your eye and make it look smaller, and the whole idea is to play up your eyes and make them stand out and look bigger! I like to line just the top, or focus the liner on the outer corner of my eye and blend it inward. For a dramatic flare, try using a different color other then black or brown (your safety net, you can never go wrong with those) like plum, navy, or forest green. I think you’ll find the results quite pleasing.
I love eye shadow! I know a lot of you out there are scared by it, but don’t be! Eye shadow can actually change the entire shape of your eye and if the right colors are used, it can make your eye color stand out like no other! As with eye liner, it’s not necessary to uses a super dark color to achieve a dramatic look although it is most effective. If dark and mysterious just isn’t your cup of tea, then try experimenting with brighter colors like blues, greens or purples. Using a brighter shade can definitely help play up the drama with out being so dark. The secret to eye shadow is to remember to blend, blend, blend, and try to keep things darker on the outside and lighter on the inside. Doing so will once again, help to make your eyes look bigger.
Oooo! Mascara makes me squeal with happiness! I simply can not live without it! What girl doesn’t want long, fluttery lashes? There’s something so feminine about lovely, long lashes and your dramatic eye is nowhere near complete without it. The bigger, the better! So don’t be afraid to layer it on. To avoid clumping, run a dry mascara brush over your lashes between coats. For the ultra drama black mascara is the only way to go.
Tip In order to get the deepest color pigment out of your eye shadows, it’s important to use a good eyeshadow base. Doing so will not only make the colors be brighter and more dramatic, but it will also keep your shadow from fading or creasing and giving you those dramatic eyes all day and night.
Alright you drama queens, now you know the best tips for having dramatic eyes. Remember to have fun and not to be afraid to try something new. Be careful, though… having dramatic eyes is certain to start some serious drama!
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I thought I’d show you how to do a really soft and romantic look. Think feminine and pretty while still being alluring and sexy. It’s very natural and will work for either day or night and is super quick and easy.
OK, here we go!
You want to keep it soft and natural, possibly something that has a little glow, like a tinted moisturizer. This look is not for heavy or matte foundations, so try to keep it light and fresh.
First, you need to start with an eyeshadow base all over your lid and up to your brow. Then, apply a pinky nude, or champagne color eyeshadow all over your lid and take it all the way up to your brow. (Lorac’s Eye Shadow in Moonstone is perfect) Next, blend a soft, shimmery taupe into your crease (like Lorac’s Eye Shadow in Spice). Next, apply a black or dark brown pencil eyeliner to the just the top lid. Now, using a Q-tip, the sponge applicator, or a smudging brush, take the shimmery taupe color and smudge it right on top of the eye liner as well as under your eyes on the bottom lash line. Add a little bit of the lighter champagne color on the inner corner of your eye and two coats of mascara onto curled lashes and viola! A soft, romantic eye!
For the cheek color, you want to use a really pretty, pink blush right in the apples of your cheeks and sweep it up your cheekbone, the more shimmer, the better. I have recently fallen in love with Benefit Cosmetics Bella Bamba blush. It’s a gorgeous, shimmery pink blush that really helps accentuate your cheekbones. It’s fabulous!
The lips need to be soft, sensual and seductive, so a lip gloss is definitely in order! You can do a nude liner first if you need a long wear, otherwise, just swipe it on. I think that Too Faced Glamour Gloss in Barely Legal is perfect for this look. It’s a soft marshmallow pink that gently plumps and cools lips making them perfectly romantic and sexy.
Tip For a little extra shimmer and glow (especially for evening) you can add a little highlighter on your cheekbones, brow bone and collar bone area.
There you have it! It’s a pretty, feminine look that will look good on anyone and is very easy to do. This look also happens to be a very hot look for Spring 2011! Romantic and fashionable? Who could ask for anything more?!
I thought today I’d go over a few techniques for applying eye makeup. I know many of you out there would love to wear eye makeup more often but feel overwhelmed by not knowing where to put what, so you wind up doing nothing at all out of fear of failure. Well fear no more, my darlings! I’m here to break things down nice and easy for you with a few not so secret eye makeup techniques.
I know how overwhelming and intimidating it can be to walk into the makeup department. If it’s in a department store, then perhaps you’re a little scared of the girls behind the counter — they know how to put their makeup on perfectly — and you’re afraid of looking dumb for asking questions and not knowing, right? Well don’t be scared! They’re there to help you! They want to help you! It’s their job! My advice is to approach someone that you like the looks of and seems friendly.
Bu what if you’re on your own in a drugstore? It can feel like the walls of the makeup aisles are surrounding you (there’s so many options!) and there’s no one there to help guide you around. That’s where I come in. Today I’m going to give you three basic eye makeup techniques.
There are many different types of eye shadows out there, but I feel for the beginner a powder eye shadow is best. They’re so much more user-friendly, they’re easier to blend, and you have much more control on how light or how dark you want them.
Ultimately you can wear as many or as little eyeshadow as you want, but I find that just about everyone looks great with two colors. The color choice is totally up to you and your comfort zone. My suggestion? One eyeshadow color should be a light, shimmery shade that you apply all over your lid and up to your brow. This is you base color; it evens out your lid and helps to bring out your brow bone. The second color should be a little darker, a medium tone, that you apply on your lid and blend into your eye crease. That’s it! You’re now done with the eye shadow portion of this lesson.
Once again, there are many different types of eyeliners out there, but for the beginner I recommend using a kohl pencil liner for their easy application properties. It’s much easier to go back and correct mistakes with a pencil than anything else.
The color should flow with your eyeshadows and also compliment your eye color. (You can never go wrong with black or brown.) For an every day look, apply the pencil on your upper lid, as close to the lash line as possible. Start on the outside and work your way inward doing tiny little dashes. Go about 3/4 of the way across your lid and blend with a Q-Tip, brush, or sometimes the pencils have a build in smudger. (The smudger looks like a little, dark, rounded-tip eraser.) Now start on the lower lash line, again from the outer corner and work your way inward with tiny little dashes about 1/2 way across and blend. You may find you need to go back and even things out a bit, and that’s OK! It’s all about blending and bringing out your eyes. Always try to keep things darker on the outside, lighter on the inside. This will help open up your eyes and make them look bigger.
This is the very last step! All you have to do is apply two coats of mascara and you’re done. Like with the eyeshadow and eye liner, the color choice of your mascara is up to you, but I everyone looks fabulous in black. If you get any mascara on your eyeshadow or underneath you eye, don’t panic… just take a clean Q-Tip and dab it on the mistake and it’ll come right off.
Well there you have it girls! It’s quick, it’s easy, it’s three steps. You can totally do this. The biggest thing for you beginners is going to be practice your eye makeup techniques. The more you do it, the more comfortable you’ll be. Never give up! Never surrender! You, too, can wear eye makeup.
Are you a girl that wears glasses? Do you find you have a difficult time with your eye makeup because of your glasses? Sometimes your eyes can feel lost behind the lenses, right? You want them to stand out with out going too over the top. So just how do you do that? Well, I just so happen to have a few suggestions!
Yes, unfortunately it’s true that your eyes do get lost behind your glasses. So it’s important to counteract that by doing things that perhaps you might not do if you weren’t wearing glasses. Here are three tips that I’ve come up with to help your beautiful eyes stand out from behind the lenses.
You may find it necessary to go a bit more dramatic with deeper, more bold colors than you might if you weren’t wearing glasses. You have to remember that soft, light colors just aren’t going to show up behind your glasses, so you really need to not be afraid to wear bolder colors like black, charcoal and espresso. While it may seem too dark without your glasses, I promise once you put them on, things won’t seem so dramatic. Try to focus on how your eyes look, not your makeup.
Using brighter colors is another great way to help your eyes stand out from behind your glasses. They can make a great alternative to the deep, bold colors but can still really pop your eye. I love bright purples and blues, even greens behind the lenses.
If you’d rather not go darker or more dramatic on your eyes, then you could always go with a stronger, more dramatic lip. Doing so will help to balance your face so that your glasses are no longer the dominant feature.
Tip If it’s between doing either eyeshadow or eyeliner, then go with the eyeliner. It will do more to bring out your eyes and make a bigger impact. Go with a black or deep brown to really help your eyes stand out.
Alright you fabulously framed beauties! I hope I’ve helped to shed some light on this subject and that you find that boys do make passes at girls who wear glasses!