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.
Being a busy mom myself (we have 3 boys), believe me… I know just how hectic and overwhelming things can get as a mother! But just because you’re a busy mom doesn’t mean that you have to stop wearing makeup and feeling pretty.
So many moms feel like they don’t have the time and/or energy to do things for themselves. We’re always putting everyone else first, rushing to get things done and get out the door. Well, there’s no reason you can’t have both! Today I’m going to give you wonderful mothers a few quick and easy ideas to help you be the best and most beautiful mom on the go!
OK, it’s all about being quick and easy, right? If it takes more than five minutes, then you can’t be bothered with it, right? Well, here are three things that help me feel like I look presentable when I’m in a huge rush.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… I love tinted moisturizer! It’s so easy to use, you literally just slap it on your face and blend! Using a tinted moisturizer eliminates the need to apply your regular day cream and your foundation, giving you a few more precious minutes.
I’ve also mentioned before about using a bronzer as your cheek color and your eyeshadow. Using a bronzer is a quick way to give your face a little color and help to define your eyes without having to mess around with multiple products. (You could also use your blush as eyeshadow as well.) You can even use a Q-tip for a quick application on your eyes if you don’t want to use brushes. Smudge it just on the lid, or in the crease of your eye, or use it as a soft, powder eyeshadow.
If there’s one thing that can make the biggest impact, it’s lip color. Whether you use a lipstick, lip gloss, lip tint, or lip stain, it doesn’t matter. Using a lip color will brighten you up and will help give you a finished look! I’m not sure why, but I never feel fully dressed until I have something on my lips. You can also use your lip color on your cheeks if you don’t have time for blush or bronzer. Just dot a little on the apples of your cheek and blend with your fingers.
Tip If you only have time to do one thing on your eyes, then let it be mascara. It will make the most difference bringing out your eyes and helping them stand out.
Alright, mama, there’s your face in five minutes or less! It’s so important to remember to take time for yourself! Not that I think you don’t look beautiful eau natural, but sometimes doing the smallest thing can make the biggest difference in how you feel about yourself… and when you feel good about you, so does everybody else!
In keeping with the “Eye” theme this week, I thought I’d talk about how to put eye makeup for deep set eyes. A deep set eye is when you have eyes that are set a bit deeper inside your eye socket, and sometimes it can cause you can have a deep eye crease.
Because of this, it can be a bit tricky to make your eyes stand out with out accentuating the “crevasse”. You may even find it difficult to know how and where to put what. Well my dears, that’s where I come in to help you out!
First of all, it’s best to keep things (and by things I mean your makeup) as simple as possible. Try using only one or two eye shadows, an eye liner and mascara. You want all the attention to be on your beautiful eyes and not on your eye shape or the makeup itself. Here are three tips that will help to play down your deep set eye and play up your gorgeous eye color.
You really want to use light colored eye shadows to help open up and brighten your eye. Using dark to mid toned colors will only make your deep crease more noticeable. It’s even better if the shadow is shimmery to help reflect the light and help brighten even more! What you’re trying to do is to take the focus off the crease and put it on your eye color, using a light, shimmery color all over your lid and up to your brow will help you achieve that.
It’s really important that you try to stay away from dark colors for your eye shadow. Instead, try using bright, fresh colors that will compliment your eye color (brown eyes could try a blue, blue eyes might like a gold or apricot, green eyes should check out lilacs and lavenders and hazel eyes should try soft, fresh greens), or you could use a bright eyeliner to draw the attention to your eye color and distract from your crease.
Layer on that mascara, girls! Or if you’re so inclined, you might try false lashes. The reason for this is to put the focus out around your eyes. The more dramatic your lashes are, the better!
Tip If you just can’t stay away from dark colors, then make sure you keep them on your lid and if you really want to, you can smudge a little bit into the outer corner of your eye. Just make sure to not go into your crease with your deep color. Doing so will only make your crease look bigger and stand out more.
So that’s my makeup advice for you deep set eyed babes. I hope this has helped to take the guess work on where to put what and what colors are best. Just remember to keep it light and simple and you can’t go wrong. Now, don’t be afraid to go out there and give em all you got!
Happy New Year Everyone!
I’m sure many of you have an amazing evening planned to ring in the New Year. Whether it’s a glamorous party, or a lovely quiet celebration at home, you’re going to want your makeup to look fabulous throughout the evening, right? Yeah, I thought you would! Well, luckily for you, I just happen to have some long-lasting makeup tips to help keep you fresh and gorgeous for that special kiss at Midnight!
Use your primers, girls! This is the perfect night to use your foundation primer, your eyeshadow primer and lip primer. Primers will help keep your makeup lasting all night long and looking perfect until you’re ready to call it for the evening. So prime it up!
You realize, of course, that you’ll need to touch up your makeup at some point during the evening, specifically your lips. Because of that, it’s important that you remember to put your lip color in your purse. A pressed powder compact is also nice to have with you in case you get shiny and/or you need a mirror. If you’ve used a good eyeshadow base, then your eye makeup should stay put for the duration of the evening without fading or creasing.
If you’re going to be active (walking around the city, dancing in a club, etc.) then you’ll need to wear waterproof makeup formulas. Mascaras, cream eye shadows, lip liners, eye liners and lipsticks will help keep your entire face in place, even if you end up dancing the night away! And if you can’t find or wear waterproof, then find a long-lasting formula.
Tip If you don’t like wearing waterproof or long wearing lipstick because of the dry, matte texture, then you can use it as a base for your gloss or lipstick. Doing so will not only give you a super long wear on your lipcolor, but will also help to add a some sexy shine… to me, matte lips are not so sexy.
Alright my darlings, that’s it! Now I hope you enjoyed these long-lasting makeup tips. If you use them you should stay glammed up all day and night, no matter how hard you party. Have a very safe and Happy New Year!
Who doesn’t want a sexy, smoldering, smokey eye? Who knows the best and easiest way to achieve a sexy, smoldering, smokey eye? I do! I do! Please, allow me to share with you!
First of all, remember that it’s only makeup… If you make a mistake, this look is very forgiving. In fact, the smudgier, the better. You can totally rock this smokey eye look!
You should always apply an eyeshadow base, or primer before your eyeshadow to prevent fading and/or creasing. You want your hard work to stick around!
Apply a light, shimmery color on your lid and all the way up to your brow. Then, apply a medium tone in your crease and blend. Next, put a deeper shade on the outer corner of your eye in a “V” shape and blend. It doesn’t matter what color palette you go with, this will work with any colors. Just because it’s “smokey” doesn’t mean it has to be dark colors. You can have a smokey eye with any color.
A soft, smooth pencil works the best because it makes it really easy to smudge and blend. Apply as close to the lash line as possible on both top and bottom. It’s up to you and your comfort zone how far over you take the liner, but I recommend going about half way across the eye and blending. Remember: Lighter on the inside and darker on the outside.
This is the step that makes all the difference. Apply the deep colored eyeshadow right on top of the eyeliner. It’s up to you how dramatic you want to go. You can have it super-duper smudgy, or just slightly smokey. I find it best to start lighter and work my way darker.
Apply at least two coats of mascara liberally to both upper and lower lashes. Curling you lashes first will help make your eyes look more open.
Tip To add a little extra something to your smokey eye, add a light shimmery color in the inner corner of your eye. Doing so will add a little sparkle as well as help to open up your eyes making them look even more fabulous!
I know all this may seem a bit intimidating, but trust me, you seriously can’t screw this up! It all about smudging and blending. As I mentioned before, if you’re not comfortable with dark colors, then try something like a soft taupes, or light browns. “Smokey” can be whatever color you want it to be. It’s really more about how it makes you feel, anyway. Sexy! Hot! Gorgeous! Glamorous! YOU! Now, go get ‘em, tiger.