Makeup Tutorials: Eye Makeup Tips And Tricks Everyone Should Know
Updated: Mar 17
If you're still using a smudger to smudge your eyeliner, then it's time to step up your eye makeup game. From blending techniques to the best eyeliner for your eye shape, there are many tricks in the book to help you get those lids looking their best.
Eye makeup is the most important part of your look. It is the first thing people notice about you when you meet them. Your eyes say a story about your feelings, emotions and moods. The eye makeup should be simple and complimenting to your eyelashes, eyebrows and other features of your face.
Eye makeup can also make or break your look. If done incorrectly, it can make you look older than your age or worse, tired and sick.
While some eye makeup tutorials are for everyone, there are those that are best suited for specific eye shapes such as round eyes, upturned eyes or hooded eyes. Before you start applying the makeup, it is important to determine the shape of your eyes so that you know which eye makeup tutorial works best for you. This article will give you some tips on how to determine both the shape of your eyes and a suitable eye makeup tutorial based on that shape.
So whether you want to conceal those dark circles under your eyes (or use them to your advantage), we've got 6 makeup tips and tricks that will make all the difference in the world.
1. Use an eye base
to help conceal dark circles and make your eyeshadow more vibrant.
Here are several reasons to use an eye base:
An eye base can add shimmer or color to the eyelid. Primers normally have a sheer finish, so even if you apply something like Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Sin (a pale gold) all over the lid, it simply serves as a neutral base for eyeshadow. However, if you want to skip the eyeshadow and just wear the primer as your "look", it will add a wash of color to your eyelids.
An eye base can make eyeshadow more vibrant and longer-lasting. This is something I've experienced personally; when I wear an eye base underneath my shadow, it makes my makeup look better and last much longer than with no primer at all (even on my oily lids).
2. Your lashes will look longer
if you apply mascara on both sides of your lashes.
You may apply a thin layer of mascara on the outer lash line and follow it up with a coat on the inner side. This will help you to get longer looking lashes. However, do not apply too much mascara as it will make your lashes look clumpy and fake.
3. If you have small eyes,
use eyeliner on both top and bottom lids.
The upper line should be drawn right below the lash line, then smudged slightly with your fingertip or a sponge to give it a soft look. The bottom line should be drawn in the outer corner of your eye and then tapered slightly at the inner corner.
For large eyes, try putting eyeliner only on the top lid and extending it slightly beyond the outer corner. If you have deep-set eyes, apply eyeliner just beyond the edge of your iris so that it shows when your eyes are open.
Use waterproof liner for an extra-long lasting effect. It will also stay put if you're swimming or sweating in warm weather. To apply waterproof liner, first moisten the tip of your liner with drops of water. Then dip the tip into some loose powder to pick up a bit of pigment. Instead of pulling on your skin when applying eyeliner, gently hold your lid taut with one finger while drawing lines with the other hand.
4. To make eyes look bigger,
apply white liner to the lower inside rim of the bottom lid only.
This makes your eyes pop and look their biggest. To make small eyes look bigger, line the upper and lower lids with a dark liner. Then, to open up the eye even more, sweep a lighter shadow from lash line to crease.
5. For a cat eye look,
extend the liner slightly beyond the outer corner of the top lid for a slight upturn at the end of the lash line.
A cat eye is a classic look that flatters everyone. It can be as subtle or dramatic as you like. To achieve this look, extend the liner slightly beyond the outer corner of the top lid for a slight upturn at the end of the lash line. You can use a fine-tipped felt-tip pen or liquid liner to create this look.
Use a light color in your inner corner to brighten and open up your eye. This helps balance out winged liner, and makes it appear less intense.
If you want to make your eyes appear rounder, draw a thicker wing at the outer corner of your eye.
You can use black eyeshadow instead of eyeliner if you don't have any eyeliner on hand and are in a pinch. Use an angled brush to apply the shadow to your lid as close to your lash line as possible. If you have trouble getting the shadow close enough to your lashes, try wetting your brush first so that it's easier to get the shadow close to your lash line.
6. For even more drama,
layer two different colored eyeliners: Line across the entire upper lid with a darker color and outline just half of the bottom lid with a lighter color like silver or gold for an edgy, unexpected finish. If you're still not sold on this trick, start off with a black liner on top and a brown one on bottom. Once you're comfortable with that, move up to dark brown and then gray. The payoff is well worth it!