Advanced Eye Makeup Tips
Taking Your Technique And Style To The Next Level
Ready to dial up your makeup style with these advanced eye makeup tips, tools and techniques? Lets review the basics so we can build on each type of application.
There are the six general makeup applications to the eye area:
foundation, concealer, eye brightener, loose
2. Eye Shadow; liquid, cream, powder
3. Eye Liner; pencil, gel, liquid
4. Mascara; primer mascara, color mascara
5. False Eye Lashes
6. Brows; pencil, wax, color mascara for brows, setting powder, gel.
(Want to stick to the basics? Here are eight, great, easy to follow eye makeup steps that will deliver beautiful results.)
Each application has endless creative possibilities and every style element you choose will create a distinctive look and feel.
- color choices can be bright, earthy, pastel, metallic
- color combinations can be low key blend or high contrast
- lines can be thick, thin, stylized, or smudged
- lashes can be natural, have multiple coats or be larger than life
- brows can be natural, minimally groomed, shaped with precision, or reinvented
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BASE- Quick Review
PRIME for staying power...
Always begin with a base if you plan to wear any eye makeup beyond mascara. I can guarantee you will be much happier with both the application process and the results. Not only do you even out your skin tone and eliminate shadowy undertones, makeup will apply more evenly, be more easily visible and stay put much longer.
Get The Right Tools
This is the difference maker. Not only do they really make the task of eye makeup application MUCH easier, they also allow inexperienced hands to perform far more complex eye makeup tricks.
Different eye makeup styles will still share common tools. There are specialty brushes that will do very specific tasks too (like a fine liner for thin precision or a smudge brush for softening hard lines). The shape, size and bristle firmness will indicate the eye application job of the brush (general brush head shapes shown in illustration.)For a list of some my favorite products and tools, click here.
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These are the three essential eyeshadow brushes for blending the
general larger zone of the eye. The flat head brushes can be
turned on their sides for smaller definition too (crease or under lower
- medium head flat tapered -for upper lid placement, end can be used for crease
- cream eye shadow brush with synthetic bristles-for cream/liquid applications and blending
- blunt head shader- blending whole upper lid area
Three essential smaller eye shadow/ liner brushes, like the small angled eye liner brush, fine liner, and smudge, that usually work the lash line area, have been included in the eye liner information below, but are also used to apply shadow.
Great product examples? Eye makeup tips suggested brushes- Bobbi Brown, Shu Uemura / Good value brushes- Sephora Brand, Sonia Kashuk
Cream- Lightweight look... Since their arrival, I have been
loving these cream to powder shadows for their durability, intensity,
and ease of application. You do need a special cream eye shadow brush
(as suggested in the essential eyeshadow brush list).
Great product example? Shiseido Hydro Powder Eye Shadow
Liquid-Sheer Finish... There have been a handful of liquid
shadows that come with a wand as a means of application. They are very
sheer and can be thinned out for low key summer shimmer as well as,
layered for greater intensity.
Great product example? Jane Iredale Eye Gloss
Powder- Heavier appearance relative to above...
Matte- Not reflective, ideal for daytime
Satin- Some shimmer, can be worn in day time
Frost-Very reflective, night time only
Great product examples? Eye shadows made by NARS, MAC, Cargo are all fantastic quality shadows.
Eyeshadow is a makeup medium with the function of bringing definition to the eye. That definition can be in the form of line or color or endless combinations of both. Colors are generally layered with color shades having a value of light to dark.
Eyeshadow Color, Value and Contrast
Understanding color values will help you understand the nature of contrasting between shades. High contrast will be a combination of a light color value with a dark color value ( ex. light taupe with dark gray) contrast ranging from low key to dramatic. Low contrast will be a combination of closely related color values (ex. light taupe, medium taupe).
Range Color Values
As well, colors can be layered in a variety of different sequences that create emphasis on a light, medium or dark color, and resulting style possibilities.
Eyeshadow Color Sequence and Placement
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Here are three great eyeshadow sequences. Each give rise to endless possibilities of eye makeup looks.
In the image you see
to the right, the first column uses a classic sequence where
emphasis is on
The second column sequence demonstrates an increase in drama, with emphasis on the medium shade.
The third column sequence is very dramatic with emphasis on the dark shade. The location of emphasis is in the upper lid zone of lash to brow bone.
- For more on each eyeshadow style sequence, and eye makeup tips click here Three Eyeshadow Styles With Endless Possibilities
- For eye makeup tips on improving your application precision and polish, click here Professional Eye Shadow Technique.
- Love the smokey eye makeup style but want a softer version of this look?
Eye liner is a great medium for creating more dramatic definition and is placed along the lash lines. Liners are used, most often to thicken the appearance of the base of your lashes. The thickness of the lines, will generate different degrees of drama.
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Pencil is the easiest to use since its makeup and a tool, all in one. A pencil is also a tool you have been using a very long time. Choose a pencil that has a firm makeup 'lead' but still soft enough to smudge (good option Nars Eyeliner Pencil).
Keep your pencil sharpened for precision application ease and a professional finish.
Shadow can be used to line eyes by applying with an angled eye liner brush (or a flat tip, but the angled brush is more versatile if you want to keep the number of brushes you have in your inventory, to a minimum.). Some powder shadows are suitable for adding a little wetness which can create very fine lines.
Gel has excellent staying power and can create very wet, dramatic, rich lines, both fine and thick (it all depends on the application tool). For wet classic eye liner style, gel is also more forgiving in less technique-able hands.
Great product examples? Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Liner is a great product option for both classic styling and others, and can be applied with a small fine liner brush.
Liquid liner is in a format that comes packaged like a mascara tube and wand (the wand has a very fine point brush). Liquid formulation is just that...liquid and a little trickier to apply than gel. A good steady hand is needed and will need some practice but the results are classic.
Eye lining can be hidden with precise, tight, placement at the lash line, line can be tight along the lash line but thick and notable, that same thick line can be smudged for blur and softer blend with the rest of the eye makeup, line can curl at the outer corner of your eye ... it really is ALL up to you.
- For more eye makeup tips on EYE LINER TECHNIQUES AND STYLES, click here ....
- Looking for the COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE SMOKEY EYE, eye makeup style?
- How to CHOOSE THE BEST MASCARA, for you.
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Here is a quick review of how to apply mascara:
- Remove wand from tube and dab end off on tissue (avoiding a blob of mascara on your lashes).
- Hold wand in a horizontal position, and start with upper lashes gripping close to the ends by wiggling wand and stroking up through tips.
- Immediately follow with wand horizontal and gripping the very base of your lashes (closest to your lid) and wiggling all the way up, and through the tips again.
- Repeat to desired effect, working the lashes with the wand to separate them and place them.
- For lower lashes, hold wand in a vertical position and 'touch'
lower lashes as desired (pinch off the ends to avoid too long/spider
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Don't forget to use an eyelash curler before you apply mascara!
Consider the high impact, eye opening effect of an eye lash curler (again I think, along with mascara, they are an absolute must).
Experience will be your best teacher with these fiddly things. I do
think placing them one at a time or in small sections is your best
route (albeit the longest
), to blending those pretty, fluttery, big lashes into your own natural
lashes. That will give you the most discreet result. But
wait a minute, maybe discretions isn't what you want when you use false
lashes? You be the judge.
Other wise, using a full strip will require very steady placement
along your lash line, and a little adjusting to create a curve and fit
along your natural lash line's arc (followed by black eye liner
to help conceal the lash strip).
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When using false lashes, this is the general rule of thumb for application:
- Curl the eyelashes with an eyelash curler .
- Complete base makeup for eye zone prior to eyelash application steps.
- Either with the application tool provided or slant tweezers, remove the lashes from the adhesive.
- Try to work curve into the lash strip for easier fit and placement (have a pair of scissors ready to trim a strip that is to wide for your eye or create smaller pieces to work with).
- As directed, apply glue to false lash base line.
- Placement starts at the outer corner and is worked towards the inner corner.
- Allow specific product directed drying time before continuing with eye makeup.
- Careful eye makeup sequence of shadow, liner and mascara.
BROWSDefinitely part of eye makeup tips, grooming your eye brows, does make a big difference to the end result of not only your eye makeup, your face as a whole. They really do "frame the eyes" as well as add some style dimension to your eye makeup. Grooming is simply styling them into place, filling in gaps, removing strays and adding color if needed.
Two main factors that determine the look of your eyebrows;
- The characteristics of the brows that you were born with
- your personal style; stylized or natural looking
Makeup Tips & Technique II - When
in doubt of how to deal with your eyebrows...
Keep it simple. Stick closely to what you were born with shape wise... a little thinning, trimming, filling, and/or coloring maybe necessary.
- For more eye makeup tips on SHAPING YOUR BROWS,.
Eye Makeup Tips 'Advanced' Last Word... THE FINISHING TOUCHES
You have learned more advanced styles and technique with these
tips, dialing up both your personal expression and application skill BUT don't forget the finishing touches.
Be sure to give your handy work a check for touch ups/ clean up. Clear away shadow dust, mascara marks, corner of the eye build up, do needed further blending, remove excess etc. Polished precision will guarantee effortless looking style.
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