A l e x a n d r a A z a r o v a
Eyes are the mirrors of the soul, a popular proverb says. It cannot be denied, as eyes are the key point of our face, our personality, thus – of our very own selves. No wonder we do our best to emphasize this vital part of the look: if you google ‘eye make-up’ you’ll get nearly 6 billion web pages! Smokey eyes, winged eyeliner, bright eyeshadows, vamp or natural – you’ve got loads of variants to choose from. Still, whatever you might prefer, any eye make-up follows a set of simple steps. You can add more color or let it be natural close to nothing – in any case your make-up should be neat and clean. How to achieve the best result – here are our tips and tricks.
Step 1. Create the canvas
No eye make-up will look nice on dull skin with dark circles and blemishes. So, our first step is to create a uniform, smooth canvas for our eye art, no matter if it were expressive or minimalistic. After cleaning the skin and applying your usual day cream you may want to use an eye primer. Almost all make up brands have their version of this product – in most cases it comes as a light colorless serum quickly absorbed by the skin. Then cover the eye area (as well as the whole face) with a thin layer of your fav foundation and don’t forget to level out any dark or red areas with the concealer. A light veil of powder will finish the preparation.
Tip: an eye primer is a must if you apply bright or dark eyeshadows, e. g. for a fantasy make-up or killer smokey eyes. It will help the color tremendously to stick to the place without any creases or blurring.
Step 2. Emphasize natural lights and shadows
Once the complexion is made up you’ll inevitably notice that your natural lights and shadows of the eye area have disappeared and your face looks pretty flat. What to do? Obviously, to recreate the volumes! (Yes, the whole procedure seems illogic but we women don’t seek logic, right?)
The vital point here, often omitted, is to emphasize your eyelash line. Use an eyeliner brush or the thinnest brush of your set. Dab its tip on the eyeshadow that corresponds the natural tint of your lashes most. Tap off the excess on the back of your palm, then put light dots just in between your lashes. No need to draw a continuous line – it isn’t an eyeliner. Choose a lighter tone for your lower lash line.
Tip: a well shaded stroke of a lighter eyeshadow just in the middle of your upper lid, above the pupil, will ‘open up’ your eyes amazingly. Still, to be avoided if you have protruding eyes.
Step 3. Add some accents
Should you feel the desire to add some color – don’t restrain yourself! Whether your eye make-up is natural or vivid, keep in mind the rules of complimentary colors to highlight the iris pigment. In addition, a darker hue in the outer corner of your eyes and a lighter one in the inner corner will create a dramatic look even out of a most natural make-up.
Play with lights, shadows and accents and let us know about your success in breaking hearts!