“Your eye makeup says so much about you and your style,” says Laura Mercier a celebrated makeup artist and we totally believe it! Knowing how to do eye makeup can instantly transform your regular makeup look to a dazzling ‘walk the runway’ or ‘slay the cocktail party’ look. It’s almost like a miracle how different you look with the right application of eye makeup. For example, not applying a simple eyeliner can easily convince your boss that you’re sick, you can relate to this one right? It’s time to level up your eye makeup game and get that cover girl look whenever you want. It is super easy to do once you get a hold of it. All you need is the right set of products and tools, so let’s get started with the step by step guide on how to do eye makeup like a pro!
- Step 1: Always start with a primer
- Step 2: Play safe with basic shades
- Step 3: Get your hands on brushes
- Step 4: The initial shade with an eye shadow brush
- Step 5: Time to blend
- Step 6: Define with contouring
- Step 7: Add life to the bottom lash line
- Step 8: The final touch
Step 1: Always start with a primer
Be it a whole face makeup or just eye makeup, we insist that you always use an eye primer! It’s the only thing that precisely will make your eye makeup stay put for a longer time. Eye primer helps create a smooth surface for the makeup to easily glide on while preventing the creasing of your concealer. If you think that you have oily lids, please don’t skip primer if you don’t want your eye makeup to get cakey and disastrous. Take a pea-sized amount of eye primer, apply it gently on your eyelids and let it dry. Once that is done using an eye shadow base, it helps to a make your base look smoother and even toned, you can use a concealer or a light-weight foundation which is true to your shade if you don’t have an eye shadow base.
Step 2: Play safe with basic shades
If you’re a beginner with eye shadow, it’s suggested to the first start practising your eye makeup with the basic shades. Once you’re thorough and pro with all the steps, you can ahead and experiment with all the pretty colors and shimmery glitter whatever that best describes your style. The best way to get that first-time eye makeup right is to choose shades that you can help you to create a casual everyday look for college or work. You’ll need a highlighter—in a shade that’s lighter to your skin tone, a mid-tone that will add a pop of color to your eyes, a contouring shade that is darker than your skin tone and a hint of black to add definition. These 4 basic shades are how the principle of perfect eye makeup works and it can get you all ready to try your hands on eye makeup.
Step 3: Get your hands on brushes
Eye makeup brushes are different from the other makeup brushes that you use to apply your face makeup. Applying eye makeup with a fingertip might seem like the most convenient option but we strongly suggest you use a brush if you are just starting with the eye makeup at a beginner level. Take a small eye shadow brush, if you’re wondering what it looks like - it is a flat brush that makes the application on eyelids easier and precise. You’ll also need one small and medium-sized flat blending brush to smoothly blend the shades, creating a seamless smokey effect. You can add a smudger brush to your kit, just in case you’d like to go heavy with the smoky sensuous look.
Step 4: The initial shade with an eye shadow brush
Now moving to the next level, starting with the lightest shade, glide the eye shadow brush on your eyelids starting from the inner corner of your eyes and stretching it outwards. The inner corner of your eyelids is always the starting point to apply your eye makeup. Picking exact amount on your brush is also an art and takes your makeup a long way, so every time you glide your brush on the eye shadow shade make sure to give it a gentle tap to get rid of excess product.
Step 5: Time to blend
Take your blending brush, it’s a slightly round and flat brush with a slanted shape on the edges. Glide your blending brush on the mid-tone shade and apply it above the crease line, this time start from outward and smoothly glide it inwards. The trick to do it perfectly is to make sure you’re not over layering the shades, keep it subtle and seamless. The mid-tone can be any shade from neutral to the one that suits your outfit. If you’re aiming at a regular eye makeup you can choose the evergreen daily makeup shades like pink, peach or a lighter shade of tangerine.
Step 6: Define with contouring
Contouring isn’t just for your cheekbones and jawlines, it also helps to add a great definition to your eyes, making it pop up glamorously. Glide your eye makeup contouring brush on the darkest shade, start from the outer corner of your eyelids gliding it towards the crease. Make it a point to keep your contour shade lower than the mid-tone shade.
Step 7: Add life to the bottom lash line
Remember that eye makeup is not only about your eyelids. When your eye makeup on the eyelids is done, move to the bottom of your eyes - the lower lash line! Take a tiny amount of mid-tone shade on the brush, starting from outward glide the brush inward until it meets the highlighting shade, the lighter shade that you applied first. If you want to make this process a lil faster you can use a colored eyeliner on your lower lash.
Step 8: The final touch
Now that you know how to do eye makeup and it is done and ready to turn some heads, it’s time to do the last essential touch-up. Use a good thin tip eyeliner to add more definition and shape to your eyes and finish the look by using a waterproof mascara to add length and volume to your lashes. You can also use fake eyelashes, colored mascara, lash curler, etc if you want to go for a diva like the dramatic look.