Tips for Amazing Eye Makeup
I think I might have a slight (okay, that’s a lie -- more like acute) obsession with makeup. Makeup and I go a long way back. Right back to when I was a badass fourteen-year-old who felt no shame walking out of the house with God-awful raccoon eyes, thinking and believing I was the Queen Bee of makeup.
It was only when Brian Mc-Cah-yoo-tie, my high school crush, said to me one glorious Wednesday morning: “Dude, your eyes look weird. Did somebody punch you? *snigger* *chuckle*” that my world came crashing down. I was forced to take a good, hard look at myself in the mirror and ask, “Where did I go wrong?”
But that’s okay. That was over a decade ago, and I’m mostly over it. Mostly. I vowed to make some instant changes to my makeup that morning, and today I’ve perfected the art of eye makeup that will make you go week in the knees. Err, in a good way of course. (Who’s laughing now, Brian?)
Here they are:
I like the sexy seduction of soft, champagne eyes. And I’m pretty sure you will, too. Plus, this is so easy it takes less than five minutes to complete! Start by lining your inner lids with brown liner (black is fine too, but I usually use brown). And then you just brush on a coat of your favorite champagne eye shadow (I’m an ELF fan), but really just use your favorite here, as well. Line your lower lash line with the same eye shadow and apply just a little dab at the corner of your eyes to give your eyes a pop. Brush on some volumizing mascara and you’re done!
Scarlet Johansson’s glittery eye shadow hasn’t gone unnoticed at the red carpet this year. Sheer and shimmery, this shadow adds a sparkle to your eyes without going over the top with too many colors. Line your lower inner rims with nude or beige eyeliner. This will make your eyes appear wider and brighter. Line your upper lids with black eyeliner. Then brush a light coat of glittery eyeshadow to your upper lid, extending it up towards your brow bone. A coat of volumizing mascara should help complete this look.
Winged eyeliner! Winged eyeliner! Winged eyeliner! I could chant this until my lips fall off, but what good would that do? Let’s just say this look is an absolute classic and is versatile enough for just about any look. I team this look with ruby red lips and let me just tell you, heads have turned! ;) Moving on, you start this look by simply lining three-fourth of your upper lid with black eyeliner. I use liquid eyeliner, but you could use gel as well. Extend it (or shall I say wing it) towards the corners upwards. Then trace a line back towards your eye from this extended tip, filling it in with color as you reach the point where you started. This look might require some practice, but hey, that’s what makes you perfect.
Did you really think smoky eyes wouldn’t make it to this list? Really? This is one of my favorite eye shadow combinations ever. Lovelovelove. Sultry, smoldering and oh, so easy. Line your upper and lower lids with black eyeliner. This is essential. You can’t miss this step. I even smudge some of the liner at the corner of my eyes. Sweep a silvery eye shadow across your entire lid, brushing upwards towards your brow bone. I also swipe some underneath my eyes. It makes your eyes pop and that is exactly what we want. Then brush a smoky black eye shadow across one-fourth of your eye, blending it in with the silver. Brush some mascara on and your silvery black smoky eyes are done!
If you’re running late, there’s nothing like this look. You simply line your upper lid with black eyeliner and your lower lid with a different color of eyeliner. Blue or green are my usual favorites, but then again the choice is entirely yours. Don’t forget to brush on a thick coat of mascara before stepping out.
There you have it! Five eye makeup looks that will make every Brian in the world (I mean every man. Every man in the world) weak in his knees!