Thursday 28 May 2009

How To Apply Eye Makeup

Makeup should emphasize beauty and highlight your best
features, not become a mask for which to hide. It is the eyes,
the windows to your heart and character that are seen first.
Your eyes create a focal point for creativity, fun, and
elegance. Therefore, when applying eye makeup, it is necessary
to create balance and harmony to reveal your true beauty.

Applying eye makeup can be a frightening concept if you are not
equipped with the correct knowledge and equipment. Once you know
the basics, you will find that applying eye makeup is fun. All
you need is the right color, shadow brushes, an eye lining
pencil, an eyelash curler, and mascara.

First, it is important to know that your eyes are a great place
to begin to express yourself. Adding color to the eyes will
automatically draw attention to them. Because of this, when you
apply shadow, choose colors that complement your skin tone and
eye color. Use the iris as a guide in choosing your color
scheme. You want to create a polished elegant look.

Color Guide:

Blue Eyes
To emphasize blue eyes use gray, rose, mauve, purple, orange,
peach, gold, or any shade of bronze. When selecting a shade of
blue to go with the eyes follow the rule of opposites. (If the
eye is dark blue, use sky blue; if the eye is icy blue, use
darker blues, even indigo.)

Green Eyes
To emphasize green eyes use chestnut, royal purple, violet,
plum, forest green, and brown. If the iris is a deep green, try
using a darker eye shadow; if the iris is a pale green use a
pale green eye shadow.

Hazel Eyes
To emphasize the green in hazel eyes use royal purple, rose,
violet, and forest green. To make the eye more brown, use

Brown Eyes
To emphasize brown eyes use copper, bronze, champagne, beige,
forest green, gold, and other metallics. Using shades of green
will complement brown eyes.

Brown-Black Eyes
To emphasize deep brown eyes use tones that are lighter and
pearly to bounce more light. Try a sheer green.

The secret to applying Eye Makeup

When applying eye makeup, remember that a small amount goes a
long way. It is best to start applying the shadow lightly,
building up to intensity desired. Since you can alter the shape
and look of your eyes using eye makeup, begin by tracing the
brow bone with your finger or shadow tool to get a feel for the
shape of your eye. It is important to note that you do no want
to apply eye shadow above your brow bone; rather, you will be
blending upward towards the brow bone.

How to use a brush to apply your eye shadows

Apply your shadow using a shadow brush in a medium size. The
brush will give you more control. A larger eye shadow brush
will give more coverage for the total eye. A smaller shadow
brush will give a more defining line. Keep in mind that you
will want to use a synthetic brush for creams and a natural
hair brush for powder. Using these brushes for specific eye
makeup will make clean-up easier.

1. Begin applying the shadow to the mobile eye, making sure
that the shadow covers evenly and is blended carefully in an
upward movement. Remember to blend toward the brow bone.
Keeping the brush moving in circular movements will help create
an even blend of color. Shadow should be applied toward the
lachrymal area, or inner corner, and blended.

2. Apply the shadow on the opposite eye. Be sure to create
equal looks. Uneven shadow will upset the balance and harmony.

3. Apply the eyeliner to the top of the eye, close to the
lashes. This will create thickness. You can also line the
bottom lashes lightly for a more dramatic and defined look.
Remember that when you apply loner, black is more commonly used
for nighttime and brown or navy for daytime.

4. For more emphasis, apply a pearly white or ivory in the
inner corner of the eyes and above the brow bone to highlight
the eyes. Blend carefully so that the shadow highlights and
does not appear as a polka dot in the corner of the eye or a
harsh line below the brow.

5. Finish applying eye makeup with mascara. Curl the lashes to
further open the eyes. Once again, when applying eye makeup, it
is best to begin with a light coat of mascara on both top and
bottom lashes. You can build intensity by applying another
coat, depending on the look desired. Look up when applying
mascara to the lashes.

Critical factors to consider when applying eye make up

Remember: Your goal is to emphasize your natural beauty and
create harmony. Keep these factors in mind when selecting and
applying your eye makeup:

skin color
eye color
hair color

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