5 Tips to Step Up Your Eye Makeup Game
One thing I love about makeup is that there’s always something new to learn, especially when it comes to eye makeup.
Chatting with makeup artists and sales associates at counters, I feel like a makeup miner excavating new nuggets of gold, and every little pearl of wisdom further demystifies the art.
Whether you’re a beginner experimenting with eye makeup for the first time or a master of smokey eyes trying to perfect your technique, the following five tips may help step up your eye makeup game.
1. Check your lift
Here’s a tip to help you create the look of lifted, well-rested eyes — so useful after a night of tossing and turning (blast you insomnia!).
After applying concealer to your under-eye area, take the remaining product on your concealer brush, and run the brush head along the outer corners of your eyeshadow, following your natural lower lash line.
It cleans up the edges of your shadow, creating an illusion of elevated (read: less tired) eyes.
2. Try a bit o’ bronzer
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Give Me Sun (one of my favorite bronzers) and a MAC 217 Blending Brush
This is my favorite way to jazz up any eye look (but it works extra great with smokey eyes).
Load a fluffy, domed eye brush (I like the MAC 217) with your favorite bronzer, and sweep the brush head along the outermost edges of the eye shadow on your lids to blur the edges and deepen your look.
Oh, if you never wear bronzer and don’t have any around, you can also use blush.
3. Powder up!
Two of my tools for seamless blending: the Chanel’s Poudre Universelle Libre Natural Finish Loose Powder and a MAC 239 Eye Shader Brush
If you often struggle with blending, try dusting your lids with a layer of face powder first (or an eye shadow in a shade similar to your skin tone) before applying your main eye shadow.
The powder acts like a smoothing buffer for any eye shadows applied on top of it and makes it that much easier to build and buff those seamless gradients that transition from one shade to the next.
4. Snap a quick pic
Sometimes the quickest way to check how evenly I’ve applied my eyeshadow or liner is to take a snapshot with my camera phone.
It sounds silly, I know, but it works! For some reason, when I see my makeup in a pic (as opposed to just seeing it in a mirror), it’s easier to tell if one eye’s darker than the other, or if my shadow or liner are uneven, or if I need to tweak anything else to finish my eye look.
This one really comes in handy when I’m doing bold eye looks with bright colors, lots of complicated blending or winged-out liner.
5. Press on!
Ever notice how after you load your eye brush with shadow, and tap it against something to remove the excess, the shadow clings to some parts of the brush head more than others?
To distribute eye shadow more evenly across your brush head, take your loaded brush, and press it gently into your palm.
It distributes the product into and around the bristles better, so that when you bring the brush to your lids, your shadow applies more evenly.
It makes blending easier and saves time. I absolutely love this tip! I picked it up from an awesome Bobbi Brown makeup artist recently, and now I use it all the time.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,