Top ten tips for eyes

February 11th, 2013


Mascara application

1. To make your top lashes look longer and prettier (which in turn will make your eyes appear bigger and more wide open), curl them with an eyelash curler before applying mascara.

2. For larger-looking eyes, apply mascara to both the top and bottom lashes.

3. Sick of getting black marks on your eyelids when you apply mascara? To prevent it happening, hold a mirror horizontally at chest height in one hand and hold the mascara wand in the other, and look down into the mirror to apply it. This method will help stop you blinking, meaning you will be less likely to get mascara on your eyelids. If this doesn’t help, try a different mascara. The shape, size and type of brush can influence the ease of application, as can the consistency of the formulation.


4. To get a true color pay-off from your eyeshadow, block the unwanted undertones in the eyelid (i.e. red and/or blue hues caused by small veins) with concealer first.

Eyeshadow palette

5. To make blending “matte” eyeshadows easier, prepare the eyelid with a layer of matte, loose powder beforehand. Alternatively, to make metallic eyeshadows shine, apply them straight on top of a dewy-finish concealer.

6. For perfect eyeshadow application, keep your eyes open, tilt your head slightly backward (to stretch the skin on your eyelid taut) and look into a mirror.

7. Want to try a smoky eye but don’t quite feel ready for gray or black? A combination of creamy-white, beige and medium-brown eyeshadows suits almost everyone. Use the lightest color as a base and over the inner corner of the eye, the medium tone on the eyelid, and the darkest shade on the outer corner of the eye and to contour the crease.

8. If you have fine lines and wrinkles or dry skin in and around the eye area, avoid heavily frosted and highly pearlized eyeshadows because they tend to draw attention to and emphasize imperfections. Ensure the skin is well hydrated, and choose matte and satin textures for a more flattering finish.


9. If you have light-colored hair and a pale complexion, black eyeliner can sometimes look too harsh. For a softer look, smudge it to take down the intensity, or opt for gray, navy or brown liner instead.

10. To wake up tired eyes, use eye drops to wash away any redness, and then brighten them by applying a white or very pale yellow eyeliner pencil to the lower inner rim (waterline).

 Black eyeliner pencil

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