The Eyes Have It: 5 Must Know Eye Makeup Hacks
Recently I started doing Makeup Tutorials for our YouTube Channel (Which you should visit if you haven't!) One thing I realized in filming my first tutorial is just how hard a tutorial is to follow when you don't understand the basics - and how long a video can be while you try to explain the basics. So I thought I'd break down a few essential tips and tricks, starting with eye makeup. Let's get into it!
1. Primer First: Whatever your preference, MAC’s paint pots, Urban Decay’s Primer Potion, you name it – seemingly every brand has an eye makeup primer. Why? Because you need it! I rarely get oily, but if I do, you better bet it’ll start on my eyelids. If you want your shadow to pop, make it through a colossal work day, or just not look like a muddy run together mess, priming is your friend. My personal favorite is Painterly, by MAC.
2. Use White Eyeliner as a Primer for More Vivid, True To Color Eyeshadow Applications: My personal favorite for this purpose is NYX’s Jumbo Milk Pencil. This pencil is too chubby for me to even think about putting it in my waterline, but it’s smudge-able consistency makes it perfect for spreading all over my lid and keeping my shadow true to its pan color – which is perfect if you’re of a darker complexion, which I am.
3. Draw Your Wing before Filling it: If you’re wing liner game isn’t strong, fret not – mine wasn’t either once upon a time. If you’re nervous, liquid and gel liner can sense it! First draw the line that will be the base for the wing and then a connecting line back to your lash, that way you can fill it in and perfect it – see the pictorial below!
4. Connect The Dots: If liner is truly tricky for you, try drawing three to four dots along your lash line, then connect them. Instant straight liner. If the line is still rough, use a cotton swab and Vaseline to clean it up, or, if the liner isn’t too thick, go back over the line with your eyeshadow.
5. When in Doubt, Smoke it Out: If you don’t know how to apply a smoky eye, I have two tricks. My favorite is making a sideways “V” with the top of the “V” cutting across the crease of your eye, and the bottom along the lash line, as pictured here. Blend it out for a seamless smoky effect. The second trick is to draw a “#” and blend it out at the corners of your eye. This isn't my favorite, just because it can get a little less precise, but I know others who love it! Try both and see which you prefer.
Let me know if you guys have any specific questions as I move on in this series. Next up: Foundation 101!