When I am really focusing on my eyes and not just slapping on one color and liner, here is what I do:
Apply an eyeshadow primer (UDPP). Apply base color with medium-sized brush. Apply a medium-toned color in the crease with a smaller and stiffer brush. Swipe back and forth until the color is even on both sides. I like to bring this up just a little bit, this is especially important for deeper set eyes. Apply the deepest tone on the outer "V" of the eye. Blend this into your crease and in toward the lid. I use a fluffy eyeshadow brush to blend everything so there are no harsh lines. Curl eyelashes. Apply eyeliner. Use either the medium or deep tone to swipe along your bottom lashline with a thin brush. You can wipe away any excess with a q-tip...you don't want to look like a raccoon. Apply mascara. I don't apply it to the bottom because I have really long lashes. And always fill in your brows. I have very dark brows but they always look more complete and polished when I do this. I use powder and very sparingly.
I think this is all...sometimes if I do a highlight, I do it first and then blend.
When I'm going for big eyes, I always do my lashes first and let them dry, because then I know how much liner and shadow I really need. I add a little eyeliner, then comes the shadow. You want to get a four-color kit, from really light to kinda dark. You want to brush the lightest over your browbone below your brow. The second lightest you want to blend over your entire lid. The third one you want to blend onto the second half of your lid. Then the darkest you want to create a small v along the outer corners of your eye, going from the outer end of the crease, then forming the v, then down along your lashes. It takes some practice but when you get it, it looks good.
Agreed to below. The main key (I think) is simplicity. Experiment, but make sure you'll be able to duplicate it tomorrow because if you love it but don't know how you got there... hey, it's only so good then.
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The best thing I ever did was to toss the little foam applicators that came with my shadow, and invest in some nice brushes.
For summer, I like a nice sheer color all over the lid, with a hint of shimmer applied right under your brows to make 'em pop and give the eyes a lift.
Then I line my eyes with a darker shadow and a liner brush. I think it's actually easier and looks better than my pencil liner.
For nighttime, I might sweep a darker shadow into the crease of the lid. This is a definite in the wintertime, but I usually skip it in summer. If you're wearing gloss or a pale lip shade, go for it. With dark lips it can look like too much.
Remember- figuring out what works for you is key...and when in doubt, just make sure to blend.
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