Now that you have your foundation set, it is time to play up those eyes!
Step One: Apply a Cream Shadow, Gel Eye Liner or Eye Shadow Primer in a color that is close to your skin tone or a couple of shades lighter across your eye lid up to your crease and blend well. Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24 – Hour Cream Gel Shadow or L’oreal HiP Studio Secrets Cream Eyeliner.
Step Two: Use a Shimmer or Satin Powder Eye Shadow or Loose Pigment with a sponge-tip applicator or eye shadow brush and pat it a little at a time onto your eye lid up to your crease, blend well (Note: it’s easier to apply a little at a time and add color until it’s your desired intensity than to add too much color at once and make a mess.)
Step Three: Use a Matte Powder Eye Shadow or Loose Pigment that is two shades darker than your skin tone with a sponge-tip applicator or eye shadow brush and apply it to the crease and outer V area of your eye by swiping back and forth gently, a little shadow at a time to build to the intensity that you want; be sure to blend out your colors so there are no obvious lines.
Optional: Use a Matte Powder Eye Shadow or Loose Pigment with a sponge-tip applicator or eye shadow brush and apply it to the brow bone and blend it down; use a clean small fluffy brush or sponge-tip applicator to gently blend out all the harsh lines so all three colors look seamless.
Use an Eyeliner Pencil or Gel Eye Liner with a liner brush to apply a thin line across the lid close to your lash line
- It will be easier to slightly close one eye and use your finger to gently pull the corner of your eye outwards slightly to apply the liner in short strokes, connecting as you go across the lid.
- If you want a little extra definition on your eye, you can also apply a little liner under your bottom lash line, start from the outer corner and using short strokes to fill it in either ¾ way in, ½ way in or all the way across depending on your preference.
- Use the tip of a sponge-tip applicator to slightly smudge the line for a slight smoky look but still not too dramatic.
Step Four: Next take your Mascara and remove the wand from the tube and wipe off all the excess mascara onto a tissue before using it to comb through bottom lashes first, with a slow back-and-forth motion; next use the same method to apply to the top lashes. My all-time favorite is L’oreal Voluminous Black Mascara.
Note: Start with your lips to give the first coat a little dry time before applying a second coat to the top and bottom lashes or just the top depending on your preference.
Charlene T. Easter, a certified makeup artist, has training certificates from the Virginia Makeup Artist Studio, Bennett Career Institute and Danessa Myricks’ Boot Camp as well as a M.S. degree in Human Resource Administration and B.A. degree in Merchandising/Marketing.