Due to popular demand, that is some of my girlfriends’ constant nagging over a number of years , about me teaching them how to apply eye makeup in general, and not being so selfish about keeping my technical abilities to myself; here is my own tried-and-tested 101 eye make up tutorial.
In this chapter of SUF’s 101 make up master class, we are going to create highly defined eyes, a semi-natural look that will take you from morning to night, and that will match different shades and intensities of lipcolour. It is much easier to achieve than the total bare look or the smokey evening look.
Before you start doing anything, make sure that your skin is thoroughly clean, stay away from eye make up remover on a cotton pad or any milky removers, instead wash away the impurities with a gentle foaming cleanser and water.
The secret to a good line is (you’ve guessed it) practice and a sturdy hand, but more importantly a very good quality kohl such as Chanel’s and the best possible eye pencil sharpener that won’t break the tip.
For a more intense evening look opt for a liquid black liner.
Using a flat brush and water, dilute the “cake” until you reach an inky texture. Then with the tip of the brush, look up and with small strokes just push the inky colour against the base of your lashes repeatedly. This will ensure that any gaps that haven’t been filled with your kohl or eye liner are smoothed out.
Opt for a charcoal , dark grey or darkest blue eye shadow: using the edge of your applicator tip, trace a line right on top of the one you drew with the Kohl pencil. This will intensify the lash line and make the eye shadow colour hold much longer (think of powder bonding to a greasy base of kohl).
Don’t be scared of going slightly over the edge of the upper lid line that you so painstakingly drew with kohl and dark eye shadow: it will only smooth out any kinks or unsteady traces of kohl, making the overall tracing more natural.
I only swear by volumising mascaras, forget about the lengthening variety that will make you look like you’re losing your eyelashes and won’t add anything to your fringes. My absolute favourites are False Lash effect mascaras such as Lash Architect 3D by L’Oreal Paris in blackest black or the latest Lash Architect 4D in Black.
For best application tips although many make-up artists would argue differently:
– Use the entire length of your brush by starting to comb (3 to 4 times ) your lashes from underneath, starting from the outer edge and moving lightly towards the inside corner, take care not to overload the inside corner.
– Go over your lashes again this time from the top of your lashes only and apply a couple of coats, trying to separate each lash using the entire width of your mascara comb.
– Wait 1 minute to dry before batting your eyelids to avoid any stamping.
Smudge the colour with the lighter shade on your mobile lid for a seamless gradual look. Keep your medium shade light enough not to overpower your gaze, this is just meant to give definition to your gaze.
And voila! Please feel free to post any questions or comments if anything is unclear. Tantoun this post was for you ;)!