A key aspect of your cosmetic application skills is the ability to apply eye makeup skillfully and effectively. If you can put on eye makeup using the best techniques, you can create a much more appealing and attractive look.
Here are six steps to follow to create a striking, dramatic look with your eye makeup.
Step #1: Apply Primer and Concealer First
Your eyelids need concealer and primer just like the skin on the rest of your face, and for the same reasons.
Eye primer and concealer hide imperfections like wrinkles, dark spots, and fine lines. Be aware, though, that a small amount of primer and concealer can go a long way, so these products should be used sparingly.
Step #2: Apply Foundation
Spread a small amount of foundation evenly over your eyelids. Note that airbrush makeup doubles as a concealer, so if you use airbrush foundation, you can skip step 1.
Just be very careful to keep the eye you’re working on closed while you’re spraying it!
Step #3: Apply Eye Shadow
Eyeshadow can really add visual interest to your eyes and make them the focal point of your face. However, to use eyeshadow as effectively as possible, you have to apply it correctly.
If your eyeshadow is in powder form, apply only a small amount at first, then pause to take a look at your work. Then, if you think your eyelid needs more color, you can add more eyeshadow. Before you start, remember to tap the brush gently against the container, so that it doesn’t have too much powder on it.
If you use airbrush eyeshadow, just follow the instructions that came with your airbrush kit.
If you use Dinair eyeshadow, aim at the eyelid from 4 inches away, and spray gently, using a circular motion.
Step #4: Create An Outline With Eyeliner
Experienced makeup pros may be able to define their eyes with liquid eyeliner. Carefully move the tip of the applicator along your lash line, or close to it, keeping your lips slightly parted while you draw your line.
If you’re using an eyeliner pencil or kohl, use the same technique you used with the eyeshadow: start with a thin line, then build it up if desired. When you have enough color, you can smudge the line to make it look less severe, using a cotton-tipped swap or your fingertip.
Step #5: Highlight Your Brow And Eyes
Add highlighter to the insides of your eye sockets and along your browbone to add a fresh, young appearance to your face. Be careful not to use too much of the highlighter, though, or you’ll end up looking too shiny.
Step #6: Attend To Your Eyelashes
After applying all your other eye makeup, curl your lashes with an eyelash curler, then apply 2 or 3 coats of mascara to both your upper and lower lashes.
With regular practice, you can master these techniques and become an expert eye-makeup artist.