The Guide to Perfect Eye Makeup

by Corinne Shoemaker

Perfect eye makeup is a feat that few are able to accomplish. That’s because few people have the right guide. Luckily, you won’t be one of those people! Read on to learn how you can master the art of eye makeup...


Choosing the right colors

When it comes to color, you should have a few different shades: one for your base, one for your eyelids, and a liner. Those are just the basics (you can contour and highlight, too)! When picking your colors, keep the following in mind…

Base: The purpose of your base is to even out your skin tone, so pick a color that is as close to your tone as possible. Apply with a large shadow brush.

Eyelids: The color you choose should compliment your eye color. Good examples include gray for blue eyes and purple or taupe for green. Apply with a medium shadow brush.

Liner: To make your eyes appear larger, and your lashes thicker, choose darker tones like charcoal. Apply with a small shadow brush (dampen it if you would like to create a smudged, sexy look). If you want your eyes to look extra dramatic, use a gel liner.

Contour: This is to add even more drama or just to help your eyelids appear less droopy. You’ll want to pick a color that is slightly darker than your eyelid shade. Apply to your crease using a small shadow brush.

Highlight: To brighten your eyes, sweep a pale shimmery color (like white or gold) underneath your brow bones.

Choosing the right products

This will vary depending on your situation, like the season and your skin type. Here are some things to consider...

Powder: There are two kinds -- pressed and loose. Pressed powder is more velvety in its consistency which makes it super easy to apply to your skin. It works for any skin type, but those with oily skin particularly enjoy its shine-canceling properties. Loose powder creates a sheer finish thanks to its fine particles. It’s usually a better choice for hot summer days.

Cream: This type of product can be applied in a number of different ways, such as with a brush, sponge, or your fingers. It creates a soft finish. This one is better for colder months since it will slide around on sweaty or oily skin.

Stick: This type of product allows more control than the others, so it’s easier to use (but take care to apply it gently).


This is where a lot of people tend to get it wrong. That’s because they don’t realize that you need to tailor your application technique to the shape of your eyes. Just follow these tips…

Round eyes: The focus here is to elongate your eyes. So, after applying your base, take your lid color and sweep it over the outer halves of your lids (no further). Add a bit of highlighter and finish it off with a dark liner. Easy!

Almond eyes: If you have almond-shaped eyes, you should focus on creating more intensity with your makeup. So, once you have dusted on your base, trace your upper lash line with a dark shadow or liner. Go just a bit heavier with your application as you approach the outer corners of your eyes.

Small eyes: To help make your eyes appear larger, stick to lighter colors. Use a highlighter at the center of your brow bone and line only your top lids. Don’t forget mascara!

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