Basic Eye Makeup Tips


Eyes are a focal point of your face and can reflect your emotions and your personality. Whether your eye color is brown, black, blue, green or hazel, your eyes can call the attention and speak to the person you are talking to. It is important that you know how to apply eye makeup to be able to project the right personality and feeling.

Natural Look

Putting on the eye makeup properly can bring out a natural look to your facial features and accentuate the most outstanding characteristics of your eyes. To dress up your eyes, use eye shadows, mascara, and eyeliners, and if needed, foundation or concealers to cover up circles under your eyes.

How to put on Eye Shadow

In choosing an eye shadow color or shade, decide on the primary color that you would like to use as a base. You can choose from an array of creams, powders and glittery dusting. If you are not sure what shade or color to use, go neutral and try other colors until you like the look on you.

Apply your chosen primary shade to your whole eyelid and later apply the lighter shade on top of the primary shade, up to right below your eyebrows. Traditional eye shadow powders usually have small applicator brushes and foam pads you can use. One powder color applied on top of a cream shadow base, or two powder colors blended together can give a more dimensional look.

Cream Shadows

Cream shadows usually come in small squeeze tubes. Apply small amounts lightly across your lid up to your eyebrows. You can add a light bronze or tan dusting to give a subtle look.


Select among brown, black, and navy blue mascara colors. When choosing the mascara type to buy, consider your type of lashes. You have a choice of mascara for lengthening, thickening, darkening, waterproofing and curling. If you do not want to use an eyelash curler, choose a product with curling formula.

It is important that you know how to put on mascara for that perfect effect. The best way to apply mascara is with a single stroke from the base of your eyelashes going to the tip. Apply two coats to give definition to your lashes. Allow the first coat to dry before applying a second coat, to prevent the mascara from lumping. Use a q-tip to remove the excess mascara from your eyelids or under your eyes.

Eye makeup liner

Further define your eye features by applying a thin pencil or liquid eyeliners in black, brown, plum, khaki, or navy. Putting on eyeliner will enhance your eye shadow and mascara colors and will complete your look.

The best way to apply eyeliner is to place a thin line on your eyelid base. Gently pull the corner of your eye outward, to form a straight line along your lashes. Starting from the inside corner of your eye, work towards the outside, delicately tracing a line with the pencil or liquid angled toward your eyelashes. Apply a lighter line for a subtle look and a darker and thicker line for a more dramatic effect.

Experiment with trial samples of eye products until you find the kind that best suits you. Have your own home makeover or check out makeup counters for free makeovers before you buy anything.

Source by Merilee Paige