You may think that brown eyes can be hard to show off, but that's far from the truth. The green and gold flecks in your eyes can be accentuated if you know the right tricks to try and colors to use. We visited the professionals at Blushington, where we learned all about how to make brown eyes glisten with a makeup look you could easily wear to the office, then show off on your date.
Bright makeup colors are huge during the Summer months, but wearing them can be a fine line between looking cool and looking clown-like. The best way to show off bold eye makeup is to look at the color wheel for answers. Whether you have a beautiful brown shade, baby blues, or vibrant hazel eyes, we have three power colors that will accentuate your peepers and provide a fun shift away from your normal brown and black shades.
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If you haven't tried tightlining your eyes yet, get yourself in front of a mirror, stat. This technique, usually performed by applying a waterproof gel liner with a thin eye makeup brush on the roots of the lashes, gives the illusion of fuller, thicker lashes. It also makes the whites of your eyes whiter and your eye color pop. Lucky for us, It Cosmetics has simplified the process with its new Tightline Full Lash Line Black Mascara Primer ($29 for two). Since the applicator (which looks like a longer, skinnier mascara wand) is included within, there's no cleanup after each use.
This multitasking lash enhancer darkens, volumizes, and lengthens, and is also being touted by It as a primer and serum. Collagen, green tea, nettle extract, and jojoba are just some of the ingredients that work to nourish and protect. To use, place the wand horizontally at the base of your lashes, wiggling it in between each lash. Sweep the color up to the tips to prime and thicken the lashes. You can even press the wand along the upper lash lines to create an eyeliner-like effect. So clear the clutter this Summer: you may find that this one product, along with soft, shimmery shadow, is all you need to complete your warm-weather eye makeup routine.
Everything is better when it's personalized. So, the experts at Makeup.com created a guide that customizes eye-makeup looks for your specific eye shape.
Like clothing, shoes, and red lipstick, applying eye makeup shouldn't come with one-size-fits-all expectations. That's because beyond eye color and skin tone, eye shape also plays a huge role in defining what kind of shadow and liner look best on you. Whether you have almond, round, or hooded eyes, these are the tips and tricks you need to know in order to get the prettiest peepers possible.
Natalie Dormer put the smoke in smoky eye last night at the Game of Thrones Exhibition opening. By choosing lighter shades of brown and gray over black, she enhanced the color of her bright blue eyes. To get a similar look, use the shades in the Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow Trio in Almond Satin ($6) up to the crease and under the lower lash line, too. Blend the darker shades in the outer corners and the lighter hue in the inner eye. What really distinguishes this smoky eye from the rest is the dark black liner. Use a waterproof pencil like Stila Smudge Crayon ($22) in the waterline, lash line, and tear duct. The inky addition gives edge to an otherwise soft look. Natalie finished off her red carpet look with a sheer pink blush and lipstick.
If you thought pastel eye makeup was only for preteens and the runway, you're wrong! You can wear lilac and mint shades (even though Easter is weeks off yet). Mark. celebrity makeup artist Fiona Stiles reveals how any woman can conquer the fairer shades of the spectrum, no matter your skin tone.
1. Prime Lids: Pastel colors have a tendency to fade or look ashy — especially on darker skin tones. So that pastel pigments stay true to their color, Stiles recommends first using an eye shadow primer or concealer to lay the base. Stiles's favorite shades for Spring are seafoam green, coral, and vibrant blues.
2. Add Black: If you're looking to balance the sweetness of pastel eye makeup, incorporate a dose of black. Black liquid liner and lots of inky mascara lend a much-needed edge, resulting in a modern, not immature, effect.
3. Combine Colors: It's OK to mix colors when you wear pastels. One way to temper the light hue is to add a complementary darker shade on the outer corners of the lid, leaving the pastel to brighten the inner corners. Also, try keeping the color close to the lash line or in the waterline. Then use a taupe shadow in the crease. For the more daring, pair pastels with a touch of colored mascara on lower lashes.
As Spring steadily approaches, it's time to consider brightening up your makeup palette. Whether you're an eye shadow beginner or a seasoned expert, Sephora Pro artist Sheranda Curtis has tips to make your eyes the center of attention. Learn how to take the fear of adding color to your look when you read more.
When it comes to award season, everyone is going for the gold statuette. But a few stars from the People's Choice Awards decided to incorporate the color into their makeup palette, too. Gold eye makeup and blue eyes complement each other perfectly, so Taylor Swift had the right idea when she swiped on an array of gold-flecked shades. Likewise, Tempestt Bledsoe wore a sheer gold dust and even added a speckle of shimmer to her burgundy lipstick to tie the entire look together. Lastly, Olivia Munn chose a metallic frosted shadow that nearly disappeared on her bronzed skin. Adding a mineral hue like gold is one way to convert barely there makeup into something red-carpet ready.
Blue sits directly across from orange and red on the wheel, meaning those hues complement each other. So if you're looking to make your cerulean gaze take center stage, bust out orange-tinged, pinky-red shades, whether they're swept on eyes, cheeks, or lips. Salmon is an ideal pick because it's a perfect mix of orange and pink. Try MAC Lip and Cheek Color in Out for Fun ($20) for a natural glow that gives beautiful blues bottomless depth.
Celebrity makeup artist Amy Oresman (who has worked with stars like Kate Bosworth and Hayden Panettiere) admits that the biggest makeup mistake women will make this holiday is slapping on an abundance of glitter. While the Neutrogena brand ambassador admits there's a place for sparkle, she explains, "If you look like you're Christmas tree, you've gone wrong." Get Oresman's expert tips to avoid outshining the ornaments when you keep reading.