This is the time of year when we all get a little glam and want to look and feel our best. It is also a time of fun and festive make-up experimentation. This is when we can get away with shimmery shades, and glittery glosses. A time to try that new blush to make our cheeks pop! And there is nothing like a classic 'cat eye' liner with a fabulous faux fringe (Penny's wish). Well here are some basic tips to keep in mind if you're a novice and plan to try your new eyeshadow look for the company holiday party:
- size & shape of your eyes
- where colors should go on the eyes
- don't skip the eyeliner
- be sure brows are groomed and filled in if necessary
- complimentary lip color to bring the look together
Eyeshadows are fun! There are so many choices and so many ways they can be worn. But remember that you want a look that you will also be comfortable with when you step out of the house. Every magazine look is not for everyone. If you can, try a few looks at home the day before your event to see which will work best.
- Light colors, or what is called a 'base' shade should go on your whole lid (from brow to lashline); and/or used as a highlighter right under the brow bone
- Medium shades can be worn over the whole lid from brow to lash line; OR on the lid only (from crease to lashline)
- Darker shades should be worn in the crease of your eye to give depth and definition; dark colors can be worn on the lid itself if you adoing a smokey eye look. Blend, blend, blend...it is important to take time to blend you shadows for a smokey look, or any multi-color look.
- Dark or smokey eye look should be accompanied by a light pink, sheer color, or nude lip color.
- Light neutral eye look can be accompanied by a med/dark or richer lip color; doesn't have to be red, berry or plum...but a rich tone will make your lips pop if that is the part of the face you want to accentuate.
Eyeshadow looks best with eyeliner and mascara (and even a pair of false lashes); you can play with the liner as far as how thin or wide you like it. Penny uses waterproof gel liner or powder (Bobbi Brown's eyeshadow in espresso is a fav) with the right angled eyeliner brush, because they are easiest for me to apply. Liquid liners often run and require a steady hand. Pencil liners are probably the most popular; waterproof liner is recommended for those with oily lids or who are prone to eye liner melt. Be careful when lining the lower lash line (water line) as it could cause under eye circles to look darker if not done right. Also don't forget to curl your lashes before mascara, if you need to.
Try not to use the eyeshadow applicators that come with some eyeshadows...they are not the best. If you don't have one good eyeshadow brush, use your fingers. Just be careful not to get the shadow outside or under the eye. One good and inexpensive brush brand is Essence of Beauty (CVS, Target). The brush will tell you on the handle if its an eyeshadow brush...they have several shapes and sizes. (I like their dual ended 'smokey wide' brush).
Check out this site for some pretty basic eyeshadow techniques and to see what brushes to use:
Be blessed! Be FABULOUS!