You can enhance the natural beauty of your eyes with subtle highlighting and shadow. With this advice, you can create your perfect look.
1. Start with eyeliner
- Use your eyeliner of choice — pencil or brush — to frame your eyes.
- Start from the outside corners of the upper eyelids and work inwards. Get as close as you can to the lashes.
- Line under the eye, as close as possible to the lashes, starting only from the middle and working outwards.
- Gently smudge this bottom line with a cotton bud so that it isn’t too stark.
2, Move to eyeshadow
- Apply a base colour of shadow that almost matches your eyelids, sweeping it across the lid from the inside out, and up to the brow bones.
- Add a slightly darker shade to the lid only, not up to the brow bone.
- Add the darkest shade in the crease at the top of your eyelid.
- Blend the three shades into one another, to create a subtle grading effect, using a cotton bud or blending sponge.
- Apply a dab of highlighter to your brow bone and blend from the mid brow outwards.
- Brighten the eye by adding a dab of highlighter to the inner corner of each eye where upper and lower lids meet.
3. Finish off with mascara
- With your chin pulled downwards and your eyes looking up, brush the lower lashes of each eye with mascara. Remove excess mascara from the brush first.
- Look down and stroke mascara onto the upper lashes, separating them as you work. Move the brush side to side at the roots, then outwards, so the lashes fan out.
- Mascara looks best when applied in thin layers. Let each layer dry before building on it.
- If the lashes clump, brush them out with a mascara comb once they are dry.
Sit in front of a magnifying mirror in a good light and set out your palette: eyeliner, three complementary tones of shadow, highlighter, brushes and mascara. Be prepared to take your time and experiment to get the right look.