No matter what shade of eye shadow you choose or how expertly you apply your eye liner and mascara, you can still lack the few basic properties that make your eyes truly youthful and beautiful. The face on your skin is incredibly important and arguably the hardest to maintain, so keeping it looking radiant and fresh through your life can prove to be a tedious and difficult task, especially to women who like to wear makeup every day.
The first thing to consider before applying eye makeup is those vicious dark circles under your eyes. Don’t worry, everyone has them! It’s just a different extent to each person, and the causes of these horrendous circles come from numerous places. You can worsen the dark circles under your eyes by letting yourself become too worried, too stressed out, or too anxious. Even your diet and how often you exercise determines the sagginess and darkness of those irritating splotches of flesh beneath your most apparent features.
It’s a bit too much to ask a woman if I were to say “Hey, don’t even bother leaving the house until those giant dark circles are gone!”. Women have always had such busy lives, it’s damn near impossible to hide just because you need a bit more sleep. We still have lots of things that have to get done, and we want to look our best when we go out to do them! Keeping that in mind, the best suggestion I can give is to find a good quality liquid foundation and matching pressed powder or loose powder concealer. Because it’s difficult with different skin tones to even out the way your skin looks even after applying foundation and concealer, the best thing to do is apply the liquid in a manner different from the way you rub it around your cheekbones, chin, and forehead. Using two fingertips, massage the liquid foundation under your eyes in tiny circular patterns, cleaning any lines left by the makeup and evening out the color as best you can with the color of the rest of your face. You don’t want to make the circles too light, because that would look just as out of place! After you’ve evened out your colors, pat lightly with a pressed powder or powder concealer that matches the color of your liquid foundation. (Which, I shouldn’t have to mention, should already match the color of your face!)
Another helpful tip when applying foundation and concealer around your eyes, is to never use too much liquid on your eyelids and just below your eyebrows. Even if you apply it correctly, blinking and closing or opening your eyes can create creases and lines in your makeup that you won’t notice until later. It’s best to use just a teeny tiny dab of liquid and apply it only to the area just below your eyebrow, smudging it softly downward so you don’t leave any excess around your eyes. It’s smart to use more powdered concealer than liquid above your eyes, and use more liquid then powdered below your eyes.
Now that your face looks soft and your tone is evened out, it’s time to apply some eye makeup using tips that will bring out the natural color and beauty of your eyes. Naturally, women with darker eyes are drawn to lighter, more pearlescent eye shadow colors because they clearly accent a darker orb inside your eye, making the natural mysterious glow of dark blue, grey, or brown eyes more noticeable to onlookers. However, even though you might think the best eye shadow color for your auburn eyes is a shimmery lavender with darker purple accents, (and I couldn’t blame you), sometimes darker, more opaque shades will fit the mood and atmosphere better and give your eyes a more subtle, and still just as stunning look without all the shining glam you might not need or want.
For example, for people with rare dark grey eyes, (or people with grey contacts!), the most stunning colors of eye shadow and eye liner are in the red or pink gradient. Always keep in mind your complementary colors on a wheel when deciding which colors bring out the natural beauty of your eyes; grey is closest to blue in many cases, therefore it’s complementary color would be anywhere from orange to red to pink. Grey eyes look wonderful with a thin deep red, or even burgundy liquid eyeliner trace on top and bottom, and a light powdery pink on top, fading in a gradient just below your eyebrow to make your eyes look bigger and more attractive. As with most eyes, black mascara is the best bet and when applied correctly (without clumps or stray pieces of hardened liquid), it can bring out both the reds and the grey in a way that will make you the center of attention.
Lighter shades of eyes are easy to keep looking youthful, because the colors you can use without adverse effects are more numerous. Lighter blue eyes look great with complementary colors such as orange, pink, red, and mauve, but blue eyes also look incredible with blue and green accents. A soft baby or powder blue over black eye liner and mascara can give your blue peepers a natural and radiant look that brings out the style of a more youthful generation. Green eyes can use this method too, using it’s complementary golden and pinkish recommendations, but also being able to look great with a green or blue shadow if properly applied. The problem with green eyes and green or blue eye shadow, is that women with natural green eyes normally have natural red hair, and women with natural red hair often have pale skin. This means it’s more difficult to get rid of any eye shadow or other eye makeup that might trickle down or spatter from your eye shadow brush. If you can get past that imperfection, or if you’re a master at application, then I urge you to bring out your natural emerald beauties with a soft leaf green shade accented with a hunter green eye liner and thick black mascara, brushed and separated.
Last but not least, there is one more very important property of youthful looking eyes that many women overlook. On the corners of your eyes, both inside and out, you can have obvious signs of stress that slowly worsen as the day goes on and your foundation and concealer fade. To lighten or even eliminate these problems, use a skin softener or a wrinkle eliminator only on the corners of your eyes, rubbing it in well before you apply your foundation and concealer. You can substitute products you can buy safely by making your own remedies for these signs of aging, such as an aspirin paste or some smoothed kelp powder and rose water.
Ridding your eyes of dark circles, wrinkles, and other signs of aging and stress, it becomes much easier to apply the makeup to your eyes that truly makes them stand out in a crowd. Once you have the youthful, shimmering look to your skin, you should always choose colors and methods of application that emphasize your natural hair and eye colors without stressing out your skin.