All dressed up for a fun evening out
- designer Tomaz provides a cool wardrobe, while 'Impressions' works
on hair and makeup, emphasising the eyes in particular. Taking some
professional hints, You! shares some essential makeup 'dos and
It is said that ever since Queen Nefertiti first lined her eyes
with black coal, women have been using makeup to emphasise the
beauty of their eyes. All eyes have their own unique beauty. When
makeup is applied to look natural it will bring out the eye's true
colour and enhance the eye's beauty.
If you are looking for tips
for a dramatic eye makeup for an evening out, you can start out by
learning basic eye makeup application. A subtle application of
eyeliner, shadows and mascara works together to create magic.
Eye shadow is meant to highlight and define
the eyes. Eye shadow is used to create depth to bring out the beauty
of the eyes. A dark colour used on the lid will make the eye appear
smaller, while a lighter colour will make it appear larger. That is
what eye shadow is about - creating illusions. Before applying eye
makeup, it's always a good idea to use a concealer to hide dark
circles and wrinkles around the eyes. Choose a shade of concealer
that's slightly lighter than your natural skin tone. Don't use too
much and blend it in well.
Apply the eye shadow colour in several thin layers, blend well.
Put the sheer colour on the center of your lid with a sponge
applicator or pencil.
Next, brush up and out toward your brow,
then nose. Use an eye brush if possible. Apply a deeper shade of
colour to the crease of your lid. To highlight eyes, add a lighter
shade of the same colour of eye makeup to your brow bone.
The basic idea when choosing eye shadows is to choose colours
that complement each other: light (for highlighting), medium (for
the lower half of your lid) and dark (as liner). If you like cream
eye shadows, but find that they crease too easily, prime your eyelid
with a light, neutral powder eye shadow, then apply the cream eye
shadow. If you have very light skin avoid dark shades. Be careful
with shimmer - they will bring attention to imperfections and
Eyeliners are meant to define the eyes.
Eyeliner is the magic wand for creating the illusion of bigger, more
expressive eyes. There are several options when it comes to lining
your eyes, and it's all about picking what you're most comfortable
with. Eyeliner...the best is liquid but if your hand is just a
little too shaky and you end up with a mess...try lining with a
pencil and then lining over it with cake liner...much easier to
handle! If you prefer working with an eye pencil, look for a creamy
formula that won't tug at your skin. For a smokier look softer line,
use an eyeliner brush with eyeshadow; make sure to lightly tap the
brush to get rid of excess product before application.
A soft, smoky look will open your eyes more than a thin, hard
line. Stick to dark, neutral colors with a hint of black for lining,
as bright shades will only make them seem smaller.
Keep the eyeliner natural. Pencils are available in many colours
(for the best look stick to black or brown) and can be sharpened for
a fine line.
Mascara frames your eyes and
can make your face come alive. Mascara is a great way to give sparse
eyelashes added oomph. Mascara softly accentuates the eye while
thickening and darkening the lashes; it is the finishing touch for
eyes. There are several different types to choose from, thickening,
and waterproof to smudge proof. Waterproof will need a special
remover and smudge proof will wash off easily. It is not a good idea
to wear waterproof mascara for extended periods of time since it has
a tendency to dry the lashes.
Select a shade of mascara that complements your colouring. Dark
shades on pale eyes with brown lashes will darken them and will look
harsh. Stay away from blues and other colours since they will ruin
Before applying mascara, blot the wand on a tissue. This way
you'll avoid glopping excess mascara on your lashes. To apply
mascara look straight into your mirror with your chin slightly
lifted so you can see your lashes. Insert the wand only once and
twist, don't pump. Pumping can break the brush bristles and
distribute the mascara unevenly and will dry out the mascara faster.
Start by rolling the wand from root to tip in an upward motion.
Reinsert the brush and apply again. If your eyelashes are thick
and long they may clunk together. If this happens let them dry and
then separate them with the corner of an eyebrow brush. Use black
mascara for everyday wear. If you're especially fair or want a
natural, un-made-up look try brown mascara. If you're feeling
daring, try coloured mascara in navy or plum; it's an easy
no-commitment way to play with colour.
Makeup experts tells us the 6 most common eye makeup mistakes
Black liquid liner that extends upward --
well beyond the outside corner of the eye - is harsh and looks
dated. Brown shadow liner drawn a tiny bit past the eye is
Bright, shocking mismatched colours
don't belong on the eyelid - unless you're dressing as a clown for
Halloween! Choose muted colours in the same family and blend them
Blush as shadow:
Sweeping your blush color across your
lids sounds like a useful time-saver (lots of makeup artists make
this suggestion). I find that the rosy colouration of most blushes
is wrong for the eye area and can cause eyes to appear red or pink.
Instead, do the same one-colour technique with shadow shades like
toast or pale pink.
Lining only the outside half of the
eye has a minimizing effect. You can choose to do only the top lid,
but be sure to apply colour all the way from the inside corner of
the eye, continuing along the entire lash line to the outermost
It's almost never a good idea to match
your eye shadow colour to your eye colour - especially if you have
blue or green eyes. Blue eyes look amazing with navy liner but
disappear with blue shadow. In general, neutral colours that
contrast with eye color work better.
It was the look in the 1960s, but it
doesn't work today. The best way to achieve thick lashes is to do
several thin coats of mascara. If you experience clumping, wipe the
excess mascara from your brush with a tissuv.