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How to Work your Eyes

They say the eyes are the window to the soul

They are also one of the best features on any woman’s face and you can make them stand out with just a few simple steps.

EYEBROWS 

Your eyebrows will set the structure for your face and your eyes. The great thing about eyebrows is that when done properly it looks totally natural and can lift your entire appearance.

This goes beyond tweezing between the eyebrows and trimming annoying hairs. You want to create a shape which includes the thickness of the brows and how high they sit. This is personal and depends on your face shape:n

  1. Square face: try a softer and rounded eyebrow shape but not too thin, you want to offset the strength of your jawline and soften some of the angles.
  2. Oval face: you don’t want the brow to be too prominent, a gentle curve up and down in the middle of each brow will work with your face, but not too much.
  3. Long face: take a flatter and more shallow line, you don’t want to lengthen the appearance of the face.
  4. Round face: be stronger with your curves, take the arch up a bit higher and don’t cut it short at the end, you are helping to create extra shape in your face.
  5. Heart-shaped face: keep it simple, don’t go heavy on the angles just run a gentle curve up and down that follows your natural arch, less is more.

When applying makeup to your eyebrows you want them to look as natural as possible. Choose an eyebrow pencil in a shade that matches the natural color of your hair. Eyeshadow in a shade that matches your hair can work double duty when lightly applied to your eyebrows with a brush. Also, shades of taupe for brows are flattering on almost everyone.

Avoid drawing the dreaded solid, arched line to represent an eyebrow. This look is outdated and fake-looking.

Fuller brows are fashionable now and more flattering and youthful for almost all women. This is one area where having your brows and arches professionally shaped are well worth the expense. Great shaped brows frame your face and give you a polished look.

To fill in brows more naturally, use a brow pencil that’s a little thicker than usual. It will give a thicker, less drawn-on effect. Apply a brow gel to finish the brow. Use a sharpened pencil for any area that needs filling.


EYELINER

Liquid eyeliner is the most difficult makeup to apply. Try substituting the thin brush that comes with it for a flat tip synthetic brush that’s a little wider. Always paint right along the root of the lash hairs for a thicker, fool-proof line.

Use a flat or angled liner brush to apply your eyeliner and run it through one of the new gel liners, for a creamier, liquid texture. Apply liner close to the lash line, filling in the spaces between your lashes as closely as possible. Sparse, thin lashes will look much fuller and lush. The line will look more natural and your eyes will stand out. The line should be thinner at the corners of your eyes and heavier in the middle to accentuate the roundness of your eyes and lightly line under the eye.

Try mixing cake eyeliner with a few drops of Visine and apply with an eyeliner brush for more staying power.


EYE SHADOW

Use your palest eyeshadow shade as a base to neutralize the lid color and prime the eyes for a long-lasting crease-proof color. Use eyeshadow to line, define, highlight and contour the eye. To prevent your eyeshadow from creasing, prime your eyelid with concealer or foundation on the lids. Apply eye shadow, dust with a translucent powder.

You can also use your eyeshadow to line your eyes. It gives a softer, more natural-looking effect than pencil or liner. Use a thin, angled brush, pick up some of your shadow on it and dot it across the top of your lash line.

Natural nude and neutral is the new way to wear eyeshadow. Browns are subtle and look good on all complexions. Depending on how they are applied, they can go from a natural daytime look to a smoky, sexy eye for the evening.

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