There’s the color of your outfit to consider, the hue of your hair, the color of eyes and the shade of your skin.
Moreover, there’s which brush to choose, type of application (powder, cream, liquid etc.) and creating the right look for your eye shape. It’s understandable that it can seem easier to stick with what you know and come back to old favorites each time.
Firstly, whatever you do, there’s one product you should start with and it comes at every price point – primer. Eye primer makes a real difference to your look, helping your eye shadow to stay in place all day, stop creasing and make your eye color more vibrant. There’re loads of good eye primers out there to match every skin tone.
Picking a few good neutrals for your makeup kit is also a good plan. If you have cooler skin, pink and ivory tones will suit you. If you have warmer skin, go for peach, beige and tan colors.
Start by working a neutral base color all over your eye lids. Then, if you want to keep things really simple, just pick a darker shade and apply it to the crease of your lids.
Size & Shape
Depending on your eye shape, the following eye makeup tips are useful as general guidance. If you want to make your eyes look smaller, run a dark colored waterproof eye liner pencil around the upper and lower inner rims of your eyelids. For bigger eyes, add a little shimmer at the inner corners of your eye and line the inner rim of your lower lid with a white or flesh colored eye liner. Curling your eyelashes and defining your brows also helps to open up your eyes.
To make your eyes look closer together, you can try contouring the bridge of your nose, making your eyebrows longer at the start.
Don’t elongate any cat wing eyeliner too much. If you’d prefer your eyes looked further apart, put very pale white or shimmering ivory highlighter on the inside corners of your eye and use eyeliner only from the outside to the middle of your eye.
Also, a pair of false eyelashes can help too.
A Pop Of Color
In terms of darker eye shadow colors to add over your neutrals, it’s really up to you.
But as a general rule, purples and violets look stunning if you have dark hair and dark eyes. Gold, copper and burnt orange look amazing on warm skin and hair tones. Grey eyes look amazing with silver and sooty colors and blue eyes are brought out by champagne and pale smoky colors. Green peekers can look stunning with lavender and pink tones, with a touch of wine and plum shades to highlight.
However, it’s all practice! Just make sure you have a good case to store your products in, particularly if you’re carrying them to work or travelling. Also, make sure that you take good care of any brushes you use in a case or pocket.