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Friday, December 12, 2008

The Perfect Eye

I guess I'll start with the classic cat eye...
Lately, I've seen so many people try to pull off the 'Lauren Conrad' unsuccessfully. Their lids are squiggly and sometimes one eyelid is lined thicker than the other.
First off, I suggest you buy a wet liner that is cheap until you get the cat eye down. Second get a black pencil eye liner. Line your eye (in normal thickness) with the pencil- then use the liquid liner... the pencil mark helps hold onto the liquid and will give you a more steady line.

Also, do not use the tip of the liquid liner, used the side- if you've taken a drawing class, try to remember how the teacher told you to hold your pencil at an angle... that is the same angle you should apply ALL liners to your eyes. And it allows for more stealth in motion and less pressure to the eye.

Speaking of eyeliners... Don't be afraid of color! Yes, I own over 13 colors... and some are ridiculous! But that's not what I'm referring to- ridiculous colors. I mean aubergine, plum, dark teal, navy, violet, dark orange brown. These really soften your eyes and can do wonders in bringing out your eye color! It's all about the color wheel. Complimentary colors... Purple to Yellow, Green to Red, and Orange to Blue. Brown is a neutral made of two complimentary colors... so some people's eyes are more towards green, or yellow- brown eyes sometimes lean towards on specific color of the two complimentary.
  • Green eyes, would look great with dark burgundy or plum eye liners... make sure it's not too reddish cause they might make you look ill.
  • Blue eyes, work great with warm violets and plum towards purple.
  • Brown eyes, depends on which way your leaning, if you have golden eyes- go for violets and purples. If you have greenish brown then lean towards plumy colors.
  • Black eyes, or DARK brown... Never wear bright /dark navy or green. You might think it works, but it doesn't!
I know some grocery store make-up brands came up with a whole line of eye cosmetics for each eye color. It got me mad! Why would you layer blue eyes, with more blue. That's cute sometimes but for an every day look, that you'd want to brightens your color, it would not work. Fail.

I generally wear a plum (I have different make up brands version on the color, but my favorite is Nars) on my top lid and corner of my bottom lid, daily. When I go out and I put on a black liner or darker color, it really helps in dramatic contrast. Since I don't usually wear dark liner, the difference if noticeable!

Also, Sephora has great deals on Sephora Brand cosmetics... on my bottom lid I sometimes use a pale pink Sephora eyeliner, to open up my eyes- or sometimes a periwinkle to make eyes look more green. (I have gray eyes, and the color is easily manipulated by what is reflecting. A cloudy day means light gray, and a sunny day means teal.) I read this in an InStyle Magazine as well, so what I'm saying is backed up by InStyle- but I've been doing it for years... Not to toot my own horn, but I've never needed a lessen in make-up, and whatever I have read in Mags, encourages what I've been doing. ;)

>> The models in lid are lined with white, however I feel that's too dramatic for every day people (ie. those of us who are not in a photo shoot!), that's why I opt for a pale pink/peach. It wakes up your face!

My FAVORITE make-up must have is benefits Moon Beam and High Light... They are great for everything and anything. I always use them as base coats to eyeshadow, and it really boosts translucent colors. I also dab it on my cheeks if I'm sun kissed or with blush, and wear it bare on my lips and brow bone, with a little eyeliner. They also have a stain that comes in the same type of bottle as pictured left, I use that on my cheeks... and could be used on lips- however that doesn't look to hot on me!

And remember a good brow shape not only frames your eyes, but your whole face! Don't arch them out too much, and don't pluck them in from your nose too far. Follow they're natrual shape!!

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