I have been itching to do this post since a very long time but somehow it always got delayed. So I decided no delay-delaying game anymore, do it now. These are very basics I follow while doing eye makeup but you just have to see what works best for you. Guidelines will only guide you, but practice is something that will actually show results.
1. Never ever pull down your under eye area to line your waterline. Doing this every single day is taking a toll on the under-eye area. Wrinkle and fine lines will be your best friends very soon.
2. Do this instead; press your under eye area with a q-tip. It will pop the waterline for you to apply as much kohl and liner you like
3. See the arrow? Yes, that is where you should place some kajal/kohl to give an illusion of fuller lashes. And if you find difficult to keep your eyes open while doing this try looking away from the direction of the kajal. Like in the picture am looking straight while doing the outer corner. Some feel ticklish doing this step, you just need few more days of practice. Simple!
4. That arrow shows the lower lash line. You want that sultry smoky lower lash line, stick to a brown. Yes, black is always there but it is a bit stark for everyday/simple makeup. Moreover it is difficult to blend. Brown is rather forgiving.
5. Finger-tip, q-tip, pencil brush, just grab anything and smudge the lower lash line. This is called being proactive. Hit before you get hit. I know the pain of a grungy untidy look; avoid that by smudging yourself. If possible take a wee bit of brown shadow on the tool you are using for smudging. This will ensure longer stay of the makeup.
6. Touch-up your brows. No matter how much you plead, the parlor lady will have a mind of her own; happens to me each freaking time. So just fill in the gaps with very light hands. You can definitely go for a brow liner but again it is slightly difficult to work with pencils. When you are just starting off better to go for matte shadow with a stiff slated brush. One more thing is that we Indians tend to call our hair/brows black! No! try doing your brows with a black pencil and you would look like someone popped out of a cartoon channel. Shades of brown is just fine.
7. Go for the lightest shade for your lid. The one with the arrow, yes! The other two shades are shown as reference to shades you can place on the crease/outer corner. But again, word of caution, blending is the key. There should be absolutely no LOC in-between the shades.
8. You see I have just used my fingers on the lid. Concentrate on the area nearest to your lash and work all the way up. Well, moderation is the key. Do not pack on shadow on your brush/finger like there is no tomorrow. You can slowly build up the intensity as per your liking. Take your time.
9. No no! that is not a torture machine(my husband still thinks so!) Get an eyelash curler, it makes a huge difference. Agree that it looks scary initially but threading also seemed scary when you were doing it for the first time, right?
10. See the fun?
11. Mascara! Well, basics will always be basics. Start at the base of lashes, wriggle and move up. Make sure you go till the end of your lashes. Do not leave in between. You are losing out on the length when you do not pull it out all the way. Afraid of poking your eyeball? Again, take your time. Fear of taking off mascara at the end of the day? Olive oil, almond oil, baby oil, followed by a wet wipe. Works like magic!
13. Time for some eye liner. You can opt for pencil/liquid liner. I have kept the inner half as it is and smudged out the outer half with a pencil brush. (right before this step my left eye started watering, so quick shift!)
14. Topped off the pencil liner with matte black liquid liner for longer stay. Totally optional.
15. Well that is a fluffy blending brush. Your best friend in eye makeup. You can use and abuse it with packaging shadow on lid, doing the crease, applying highlighter, dabbing and blending concealer, pretty much anything!
17. Time to highlight the brow-bone. You can go for matte or shimmery shade as per your liking. Again blending is the key. I tend to apply highlighter on the arch and blend it sweeping the brush left and right. Intensity totally depends on your liking.
18. I have picked up the satin finish for the highlighting as I did not want the highlighter to be too stark.
19. This is the actual shade, lighter than my skin tone, yet not too glittery to make me look like a disco ball.
20. This is one essential tool I had to write about. You just cannot expect precise application without a hand mirror. Better still if you can lay your hands on one that comes with a normal mirror and a magnifying one.
21. Basics: black, brown, shimmery brown, grey. Of course you can add blue, green, purple to your stash but they are add-ons, not basic.
22. Just some cleaning around the eyes and a bindi to add on to the “desi” look.
Oh I want to go on with this post but some other time. Feel free to ask anything, will be glad if am able to answer you. And yes, eye makeup is easy once you have the passion, patience and practicing zeal; it is no rocket science!