How to Apply Eye Makeup

How to Apply Eye Makeup

How to Apply Eye Makeup


These are Basic Eye Makeup Tips From MAC to show you how to apply eye makeup.

Brow Bone/Highlight: Generally, a lighter color will be applied to this area;it may be something that has undertones of bolder colors used on the lid, or it may simply be similar to your skintone. For example, say you do a predominantly green look, You might turn to MAC’s Gorgeous Gold eyeshadow as a highlight color because it will bring out the greens and still allow the color to taper off. Some of my favorite highlight colors are Ricepaper and Shroom.

Above Crease: This is the “blend out” area. There is strong color on the lid and the crease many times, and that strong color needs to be diffused as it moves it way upwards towards the brow. The best way to think about it is as a gradient, going from dark to light, starting on the lid moving towards the brow. Sometimes you can use a lighter color than the one used on lid to help fade the color upwards, other times You may use the same color I chose for a highlight.

Outer Crease: Luckily the eye was lookin’ a bit tired, because you can really make out the “crease,” which is that fold of skin/wrinkle-like detail you can see. It extends from the beginning of your eye (inside) to the end of your eye (the outside). Most often you deposit color in the outer crease, but sometimes you can bring it inward a touch, more to the “middle” of the crease. You rarely go for darkening the entire length of my crease. A great universal crease color is Carbon, if used lightly, it can darken any look instantly. Soft Brown is also a nice, subtler shade.

Inner Lid: You can mentally slice your eyelid into three parts–basically into thirds. There is the inner, middle, and outer thirds. In many looks you will see,a lighter color is put on the inner lid relative to the rest of the colors found on the lid.

Middle of Lid: This is the middle third of the eyelid, this is where a “medium” color in terms of darkness would go. Light, medium, dark is a good way to think of how you deposit and choose what colors go where on the lid. On occasion, You might go medium, light, dark, but not nearly as frequently as you would do the former.

Outer Lid: This is the outer third of the eyelid, and this is usually where you put the darkest lid color. Sometimes you will darken the very outermost portion of it (say you split the outer lid third into half, so then it’d be the outer half or the outer sixth of the entire lid) with the same color you would put in my crease.

Upper Lash Line: It is not explicitly labeled in this diagram, but it is where your upper lashes (generally the longest ones, the ones that come from your eyelid) meet your eyelid. This is the actual upper lash line. When lining the upper lash line, many create thicker lines than the natural upper lash line, but the concept is still there.

Upper Waterline: The upper waterline is also not explicitly labeled, but it can be found directly underneath your upper lashes. If you looked up, you would see a tiny bit of space, much like your lower line, and some people line
this as well. It is called tightlining, for your reference.

Lower Waterline: The lower waterline is sometimes called the lower rim, because it is essentially the bottom rim of your eye. There are dozens of people who cannot put product on their waterline due to sensitivity, and many others who struggle to find a product that does not fade or dissolve because of the waterline (and the fact that it is…watery!). For those looking for longer lasting products, Try gel liners, fluidliners, and some even use liquidlast liners.

Inner Lower Lash Line: Not everyone likes to put color on the lower lash line, which is space directly below the lower waterline. Some prefer just a thin line of eyeliner that expands across both the inner and outer lower lash lines. You could use the 219 brush to apply pops of color; usually, a lighter color that is similar to the colors used on the lids is applied to the inner lower lash line.

Outer Lower Lash Line: Similarly to the inner lower lash line, again apply a thin line of color using the 219 to the outer lower lash line. There are times where You might even split the lower lash line into thirds, and it just means that there is a middle part of the lower lash line for application. When it comes to smoky eyes, to “smoke out” the look, one applies a darker color to the outer lower lash line or goes for thicker eyeliner and smudges it out around the outer lower lash line.

Upper Lashes: They are not labeled, but I do hope that the majority know where to find these (though explained earlier!). Most makeup users will apply at least one coat of mascara in either brown or black. Brown mascara is more natural and less dramatic, while black can still be natural, but too many coats or using an amplifing mascara will give you dramatic lashes (but hey, most everyone always wants these, so there’s no shame in never going au natural on the lashes!). Look up and bring the wand closest to the roots of the lashes and comb it upwards. Sometimes you can wiggle, sometimes turn the brush as you move upwards – it just depends on the mascara.

Lower Lashes: These are the shorter lashes found beneath your eyeball. You always like to give them a quick coat of mascara after you finish doing my upper lashes, because then they’re blacker and stand out a touch. The best way found to apply mascara to the lower lashes is to use a mascara wand that is not huge and burly – it is a small space, and why do you want to get mascara all over your face? Since you do not even need a super duper mascara, you may use a lesser, but still black, mascara to coat them. Look up and lightly tap the mascara wand to the lashes. You would usually just move the wand from side to side, rather than up and down like my upper lashes because you may find it coats them to deepen color, slightly lengthen, and that’s all you need.

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