Tips on Creating Dramatic Eye Makeup Looks
Out of all the types of makeup, most people find eyeshadow to be the most complicated to use. But with its endless possibilities, that’s exactly what makes it a strong component in your beauty kit. With daring eye makeup becoming this season’s hottest trend, now’s the perfect time to ditch your usual neutrals.
Take your cue from your favourite celebs like Lily Collins and Lupita Nyong’o, both of whom have been spotted rocking electric blue on their lids. Moreover, the likes of Bella Hadid and Rowan Blanchard have also been working their shocking ultraviolets.
Whether you want a youthful, popping look for a fun day with the gals or a striking, smokey gaze for a night out, let eye makeup up the ante. After all, they say the eyes are the windows to your soul — might as well make them worth the view, too! Here are some tricks to ensure your eye make-up stays on point.
Set the foundation
We don’t mean just the one on your face. Your lids deserve a little insurance too, and that’s exactly what an eyelid primer does. Spread it on as a first step to combat oiliness and creasing, as well as to increase longevity throughout the night.
Don’t shy away from colour
Colours are a no-fail way to turn heads. If you’re feeling iffy about bright colours, you don’t have go in with neons right away. Go with what you feel. Lottoland notes that a basic colour like red is often associated with passion and excitement, while blue decidedly exudes glamour. Orange, on the other hand, is more youthful and fun. See what colour your mood is gravitating towards and work from there.
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Contrast or complement
Some makeup looks better on certain eye colours. Makeup artist Justine Purdue suggests consulting the good old colour wheel. Check which colour accents you can pair with your iris’ hues. Blue eyes, for example, can use plum, burgundy, and brown for contrast, while blue and yellow hues can complement. On the other hand, hazel eyes can benefit from purples and blues to balance them out, while olive greens and gold can effectively complement the eyes.
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Line for emphasis
A single line can really make a huge difference to your look. Unfortunately, not everyone is blessed with a steady hand and the firm hold required to do an intricate, clean-cut flick. Previously here on the Modern Makeup blog, we revealed a few hacks to make lining a breeze — like using a spoon as your stencil and using a makeup corrector. But you don’t have to stop at the typical blacks. Coloured eyeliner is all the range on the runway for a reason. It’s a good way to give your bland look a much-needed re-up.
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Coordinate your outfit
Another chic trend that has been dominating the red carpet is matching clothes and make-up. It’s easy to try, but equally easy to over-do as well. To start, makeup artist Nina Park recommends choosing a shade that matches your outfit and plays well with your skin tone, especially on your lips. For your eyes, consider a brighter shade to add a pop of colour and make your peepers stand out.
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Don’t forget the mascara
As the last step of your eye make-up routine, mascara is the cherry on top to complete your look. There are many types to choose from depending on your needs. If you’re going for theatrical thickness, opt for a tubular wand that can coat every lash. Looking for volume? A curved wand can grab your lashes by the base and fan them from root to tip nicely. Of course, be very thorough in your sweep so as to avoid clumps.
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