When it comes to eye makeup, it can be difficult to find a suitable look for the daytime. Do you go for cream-based shadows and liners that will soften your face but potentially run down the length of your eyelids by the end of the day? Or do you opt for fancy powders that will define and lift but probably smudge every time you wipe your face at work? What’s the deal with eyeliner at work anyway? Yay or nay?
See, day time makeup can be a minefield of choices. Essentially, you want a look that’s light and elegant but one that won’t be so bare it leaves your face looking oddly naked. Definition and tone are very important when it comes to eye makeup but it can be tricky to get the right balance between too much and too little, say the experts at EveryCollegeGirl.com. Here’s how you can create elegant eye makeup that’s suitable for daytime wear.
To ensure that your makeup stays on as long as possible, prep your eyelids with a high quality concealer or primer. Simply sweep a little bit of primer over both eyelids and rub it in softly. If your eyes look overly tired because you’ve been up partying all weekend, there’s a trick for that too. Disguise tired looking eyes with a liquid light reflecting concealer, suggests RealSimple.com. Just dab it sparingly beneath the drab eye area.
If you’re going for a suitable daytime look, it’s best to stick to neutral tones. Think corals, light oranges, pinks and browns and you’re on the right track. For an elegant, clean look – do not extend eye shadow beyond the brow bone of the corners of the eye. Try not to overdo it with the eyeliner and avoid colour below the lower lashes, suggest the experts at RealBeauty.com. If you want to hint at something a little sultrier, try sweeping a small amount of black or grey eye shadow over the spot where your brow bone meets the crease of your eyelid.
If you plan to wear mascara, apply it as lightly as possible. Press down at the roots of your eyes and release the pressure as you make it to the tips. This is a technique that’s guaranteed to make your eyes pop. Not many people are aware of this, but it is the colour at the base of your lashes that really makes the difference. Black mascara suits all hair and skin types and it will make you look wide awake.
If you’ve got quite thin eyebrows, it could be a good idea to define them using a wax based eyebrow pencil. Fill in sparse brows by very carefully colouring in spaces with short, light strokes. Separate wayward eyelashes with a lash comb, add another coat of primer and you’re good to go. All that’s left for you to do is step out in style without worrying about how you look or how long your makeup is going to last before it starts to run.
Creating elegant eye makeup that’s suitable for everyday wear doesn’t have to be a chore. With a little bit of care and a little bit of attention, you too can craft the perfect afternoon look – smoky lashes, blushing pink eyelids and all.
Sebastian is a fashion and makeup blogger with a passion for cosmetics.
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