Preparing the canvas:

Actually, many eye makeup mistakes start before the first brush is even picked up. Here are the ground rules that are key to success:

1) Start with beautifully and naturally shaped eyebrows.  They will open up not only the eye area, but also your whole face.  (See our article "Wow Brows" for a refresher course in the perfect brow

2) Prepare the lid and brow area by applying a thin coat of foundation.  This acts as a base for the shadow, helping it to last and minimize creasing

3) If you are using a cream formula shadow, prepare the area with a layer of concealer rather than foundation, and setting it with a dusting of powder once the shadow is applied.

4) If you are using a pencil, never apply it directly to eyelid. Instead make a small circle on your hand, and then apply it with your fingertips or a brush.

5) Darker shades are used on the parts of the eye you wish to recede, lighter shades on the regions you wish to bring forward.

6) Liner is applied only after your shadow is set with mascara being the final step

Getting in shape:
Properly applied, makeup can redefine or enhance any eye shape. The shades you use: lightest for highlight, darkest for emphasis, medium for most coverage, must all be in the same family: you never want to look as though you are wearing three separate colors.  The shape of your eye determines where exactly each tone is applied.

Locate the shape the best matches your eyes.Click on the picture for the specifc makeup techniques









After years of barely there earth tones, shadow colors for spring are bright and bold.  While most women would not attempt to dress like the photos seen in fashion magazines or runway shows, some try to emulate the makeup they see.  While the shows set tone and established the trend for bright colors, the real life version needs to be toned down.  A rule of thumb that will always serve you well is the bolder the color, the lighter the application.  After dabbing your brush, give it a good tap, allowing the excess to fall back into the compact rather then ending up on your face.


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