Making Up Is (Not) Hard To Do
What is the first thing you notice about a person you meet?
Probably their face.
And what is the first part of the face you notice?
Almost certainly the eyes.
With picture perfect eyes you’ve made a great start.
The good news is that you can do a lot to create beautiful eyes.
Lashes and liners are wonderful fun on which to develop your skill.
So, from one of my favorite web sites, free-beauty-tips.com, here’s what to do.
It takes steady hands and the near precision of a neurosurgeon to put on eyeliner. We asked makeup artist Pamela McNeally for the tips that will save you 4 years of medical school:
- Dust a sheer, loose powder on the upper and lower lids so the eyeliner sticks better.
If you are going to curl your lashes, do it now.
(Otherwise you could smudge the line.)
Choose the right formula.
For a clean straight line, use a liquid version (try one with felt tip, like those from Lancome or L'Oreal).
To create a softer, more subtle line, pencils are best.
- Rest your elbow on a hard surface to minimize shaking.
Start in the middle of the eyelid, and drag the liner to the inner corner of the eye, drawing as close to the lashes as possible.
Go back to the center of the eyelid and repeat the process outward.
- To make your eyes look smoky, dab eye shadow (in a similar shade) over the line and lightly fan it out.
This will also help the liner stay in place.
- If the liner smudges, don't reapply more.
Instead, clean up the line with a dampened Q-tip.
The Perfect Lash
The final touch to your eye makeup is the lash.
Try to always use an eyelash curler.
It will make your eyes look wider, more alert, and more youthful.
It's like an instant eye lift.
Always curl lashes before applying mascara.
- Lightly powder lashes to give mascara a coat to cling to.
- Heat eyelash curler with hair dryer for a few seconds.
It will act like a curling iron for the eyes.
Curl twice for a rounded curl.
Place the open curl near the lash roots and arrange your lashes between the two rims.
Squeeze gently for thirty seconds.
Squeeze again at mid-lash for another thirty-seconds.
It looks very natural.
- Give upper lashes a second coat of mascara, concentrating on the tips by stroking the brush horizontally across the lash.
Never wait when applying second coat of mascara to lashes.
Mascara, especially waterproof mascara, dries quickly and can clump.
- Lightly coat lower lashes.
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