Secrets for Beautiful Eyes

woman applying colorful eye shadow

Break Away From Basic Brown

Bright eye makeup looks great in a magazine, but are you wondering how to really use those colors? Blending them with the neutrals you already have is a great approach. Start with a light base over your lids and place sheer color in your crease. For a night on the town, replace your basic black or brown liner with a colorful pencil.

Play Up Your Eyes

Make the most of your natural eye color. For green or hazel eyes, try shadows and liners in the purple family. Neutral shadows make green eyes pop. Deep navy and other blues make blue eyes brighter. Brown-eyed girls can wear just about any hue, and neutrals with red and brown undertones really enhance darker eyes.

Yes, You Need a Separate Eye Cream

Eye creams are made just for the thin, sensitive skin around your eyes. They may be less irritating than regular face creams. Use fragrance-free eye creams because fragrance can irritate eyes and cause swelling or even allergic reactions. Tip: Keep eye creams in the refrigerator. The cool temperature can help ease puffiness.

Hello, Bright Eyes!

Bright eyes mean health and beauty, but sometimes we need a little help. Redness-relief drops offer an instant pick-me-up, but don’t use them for more than three days or they can make redness worse. Line your inner rims with white pencil to make your eyes look brighter, or use black liner at night for the same effect. Yellow-based foundation or eye primer can help with red skin around your eyes.

An Expert Cover-Up

Nothing says “I need a nap” like dark circles! The key to covering them up is moisturizing first. Next, apply primer before putting on your concealer. Be careful not to overdo it. Too much concealer draws more attention to the area. For really dark circles, go for a smoky eye, which draws focus away from the under-eye area.

Optical Illusions

If your eyes are deep-set, stick with medium tones on the lids, go lighter in the contour, and stress the lash line. Skip colors that are too dark. For close-set eyes, highlight the outer corners and avoid dark shadow on the inner corners. Pull wide-set eyes together with dark shadow in the inner corners.

Shimmer at Any Age

Sheer, delicate sparkle is ageless. It brightens your eyes and adds texture to your eye makeup. Just remember to moisturize your lids before applying. And stay away from shadows that are too metallic.

Long-Lasting Eye Makeup

Layering makes eye shadow and eyeliner last. For maximum staying power, use eye primer over your whole eyelid. Then, dust your lids with loose or pressed translucent powder. Apply eye shadow, blend, and apply powder again.

When You’ve Been Framed

Girls with glasses have a few makeup tricks to make their eyes stand out. Medium colors and intensity make eyes look fresh and bright. Heavy makeup makes your eyes disappear into dark shadows, because your glasses act like a shield that keeps natural light from getting to your eyes. Avoid dark colors in the crease, especially if you wear reading glasses. It can make eyes look hollow.

Arch Support

Comb your eyebrows with a brow or spooly brush so you can see areas that need to be filled in. Use a pencil or powder to add color to gaps, then use your brush again to pull color through. You never want your brows to look like they were drawn on. Finish with brow gel to keep color and shape in place. Think of it like hairspray for your eyebrows.

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