Saturday, we had some fun playing the no makeup meme. And yes, I took some heat for my camera placement but, after trying multiple poses from multiple self-portrait angles, I decided on that one. The others gave me a definite funhouse effect.
Today, I thought I'd try a little eye makeup 101. No, I am not a makeup artist. Yes, I think my eyes are my best feature and, therefore, I try to play them up. Every woman, when deciding on makeup, should determine their own best feature and do the same. And yes, for most of us, it is these soul windows that come out ahead.
So here we are, back at the naked eye, post shower, wet hair, feeling a little bleery still from Saturday's anniversary bacchanalia and the chest cold I have found myself harboring.
For the purpose of this lesson, I shall keep my left eye naked. On my right, I have applied concealer on my omnipresent dark circles, over my lid, and in the also-dark corner. Next, I drew navy blue eye liner under my eye from near the inside corner and feathering out past the outside one. Above my eye, I did the same, though from the corner proper. The liner is too heavy here but we'll change that in the next step.
With a sable eye shadow brush, I applied a medium peach shadow base all over my eyelid and brow. It serves to soften the line and ready the eye for the next step. I did not touch the lower liner but, when the harshness of the top is taken away, it softens the lower as well.
Next come the highlights, vanilla sugar on the brows and the inside corner of the eye. It helps generate an appearance of wakefulness, something I desperately need. The effect is subtle but there.
The final shadow serves to give added dimension to the eye, dark in the crease, on the outside corner, and just under the outer lash line. It looks a little too strong here so, after this step, I took a large sable powder brush and swept in across my eyelid to blend it all together.
Finally and most importantly, mascara. Apply mascara as close to the base of the lash line as possible to give those lashes extra length, depth, and thickness. If you do nothing else to your eyes, apply concealer and mascara. Most women, without those two things, look tired and grumpy. And yes, I am tired and grumpy but that's not the point here, now is it?
To go from day to evening, play up the contrasts, lighten the lights, darken the darks, and deepen the liner. Use more color, purples, greens, blues if you have blue eyes. Liquid black liner is reserved for evenings and television minister's wives. If you go all out with your eyes, keep your lips pale and subtle and visa versa. Most people look garish with bright red lips and overdone eyes.
I hope you've enjoyed this little lesson in eye makeup 101. As I said, I am no professional but I have had over 30 years of practice. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a naked eye to clothe. It's too damned hot for a pirate patch.