Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Eye Makeup

To accent your eyes, you can use eye shadow, eyeliner, and mascara as well as eyebrow makeup.
Eye Brows: An eyebrow pencil is used to fill in empty sections of brow or to extend them. Before applying any eye makeup, make sure your brows are groomed. If you have thick brows or excess hair between them, consider getting a professional wax or in­vest in a good tweezer, but be careful not to over pluck. Long-term overplucking may result in the hair never growing back, which can be a problem if you wish to change the shape of your brows or if you decide on a fuller look. If you have very thin brows, do not attempt to "draw" in a straight or arched brow line; this looks very artificial. Instead, after grooming your brows with an eyebrow comb, brush on light strokes of eyebrow pencil or eye shadow that match the color of your hair to add depth and color.
Eye Shadows: Eye shadow is used to add color and definition to the eyes. It comes in a variety of powder, pencil and cream formats.
As with other cosmetics, however you’ll want to choose your eye shadow with your skin type in mind. De-emphasize dry skin by using creamy shadows, which will glide rather than drag across your lids. If your skin tends to be oily, choose powdered shadows, which are less likely to slip or streak if your face gets shiny.
Eye shadow should always be applied with a sponge-tip applicator, makeup wedge, or an eye-shadow brush. Sponge-tip applicators will apply the heaviest coating of shadow, brushes the lightest. (Eye shadow should be applied before eyeliner and mascara).
Eye Liner: Eyeliner is only for those with very steady hands. It is used to line the eyes to create definition. It comes in both liquid, pencil, and cake forms, none of which is particularly easy to use. You’ll have the most control and a more natural look with a pencil liner. For a more dramatic look, try a liquid liner applied with a moistened makeup brush.
Mascara: The final step in eye makeup application is the mascara. Mascara is a product used to coat and define eyelashes. Before applying mascara, you may want to curl your lashes with a lash curler, but this may not be necessary for everyday makeup. Then sweep the mascara wand along the length of your lashes, allow to dry, and apply a second coat if necessary. If the mas­cara clumps, use an eyelash comb to separate lashes and remove excess makeup. If you wear contact lenses or if your eyes are sensitive, don’t wear mascaras with added fibers.

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