One, Two, Three. . . Monday Minute Makeup Lesson

11Jan10

“One, Two, Three. . . ”

Monday Minute Makeup Lesson

One, Two Three. . . it’s not only the new Britney song stuck in my head.  (Why is it so catchy? Get out of my brain!)  When it comes to eye makeup, three is a magic number as well.  In fact, remembering the rule of three is a tiny thing that would go a long way in improving eye applications I’ve seen lately.

Many of my clients seem afraid of eyeliner underneath the eyes.  They don’t want it to look too dark, they don’t want their eyes to look smaller, they don’t want to look harsh. . . all valid concerns.  However, the way they reconcile these concerns is to draw the liner only half-way under the eyes.  Not such a great idea.  When someone looks them in the eyes, they are distracted by the abrupt end of a line directly underneath the pupils.  And instead of looking (dreamily) into their eyes, they will be staring at their makeup (not so dreamy).

Instead, I recommend using the rule of threes: facing directly into a mirror, your iris (the colored part) will divide your eye into thirds.  Instead of half, draw your eyeliner two-thirds of the way in (starting at the outer corner).  Remember to smudge and blend the end of the line so it gradually fades out.

Other ways to line underneath the eyes?

*Apply a thicker, smudgy line instead of a thin, sharp line.  A thicker line actually looks softer and less harsh.

*You don’t have to use black for liner.  Try brown, taupe, copper, grey or any other color instead if you worry about looking harsh.

*Try using shadow and a small brush instead of liner.  The shadow will give definition without closing the eye in.

*If your eyes are close-set, use a darker color on the outer one-third, and repeat this color on the upper one-third in a sideways V shape.

*A skin toned liner on the lower inner rim will make eyes appear brighter, and works great if your eyes tend to appear a little red.

*For a smoky eye, line the entire bottom, all the way into the inner corner.  Then use a smudger to drag the liner down, gradually fading it from dark to light.  Then set with shadow.  Don’t forget to line the inner rim of your eye to complete the smoky look.

See? It’s easy as . . . *groan* okay, I wont say it but you know what I mean.  Happy Monday!

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