Beauty Basics: Define Your Eyes

Time for, Define Your Eyes!

Today we’re talking about all the bits and bobs we use to shape and define our eyes, from eyeshadow to liner to mascara and all the brushes to use.

Our face is almost complete guys, we’ve almost made it to the end! 🙂


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Your eye shape is going to determine a lot of things that we talk about in todays post.
Do you have hooded eyes? round eyes? almond eyes? upturned or downturned? etc
Typically eye shapes dictate where you apply your eyeshadow colours, where to highlight and where to create shape and what shaped eye liner will compliment your eyes.
And of course your personal preference and the appearance you like will come into play.

For me, I have a combo of almond, hooded, upturned eyes 😛
There are many different websites you can search for that have a quiz you can take to determine your eye shape.

I found this video from Smashbox Cosmetics is a huge help in determining eye shape:
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Eye shape aside, eyeshadow, mascara and eyeliner really are all about self-expression.
Whatever shape, colours, level of blending you like – It’s all about the look that you want to create.


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For me, I choose eyeshadows that I feel compliment my skin tone. I’m super pale and have a pink undertone. So I tend to lean towards warm toned golds and browns for my eyeshadow.

Whether you want to create a smokey eye, a cut crease or a halo effect – The colours you use are totally up to you. Have fun with colour, find what you like and what works best for you.

From the rainbow selection of colours, to formula (matte, semi matte, glossy, shimmer, glitter) to pigment (high, medium, low intensity) – There is an eye shadow (individual compact or palette) for everyone!

In my opinion, everyone needs a minimum of 3 palettes in their collection..
Consisting of a neutral palette, a coloured palette and some glitter (cause why not?)

Here are some examples:

Neutral

Too Faced Chocolate Bar
MAC Cosmetics Eye Shadow x 15
Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics
Zoeva Nude Spectrum

Colourful

Too Faced Life’s A Party
Too Faced Sweet Peach
Too Faced Funfetti Birthday
Urban Decay Full Spectrum 

Glitter

Too Faced Chocolate Gold
Urban Decay Heavy Metals

Application

Depending on the eye look you are trying to create, there are a million and one brushes you can use.

For beginners, I’d recommend to keep it simple with just a few brushes.
My must haves are:

  • 2 x Large fluffy blender brush
    For blending out colour
  • Small definer/bullet brush
    For placing product in the crease and outer corner
  • Flat shader brush
    For packing product flat on the lid
  • Small fluffy blender brush
    For blending colour on your lower lash line

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Moving onto Mascara, aside from deciding on the colour you’d like to use (black, brown, coloured, etc) you’ve then gotta decide the type of formula you want; waterproof, fiber, lengthening, volumising etc

I find it is best to try out mascaras to see what you personally like, and what works best for your lashes.

Application

Using the wand that comes with your mascara, start at the root of your lashes, zig-zag side to side and pull up to ensure you’ve coated all your lashes from root to tip with product & to give you maximum effect 🙂

Too Faced Better Than Sex
Urban Decay Perversion
NARS Audacious
Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye


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The final step to completing your eye look is eyeliner!
Whether you’re a wing lover, a full smokey, a tight-liner or a simple nude/white eyeliner to make your eyes pop. Eyeliner sure does make a difference!

For the perfect wing, a pen style liquid eyeliner is going to be your best friend. Easy to hold and control and perfect for precision!

For a smokey eyeliner, kohl pencils or crayons are amazing at getting the perfect amount of smokey that is easy to blend out.

For a more simple tight line, you really can use either a gel, liquid or a pencil to tight line the top and/or bottom of your eyes.

And lastly, using a nude or white eyeliner pencil on your bottom lash line is such a simple way to open up your eyes and make you look super awake and put together! ❤

Liquid

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof
Too Faced Sketch Marker
Urban Decay Razor Sharp
Eyeko London Eye Do

Kohl

Stila Smudge Stick
NARS Velvet Shadow Stick
NARS Kohliner
By Terry Crayon Kohl 

Pencil

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On
Mecca Max Eye Max
NARS Larger Than Life Longwear
Clinique Cream Shaper

Highlighting

Chantecaille Brightening Kajal
Erdem Collection Multi-Use


Keep your eyes peeled on Instagram for a clip of me putting some bling on my eyeballs 😛

I hope you guys enjoyed a little bit more of a ‘tutorial’ style blog today.
Let me know what you think in the comments below or via my socials ❤


Stay tuned, next Sunday is Beauty Basics: Brows on Fleek

 

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