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How to apply eye makeup in 8 steps

When evening calls for a glamorous look, you want to focus on making your eyes incredible. Here’s how to apply eye makeup in only 8 steps.

Prep your eyes with concealer Concealer can be used to cover dark circles or just the bluish discoloration just under your inner eye. To cover dark circles, apply three dots of concealer under each eye. Start at the inner corner where skin tends to be darkest, then under the pupil and the third on the outer edge. Pat, never rub with your ring finger (this finger tends to have the softest pad) until it disappears.

Apply eye base to your lid Eye base is the secret to keeping your shadow in place for hours. Without properly priming your lid first, your eyeshadow will likely end up a greasy line in your crease.

Follow with eyeliner Dark eyeshadows work great as eyeliners. Wet a brush diagonally, then dip in a dark eyeshadow. Eyes over the upper lashes as close as possible from the inner corner to the outer corner.Follow with liner on bottom eyes, but only line from the middle of the eye. Smudge the bottom line with a cotton swab or finger. You do not want to line the foreground. For a smokey eye, use a brush to pat in a dark eyeshadow along the upper lid and below the lid. You do not want a hard line, instead you want to blend it so it’s “smudge-y. ‘

Apply eyeshadow. It’s great to use a three-tone shadow and build from lids to brow (see How to apply eyeshadow). This allows them to blend into each other like a rainbow is gorgeous, according to celebrity makeup artist Mally Roncal.
Start with a light color that is close to the eyelid.Sweep the color across the lid and your browbone. Follow with a medium color across your lid only. Build on this with a darker color in the crease. Mix colors well.

Brighten your eyes with a highlighter This step applies only to the inner part of the eye. Put a little of your eyeshadow lightest in the inner corner of the eye, the brightness increases significantly (which is the secret of makeup and I use this trick all the time). I usually tape a finger into my light eyeshadow and then I press it into the inner corner of the eye where the upper lid meets the lower eyelid. This makes it completely eyes “pop.”

Highlight your brow Take the same light eyeshadow and dab it on your browbone, concentrating on your mid-brow outward. Blend with your finger.
I like to use Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat just below my brow and just above, but a super light shadow will do you.

Curl lashes An eyelash curler will make even long lashes look more beautiful. For added effect, you can heat the curler under a blow dryer for a few seconds. Curl-test before applying to lashes because you could burn yourself.

Apply mascara Place the wand of your mascara brush at the bottom of lashes and wiggle in both directions. Follow with another few strokes of the wand. Apply to bottom lashes as well.

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