January 22, 2013
For this tutorial, you will need:
- Eyelash Curler
- Black liquid liner (I'm using Revlon ColorStay liquid liner in Blackest Black)
- Black pencil eyeliner (I'm using Revlon ColorStay eyeliner in Blackest Black)
- White or Flesh toned eyeliner (I'm using NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Cottage Cheese)
- Brown Eye shadow (I'm using Made For Mocha by Maybelline)
- Eyeliner brush (I’m using Bella Terra BB3 eyeliner brush)
- Mascara (I’m Using Physicians Formula Organic Wear Lash Mascara in Ultra Black)
Who doesn’t want bigger looking eyes? Unfortunately a lot of women don’t apply eyeliner correctly, making their eyes appear smaller than they really are. The key is to make your top lash line appear thicker and the whites of your eyes seem larger. The purpose is to open up your beautiful eyes, not enclose them.
- Gather your tools (see above).
- Start off by curling your lashes with an eyelash curler. Curl them from the base moving it to the middle of your lashes to get that perfect curl.
- Line your upper lid with black liquid liner by applying it along your lash line in small stokes as close to you lash line as you can get. This will give you more lid space, giving the appearance of larger eyes. To give your eyes a lift, thicken the liner towards the corner of the lid and extend it a bit, sweeping it up and out. This will help elongate the shape of your eyes and make you look more awake.
- Using solid black eyeliner, tightline your upper lash line making sure you fill in the roots of your lashes well. Don’t forget to get the outer corners. Tightlining gives your lash line depth and lashes a full appearance before even having mascara on. Dense lashes define and open up the eyes. The reason I don’t use the gel liner to tightline is because mine tends to transfer to my waterline and we want to keep that area clean. Revlon’s ColorStay eyeliner doesn’t transfer or smudge.
- Next apply a white or flesh tone liner to your waterline will give help them look less tired, brighter eyes. I personally prefer a peachy tone because it looks more natural but for this tutorial I’m using a pearly white color called Cottage Cheese by NYX. Applying a black liner to your waterline defines your eyes but doesn’t serve the purpose of making them appear larger.
- Using the white eyeliner, wing it out to create a gap in the outer corner separating the bottom and upper lash line by a millimeter. This will also open up your eyes. Marilyn Monroe used this trick all time.
- To define your lower lash line, use a dark brown shadow on the out corner of your lashline fading it out towards the middle. Don’t take the shadow all the way to the inner eye duct. This will make your eyes appear closer to each other. To give the illusion of a lower lashline, wing the brown shadow slightly downwards at the outer corner.
- Lastly, finish off with black mascara on your top and lower lashes to open your eyes up. This is, in my opinion the most important step to open up your eyes and make them pop.
I just focused on liner itself for this tutorial, but feel free to use this with any look using eye shadow. After all, it’s all about being creative and making it your own.
- Minza Khan