Eye Shadow and Eyebrow Tips

Make sure you have the most unique eye shadow and perfect eyebrows! Learn how to create gorgeous eyes with tools like eye shadow primer!

Neutral eye shadow vs. dramatic eye shadow

Neutral eye shadow vs. dramatic eye shadow

The fun thing about makeup is that you can experiment with an endless amount of colors and looks. Yet, in general there are two categories when it comes to eye makeup – neutral or dramatic. The question is when is the best time to wear what makeup look? Check out our tips below to find out!

  • Neutral eye shadow colors are mostly brown eye shadow, taupes and lighter shades. They create a look that is usually softer and more natural looking.
  • Try a Delux Beauty powder eyeshadow for a wide selection and quality feel.

  • Dramatic eye shadows are anything from smokey eyes to bright, fun colors. The look is definitely not natural. Dramatic eyes command attention.
  • Neutral eyes are best for daytime – the office, school and so on. It’s also great to wear the first time you meet your significant other’s parents and any time you want a polished, professional look. Neutral eyes are just meant to enhance your eyes, not add a ton of color.
  • Dramatic eyes are best when worn at night. You’ll be the center of attention at parties, clubs, dinner dates and so on. A dramatic smokey eye is perfect for a night out on the town.

How to do a basic smokey eye

How to do a basic smokey eye

Smokey eyes are the ultimate go to when you want a sexy, mysterious and fun night look. It’s great for parties, going clubbing, a dinner date and more, but refrain from using the look in the day time as it can look too harsh. The best part is that you can use just about any color eye shadow to create a smokey look. Read some tips before you rock this look at your next party.

  • The universal smokey eye look uses black eye shadow, browns or grays. Keep the black eye shadow only on the lid and lower lash line and remember to blend. You can use a brown color to blend out the black on the crease and use a cream colored highlight on your brow bone.
  • You can create a smokey eye with just about any color. For example if you want to wear purple, use a dark purple on your crease or lid, or smoke out a lighter shade of purple with a little bit of black in the crease. Be sure to use a fluffy brush, a light hand and not too much black as it’s easy to go overboard. Start with a little and build up to the intensity you desire.

How to keep your eye shadow from creasing

How to keep your eye shadow from creasing

Don’t you just hate when you’ve created the perfect look with your eye shadow, you go out for the day and it seeps into your crease creating a greasy, messy look? Whether you have oily skin, you live in a hot climate or you just can’t seem to keep your eye shadow in place throughout the day, there are certain things you can do to help prevent creasing – check out the tips below to find out how.

  • Eye shadow primer is the best way to prevent your eye shadow from creasing or fading.Origins eye lid primer is a great option. Primer will also make your eye shadow appear more vibrant.
  • If you have oily lids stay away from cream eye shadows as they have a tendency to crease faster. If you do use cream eye shadow make sure to use a primer before and apply a thin dusting of powder shadow over to set it.
  • Use a thin layer of concealer on your eye lid before you apply primer and eye shadow to even out your skin and ensure an extra layer of support.
  • You can also use a makeup setting spray like M.A.C. Cosmetics’ fix + to set your makeup.

How to make eyes appear bigger

How to make eyes appear bigger

Makeup can help us achieve all sorts of illusions and one of those is creating a look that will make your eyes appear larger. Many women want the bright eyed, well rested, doll eye effect and there are a few simple tricks and tips that can help you pull off this look. Need help? Check out our tips below to find out how to make your eyes appear larger.

  • First make sure to de-puff your eyes and apply concealer to your dark circles. This will instantly brighten your eye area.
  • Curl your eyelashes and apply mascara or you can even apply false eyelashes if you like. This will open your eyes and make them appear brighter for a more youthful look.
  • Don’t apply dark eyeliner on the inner rim of your eyes but rather on the lower lash line. Be sure not to apply it all the way to the inner corner of your eyes as this will make your eyes appear smaller.
  • Instead use a white eyeliner pencil on the inner rim as this will create the illusion that the whites of your eyes are larger. If white looks to harsh for you, go with a skin tone color.
  • Winged eyeliner on the top lash line will make your lashes appear longer and thicker, which will in turn make your eyes appear larger.

How to put on eye shadow

How to put on eye shadow

You’ve bought your eye shadow, you have the right tools, but you’re a little lost on just how to apply it. You can have the best quality eye shadow and brushes but if you don’t know how to apply it correctly, it can end up looking like a mess. That’s where we step in to give you a few pointers on how to apply eye shadow to achieve your desired look.

  • You’ll generally be using three colors – a highlight color (the lightest), a lid color (a medium shade) and a crease color (the darkest).
  • Apply the highlight color on your brow bone (right below your eyebrows) and on the inner corners of your eyes with a fluffy brush.
  • Apply your lid color with a flat shader brush. Pack on the color from your lash line up to your crease. Take a fluffy brush and blend any harsh lines.
  • With a fluffy blending brush apply your crease color on the outer corners of your eye and blend inwards. Tip: your crease is the sunken, hallow of your eye.
  • When apply eye shadow blending is key to a soft look. So make sure not to have any harsh lines.
  • Eye shadow palettes provide you with the highlight, lid and crease color in one small compact for convenience.

Choosing eye shadow based on your eye color

Choosing eye shadow based on your eye color

Makeup is meant to compliment your natural beauty and help bring out your features. So while it’s fun to wear funky wild colors, it’s also nice to wear eye shadow that compliments your already beautiful eye color. Find out what color eye shadow would look best with your eye color by reading the tips below.

  • Brown eyes can generally pull of most eye shadow colors, but they look best with purples and greens.
  • Blue eyes really stand out with browns, taupes, grays and plums. Shimmering brown eye shadow will give you a smokey look without being as harsh as black shadows and eyeliners.
  • Green and hazel eyes look good with chocolate browns, coppers, golds, greens and plums. A combination of chocolate brown and gold will make your eyes capture all the attention. It will look great on those with flecks of gold or brown in their eyes.
  • Revlon eye shadow has quads that provide complimentary colors such as greens, golds, and highlight colors all in compact.
  • Mix and match a variation of the colors to create a look that suits you best.

Different types of eye shadow

Different types of eye shadow

The amount of colors of eye shadows is pretty much limitless. You can create hundreds of different looks with different colors. Yet, there are also a number of different types of formulas as well. Depending on your skin type or personal preference you can choose what suits you best.

  • Formulas to choose from are: powder, cream, mineral and stick.
  • Powder eye shadows, like L’oreal eye shadow duo, are the most common and are the easiest to work with in terms of application and blending. They are also one of the easiest to store as you can keep multiple shadows in palettes.
  • Cream eye shadow tends to be more vibrant and has a stronger color payoff. However, if you have oily lids use sparingly because they have a tendency to crease.
  • Mineral shadows are a good choice for those with allergies to regular makeup. They come in loose form so they are generally easy to blend, yet, can get messy at times.
  • Stick shadows are another form of cream shadows that are generally less creamy. They are good for those on the go who want a fast, mess free application.

Best shape eyebrow for your face shape

Best shape eyebrow for your face shape

Just like the same haircut wouldn’t look right on every woman, the same eyebrow shape wouldn’t look good on every woman either. Determining what eyebrow shape would suit you depends on your face shape. Check out our tips below to find out what would suit you best.

  • Face shape categories are usually – long face, oval face, square face, round face, and heart shaped face.
  • Long face shapes would look best with flatter eyebrows as it will help create the illusion that your face is shorter.
  • Oval face shapes are the ideal face shape and can handle universally flattering eyebrow shapes. The best shape however, is a soft angled brow.
  • Square face shapes can take a stronger brow and look best with thicker and darker colored brows with a defined arch.
  • Round face shapes should go for brows with a high arch to make the face appear as though it’s longer and slimmer. Avoid rounded brows as they will make your face look rounder.
  • Heart face shapes look best with rounded brows for a softer feminine look.
  • No matter what shape looks best on you, be sure to set your brows with an eyebrow gel or eyebrow wax.

Different types of eyebrow fillers

Different types of eyebrow fillers

If you have thin eyebrows by nature, by accident or from over plucking, you’ll understand the importance of eyebrow fillers. When used correctly they can darken and drastically improve the shape of your eyebrows. However, finding the right type of filler and figuring out how to do it can be daunting. Check out a few tips below before you try it out yourself.

  • You can choose from eyebrow powder, which will give you a softer look, pencil which will be more precise, or brow gel which will mainly just darken.
  • Choose a color that matches your hair except black haired ladies who should go for a dark brown because black will look to harsh.
  • When using a pencil use small, short strokes as if you’re drawing in individual hairs. Don’t press down too hard as you don’t want it to appear as though you drew them in.
  • For powder start in the center of your eyebrow and work your way out. Then whatever is left on the brush fill in the front.
  • When you’re done filling in your brows brush them out with a clean mascara wand or eyebrow brush to blend the filler and your brows for a more natural look.

How to shape your eyebrows

How to shape your eyebrows

Eyebrows may not seem like an important part of your makeup routine, but they can actually make or break your look. Eyebrows frame the face and create a window to your eyes, thus creating the right shape is essential. Figuring out how to shape your brows can be tricky, but here are a few tips to guide you.

  • Your eyebrows should look like sisters and not twins, meaning they don’t have to be identical.
  • Work with what you have and don’t over pluck. Eyebrow stencils are a great way to get the perfect shape and help you fill them in as well.
  • When shaping use the ruler trick – take a ruler and line it up against the side of your nose and your eyebrows should start where the ruler lines up. Then line it on the tip of your nose and across your pupil, that’s where your arch should be. Lastly take the ruler and line it on the edge of your nose and the end of your eye and that’s where your eyebrow should end.
  • If your eyebrows are thick and unruly, brush them upwards and trim the hairs that stick out but be careful not to overdo it. Use an eyebrow brush and small scissors.
  • If you’re having trouble, see an esthetician to get an initial shape and do upkeep work at home.