Do your eyes turn downward at the outer corners? Do they often appear tired and sleepy, no matter how much rest you had? The following makeup tips can help lift your eyelids and really flatter your eyes.
Eye Primer: Your eyelids either contain natural oils or humectants from your eye moisturizers. This can easily cause your eye makeup to migrate from one area to another. Using an eye primer as a base can help prevent this problem and create makeup longevity as well. Apply the primer from lashes to brows, and use a bit on the outer corners of the eyes as well as directly underneath bottom lashes. This will help achieve the results you want.
Eye Shadows: The proper placement of shadows and the usage of both light and dark will help create the right effect. First apply a light-colored shadow all over the lids, especially in the inner corners of the eyes. This will help open them to appear less droopy. Next, contour with a darker shadow from the center of the crease and blend upward and outward into a V shape at the outer corners of the eyes. Afterward you can use a brighter color and apply upward in a winged shape at the very outer corners of the eyes. This should be going in the direction toward the brow. Then finish off with a light and shimmery highlighter color, which should be applied directly under the browbone. This technique will help open up the eyes.
Liners: Your liner needs to be applied with great precision in order to lift droopy eyes. Begin by outlining the upper eyelids with a soft pliable pencil or powder eye liner. This will help you with precision because it’s simple to smudge into place, plus easy to clean up when you create a mess. Avoid starting the eyeliner in the very inner corners of your eyes and begin your line where the lashes start. Trace the lash line with a thin line that eventually gets thicker as you progress to the outer corners. To strengthen the look, add a liquid liner with an angled tip. This will reinforce the pencil liner and help you create the perfect wings. To lift and open your eye, make sure to draw an upward wing at the outer corners of the eyes, in a triangular way.
Bottom Liner: You can choose to skip bottom liner. If your lashes are sparse and you need liner underneath, try using a lighter shade in this area. Afterward, you can apply a white or beige pencil inside the bottom waterline. This will open and brighten the eyes.
Mascara: First curl your lashes to prevent a droopy look. Next use a volumizing and lengthening mascara to instantly lift the eyes and create a flattering effect.
False Lashes: These lashes can instantly lift droopy eyelids. You can either apply a full strip of lashes or some individual ones from the middle to the outer corners of the eyes in order to create an immediate lift.
Brows: Pay attention to ensure your brows are well groomed and have nice high arches, which give a lifted illusion. If you have sparse brows, fill them in with the right pencil. Make sure you don’t draw half-moons or semi-circles, which will create the opposite effect and make your eyes appear droopier. Instead draw a high arch and extend the brows straight toward the outer corners of the eyes.
With a few tricks of the trade and some practice you can instantly wake up sleepy-looking eyes. Fortunately, the right products and tools can easily create beautiful eyes.
Risselle Naimark is a Professional Freelance Makeup Artist and Skincare Consultant. She carries an extensive line of personalized skincare, cosmetics, and anti-aging products. Risselle is also available for weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, makeup lessons, and all of your beauty needs. She can be reached at 718 263-5517.