How can I make my eyes POP? is a common question I get from women in the makeup chair. The eyes say what we are feeling and thinking, and yet are often one of the hardest things to bring out due to our changing bodies as we get older! We have wrinkles, under eye circles, discoloration, and even eye sensitivities to be aware of. In this video, I teach some basic techniques to making your eyes be the focal point of your beautiful face!
As a rule of thumb, apply your foundation before you put on any concealer. My reason for this is that you want to use as little concealer as possible around your eye area, and to place it only where you need it. Using my ring finger, I lightly tap Cover FX concealer in G Light. (Click here for more information about this product) I place it in the inner crevice of my eye, along with in the orbital bone area where dark circles develop. I am careful to add very little to my outer eye edges where my wrinkles like to reside. Also, if I have any redness around my nose or anywhere else, I tap in a little of the product. As a bonus, if I want my lipstick to stay on longer, I add foundation and even a little concealer to my lips before applying lipstick! Works like a charm.
Eyebrows and how you fill in your eyebrows is all the rage right now. As a follower of fads and fashion, this one in particular needs to be tended to correctly for older women. For example, women beneath the age of 40 can pull off the highly delineated eyebrow lines that are on trend. If I wore that, my kids wouldn’t let me out of the house! It’s just too heavy and sharp of a look for me and many other women. I recommend using eye shadow with a slanted brush to apply color to your brows, or, if you have very thin brows, try an eyebrow pencil but blend it out a bit with a slanted brush.
Most highlighting powders contain an inordinate amount of mica to make them shiny. If mica it sets in fine lines it can look garish and overdone. So go easy on the highlighter. That being said, used correctly it can be a wonderful and subtle addition to your makeup collection and can make your eyes really stand out in a beautiful way. Another idea, if you are adverse to powder, is to try a liquid highlighter like Yves Saint Laurent Touche’ Eclait. (Click here for more information.)
In order to make your eyes pop, you need some contrast in your eye shadow. For example, in the video I use Painterly Paint Pot by MAC, (you can buy it here), which is a cream eye base in order to lighten my lid and create the illusion of a bigger eye. If you have large lids, I would use a darker shade all over your lid and it would have a similar effect. Because I lightened my lids, I can now apply a contrasting but flattering crease color, and a dark eyeliner pencil smudged with a bit of MAC Sketch shadow to soften it down. (You can buy Sketch here.) I also added a little color under my eye, but only half way across. I used the same shade under my eye to the outer corner of my lid to add greater depth and draw attention to the outside of my eye. If you use the right brushes, this is an easy trick to manage. For mine, I used MAC brush 224 that you can get here.
Add your mascara, blush, and lipstick and you are ready to roll! Your eyes are popping and it’s time to dance! I hope this has been helpful and I look forward to your comments below. Happy makeup!