Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Basics of Beauty - Eye makeup styles

Hello beauties!

First of all, I'd like to thank all of you for your positivity about the blog's new look. I imagined some people would hate it, but everyone I heard from were really supportive of it. Thanks.

So last week, I did a post about metallic and dark smokey eyes. It reminded me once again that some people have the illusion that the smokey eye is a kind of look that always uses grey and black eyeshadow. It also reminded me that I kind of finished the Basics of Beauty series I was working on where hair is concerned, but I've never actually continued it to makeup.

That's why we're looking at a bunch of different ways to apply your eyeshadow and eyeliner on the Couch today. So lets get to it.

* The Smokey Eye :

 Smokey eyes are a technique, not a colour of shadow. Sorry to burst your bubble, but it's the truth. :)

Basically, this is when you blend two (or more) shades into each other on the eye, and the colours meet about halfway on the lid. Shading happens from the outside of the eye towards the inner corner. There is some shadow underneath the eye, which gives that smoked out finish.

(I've blogged about it before, so if you need more details and a diagram, click the link.)

You can apply the shadows in every shade, light or dark, even in nude colours.

This is my go-to makeup look when I go out, and is about the easiest thing since sliced cheese.

* The Cut Crease :

The crease is the place where your eyelid and under-eyebrow skin meet, aka, the fold of your eye. You can find this by GENTLY pressing your skin with a makeup brush above the ball of your eye, and the crease will sink in.

So a cut crease is when you focus your makeup on the crease, like in the pictures. You'll go in with a darker or more colourful shade and swipe it into the crease, but not onto the lid. Shading goes upward and outward in a 'C' or 'V' shape. The one on the left is more winged ('V'), while the one on the bottom is more rounded ('C'), but they're both clean cut creases.

Doing this creates an illusion of a more sunken and larger eye, because it makes it seem as if the actual eyeball is so large, that they eye-fold is deeper and casts a more pronounced shadow.

* The Blended Cut Crease :

Again the darker shades will be focussed in the crease, and again it can be winged or rounded, but the big difference here is that the shades are blended into a seamless gradient between colours.

The lefthand one is more winged, while the bottom one is rounded.

* Dramatically Winged Eyeshadow :

Aka the cat eye.

You can do this with any of the above shading methods. This is when the actual eyeshadow is winged out dramatically at the outer corner of the eye.

Some people actually stick tape on their eyes to get the line as crisp and straight as possible. It's also a great way to do Arabian kinds of makeup looks.

* Winged Eyeliner :

This is when the eyeliner is used to create a wing in the outer corner of the eye, creating a cat eye.

You'll do this instead of simply ending the line at the eye's corner.

You can also wing both the inner and outer corners, which will create a very dramatic Arabian cat eye.

Other styles of winged liners :

This diagram speaks for itself.

* The Reverse Cat Eye :

This is when you use your eyeliner to line and wing the bottom lid. It's a fad that I personally don't hope catches on. :P

And that's it for today! I hope you learned something, or found inspiration for your next look.

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals,


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