“Eyeing” the perfect look

We all know that we should choose our clothes according to our body shape. But did you know that we should also choose our eye makeup depending on our eye shape? Think about it… makes so much sense!

A look that looks amazing on your friend might not be great for you. If you want a look that emphasizes your gorgeous beautiful eyes, it’s essential to know your eye shape first.

Now there are six main eye shapes: Monolid, Upturned, Downturned, Hooded, Round & Almond.

Eye shapes

How do you figure your eye shape? Read on…. Ask yourself these simple questions:

1) Do you have a crease?

‘Crease’ is the indentation (or a line) right at the top of your lids.

If you answer no, then you have monolid eyes.

2) If you were to put a pencil across your eye, does the outer corner of the eye look like its lifting up or pulling down?

If it’s lifting up, you have upturned eyes; 

If it’s pulling down, you have downturned eyes. 

If your eyes don’t really pull either ways, then ask yourself…

3) Is your crease visible?

If no, your eyes are hooded; 

If yes, take a really close look at your eyes…

4) Can you see the whites of your eyes framing your iris (coloured part of the eye) fully when your eyes are opened normally?

If yes, then you have round eyes;

If no, then you have almond eyes

Now that you know your eye shape, let’s see how you can best accentuate them.

  • Monolid eyes – Sweep a light shade across the entire lid. To create an illusion of a crease, apply a medium shade above the lid & contour. Line the upper lashline with a dark matte shade to accentuate & define the eyes.

Create definition & dimension

  •  Upturned eyes (perfect for smoky eye look)– Enhance the lid surface by applying a light shade on the inner half & a medium shade on the outer half of the eye. Line the outer corner of the upper & lower lash line with a darker shade.

Emphasize upward lift & enhance symmetry

  • Downturned eyes (perfect for Cat eye look) – The idea is to lift the eyes up with strategic shadowing. Sweep a light shade across the lid & inner corners. Apply a darker shade on the outer corner to lift it up. Line only the outer part of the upper lashline & add mascara.

Accentuate & shape the outer corner of the eye

  • Hooded eyes – Sweep a light shade across the entire lid. Blend a medium shade to the crease, diffusing upwards. Line the upper lash line with a dark matt shade blending upwards.

Enhance visible eyelid space

  • Round eyes – Sweep a light shade across the lid upto the crease. Apply a medium shade to the outer corner of the upper & lower lash line. Using a dark shade, line upper lash line extending out & up at the corner to elongate the width of the eye.

Elongate the width to maximize the shape

  • Almond eyes (Most versatile shape for any look you want to achieve)  – Sweep a light shade across the entire lid. To add depth & make eyes pop, apply a medium shade to the outer corner. Using a dark shade, line the upper & lower lashes.

Increase depth & intensity

These are some of the most basic looks you can achieve. Of course there are many more techniques to highlight your eyes!

Drop in a comment for any queries.

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That Lash Effect

MascaraWho doesn’t love that perfectly curled lash effect! Of course you can use false eyelashes, but for everyday wear, a mascara can do the trick if used correctly. After doing full research & actually practicing tricks to master the full lash effect, sharing these with you.

The Basics

  • Always curl your eyelashes before putting on mascara
  • Wiggling the wand in a zig-zag motion right at the roots of the lashes makes voluminous lashes
  • You may coat your lashes with mascara 2-3 times, depending on the intensity you want to achieve
  • In case you manage to put dots of mascara across your lid, don’t panic & wait for it to dry out. Once its dry, simply use a cotton bud to swipe dots out
  • Do not pump in the wand in & out of the bottle too much – this pushes air into the tube which makes the mascara dry out faster
  • Discard your mascara every 3-6 months

The Pro Tricks

  • Warm it up – If your mascara is starting to feel a little dry, add a few drops of saline solution to it and place the sealed tube in a cup of warm water. Saline solution revives flaky formulas and the warmth loosens up the product, allowing for smooth application.
  • Look down – As illogical as it may seem, most of us tend to look directly at the mirror and then upwards while putting on mascara or any eye makeup. Next time, try looking down at the mirror- You’ll be able to see what you’re doing better.
  • Blink – Blinking softly once you reach the tips of the lashes allows you to cover the topsides in mascara. Only do this for one coat to avoid clumps.
  • Hold the wand vertically – Flip the wand vertically when applying mascara to your bottom lashes. It’s easier to reach those small hairs from this angle. You’ll be able to coat them in mascara all the way down to the tips without getting mascara dots everywhere.
  • Use your finger – Gently press on your eyelid with your finger when applying mascara to your upper lashes. This pops them out slightly, but just enough so that you can get the wand right into the base of the roots. Your finger also shields your eyelid from stray marks.
  • Get a clump-free application – Lightly clean off your mascara wand with a paper towel first. Wiping off the excess product before you begin prevents clumps. If you do get a clump, use a clean spoolie to brush them out.
  • Powder your lashes
    • Do this between your first & second coat of mascara
    • Take an eye shadow brush, dust powder very lightly on the lashes (any loose powder or even baby powder will work)
    • The powder sticks to your lashes and the next coat of mascara grabs onto that layer
    • The result is fuller, thicker lashes that last longer

Do you have any other effective tips to share for the perfect mascara? Do add on to my list.

Multipurpose Lipstick: Look Fresh in under 5 minutes!

Shades-of-LipstickRemember the days when you managed to completely forget about a breakfast meeting with your client or boss? Then you frantically ran around the house to make it on time and ended up looking half asleep with swollen eyes.

Well, there are ways to look fresh, polished & awake (even when you don’t feel all of it) in under 5 minutes, using your favorite Lipstick, Moisturizer, Foundation & Eye pencil! You can do this before you get out of the house, while waiting in traffic jams, or on a quick visit to the rest room before your meeting.

Step 1 (50 seconds): Moisturize your face really well with the product of your choice. Spend the maximum time in applying this as it is the base of your makeup.

Step 2 (40 seconds): Apply a thin layer of your go-to foundation on your face using your ring finger and a light patting motion. The idea is to even out your skin tone. So focus on the areas around your under eyes, nose, lips and mouth, as they usually have the maximum discolouration.  In case you want to conceal anything, simply go over the spot with the foundation and dab it in using your fingers.

Step 3 (30 seconds): Choose your favourite moisturizing, non-matt, bright lipstick (preferably pink or orangey – depending on your skin tone). Using your fingers again, brush a very light layer on the apples of your cheeks just to give them a flushed look. Make sure you hide the harsh lines by really blending it in your skin.

Step 4 (30 seconds): Using the same lipstick, pat on a thin layer your eyelids.

Step 5 (20 seconds): Finally use the lipstick on your lips and build the shade according to the brightness you are comfortable with.

Step 6 (20 seconds): Line your eyes on the inside rim & outer corners using your waterproof eye pencil (Black or dark brown, depending on what you generally use). Smudge it slightly at the corners with your fingers and you won’t miss the mascara at all.

And that’s it!

Putting on makeup doesn’t need to be a difficult, time-consuming chore. With a little bit of know-how, anyone can put on a fabulous face in a jiffy.

Don’t you wish you knew this trick long time back?