You made it! Here we are at the third and final level of our make-up series. Once you can successfully complete the items on this list, you can consider yourself a true make-up master!
It’s no secret that when doing your make-up, your eyes tend to take the longest–and have the most dramatic look. This post will be focusing on eyes, brows, and fake lashes.
Before starting your eye make-up, it’s important to prime your lids. This helps your eye make-up stay in place all day without smearing, smudging, fading, or creasing.
I have tried a variety of eye primers in the past, but I am currently using Ulta’s Eye Primer. A few other favorites of mine include Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion, Too Faced’s Shadow Insurance, and NYX’s Eyeshadow Base.
There are a billion different ways to do your eye make-up, so let’s start watching some tutorials to get a good idea of where to even begin.
Let’s start with a natural look. Which sounds like it should be the easiest, right?
What if you want to be a bit more dramatic? You can reference the pictures above or this list of 15 different step-by-step tutorials for smokey eye make-up. Or, if you’re like me, you need way more help than just a few photos. Here is a beginner smokey eye tutorial:
What I really like about the tutorial above is the subtlety. It’s obviously a more dramatic look, but it’s not harsh or overpowering. It can be used with eyeshadow shades you already have in a palette. Plus, her technique is simple and easy to follow.
Of course, there are a million other advanced techniques out there. Cut creases are currently a popular make-up trend, which you can get a better idea of by watching the video below.
When people get creative with their make-up, it tends to happen with their eye make-up. And because people are inventive and super-talented, the possibilities when it comes to your eyeshadow are endless. While you may not be a master overnight, practice makes perfect. As long as you have a basic understanding of how the process works, you can continue to hone your skills and become an impressive make-up artist in your own right.
I am no expert at applying eyeshadow, but I feel like my talents are at least passable.
I cannot say the same about eyeliner. It is my nemesis, my downfall.
The tutorial above makes it look so simple, but in reality, I end up like a watery, smudged mess. For someone whose eyeliner skills are so lacking, I was surprised to find six of them in my bathroom. Six. This from a girl who wears eyeliner once in a blue moon on a night out–and even then the results are sloppy and unimpressive.
In my make-up drawer you will find: L’Oreal Voluminous Smouldering Eyeliner, Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil, NYX Felt Tip Liner, NYX Liquid Black Liner, Too Faced Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner, and Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon. I have several friends who are make-up obsessed (and ultra-talented), who swear by E.l.f. Precision Liquid Eyeliner.
To start off, here is a quick and dirty guide to eyeliner for beginners. BirchBox put together a short video about applying liquid eyeliner.
Just like eyeshadow, there are many variations when it comes to deciding how you want your eyeliner to look. In general, though, the above look is the easiest and most flattering for most people. If you want a more dramatic look, try winging your eyeliner or doing a complete cat eye. Both of these techniques take time and practice, but you’ll get there eventually!
Brows are another part of my make-up routine I have obsessed over, purchased a zillion products for, only to go the lazy/easy route. I use the NYX Eyebrow Shaper daily and brush a nude shade of eyeshadow over the top.
I have used gels, pomades, pencils, crayons— and everything in between (look at this and this and this). (Yes, they’re all NYX except one because I haven’t wanted to splurge on the Anastasia brow products without even knowing proper brow technique in the first place!).
First and foremost, you need to tweeze your brows to the appropriate shape for your eye/face. It’s important not to over pluck! It can take a long time for your brows to recover from that type of abuse. My personal technique involves plucking a strand or two at a time, then taking a step back and looking at the bigger picture. If you keep looking up close in the mirror, you will lose sight of what your brows need to look like overall–and that’s a scary thing!
Even if you only do minor filling (like my brows), it makes a huge difference!
Guys, if you’re unsure of how your eyebrows should really look–they even make stencils!
Here’s a tutorial for those of you who have very thin or very light brows.
If you have darker hair and darker brows (me, me, me!), it’s easy to color your brows too dark in the process of trying to thicken them and smooth them out. Here’s a video for darker, thicker brows that is a bit more subtle than the video before.
Okay, this is not a necessity in the make-up world, not by any means. But this is an area I am really struggling with and this is the area I want to improve in the most! I have no talents when it comes to applying fake lashes, so it’s time to get learning, practicing, and mastering this skill!
One of the most helpful tips I learned was letting the glue get tacky first. I have had many mishaps with falsies that resulted in smearing wet glue all across my freshly done make-up. I know this seems like a no-brainer for those in the make-up world, but it was a tip I didn’t know for a long time!
Here’s a very quick and easy tutorial for lashes.
I am really loving the video below, because she is very in-depth and offers a ton of handy tips and tricks for beginners. She explains why she does things a certain why and why that is the proper technique for applying false lashes. She also has some alternative methods from other beauty bloggers, which is great for those of you struggling with “traditional” methods of applying false lashes.
Here’s one more video, in case you want to see a different make-up artist’s take on the process. And, even though it feels intimidating, that’s all there really is to applying fake lashes! It’s time to run to the drugstore, pick up some lashes and glue, and get practicing!
Okay, so now you’ve gotten your eyelashes on your face. But how do you get them off?
It’s so easy. All it takes is some make-up remover, as seen in this video. Some lashes can be cleaned, sanitized, and reused, too!
You’ve now completed Level Three! You’re ready to go out in the real world and put all your new make-up tips to the test!