How to Apply Eye Makeup

Eye makeup is worn to draw attention to your eyes for a dramatic appearance, and can be as simple, or as elaborate as you want it to be. Learning how to apply eye makeup is important for those who want to look professional and stylish on a budget. What’s nice is that you can manipulate eye makeup to match your overall style of dress because it’s very versatile in color, textures and formulas.

For basic eye makeup application, you’ll need a few products, including 2-3 eye shadow tones or colors, eye liner, concealer, eye shadow primer and mascara.

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All of the products mentioned above are manufactured and sold at drug stores, department stores, super markets and on the internet. For those who have little experience with eye makeup application, it is best to begin with less expensive products so you can discover what colors and textures you appreciate more. Because women have different eye shapes, you should keep the following points in mind.

Eye Shadow Formulas

You will be better off purchasing an eye shadow palette that offers a variety of tones. You can find eye shadow palettes in any drug store, department store, or grocery store, which makes them very easy to find.

Other formula options for eye shadows are:

  • cream eye shadow,
  • eye shadow pigment,
  • and liquid eye shadow,
  • also note that the most common formula of eye shadow is pressed powder.

Eye Shadow Texture

It’s important to know what your options are when it comes to eye shadow texture. The labels on eye shadow packaging will help you identify which texture the eye shadow has.

Here are descriptions for all of the main eye shadow textures.

  • Matte
    Leaves your lids with no shine at all. These eye shadows are best used as a base for other shadows to mask discoloration on your eyelids (if they match your skin tone). Find matte textures in pressed powder or cream shadows.
  • Satin
    Texture gives you a slight shine without too much shimmer. You can use satin eye shadows as a base for other eye shadows if you want a clean and glamorous look.Find satin textures in pressed powder shadows, pencil or liquid formulas.
  • Shimmer
    Offers sheer coverage that sometimes allows your skin to show through. Eye shadows that are skin-toned work great as highlighter on your cheekbones, brow bone, and the bridge of your nose.You can apply shimmer eye shadows over matte shades to make them pop.You can get a shimmer texture with powder, liquid, or pigment eye shadow formulas.
  • Frost textured
    Are considered to be full coverage, but will vary in coverage depending on the brands and colors. Keep in mind that this type of eye shadow is best for young skin since it tends to sink into wrinkles.Frost textures are found in liquid, powder or cream shadow formulas.
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