Cindy Laverdière, beauty blogger
Eye makeup is the cornerstone of a flawless look. Although beauty mistakes are unfortunately part of the learning process, they can easily be avoided. Follow these simple tips to graduate from eye-makeup novice to expert in no time!
Preparing the canvas
Before applying any colour, you need to lay the groundwork, namely the contour of the eye, eyebrow arch and eyelids. Two essential products for this task are concealer and eyeshadow primer.
The former is applied with a small brush only on dark circles. Avoid spreading it everywhere under your eye, or you might create a white halo that will garner unwanted attention and highlight the bags under your eyes, if you have any.
« Avoid spreading concealer everywhere under your eye, or you might create a white halo that will garner unwanted attention and highlight the bags under your eyes. »
For its part, eyeshadow primer is ideal for helping your makeup keep its hold all day. It will smooth and even out your skin tone while covering up any spider veins or red spots. Bottom line, it’s a must-have in any makeup kit. Apply eyeshadow primer mainly on your upper eyelid. You can also use some on your lower eyelid if you plan on applying colour there as well.
« Eyeshadow primer is ideal for helping your makeup keep its hold all day. It will smooth and even out your skin tone while covering up any spider veins or red spots. Bottom line, it’s a must-have in any makeup kit. »
Sculpted eyebrows for a powerful gaze
For the last few years, thick, natural, and groomed eyebrows have been all the rage. This is where a good eyebrow pencil comes in handy. Opt for one with a sharp point, and use a colour that’s one shade lighter than your eyebrows for a natural look. Fill out any sparse area by “drawing in” hairs with the pencil. Make sure to draw pencil strokes in the direction of hair growth.
Impeccable lashes using eyeliner
A pencil can be tricky to use. To trace a flawless line at the root of your lashes, stretch your lid with your index and draw a line from the inner to the outer corner of your eye. If your hand is unsteady, simply line your lashes with a few dots and blur them with a bevel brush or a small latex sponge for lovely natural-looking results. For a more intense look, you can draw a thin line under your lash line.
Play with colour
If you want to make the colour of your eyes stand out, you need the right shade of eyeshadow. If you have blue eyes, use neutral colours that are soft and pale such as coral and champagne. Avoid dark or vibrant colours because they will weigh down your eyes.
If your eyes are green, you don’t need bright shades to make heads turn. A sparkling brown is all that’s required during the day, while purple adds the perfect touch to glam up your evenings.
Metallic shades and pastels are perfect for making hazel eyes pop. Colours that are too dark tend to hide green and gold tints in multicoloured irises. On the other hand, delicate metallic and powdered pink shades intensify hazel eyes and make pale brown eyes sparkle.
Those with brown eyes can use pretty much any shade. However, neutral shades such as salmon or gilded bronze can perfectly complement brown irises. No matter which shade you use, blur a bit of black or dark brown eyeshadow in the crease of your eyelid to make your gaze even more intense.
Once you’ve picked out the colour you want, use a flat brush and apply the shade in the centre first, then outwards while emphasizing the outer corner. Use a soft bristle brush to blur. If you’re heading out for the night and want to glam up your look, add some eyeshadow in the fold of your eyelid and in the outer corner. Ideally, the centre and inner corner of your eyelid should be covered in a lighter shade to create light points that will brighten your gaze.
Long lashes are in!
Long lashes are trending! Use a lengthening mascara to volumize your lashes. To get the most out of your product, apply at least two coast, but wait 30 seconds to a minute between applications. Don’t worry about using too much product: a mascara only lasts about three months!
My favourite products:
- Extreme Hold CC Eye Primer Lise Watier
- Super Liner Brow Artist L’Oréal Paris
Cindy Laverdière | Follow my blog
For me, beauty is all about well-being. That’s why my beauty routine is composed primarily of natural ingredients that are gentle on my skin and on the environment. I'm addicted to coffee, Wi-Fi, maxi dresses and lemon pie. A product I can’t live without? Concealer. A must-have for the new mom that I am!