I used to teach part-time, and I find that it makes more sense to talk about history first. However, I haven’t exactly finished writing that post. Heh.
So, for this day of this September Special, I wanted to share a basic “eye diagram” to sort of help you follow tutorials if you find them a little hard to do. I’m also going to post about my go-to technique for eyeshadow application, which was what I basically used when I was still exploring eye makeup. I just used to interchange the colors. 🙂
BASIC EYE DIAGRAM
Obviously, there may be some differences with how each person refers to these “parts” of the eye, but this is how I usually follow tutorials and explain eye makeup to people.
— Brow bone: protrusion just under your eyebrow. Usually enhanced by a light eyeshadow.
— Mobile lid: part of the eyelid that “moves” when you blink. The part under your crease.
— Crease: the fold of the eye.
— Upper lash line: where your eyelashes grow on the upper lid.
— Lower lash line: where your eyelashes grow on the lower lid.
— Inner corner: corner of the eye nearest your nose. Usually enhanced by a light shadow to brighten up the eyes.
— Outer corner: corner of the eye farthest from your nose. Usually enhanced by a dark shadow to add depth to the eyes.
— Waterline: sensitive fleshy part of the eye lids that “water.” Usually lined with kohls or eyeliners to enlarge or shrink appearance of eyes.
Now, on to my technique! This is fairly easy and usually requires just 2-3 shadows. For the sake of variety and ease, I’m using the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette for this demonstration:
In general, I am a fan of palettes because you get way more bang for your buck and the process of color selection has been done for you. You just have to figure out where to put which color. 🙂
MY GO-TO EYESHADOW TECHNIQUE
3. Take a blending brush and apply a midtone shadow onto your crease. I used Tease for this look.
You can use any midtone to dark eyeshadow, but it’s been said that it’s better to use a matte shade to really deepen the crease. A shimmery shadow may cause light to reflect off of your crease, so while the shade is dark, there is still a light-reflecting effect that pulls the shadow forward.
And that’s it! I decided to use mostly the same technique on my other eye to show you that this can be used in many different ways, just by interchanging the color, according to tone.
For the look on my other eye, I added a matte highlight on my brow bone (Foxy), and a light shimmery highlight on my inner corner (Bootycall), but I stuck to the rest of the technique. YDK for the inner 2/3, Busted for the outer third, and a super blended out Snakebite for the crease, upward.
Can you imagine all the fun and the possibilities? 🙂
Anyway, I hope this was helpful! Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post. Thank you for reading!