When you apply your eye makeup, who do you turn to for tips? YouTube videos? Makeup counters? Your mum? While some of us might be adept at applying eye makeup, others struggle to wield an eye shadow brush without making themselves look like a panda. Hey, we've all got our failings. This editor in particular often struggles to apply eye shadow without getting it all over her base, leading to a rather annoying clean up–and-reapply situation. To avoid such problems, we've turned to experts for their best tips and tricks when it comes to applying eye makeup. From Mary Greenwell to Lisa Eldridge, we've gathered up the best advice from the biggest makeup artists around.
Keep scrolling to read the number one mistake everyone makes when it comes to applying eye makeup, plus four others that you should always avoid.
Mistake #1: Never Apply Your Base First
Yes, we know this one is kind of obvious, but until we'd heard it from a makeup artist, it hadn't really clicked into place. Why on earth would you do a flawless base with your best foundation, only to undo all that hard work by applying a smoky eye?
Makeup artist Stacey Ferguson agrees with us on this. "The biggest makeup disaster when creating a smoky eye is the mess!" she tells us. "A black eye is not a smoky eye. As the powder falls down, a dark ring is slowly accumulating on the upper cheekbone."
To avoid this, ensure you apply your foundation after your eye makeup, and you'll have flawless skin that will make your eyes pop.
Mistake #2: Overlined Eyes
This is another common problem and one we see all too often. While we love eyeliner, the issue is that some people can be rather overzealous with their application of said product. This can lead to your eyes looking a little small. Instead, try Greenwell's incredible eye-enlarging makeup look with this tutorial for hooded eyes. One key takeaway is to take a soft brown pencil underneath your lashes.
Mistake #3: Creased Lids
We know you've probably experienced this in the past, and as we get older, it only worsens. The solution? A decent primer, of course. Beyoncé's very own makeup artist, Sir John, suggests using an oil-free primer to ensure your makeup stays put.
Mistake #4: Not Curling Your Eyelashes
We probably don't need to tell you that curling your eyelashes helps to make your eyes stand out just that little bit more. While it might not be for everyone, if you do it, you'll definitely notice a difference. Into the Gloss even has four different ways to curl your lashes.
Mistake #5: Sleeping With Your Makeup On
Okay, this one is non-negotiable, but we know that there are plenty of women who do this. In fact, one Byrdie editor even decided to try sleeping in her makeup for a week to see what would happen. TL;DR: She got wrinkles. Don't believe us? Read about what happened when she slept in her makeup for a week.
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