7 Simple Tips to Make your Eye Makeup Pop
Updated: Jun 7
We all want open and defined eyes. When wearing makeup, I like to play up my eyes and often get questions about application techniques. But trust me, I've made my share of eye makeup faux pas along the way. Hey, we live and learn -- right?
Today, I'm sharing some easy eye makeup tips with a few product suggestions. Just click on the picture of the product to view more details. It will direct you to the product's page where you can purchase if desired. Treat yo' self!
Step 1: Make sure your face is fresh and moisturized before applying any products. I start my makeup routine by putting concealer below my eyes in the shape of a triangle. The tip of the triangle should come to the top of the cheekbone. This technique ensures natural-looking and balanced coverage. The triangle method brightens your face and draws attention to your eyes. I usually use MAC's Pro Longwear concealer. It has a creamy finish that doesn't look cakey.
Step 2: Brighten your eyes by framing them with highlighter. Tap a light-colored cream above the tails of the brows and just over the cheekbones. I'm linking my favorite highlighter by Estee Lauder, below. It's a long-wear BB cream that perfects and corrects.
I've found it to be lightweight, oil-free and super hydrating. Twist the bottom of applicator to dispense the perfect amount of highlighter into the brush tip, and gently pat with fingertips to blend.
Step 3: There's nothing more frustrating than laboring over your eye makeup in the morning, only to have it fade by lunchtime. Eye shadow primer may seem like a pain because it's an extra step, but it's worth it. An eye primer is particularly important to keep eye shadow from creasing and settling into fine lines.
I recommend Too Faced's Shadow Insurance because it locks down eye shadows and intensifies color.
Step 4: Apply a light cream or gold color to the lids as your eye shadow base and just below the lash line. My go-to is Orb by Mac.
Step 5: To make eyes look big and bold, the trick is to create depth with your eyeshadow. Using a fluffy, blending brush, layer a soft brown shade into the crease and blend outward. Think about creating a half moon across your eye lid. This will create an element of dimension. For a more dramatic effect, take a darker shade of brown and blend in the corner of your eye. Don’t forget to blend the lid color with the crease color to create a seamless look. Apply a light, sparkly eyeshadow right under the eyebrow and in your tear duct. This trick will really help your eyes to pop!
Dust a little bit of translucent powder on your eyelids right after you apply the eyeshadow. This will help your eye makeup stay put and prevent it from smudging. Y'all know I love Laura Mercier's translucent powder -- it's perfect for setting makeup.
Step 6: I like to line the top and bottom of my natural lash line. I think a little bit of liner helps my eyes to pop. I've been a long-time fan of Maybelline's Eye Studio gel eyeliner. It's easy to apply and doesn't smudge or smear. Plus, you can conveniently buy it at any drug store.
If you have light eyes, go with a brown eyeliner, while brown eyes will pop with black liner. Work the liner into the lash line as close to your eyelashes as you can.
Step 7: Apply mascara and voila! There are a few different mascaras that I use and love. Recently, I've been wearing Marc Jacobs' mascara and I'm slightly obsessed.
If you don't want to spend $26 on mascara, I recommend Maybelline's Falsies mascara. It lengthens and volumizes lashes without getting clumpy.
Thanks for reaching out with the suggestion to write this post. If you have any more beauty or makeup-related questions, don't be shy! I always love hearing from y'all.