Thursday, April 25, 2013

Common Eye Makeup Mistakes! =O

Hi Everyone!

Today I would like to talk about a lot of common makeup mistakes that I see, read, or hear from people.

So I watch a lot of makeup tutorials on Youtube, and I read the comments of people trying out eye makeup looks and I see a lot of comments along the lines of:
-when I do this, it makes me look like I have a black eye, or I was punched in the eye....Q_Q
-i look like an alien after this...O_O
-my eyes look smaller..>.<
-the colors look really bad on me...=(
-it's too much makeup for my eyes!

So here are some common mistakes that people make that can make their eyes look bad/weird/not right/etc.:

1) Blending colors too much (looking muddy) or too little (looks separated and weird)
When yo are blending eyeshadows, most of the time you go for a good gradient effect, a soft transition from one color to another. To do this, start off by blending gently in soft, short strokes and taking breaks in between to look at yourself in the mirror. You can switch off from each eye to make sure that both match each other.

2) Blending outwards too much or bringing up the color too high (especially dark colors) can give the "black eye effect". 
To prevent the "black eye effect" try not to bring or blend colors past the middle area of your eye between the eyebrow and the upper eyelashes.
If your eyes are more deep-set and you don't have much eyelid space, then it is okay to bring the color up a little higher (closer to the eyebrows) so that they are more visible. However, to be safe, use a nude/champagne colored eyeshadow to highlight the browbone underneath your eyebrow so there is a more distinct space between the eyeshadow colors and the eyebrow. You do not want color appear to be all the way up to the eyebrows! Kind of scary XD

3) Applying too much color at once can make your eyes look like an alien or crazy!
To prevent this, start by dabbing your brush into the eyeshadow lightly and tapping off the excess before application. Then, apply your eyeshadow. If you want more, continue this process, to gradually build up to the right amount of color or pigmentation that you desire.

You can also adjust the amount of intensity on your eyes, the amount of color you put on to adjust to your preferences. Or maybe change to colors that you prefer or like better, I'm not gonna say it will look better, but maybe it will be, you'll just have to try it out! =) You don't have to follow precisely what a makeup artist does on youtube because your eye color, skin color, and eye shape are different from theirs. So feel free to adjust to your needs!

4)Too much eyeliner around the eye can make your eyes look smaller.
 If you think your eyes tend to look smaller after using eyeliner around your entire eye, try not to rim your entire eye. You can try lining just the top lashline and leaving the bottom alone. Or you could very lightly smudge color on the lower lashline so it won't be as heavy and dark. These tricks help open up the eyes and prevent them from being closed off if you rimmed your entire eye with black.

5) Colors may look weird or not so good with your eyes depending on your eye color and skin color. 
For example, an asian person probably wouldn't put a yellow-brown color on their eyes or a red-brown color on their eyes because it would look bad against his or her yellow-toned skin. Or if you have blue eyes, using a vivid sky blue color as eyeshadow may be too intense to the viewer.
Try to work with and find colors that compliment your eyes and skin color well or give a distinct enough contrast for a good pop of color.

6) If you feel you look super weird and not yourself when you put on makeup it could be either you're not used to it or you've exaggerated the overall shape of your eyeshadow and/or eyeliner too much.
When applying eyeshadow or eyeliner, start off closer to the upper lashline of the eyelids and gradually bring the color up or out until you like it. When you get better at it, you can start off wherever you want, but I find that doing this helps prevents mistakes that are hard to correct.

So I hope this post was helpful to you guys, especially you beginners! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to write in the comment box below! Thank you for reading. =)

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