Yes, there really is an eye shadow for every mood
After years of covering pimples, hiding dark circles and giving your lashes extra length, your makeup routine is probably pretty, well, routine. Whether you’re an eyeliner addict or makeup minimalist, your look says something about you. Match your makeup to its meaning below or try out a new look and put on a whole new persona.
Full foundation, sculpted cheeks, thick eyeliner and glossy red lips make you a cherry bombshell. Getting this look isn’t easy and it gives you a high-maintenance look. It’s well suited to movie premieres, formal affairs and nights on the town and not so appropriate for the office, gym or job interviews.
Get the look: Apply concealer and foundation and follow with a translucent powder to set it. Choose a powder blush in a tawny rose shade that complements your skin and do the old ’80s cheek suck-in, applying the blush under your cheekbones. Don’t go overboard. One light application should suffice. Add a sheer pink tone to the apples of your cheeks, rounding out the shape of your face so you’re not all shadows. Using a taupe eyeshadow, shade the crease of your eyes, concentrating on the outer corner. Line eyes using liquid liner. If you don’t have the steadiest of hands, start with a pencil and line as close to the lashes as possible then follow that line with a liquid, using a q-tip dipped in makeup remover to clean up edges. Fill lips with a red lip liner pencil and follow with a glossy red lipstick. Blot then press one ply of a tissue to your lips and brush translucent powder over it to make lipstick stay in place. Remove the tissue and apply lipstick again.
Little to no makeup means that you have naturally glowing skin and few skin imperfections. It’s perfect if you want to look a few years younger than you are and is appropriate for just about every occasion as long as you look polished, but most women need a little more than lipgloss to look professional and presentable.
Get the look: For a polished, minimal look, apply concealer to red spots then add a dab of cream blush to cheeks. Set with translucent powder if you tend to have oily skin. Coat lashes in a layer of black mascara. VP of Makeup Artistry for M.A.C Cosmetics, Gordon Espinet, swears by black mascara for every woman. So even if you’re the palest blonde, go for black lashes. Mascara is meant to add definition and drama to your eyes and the best way to achieve that is black. Finish your look with a tinted lipgloss.
Smudgy, smoky eyes and wine-stained lips look like they came straight from the bedroom – and that’s exactly the effect you’re looking for. This look is perfect for a night out, whether it’s a romantic date or a search for one. Mix with tousled hair for ultra sexy results.
Get the look: If only it was as easy as putting on makeup and rolling around your bed. Doing that will only leave you with black smudges down your cheeks. Apply concealer and foundation as needed. Add a rosy cream blush and set with translucent powder. Take a matching powder blush and apply a sheer layer on top of the cream blush for an afterglow flush. Line upper lids with a black pencil and using a sponge-tip tool, smudge liner along the lash line and upwards. Apply black or charcoal shadow to the outer corners of eyes and smudge again. Line the inside rim of your lower lids with the same black liner and, if you’re not too squeamish, follow with matching black matte shadow to set. Use your powder brush to brush away any powder that’s fallen under your eyes. Rub a deep shade of creamy lipstick into lips with fingers and follow with a slightly shiny gloss.
You’ve moved beyond Audrey’s cat eyes but want to wear more makeup on a daily basis than the fresh-faced girl. Adding a little colour to eyes in a minimal way is unexpected and cool. This look is perfect for creative types who need a slightly offbeat signature look.
Get the Look: Apply concealer and foundation as needed. Use foundation on eyelids to cover any veins for a uniform look. Add a rosy blush in either cream or powder formula, whichever you prefer. Line eyes as close to lashes as possible. Keep the line thin – it’s just for definition. Apply a skintone shadow from lash line to brow bone and add a bright shadow colour to the outer corners of your eyes. Tones of purple, maroon and mauve are almost universally flattering. With a small sponge-tipped applicator, apply shadow from crease to lash line on the top lid and blend towards the middle of your lid. Line the outer edge of your bottom lash line blending inwards. Finish with a coat of glossy black mascara and a tinted lipgloss.
Written by: Vanessa Grant
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