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Many women are mystified by eye makeup. But once you get your routine down, it's easy. Here, I offer three of my favorite basic techniques for applying eye makeup -- followed by tips for your specific eye shape.Prep
Apply a thin layer of foundation or primer on the eyelids to correct imperfections and create the perfect canvas for the application of color. In fact, eye makeup can stop here and you'll still look pulled together.
Set lids with powder if you'll be using powder eye shadow (skip the powder if you'll be using creme or pencils, which will glide more easily over foundation alone).Choose Color
To identify colors that work for you, use your hair as a guide (not your eyes). Blondes look good in creams and taupes, while mochas and chocolate browns flatter brunettes. If you are auburn or redhead, go with coppers, peaches, and reddish browns or cool tones like pink and lavenders. Gray hair is gorgeous with grays, soft purples, and blues.Choose Technique
Now that you've got the basic techniques down, it's time to get more advanced. Eyes come in a million shapes and sizes -- how would you describe yours? To design the best eye makeup for your own pretty peepers, try these optical illusions:Deep Set
Dust entire eyelid with a light, pale, tone to bring the eyes forward. You can intensify color along the upper lashline with a medium tone, but it's best not to darken the crease.Narrow Set
Keep the application on the outer edges of the eyes, extending slightly beyond the outer corners.Wide Set
Begin the application at the inner corners of the eyes. Try to avoid going past the outer corners.Protruding
Choose tones with warmth and depth to make the eyes recede. Dust a medium tone over the entire eyelid. You can also add a deeper tone in the crease or at the lashlines.Small
Use shimmery tones to bring light to the eyes. Avoid black at all costs -- it confines the eyes and looks too severe.Large
Lucky girl -- you can experiment with deep, warm tones. Keep mascara soft.
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