Soft Smokey Eyes – Makeup Tutorial

This is a really simple smokey eye look that is day appropriate. As this is my first makeup video, please let me know in the comments below what tutorials you would like to see.

I used natural light for the lighting in this video, as natural light doesn't lie, so you get an actual idea of what this makeup look looks like :)

Oh and please excuse my brows, I’m trying to grow them out a little more :)

(The song in this tutorial is by Kevin MacLeod called Life of Riley.)

Here is a list of the products I used in this look:

Face-
MAC Prep & Prime – Skin Base Visage
MAC Fix+
Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid – Nude
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer – NC20
Maybelline Fit Me Powder – 210
Maybelline Dream Mousse Blush – 04 Mauve
Revlon Colorstay – 505 Decadent (the gold shade)

Brushes & Tools-
MAC 187 brush
Mac 217 brush
PMU powder brush
PMU spoolie
PMU angled brush
Tweezerman Eyelash Curler

Eyes-
Urban Decay Naked Palette – Naked, Buck, Smog, Darkhorse and Virgin
PMU eyebrow shadow  – Ash blonde
L’Oreal Double Extension Mascara – Noir

Lips-
Rimmel Lasting Finish Colour Rush Balm

For PMU products, please visit www.pmu.co.za/shop/

And I'm wearing Below Deck by China Glaze on my nails :)

Under Eye Bags and Puffiness

Under Eye Bags and Puffiness

By Sarah-Jade Thorne

Many people struggle with under eye bags and under eye puffiness. Some people wake up in the morning with swollen eyes and as soon as they are up and about it goes away, whereas others suffer through the whole day. In this article, I would like to share with you some tips and solutions to help solve or at least minimize under eye puffiness.

We are going to look at temporary solutions with makeup as well as some more permanent and maintenance solutions. We are also going to look as some of the causes of under eye bags.

Firstly, here are some causes of under eye bags as well as targeted solutions:

  1. Fat collecting under the eyes (caused either by genetics, bone structure or poor lifestyle).
  2. Sinus build up – See a doctor to sort out the sinus. A cheap and very effective home remedy for sinus problems is to mix 80z (1 cup) of warm water with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon of bicarb. Then, over the bath or in the shower, sniff this solution a couple of times (one nostril at a time whilst blocking the other) and let it all drain out. Try doing this morning and evening and then once a day in the morning to maintain. Please consult your doctor if you have any concerns.
  3. Fluid build-up – Try going to a massage salon that does lymph drainage massages and ask them to teach you how to do an eye massage to stimulate lymph drainage (your lymph glands are situated near your temples and by your ears) then you can do this daily at home.
  4. Using too much eye cream especially at night
  5. Bone structure – for example having deep set eyes or a deviated septum
  6. Poor lifestyle – lack of sleep, exercise, water and a poor diet
  7. Caffeine
  8. Sodium
  9. Smoking
  10. Alcohol

If you wake up in the morning or you are going out and your eyes are very puffy and your need a quick fix (besides using concealer) try making your own eye ice cubes by freezing green tea in an ice cube tray, and then wrap a cube in gauze and gently pat and press along your eye area.

Cutting out or down on caffeine (consuming caffeine), alcohol and sodium can help a lot as well as getting a good night’s sleep (between 7-9 hours depending on your body), drinking lots of water and regular exercise.

It is also important to keep the structure of your skin strong so that the eye area will stay flat and not fill up with fluids. Using eye creams can assist in this but don’t overdo it. Try using them in the mornings and look for creams with peptides, whey protein, hyaluronic acid (we have this naturally in our bodies but it declines the older we get) and caffeine (works on the fat cells changing their metabolism so the fat cells shrink).

Some good eye creams are:

Clinique Repairwear Intensive Eye Cream 15ml/0.5oz – this is great as it has all the ingredients you need in an eye cream
Skin Naturals by Garnier Nutritionist Caffeine Anti-Dark Circles 2 in 1 Tinte… – this is a great drug store brand and it also does some concealing.

A great temporary tip for concealing under eye circles and bags (the bags can cause shadows) is by using a concealer in the area that needs lightening. I would recommend the Clinique – Airbrush Concealer – No. 04 Neutral Fair – 1.5ml/0.05oz
if it is just the dark circles or bags you are wanting to hide This concealer is great as it is light reflectant so is great for hiding dark areas and levelling swollen areas with the rest of your under eye area so that it doesn’t stand out. If you are needing a little more coverage I would suggest trying something like Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage SC-3 One Size, Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit – Beige or a cheaper alternatives Bourjois healthy mix concealer or Maybelline New York Fit Me Concealer, 10 Light, 0.23 Fluid Ounce (these last two have a very natural looking finish but they have enough cover for other small imperfections). But for bags, I think the Clinique one is going to be your best bet (it also has a natural finish). Just remember, which ever concealer you choose, make sure it matches your skin colour :)

The best technique for hiding dark under eye circles or bags is to simply pat some of the concealer gently under your eye area (in a gentle motion) in a triangular shape (as shown in the picture below). By doing this, you help level out the swollen area so that it doesn’t bulge out so much.

Concealing under eyes

 

No Makeup, Makeup

Get a Fresh No Makeup, Makeup Look with these

5 Simple Makeup Steps

By Sarah-Jade Thorne

no-makeup makeup

Aren’t you amazed at how actresses in movies wake up looking fresh and beautiful but you’re not really sure whether they are wearing makeup or not? In the end you decide they are because it’s a movie after all. Well what you see there is the no makeup, makeup look.

Often no makeup, makeup takes more skill than other makeup looks as it needs to look invisible, flawless and yet beautiful and fresh. It needs to look better than bare but actually look bare. Fortunately there is a way to achieve this look without having to be as good as Cameron Diaz’s makeup artist.

As you try out these 5 simple makeup steps, make sure you are doing your makeup in natural light (for example facing a window) and get yourself a magnifying mirror. These two things are fool-proof, if your makeup looks invisible in natural light and with a magnifying mirror, then it will definitely look invisible to any human being, even they have 20/20 vision!

1.      Even out your complexion with a tinted moisturiser

Use a tinted face cream or mix equal amounts of foundation and your face cream together. Dot this all over your face and then blend in with your fingertips, making sure that your blend down onto your neck, up to your ears and into your hairline (don’t apply the tinted cream to these areas, just blend what you have already applied into these areas). Now check your face in your magnifying mirror, can you see any of the tinted cream on your face or any tell-tale lines? If yes, keep blending! If no, you’re ready to move on to step 2.

2.      Add a natural blush to your cheeks with a cream or mousse blusher

Use a cream/mousse blusher in the natural shade you flush in (i.e. what is the colour of your cheeks after exercising or when you realize in a dream that you are walking around naked). With your fingertips (as you can see this is your number one makeup tool to achieve the no makeup, makeup look, because they warm up the product which therefore makes it easier to blend) dot a little of the blusher on the apple of your cheeks (this is the round chubby part of your cheeks that stand out when you smile). You want to start out with just a little as it is much easier and quicker to add than to remove. Now blend in with a circular motion keeping to this round area of your cheeks, add a little more if the colour gets lost with all the blending. Now grab your magnifying mirror, does it look like you’ve done a little exercise? If so, you can move on to step 3. If it still needs more blending to look natural, keep at it.

3.      Define your eyes with an eyeliner

Take a black waterproof pencil/retractable eyeliner to line your upper lash water line this is the part underneath your lashes that touches your eyeball. This is the uncomfortable, but extremely necessary, part. What this will do is it will make your lashes look fuller and will help define your eyes, but because it will be in your upper water line, it will be invisible to the naked eye, unless someone walks up to, lifts your eyelid to expose your waterline. So to do this, gently lift up your upper eyelid so that your waterline is exposed and then, getting as close to your lashes as possible and as far away from your eyeball as possible) massage the eyeliner in to your lash line. Now pick up your magnifying mirror, close one eye and check to see that you can’t see any of the liner and then do the same with the other eye. If you can see some of the eye pencil, then take a Q-tip and rub away anything you see above your lash line.

4.      Darken your lashes with mascara

Using a brown/black (or if you are dark then black) smudge-proof mascara and apply one thin coat to your top lashes. Then using the tip of the mascara wand, apply a very thin coat to a few of your bottom lashes. Remember you just want to colour your lashes darker so your eyes look more defined, you don’t want to make them look thicker. Another idea, that will save time and will look even more natural, is to have your eyelashes tinted (with black dye) once a month. This way your lashes will look dark and defined but they it won’t look like you’re wearing mascara at all! If you have used mascara, make sure, by using your magnifying mirror, that you haven’t got any mascara on your eyelids or below your eye. If you have, just take a clean, damp Q-tip and remove.

5.      Add moisture and colour to your lips with a tinted lip balm

Lastly, use a tinted lip balm (the same colour as your natural lip colour) and apply to your lips. Keep this lip balm with you throughout the day to keep your lips looking moist and plump.

To check out a list of recommended makeup products you can use to help you achieve this no makeup, makeup look, click here.

Unique Body Shapes

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Unique Body Shapes

By Sarah-Jade Thorne

By just simply dressing according to your body shape, you can look a couple of kilograms lighter! Also check out the great toning and exercise tips for your particular shape. If you do the correct exercises for you specific body shape you will get much better results.

There are four main types of body shapes: Apple, Column, Hourglass and Pear.  You may find that you could be a mix of two, but there should be one that you will predominately fit into. To help you identify what shape you have, check out the definitions and corresponding images under each category.

Please note that this article only touches on the basic and most well known body shapes. If you really don’t fit anto any of these four shapes or if you just want something a lot more tailored, I would recommend Trinny and Susannah book: The Body Shape Bible.

 

The Apple Shape

Other names for this shape are an upside down triangle or a cone

Definition

Apples have a rounded midsection (stomach area) with slim arms and legs.

Advantages

You are able to develop a well-toned body quite easily through exercise.  Your arms and legs tend to be shapelier than other body shapes and your backs are usually quite strong and defined.

Disadvantages

In order to keep healthy, you HAVE to exercise, as you will tend so store excess weight around your stomach and chest, therefore straining your internal organs.

Tips

You can show off your slender arms and legs by applying some self-tan to them.  Avoid drawing attention to your waist by wearing belts.

What To Wear

To balance out your shape:

  • Wear – Tops and cardigans that are long and flowing (that do not dig in), with sleeves that show off your toned arms and necklines that are open and attention grabbing.  This will draw attention away from your midsection.
  • Do not wear – Detail around your midsection (for example ornate belts), bias-cut clothing (which will enhance a thick waist) and horizontal stripes (which will exaggerate a rounded midsection, rather go for vertical stripes as they are very slimming).
Toning Your Shape
  • Your objective – To work on your arms, legs and back as this will help bring your body into proportion as is will balance out your rounded midsection.
  • Strong points – Upper body exercises are easiest for you as you have slim limbs and a strong back.
  • Weak points– You will find abdominal exercises agonizing.
  • Exercises for you – Brisk walking and running will maintain your slender legs.  Circuit training is also a great cardio workout for you.  You should push yourself for 2 minutes on each machine and then do some stretches, stretching out the muscles you have just used, for another 2 minutes.  Do not ignore abdominal exercises, even though they are torturous, they are vital and so are lower back exercises as these will both help with your rounded midsection.
  • Exercise to avoid – Swimming crawl (freestyle), rather do breaststroke, as this will help you tone your waist and limbs.
Famous Apples
  • Elizabeth Hurley
  • Liv Tyler
  • Natalie Portman
  • Reese Witherspoon
  • Susan Sarandon
  • Winona Ryder
Summary

Apples have a rounded midsection, they are athletic and toned, they have shapely arms and legs and they have nicely defined strong backs.

 

The Column Shape

Other names for this shape are a ruler, straight or banana.

Definition

Columns are tall and slim with very few curves and they have long graceful arms and legs.

Advantages

Clothes hang best on you and your long slender limbs give you an agile look.  You can also often get away with eating a lot and not putting on any weight, every woman’s dream!

Disadvantages

You may have a flat chest and you may often look boyish and gangly in the wrong clothes.

Tips

If you are tall, you should wear your hair long or in styles that are full of body to avoid a pinhead effect.  You should also avoid stiffly tailored clothes, as this will highlight your lack of curves.

What To Wear

To balance out your shape:

  • Wear – Skinny jeans that fit snug around your bum as this will make you look more curvy, plunging necklines as this will flatter a small bust and flared skirts and dresses as this will help give you a more feminine outline by hiding your narrow hips.
  • Do not wear – Cropped tops or pants (this will make a long body look longer) and baggy or tailored clothes (this will enhance your lack of curves).
Toning Your Shape
  • Your objective – To create curves by working on your shoulders, hips and bum, giving them definition, this in turn will make your waist appear more defined.
  • Strong points – Cardio (aerobic) work is easiest for you as you have a lot of energy.
  • Weak points– You will probably find that working with weights (anaerobic exercise) is a little difficult as you may have under-developed muscles.
  • Exercises for you – Cycling will help to round out your bottom half, adding shape to your hips, bum and thighs therefore giving definition to your waist.  Working with weights is good for you but this must be balanced; never focus only on your bottom or only on your top, you need to work on both together to give your body a balanced shape.  Pilates will also help strengthen and tone your muscles without burning body fat.
  • Exercise to avoid – Excessive cardio (aerobic) exercise (as you do not want to burn fat that your body needs).  20 minutes three times a week is plenty.
Famous Columns
  • Hilary Swank
  • Kiera Knightly
  • Madonna
  • Nicole Kidman
  • Victoria Beckam
Summary

Columns have very few curves, they have long slim legs that make them look agile and graceful and they have the best body shape for clothes.

 

The Hourglass Shape

Another name for this shape is an 8 frame.

Definition

Hourglasses are curvy, and well proportioned. Their hips and breasts are shapely and they have well-defined waists.

Advantages

You have a sexy voluptuous shape that is all in proportion.  You have a defined waist, a full bust and a rounded bottom (hips, bum and thighs).

Disadvantages

When you gain weight, it tends to go straight to your hips and bust, which causes a swamping of your small waist.

Tips

You should wear clothing that shows off your curves.  Exposing a little cleavage and wearing clothes pinched at the waist will enhance your curvy silhouette. You should never wear baggy clothing as this will hide your curves and make you look boxy.

What To Wear

To balance out your shape:

  • Wear – Decorative belts and detailed waistbands as this will highlight your defined waist.  To accentuate your curvy figure, wear hipster jeans that are narrow but flare out at the knees.  Semi-fitted styles also look great as they help show off your sexy curves.
  • Do not wear – Tops with a lot of detail (as this will make you look bigger at the top), baggy clothing and chunky fabrics (as this will make your look boxy) and A-line skirts and tunic tops (as this will hide your defined waist).
Toning Your Shape
  • Your objective – Work on keeping your bottom toned and amplifying your defined waist.
  • Strong points – Anaerobic exercises (working with weights) are easy for you as both your top and bottom body is strong.
  • Weak points– Aerobic (cardio) exercises will be difficult for you.
  • Exercises for you – Aerobic (cardio) exercises will help you keep in shape (try doing step aerobics or climbing stairs to burn fat and tone your legs). A cardio workout of a minimum of 30 minutes four times a week should be enough if you want to maintain your curvy figure. Yoga will also help you to keep your body toned and in proportion.
  • Exercises to avoid – Doing excessive exercises with weights (anaerobic exercises) will make you bulky.  Rather do more fat burning exercises.
Famous Hourglasses
  • Catherine Zeta Jones
  • Jennifer Aniston
  • Jennifer Love Hewitt
  • Halle Barry
  • Kate Winslet
  • Marilyn Manroe
Summary

Hourglasses are curvy, voluptuous, well proportioned with a good cleavage and a small-defined waist.

 

The Pear Shape

Other names for this shape are a spoon, bell or triangle.

Definition

A Pear’s bottom body is rounded where as their top body (bust and shoulders) is small to average in size.

Advantages

Your small top half looks great in strappy tops, you have sexy curves and you can easily disguise your rounded bottom half.

Disadvantages

If you lose weight, it comes off your top and bottom body so you can never really change your overall body shape.

Tips

Draw attention to your top body and not the bottom, therefore wear tops that highlight your petite top body and wear necklaces and earrings to lift the attention off your bottom half.  Do not wear clothes with details around your hips, as this will just accentuate your bigger bottom half.

What To Wear

To balance out your shape:

  • Wear – Slight A-line skirts that are not tight around your hips and thighs, figure-hugging tops that end just below your hips, strappy tops to show off your small top half and wearing darker colours on your bottom half and brighter or lighter colours on your top half will detract attention away from your bottom half.
  • Do not wear – Pants that sit in your waist or higher, pants that are tapered, bold patterns on your bottom body and tops that end in your waist or on your hips.
Toning Your Shape
  • Your objective – Work on your narrow shoulders to balance out your hips.
  • Strong points – Your lower body is strong so running and cycling (which are fat burning exercises) are easier for you.
  • Weak points– Your upper body is quite weak so working on your arms and shoulders will be difficult.
  • Exercises for you – Cardio (aerobic) work at least three times a week, working with weights on your upper body and swimming crawl (freestyle) will help balance out your figure. Horse riding is also a good exercise for toning your lower body without making it bulky.
  • Exercises to avoid – Working with weights on your lower body will just make it bulkier.
Famous Pears
  • Beyonce Knowles
  • Christina Aguilera
  • Eva Mendes
  • Jennifer Lopez
Summary

Pears have small upper bodies and rounded lower bodies, their curves are sexy and they are able to easily hide their excess weight.

Ever get confused by dress codes? You may find this article helpful, click here to read.

My Everyday Makeup Brushes

My Everyday Makeup Brushes

By Sarah-Jade Thorne

A while back I posted an article on the Essential Makeup Brushes to have and I said there that I would also do an article on the makeup brushes I use every day. So, here it is :)

If you are a “makeup geek”, or if you are fairly new to makeup and you would like to build up a complete makeup brush set, you may find this article helpful. Please note that this article is a recommendation for personal, everyday brushes and not for a makeup artist’s brush set, as this list doesn’t include all the brushes needed for a makeup artist’s kit.

Here are the brushes I use in order of most essential:

1. My Mac 217 Brush (x2)

This brush is great because it is so versatile. I have two of them. The one I use for my concealer (especially for under the eyes) and for my light eyeshadow shade I use under my brows to soften the line on the darker eyeshadow shade I put in my crease. I usually use my face powder for this as it is the same colour as my skin so it’s great for blending my eyeshadow colours so that there are no harsh lines.

The other one I use for my darker eyeshadow shades. Because this brush can be used for wet and dry products, I use this brush for my powder eyeshadows as well as my MAC Paintpots (cream eyeshadows).

The two main reasons why this is my favourite brush is because I can do so much with it and secondly it helps me achieve perfect blending which is key for flawless makeup.

 

 

2. My MAC 187 Duo Fibre Brush

Just like the MAC 217 brush, this brush is also really versatile and can be used for both dry and wet products (i.e. foundation, face powder, powder blusher and cream blusher). It’s also a great blending brush and it great for getting that perfect, seamless foundation look.

I use this brush for my foundation and for my cream blushers when I wear them. Because I use this brush with foundation, I was it after every use.

 

 

 

3. My MAC 150 Large Powder Brush

This is the brush I use for my face powder. It works great for loose or compact powders. I use it with my L’Oréal True Match compact powder and my MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural powder. I don’t use a lot of powder. I mainly put on my eyelids, so that my eye makeup doesn’t crease during the day, and where ever I have applied concealer, to help set it.

 

 

4. My PMU Large Blush Brush

If I am using a powder blusher or even a powder bronzer, this is the brush I will use.

 

 

 

 

5. My PMU Medium Dome Brush

This brush I use for lining my eyes with a dark eyeshadow and for filling in my brows with a brow-shadow or eyeshadow. I have put this brush near the end as a cotton bud would also work :)

 

 

 

 

6. My PMU Mascara Wand

I use this brush for brushing my brows into place before filling them in. For a cheaper option you could also use a mascara wand from one of your old mascaras (just wash it out properly) or a small tooth brush will also do the trick :)

 

 

 

Makeup brushes are pricey (especially the good ones that last long) but it’s a good investment if you want to achieve a flawless and well blended makeup application. If you live in South Africa, you can get MAC brushes from any stand alone MAC stores and at selected Edgars and Truworths stores. Click here to find your nearest MAC store.

For PMU brushes, you can order them online. My first brush set was the PMU brush set and I still use a lot of them in my kit. I purchased my set in 2008 and they are still all in perfect condition! Click here to check out their prices.

 

To ensure that your brushes last long, please check out my article on How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes and look after them, if you haven’t already :)

How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes

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How To Clean Your Personal Makeup Brushes

 By Sarah-Jade Thorne

For brushes you use to apply powder makeup products; wash about once a month. For brushes you use to apply wet/cream products (e.g. foundation or lipstick brushes); wash after every use. Here are 5 simple steps to ensure proper and gentle cleaning of your makeup brushes.

  1. Holding the brush upside down, by the handle, run warm water over the brush hairs. Holding the brush upside down prevents water from soaking into the ferrule (the metal part that holds the bristles together). If this part of your brush continuously gets wet the hairs will eventually start to fall out. So try not to get the ferrule or handle (if wooden) wet.
  2. Put some baby shampoo into the palm of your hand and, still holding the brush upside down, swirl the brush in the baby shampoo and clean gently.
  3. Repeat step 1 to rinse the shampoo out of the brush.
  4. For natural hair brushes, I like to repeat step 2 with hair conditioner and then rinse off with cold water.
  5. After gently squeezing out the water from your brushes and reshaping them into their original shape, lay them on the edge on a flat surface, with the brush hairs hanging over the edge so they can dry properly.

Once your brushes are completely dry, store them upright in a container, to retain their shape.

To find out about what essential makeup brushes to have, click here.

Essential Makeup Brushes

Essential Makeup Brushes

By Sarah-Jade Thorne

You can have amazing technique and high quality makeup products but if you don’t have the right tools, the end result won’t be as amazing as it could be. I have found that having the right makeup brushes makes the biggest difference in the overall finish of the makeup. So depending on what makeup products you use, check out the brushes below (that I use) that will help you get a perfect finish. Remember that good quality makeup brushes will last for years, mine definitely have :) Please note that these are not all the brushes you could have or use, they are just the most essential ones for the basics. For those of you who are interested in building up a makeup brush collection, I will soon post an article on the brushes I use everyday. If you would like to keep updated on new articles I post, then visit my Makeup By Esjaytee Facebook Page and hit LIKE.

 

You use liquid foundation?

I would recommend the MAC 187 Duo Fibre Brush. This brush will give you a flawless, airbrushed, seamless finish to your foundation.

You use cream blusher?

I would recommend the MAC 187 Duo Fibre Brush. This brush will give you a flawless, airbrushed, seamless finish to your blusher; ultimately giving you a natural looking flush to your cheeks.

 

 

 

You use face powder (pressed/loose)?

I would recommend the MAC 150 Large Powder Brush. This is a soft, natural fibre brush that is perfect for applying face powder. P.S. You can also use the MAC 187 Duo Fibre Brush for your face powder.

 

 

 

 

You use concealer?

I would recommend the MAC 217 Blending Brush. This brush is my absolute FAVOURITE brush! It is so versatile (as you will see below, you can also use it for eye shadow). My favourite thing about this brush is that it gives you a perfectly blended, seamless look to your concealer.

You use eye shadow (dry/wet)?

I would recommend the MAC 217 Blending Brush. As I said above, this is my absolute FAVOURITE brush! It is so versatile (as you have seen above, you can also use it for concealer). My favourite thing about this brush is that it helps you to get a perfectly blended look with your eye shadows (whether you are using a powder based or cream based eye shadow).

 

 

 

 

You use powder blusher?

I would recommend the PMU Large Blusher brush. This is a soft, natural fibre brush that is perfect for applying powder blusher. I sometimes even use my MAC 187 Duo Fibre Brush for my powder blusher :)

So, if I could only have one brush in the world, it would be my MAC 217 Blending Brush (because I could always use my fingers for my foundation and cream blusher) and if I was able to choose one more, it would be the MAC 187 Duo Fibre Brush (simply because I can use it pretty much for my foundation, powder and blusher).
Remember:

  • Natural hair brushes are best for powder products (e.g. face powder) as they pick up (grip) and deposit the product better.
  • Synthetic hair brushes are better for wet products (e.g. foundation) because the actual hair fibres won’t absorb the product.

To find out how to clean your makeup brushes, click here.

Unique Eye Shapes

Unique Eye Shapes

By Sarah-Jade Thorne

Below are 6 unique eye shapes. Find out which one you are (you may even be a combination) and then learn how to make the most of your unique eye shape by using specific eye makeup techniques. For helpful makeup tutorials, please click here to visit my YouTube channel, Sarah-Jade Thorne.

1. Almond Eye Shape

Definition

Almond eyes are narrow and elongated in shape. They may have an upwards slant and often Almond eyes have a little or no crease in the eyelid.

 Almond eyes you may know

(Click on the celebrity’s name below to see what a difference correctly applied makeup can make)

Make-up dos

Apply a highlighting shade on your brow bone, upper lash line and the inside corner of your lower lash line. Apply a mid-tone shade from your outer corner and up over the hooded area. Take this same shade and apply it along your lower lash line starting from your outer corner. Take your darker contouring shade and repeat what you did with the mid-tone shade but only go about half way across your lid. Use this same shade to define your lower lash line, starting from the outer corner and working your way inwards. With eyeliner outline your upper lash-line with a very fine line (you can even apply your eyeliner in your top water line). To make your eyes appear bigger, try applying some beige eyeliner in your lower water line. Finish off the look by applying lots of mascara.

Make-up don’ts

Never apply a dark thick line of eyeliner along your top and bottom lash line as this will make your eyes appear small. Don’t use very strong or bright colors either as this can create an unnatural look.

2. Deep-Set Eye Shape

Definition

Deep-Set eyes tend to have hidden eyelids. These eyes are quite intense as the eyebrows seem to appear quite close to the eyes.

Deep-Set eyes you may know

(Click on the celebrity’s name below to see what a difference correctly applied makeup can make)

Make-up dos

Apply a light shade of eye-shadow over your entire eyelid. Then use a medium shade just above your natural crease line; doing this will help your eyebrow bone recede and bring more focus to your eyes. Next apply a darker contouring shade from the outer corner of your upper lash line then up onto the outer part of your brow bone. Apply a thin line of eyeliner on your upper lash line and then use your darker contour shade to line your bottom lash line, starting from the outer corner and tapering it along into the inner corner. Lastly finish off with plenty of mascara.

Make-up don’ts

Don’t apply dark eyeliner inside your water line as this will make your eyes look smaller even more deep-set. Don’t apply a shimmery highlighter on your brow bone as this will make your eyebrows more prominent and therefore your eyes even more deep-set.

3. Down-Slanting Eye Shape

Definition

Down-Slanting eyes have a downwards slant at the outer corners of the eyes.  This shape is usually quite large and round (similar to prominent eyes).

Down-Slanting eyes you may know

(Click on the celebrity’s name below to see what a difference correctly applied makeup can make)

Make-up dos

Apply a light highlighter shade on your brow bone, eyelid and the inner corner of your bottom lash line. Apply a medium shade slightly in from the outer part of your lid then bring it across your crease right into the inner corner of your crease. Take a mid-tone shade and apply it on your lower lid (also start it just a little in from the edge). Then take a darker contour shade and apply it into your crease, starting just in from the outer corner. Then take this some shade and apply it along your lash line, again starting just in from the outer corner. Apply your eyeliner only on the upper water line and finish off with mascara, concentrating on the middle lashes and not the outer ones.

Make-up don’ts

By applying a dark shade on your eyelid with a darker shade along the crease and highlighting shade in your inner corner, you will accentuate the downwards slant of your eyes. By applying mascara on your outer lower lashes you will also create an illusion of your eye being pulled further down.

4. Heavy-Lidded Eye Shape

Definition

Heavy-lidded eyes have large eye lids that make the eye look weighed down.  This eye shape is great for experimenting with make-up as there is a lot of space to work on.

Heavy-Lidded eyes you may know

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Make-up dos

Apply a highlighter shade on the middle of your bottom lid. Take a medium shade and apply it over the bottom lid and into your crease. Also apply this same shade along your lower lash line and extend it beyond the outer corner into a V-shape.  Press some more highlighter onto the middle of your bottom lid. Apply eyeliner inside your top water line and finish off with a light coat of mascara on your top lashes only.

Make-up don’ts

Don’t apply shimmery shades over your eyelid as this will make your eyes look bigger and puffy. A thick line of eyeliner on your top lash line will make your eyes appear clumsy and too much mascara will weigh them down.

5. Oval Eye Shape

Definition

The Oval eye shape can be either a perfect oval or more a rounded oval.  There are neither deep-set nor very prominent.

Oval eyes you may know

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Make-up dos

Apply highlighter on your brow bone and in the inside corners of your eyes. Apply a medium shade over your whole eye area (except your brow-bone). Take a darker contouring shade and apply it in your crease, starting from the outer corner, and blend. Make sure to concentrate the darker shade on the outer edges of your eyes. Elongate your eyes by extending your eyeliner just beyond your outer corners. Meet your bottom and top eyeliner in the corner so you make a V-shape. Apply a few coats of mascara, concentrating mainly on your top outer lashes.

Make-up don’ts

Don’t apply a dark shade on the center of your eyelid as this will make them look too round and avoid heavy eyeliner and mascara on your bottom lash line as this can pull your eye shape down.

6. Prominent Eye Shape

Definition

Prominent eyes are usually quite large and round, with quite large eye lids.

Prominent eyes you may know

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Make-up dos

Highlight your brow bone, only, with a pale shade. Apply your medium shade over your entire lid, leaving out your brow bone. Start your medium shade from your lash line. Apply this same shade along your lower lash line starting from the outer corner and bringing it inwards. Apply your darker contouring shade in the same way you did with your medium shade but don’t go further than your crease. Apply eyeliner along your top lash line and finish off with a few coats of mascara on your top lashes. If you want to make your eyes even smaller, you can apply eyeliner around your entire eye with the same thickness.

Make-up don’ts

Never highlight your eyelids as this may give your eyes a bulging look. Applying mascara on your top and bottom lashes will give you a doll like look.

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