Back To Basics: The Eyes Have It

Ciao Bellas,
Putting together a great eye look, falls into a few basic steps:
  1. A great primer or base. Some people use MAC Paint, or Paint Pots (which creased like a beast on me). I've been using Too Faced Shadow Insurance for a hot minute, and there are endless raves for Urban Decay's Primer Potion. A Primer pretty much makes sure that your shadows won't crease or budge, while a base sort of alters the color of your shadows (For example, I've seen some of my fellow women of color use a white base like an eye liner, foundation, or something to get a truer color out of their eye shadow).

  2. Then one needs to be familiar with basic eye shadow placement (Check out this fab chart from http://www.mac.laurahill.com/). A very basic eye look usually consists of a lid, crease (or "contour" on the chart), and highlight color (which can be used on the brow bone, and on the inner corner of the eye).

  3. Picking out the right colors for your skin tone is somewhat easy, and I encourage y'all to be bold. You can seriously wear ANY color, it's just a matter of finding the right shade for you. The Style and Beauty Doctor has a great guide to MAC eye shadows (from colors, to finishes), using different celebs, so all you have to do is find the one closest to your skin tone.

  4. The right tools are important too, I'll talk about this more later on, but the most recommended MAC Brushes are (for the eyes) the: #239 (to pack on eye shadow), #217 (for blending, can be used in the crease, and also to apply concealer I hear), #252 (I'm told that it's comparable to the #239, but this brush is larger so you cover more lid space at a time), #224 (also comparable to the #217, or so I've been told. I've mostly heard of it being used in the crease), and the #266 (angle eye liner brush).
  5. Blend, Blend, Blend! Scandalous Beauty on YouTube explained it best

  6. Eye liner! Most people prefer to use a pencil, which is fine, but I prefer to use a gel like MAC's Fluidline (or Bobbi Brown's Long Wear Gel Eye Liner, I like MAC's better though) and my #226 brush (perfect lines every time, and essentially foolproof). Liquid liner is nice too, as you get a precise line, but it can get messy quickly. Personally I don't ever wear straight up black liner, I wear Fluidline in Blitz and Glitz (which is a sort of off black with gold glitter)...and I LOVE colorful eye liner. Everybody should try it at least once, in a color that just makes their eyes pop (Dark / Emerald Green, Navy, and Royal Blue are a few colors that look oh so sexy on women of color).

  7. The mascara of your choice, and a lash curler if your into it. I'm going to have to purchase another one today, and try out that tip from Sam Fine that I posted about the other day (one coat of mascara, curl, more mascara).
I'm definitely going to expand on specifics from this subject later on. Like brushes, eye liner (lining the water line, kohl mascara) and false lashes. If theres something you'd like for me to go into more detail about, leave a comment about it, and I'll do my best.

Stylishly Yours,
Ms. Fab

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