Eyes are the #1 feature that people first notice on someone else’s face. When you’re trying to get away with less makeup, Butterfly Studio’s master makeup artist Francesca Roman says it’s all about creating subtle yet defined eyes. “To awaken the face in all of the right ways, your eye area is key.” Here are her tricks for faking that fresh, no-make-up look and getting big, bright eyes down.
· One of the most important (but not always thought about) tips for making eyes stand out is to define your brows. Make sure to keep stray hairs tidy as needed with regular waxing or tweezing. For daily grooming, brush your brow hair up and outward. Then fill in the shape with a pencil, brow powder, or eye shadow to match your brow’s hue. If your hair color is warmer than your brows, choose a shade that also has a hint of warmth, and so forth. The trick to natural looking brows is to use a brow brush for control as you’re filling in to diffuse the line of pigment and to blend into the skin and spaces between brow hair. Finish with a brow gel, like the one from Anastasia, to enhance definition and help with hold.
· Even out your eyelids with a light layer of creamy, crease-proof shadow or primer such as MAC’s Prep and Prime Eye – or the primer from Paula Dorf. Francis says, “It’s one of the most perfect makeup products ever made!” A small amount goes a long way for creating a nice, clean canvas for eyes.
· Line the inner rim of your waterline on your upper lid with a soft, waterproof brown pencil. This will define your eyes without a harsh line.
· To get the effect of brighter, bigger eyes, line your lower waterline and inner eye with a beige waterproof pencil – and always a pencil to protect eyes from powder flecks. It’s especially important for contact wearers. For a more natural everyday look, avoid the commonly recommended white pencil which is actually more noticeable. Choose a flesh toned shade that closely matches your skin color.
· Unless you have black hair and lashes naturally, don’t go with a jet-black mascara. Instead, try a dark brown shade for a more natural look. To get convincingly long, lush lashes, wiggle the mascara brush in the roots of your lashes (top only) and separate immediately using a clean mascara wand or eyelash comb.