Eye Makeup Tricks, Celebrity Style
Ever see a girl—famous or merely human—with amazeballs eye makeup and just think, “How’d she do that?” Us too. Quite often, in fact. Luckily, applying eye makeup isn’t some secret craft practiced by only a few wise monks who never reveal their secrets. Eye makeup is really about using little tricks of color, texture, and finish. Makeup artists know these tricks, and now we’re sharing them with you. And trust us—anyone can do these.
The Easiest Way to Brighten Eyes
Megan Fox’s shadow look may be smoky, but it doesn’t overpower her face. Whether you’re going for red-carpet glam or just an everyday look, always put a bit of pearly shadow in the inner corners of your eyes—it perks up any look and makes your eye color pop. The easiest way to apply is with a soft, chubby eye pencil like NYX Cosmetics Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk ($4.50 at Nyxcosmetics.com).
The Secret to Perfect Black Liner
Notice how Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss’ black eye liner is soft and diffuse, and doesn’t look like it was drawn on with a felt marker? That’s because it’s powder shadow.
Liner pens and pencils are great for creating defined looks, but when you’re doing around-the-eye smokiness, always use a black powder shadow to get the most natural look. Grab a flat or slanted-tip brush like Urban Decay Good Karma Liner Brush ($26 at Urbandecay.com), wet it in some water, and dab it into the shadow. Apply it around the eyes by pressing it gently on your lash line and repeating all the way around—not dragging. Try Stila Eye Shadow in Ebony. ($18 at Stilacosmetics.com) The water helps the powder adhere longer, with truer color.
Colorful Eyes with Class
Emmy Rossum’s blue shadow at the New York premiere of Beautiful Creatures is simple and stunning. Notice that the blue on the lower lashline and in the corners of her eyes is one shade lighter than the blue on her lids—that keeps the entire look from getting bottom-heavy. To get it at home, use the flat liner brush technique with a cream shadow like Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in #20 Intense Blue on the upper lashline, and #25 Pastel Blue below. Then use a small shadow brush to dab a bit of the lighter shadow in the corners of your eyes. (shadows, $23 each at Sephora)
Rolling In the Depth
Adele’s eyes don’t just look huge and lashful—they look deep-set and mysterious, too. The key here is to apply a light-colored shadow like Maybelline Expert Wear Eye Shadow in Champagne Fizz to the lid with a medium shadow brush, then use a crease brush like Tarte Easy Crease Brush ($10 at Tartecosmetics.com) to blend a darker shadow like Maybelline Expert Wear Eye Shadow in Cinnamon Spice into the crease. Use a larger shadow brush to blend well, and the placement of the dark shadow makes eyes look fuller and deeper. (shadows, $2.94 each at Target)
Beautiful Bedroom Eyes
Sometimes the trick is knowing what not to wear. At the 2013 Golden Globe Awards, Jessica Chastain’s eyes were heavy-lidded and sultry, but still totally natural. That’s from skipping the mascara on the lower lashes. Paired with delicate liner on top, the effect is classic old Hollywood glamour.