Sam goes to beauty school #9: dramatic eyes
This week was my last week at make-up class, which meant both a written test and practical assessment (gulp!). For the practical assessment we were allowed to choose any kind of make-up look to create. I decided to focus on the eyes because it was always my biggest weakness throughout the course. Learning how to properly apply eyeshadow (and blend correctly) was one of the main reasons I enrolled in the first place. So once again with the help of my beautiful housemate, here are some tips from my final look in make-up class. Enjoy!
DRAMATIC EYES TIP #1 – Eyes first, foundation second
I knew that by applying dramatic eye make-up I was bound to make a bit of mess so to ensure there was no fall-out, smudges or smears left on the face I applied the eye make-up first and then followed with foundation. This makes it easier to clean up any mistakes. Use a small concealer brush around the eye area so you don’t accidently erase any work.
DRAMATIC EYES TIP #2 - Don’t go higher than the crease
When I say dramatic eyes, I don’t mean drag queen eyes. You don’t want the eyeshadow going all the way to the brow, so make sure to define the eye crease first and then don’t go above it. Find the eye crease by applying a small amount of pressure above the eyeball. Use a small angle brush with a dark coloured eye shadow to trace along the top of the eyeball. This will create the outline of the crease and in a way ‘the boundary’ for your eyeshadow.
DRAMATIC EYES TIP #3 – Use three colours
Using three different shades of colour for the eyes will create a nice ombre effect. I like to start with the darkest colour on the outside and work my way in towards the nose with lighter colours. For Jemima’s eyes I used black, grey and cream eyeshadows. Using a cream shadow in the inner corners of the eyes will also make them look bigger.
DRAMATIC EYES TIP #4 – Don’t forget the brows
Having big, bright dramatic eyes will look a bit silly if they’re not framed by defined brows, so make sure to go over them with a pencil or powder.
DRAMATIC EYES TIP #5 – Don’t go overboard
It can be tempting to pair dramatic eyes with a bright coloured lip, but often the two together is a bit too much for one face. Considering I used such dark colours on Jemima’s eyes it was safest to stick to a nude lip.
What do you think of my final make-up look? Do you prefer dramatic eyes or a bright lip?
Sam is enrolled in a Make-up Design and Application course at the Artistry of Make-up Academy in Sydney.