Beauty School: How To Make Your Peepers Stand Out Sans Eyeliner

“Eyeliner just isn’t my thing. How can I emphasize my eyes while still steering clear of it?”

Don’t worry if you’re not a fan of eyeliner, perfect eyeshadow can serve to define the eyes as well! The best is to use three tones – highlight, mid, and defining color. This method applies whether you’re using neutral, cream, taupe, and brown for a natural daytime look or a more dramatic combination of pale lilac, plum and amethyst for nighttime glamour.

  1. Make sure brows are well tweezed, as any hairs on the eyelid will trap the eyeshadow and make blending difficult.
  2. Prep the eyes and create a neutral base. Using a firm synthetic brush or your fingertip, dot a little foundation or concealer over the eyelid and blend it to the browbone. This will camouflage any blue or red undertones and create a smooth surface. If you’re using powder eyeshadow, lightly dust the eyelid with translucent powder to absorb any surface oils and ensure smooth blending.
  3. Load a medium sized natural hair brush with the mid color and tap off any excess. Starting at the outer corner of the eyelid, blend the shadow all over the eyelid from the lash line to the socket creating a semicircle of color.
  4. Use a smaller, rounder brush to add a little of the deeper defining color in the hollow of the socket, blending it to the outer corner of the eye and blurring the edges for a soft, smoldering effect. Build up color gradually to the desired intensity.
  5. Use a small blending brush to sweep highlighter over the arch of the browbone.
  6. Using a small pointed brush, define the upper lash line with the darker shadow, working the color between the roots of the lashes.
  7. Define the upper and lower lashes with mascara.

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