I’m new to the makeup scene & it’s kind of embarrassing to how much I don’t know! I was wondering if you had any tips on makeup for eyes (eyeliner, eyeshadow, mascara) and concealer? & possibly which products are good & how to apply them? I know it’s a lot but I’ve been looking for some advice & you seem to be a really good person to go to! Thanks for your time 🙂 – Anonymous via Tumblr
Hey! No problem, don’t be embarrassed! It’s my pleasure. I’ll start with my recommended products first.
Eyeshadow: Your best bet is to get an eyeshadow palette which will allow you to experiment a little more. I LOVE Revlon’s eyeshadow quads, they last super long, has a great range of color choices, and it even has instructions on what to do on the back of it! Other brands that do great eyeshadows are MAC and Bobbi Brown.
For eyeliner, since you’re a beginner I’d definitely recommend a pencil eyeliner. MAC does the best ones – my very first eyeliner was from MAC almost 10 years ago and I haven’t looked back! They have tons of colors too. If you have sensitive eyes, I also really love the eyeliners from Clinique. If you’re feeling brave and would prefer a liquid liner, Hourglass makes an amazing one called Calligraphy.
And finally, mascara. When I started wearing makeup, half the fun would always be buying a new mascara to test out every few months! I tried everything from Maybelline (they make great ones) to Revlon (yuck!) to MAC (no good) to Bourjois (yuck!) to Lancome (amazing). For an inexpensive one, I like the ones by The Body Shop and Maybelline, and for department store ones, I like Clinique and Lancome; although I do not use Lancome or Maybelline anymore as they test on animals. So if that’s a cause you support then just go for the other two. 🙂
As for application – I would recommend watching videos on YouTube – it’s a bit hard to explain here, seeing it is much better. Just search “how to apply eyeshadow”, etc, and experiment and learn as you go. Some quick tips:
- Don’t line your waterline (inner rims) with eyeliner. It looks good but it is SO unhygienic, it ain’t worth it!
- Apply your bottom eyelashes first, then the top. It might sound weird, but when the bottom is done, the eyelashes “hold” any smudges that might come when you are applying mascara on your top lashes; preventing it from going on your skin.
- Always remember to blend your eyeshadow so there are no obvious lines of eyeshadow/skin. What I do is I use my index finger and do a gentle “windshield wiper” movement across it.
- For eyeliner, it can be hard at first to draw straight across your lash line. What you can do is draw dots across it, and then “connect the dots” to each one.
- Remove all eye makeup before bed. I actually remove all my makeup once I get home, because the more time my skin has time to “breathe” the better my skin looks, as well as my eyes.
Phew I wrote SO much, haha. For concealer, THIS is a big deal for me, ‘cause I have pretty bad dark eye circles and I feel I’ve tried everything. So far, the only thing that really does a great, (almost perfect) job is Laura Mercier’s Secret Concealer. It is quite the investment but is the best I’ve tried so far. All the best, and remember to have FUN! I remember when I first started wearing makeup it was so exciting discovering new things and playing with new products. Enjoy! 🙂
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