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Black Eye Makeup

A black eye can happen to anyone, especially those who play contact sports, from basketball to football. The mark you see around the eyes isn’t caused by the actual blow; it’s due to bruising under the skin, which shows up black on your face. If you want to cover this kind of discoloration up with makeup, there are products available at your local drugstore that will help you do so without covering over the discoloration completely. Read on to learn more about black eye makeup and how to apply it properly!

Eyeshadow primer

Use eye shadow primer to avoid creasing, which can happen when your lids are oily. Using a primer ensures that your eye shadow looks vibrant and stays in place for hours. Eyeshadow primers are typically marketed as being ideal for contact lens wearers because they help eyeshadow adhere to your eyelid, making it easier to apply. This is a myth, however; some make-up experts say there’s no difference in adhesion between eyeshadow with and without primer, so you don’t need to purchase pricey products labeled specifically for contact lens wearers. The key is simply using an oil-free product on clean skin!

Highly pigmented eyeshadow

Once you’ve learned how to apply eyeliner and mastered your brows, it’s time to turn your attention to eyeshadow. First, choose a shade that complements your eye color and skin tone. Then, use eyeshadow brushes in different shapes (round, flat or angled) to apply various colors across your lid (or even all over). Also consider experimenting with glitter or other finishing touches like false lashes or fake eyelashes. For more on getting started with makeup check out our guide: Getting Started With Eyeshadow

White eyeliner pencil

Once you’ve learned how to apply eyeliner and mastered your brows, it’s time to turn your attention to eyeshadow. First, choose a shade that complements your eye color and skin tone. Then, use eyeshadow brushes in different shapes (round, flat or angled) to apply various colors across your lid (or even all over). Also consider experimenting with glitter or other finishing touches like false lashes or fake eyelashes. For more on getting started with makeup check out our guide: Getting Started With Eyeshadow

Long lasting mascara

I’m always a fan of L’Oreal, especially when I want my makeup to last all day. Mascara is one of those products that can truly make or break your look, and if you can find a product that stands up to your eyelashes and lasts through sweat and heat…well, you’ve found a friend for life. My current pick is L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Power X-Fiber. The brush is super fine and allows me to be precise with my application.

Don’t forget your eyebrows!

Accentuating your eyes is one of the easiest ways to be more attractive and make yourself stand out. An easy way to do that is by creating an outline for your eye makeup with mascara, but it’s important not to overdo it. Take a little from each corner and blend toward your eyebrow—no need to draw a thick line across. Also, use black mascara instead of brown so it really stands out against your skin! The trick with using eyeliner (or just any makeup, really) around your eyes is that you want it to be symmetrical: You don’t want half of one eye darker than the other.

Add some sparkle

Black eyeliner looks great on its own, but it really shines when paired with some sparkling eye shadow. The shimmer highlights your eyes and draws attention away from dark circles, making you look bright-eyed and bushy-tailed (no matter how late you stayed out). The best part about sparkly makeup is that there’s no way to overdo it—most of us only have time for simple makeup in the morning, anyway. Another bonus: I love glitter as a lazy girl hack because it makes putting on eye makeup so quick and easy! Apply a thin line of black liner along your upper lash line and keep it simple with just mascara for your lower lashes.

Final touchups with powder


Applying a final, sheer layer of powder will keep your eyeliner and shadow looking fresh for hours. If you don’t use makeup on a regular basis, you can buy a pressed or loose powder compact with multiple shades; if you wear eye makeup often, just purchase an all-in-one shade that matches your skin tone. Be sure to blend gently with your ring finger and pat lightly; pushing too hard can leave fine lines in your finished look.

Take pictures and admire them!


One mistake a lot of people make when they’re trying to look different with their makeup is that they forget to take a picture of themselves. And if you don’t have pictures of your new look, how can you really see what it looks like? If you want to try out a new style or change your usual routine, snap some pics before you head out for an event—even if it’s just dinner at home. It’ll be worth it when you check back on them and remember how awesomely unique your makeup was that night!

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