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Simple Eye Makeup

The right eye makeup can really make your eyes pop and give you a fresh, youthful look that lasts all day. However, not everyone has the time to do full eye makeup every day—even if you’re a regular at doing it! Luckily, there are plenty of simple eye makeup tips and tricks that you can do in just five minutes that will have people asking you where you got your beautiful eye makeup done! Here are 5 easy steps for simple eye makeup.

1) Find a simple eye shadow palette

If you’re just getting started with makeup, start simple: choose an eye shadow palette in neutral shades. Brown and gray tones have been shown to make people look more trustworthy and competent—all good qualities in an interview setting. One shade in particular, a color known as taupe, is widely regarded as a smart color that can make your eyes appear larger and more open. Choose either a matte or shimmery taupe (or similar mid-tone) to accentuate your best features and give your appearance that powerful aura. If you’re going for a nighttime job interview, choose a simple black or brown palette instead—the smokier they are, the better they will go with smokey eyes!

2) Apply the base all over your lid

The first step to any good eye makeup is to make sure you have a solid base. Start by applying a primer all over your lid and up to your eyebrow. This will help make your eye makeup last longer and prevent it from running, which can be really annoying when you’re trying to look put together. Next, take out your base and place it on top of your primer from step one. Keep in mind that your color should match or complement what you’re wearing that day! For example, if you’re wearing more neutral colors, stick with neutrals like browns and blacks; if you want something brighter, use blues or purples.

3) Apply the darker shade in your crease

The crease is located directly below your eyebrow, where your lid meets your eye socket. To find it, close your eyes and apply gentle pressure to that area with a finger; you’ll feel a dip. Use an angled brush to apply dark eyeshadow (in neutral or smoky shades) into that dip. Once there’s enough color on your brush, sweep it over both lids, making sure not to put any in your outer corner—it’ll look too heavy and unnatural there. This creates depth on both lids without creating a harsh line between them and will make everything else easier.

4) Bring it out with a lighter shade

You can use eye shadow as a way to bring out your eyes or make them appear larger. To achieve this, choose an eye shadow that is lighter than your skin tone. Take a pea-sized amount of powder and gently pat it onto your eyelid and from under your eye to almost the end of your eyebrow in a thin layer. This will open up your eyes so they look like two big saucers staring back at you (in a good way). Don’t go overboard by applying too much; just keep in mind less is more when it comes to eye makeup. If you want even more color, start with two coats—one thin coat in line with where you’re putting eyeliner and one thick coat on top.

5) Use eyeliner on your upper lash line

Yes, it’s a bit tricky to apply liner to your upper lash line. Start by drawing a very thin line across your upper lash line using a gel or liquid eyeliner. If you’re using a pencil, make sure you sharpen it before application. No matter what type of liner you use, make sure to go slowly; don’t worry about making mistakes because you can always clean them up later with Q-tips and makeup remover.

Best shadow palette for simple eye makeup

Try CoverGirl’s Queen Collection Ultimate Minerals Shadow Palette. This is one of my favorite drugstore palettes, because it contains a great mix of both neutral and bold shadows. A simple eye look can be created by using a neutral shadow on your lid and then adding definition with a darker shade in your crease. Both of these palettes have nice pigmentation, making them good options for beginners! Other more high-end palette choices include Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette and Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette. Both are stunning palettes that will get you far in creating an array of simple to extravagant looks!

Best eye makeup remover

There are two types of eye makeup remover: oils and creams. These are usually better than water-based removers because they can eliminate long-wearing eyeshadow, eyeliner, and mascara. Choose a formula that’s gentle on your skin but tough on your makeup. The best eye makeup remover is one that removes all of your eye makeup—even waterproof mascara—with minimal effort. Many removers also have soothing ingredients like cucumber extract or aloe vera to soothe red, irritated eyes after wearing heavy eye makeup all day.

Best Eye makeup remover for sensitive skin

If you wear a lot of eye makeup, or tend to be a bit heavy-handed with eyeliner or mascara, it’s important to find an eye makeup remover that won’t irritate your skin. We recommend something gentle but effective like our Gentle Lip and Eye Makeup Remover . It has Aloe Vera, Vitamin E and chamomile to calm skin, plus green tea extract to tighten pores. If your eyes are particularly sensitive after using eye makeup remover, applying a cold compress can help. Just wrap some ice cubes in a towel and apply to your closed eyes for about five minutes. Your eyes will feel refreshed—and less irritated!

Best eye makeup remover for mature skin

If you’re past your 20s, eye makeup remover may be a staple in your beauty routine. But if you’re looking for something especially gentle to cleanse your lids and remove mascara, there are lots of options out there that aren’t harsh on sensitive skin. Look for a remover formulated with hydrating ingredients like aloe and vitamin E. It’s also important to note that many removers include fragrance, so if you have mature skin or are sensitive to fragrances, it might be worth trying an unscented option. If you still find yourself struggling with redness or irritation after using eye makeup remover, consider switching brands—or just do what I do and use baby oil instead!

Some useful tips for simple eye makeup

Start by applying a primer or eye base. This will help your eyeshadow blend into your skin better, which can make you look more natural and helps with longevity of your eye makeup. It also helps prevent creasing (that dreaded sign that your eyeliner and shadows have moved).Apply a light shimmer or matte eyeshadow to set as an all-over base color on your lid using an eyeshadow brush (flat, firm, synthetic brush).

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