Wake Up Those Eyes

16 Jan

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Happy New Year everyone!  When does that phrase get old exactly?  When is the ‘new’ year not so new anymore?  

I don’t know about you all, but I am relieved to be in a New Year.  The holidays certainly did a number on me and my skin.  Between the stressing over gifts, holiday parties and cookie after cookie after cookie, my skin is left with a not-so-perky look.  But what part of my face is most tired?  My eyes…

I was researching makeup, as I tend to do on a Saturday morning, and I came upon this information from Total Beauty.  This gives us some great tips on perking up those eyes so they sparkle once again.  I had to share this…really good stuff:

If you want to add definition: Sweep a light bronzer through the crease of the eye, which is halfway between the lashline and the eyebrow. As you age, the eye area loses elasticity, and things aren’t as shapely as they used to be. This technique is great for mature skin, to give the face more definition. A tip for you blue-eyed girls: An orange-y bronzer in your crease will make your eyes even bluer.

If you have narrow-set eyes: To elongate your eye width, apply a black liner to the outer half of both your upper and lower lashlines, connecting at the outer corner.

If you have drooping, heavy lids: Use what you just learned about highlights and shadows to lift your eye. Apply highlighter above your crease, from the inner to outer lid. Then blend a shadow to the area that you want to push back, which would be the heavy fold. Make sure to blend the edges from the shadow to the highlight.

If you have small eyes: Apply a beige-colored eyeliner to your lower inner rim, which will help make eyes look more open. Then use a black pencil liner along your entire upper and lower lashlines, connecting the lines at the outer corner. The key is to blend the liner with shadow, going outwards. Wherever you place the darkness is where your eye will go, so by smudging the lines, it gives the illusion that your eyes are taking up more real estate on your face.

For natural definition: Apply a black pencil to your upper inner rim. It lengthens the eye and it also sharpens the appearance of the eye, giving more fullness to the natural lashline without seeing the hard edge of a liner.

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