DIY: Three classic eye looks
Whether you go smoky, winged or natural, these tips will make sure all eyes are on you.
They’re classic eyeshadow looks that can dramatically change your whole look.
Here’s our step-by-step guide so you can perfect the smoky eye, winged eye or natural eye at home.
The winged eye
- Tilt your head back and open your eyes slightly.
- Use a light eye pencil to create a sketch of how your “wings” will look. This way, you can easily make corrections with a cotton bud. The line should start as thin as possible and grow fatter toward the outer corner of your eye. How far your wings go is up to you, but keep in mind that less is usually more.
- Step away from the mirror for a couple minutes, then come back. You should be able to tell right away if your eyeliner looks the same on both sides. If it doesn’t, gently rub it off and start again.
- Trace over the pencil with liquid liner, resting your elbow on a table to help keep your hand steady.
- Curl your lashes and put on mascara. Leave your bottom lashes completely bare.
The smoky eye
- Rim your lids with a creamy slate black pencil – draw it directly over your lash line, working from the inner corner outwards.
- Top with a wash of silver/grey eyeshadow up to the crease.
- Add a hint of softness by brushing translucent silver shadow up to the brow bone – and dab a little in the corner of the eye.
- Finish by coating on your blackest black mascara.
The natural eye
- Pat a taupe or beige eyeshadow on your eyelids, then take a dark brown pencil and line your upper and lower lashes.
- Smudge and soften the line with a small brush or a damp cotton bud.
- Curl lashes to open up your whole eye area. Always curl them before applying your mascara, otherwise you can snap the lash.
- Apply a brown (black is too severe) mascara to give definition. Don’t forget to coat the very inner lashes and the top of your lashes, too.
Pro eyeshadow tip
Convert powder eyeshadow into flawless eyeliner by dipping your makeup brush into eye drops instead of water. The shadow gets creamy instead of balling up, which makes it easy to be precise.
Written by Nikki Yazxhi