Eye makeup can define how natural or dramatic your look can be. Whether you want to learn a process you can use every day or look stunning for a special occasion, here’s how to get it right.

Steps to Follow

Start with a clean face: Wash your whole face with water before you begin applying anything, paying particular attention to any leftover mascara or eyeliner. After washing, get clean wipes to dry your face. If you’re having trouble removing residual eye makeup, try using cold water or regular lotion on a cotton swab. If you have dry skin around your eyes or suffer from eczema, rub a little moisturizer underneath your eyes, as well as between the outer corners of your eyes and your temples. Don’t put moisturizer on your eyelids – this will make them greasy, and the makeup you apply will run off.

Even out the skin tone around your eyes: Apply concealer to dark under-eye circles and to the area where your inner eye meets your nose. Use your fingers or a concealer brush to blend the makeup outward to your cheekbones and nose. Set the concealer by brushing a loose, flesh-toned powder over it; apply some powder to your eyelids, as well.

Apply eyeshadow: You can use one color, or mix two colours.

Blend the colors: If you applied more than one color of eyeshadow, use a fluffy, tapered blending brush to mix the colors a bit. This will create a more natural, cohesive look.

Apply eyeliner: You can use liquid eyeliner, a liner pencil, or even wet eyeshadow on an angled brush to line your eyes. Whatever you pick, move across your upper lash line in tiny, controlled strokes as if you’re drawing a dotted line. Go back and fill in the blanks with more small strokes. For more drama, line your lower lashes as well.

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Curl your lashes: Use an eyelash curler to grip your upper lashes. Hold the clamp for about five seconds. Accessing your lashes is easiest if you half-close your eyes. Remember; always curl before you apply mascara, never after.

Apply mascara: You can apply a little or a lot, and there are many different brands and formulas for volume, length and definition. Find a product you’re happy with. Start at the base of your upper lashes and slowly sweep upward. For a more dramatic effect, apply mascara to the lower lashes as well. If you want to apply multiple coats, do it while the first coats of mascara are still wet – applying a new coat to dry mascara will result in clumps.