Makeup for different eye shapes

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Thursday, May 8, 2014


IT CAN be frustrating to try to follow eyeshadow tutorials, and not get the same result even if you use the same products and brushes.

The trouble could lie in the fact that you may not have the same eye shape as the person doing the tutorial. Considering one’s eye shape is crucial to creating the best emphasis for your eyes. It’s all about placing shadow, liner and lashes to flatter the unique shape of your peepers.

At the recent MAC Technique workshop, celebrity makeup artist Jigs Mayuga did two different looks based on trends for Spring/Summer 2014. Last week, we talked about the first makeup look, a “day glow” perfect for complimenting a tan. The second look that Jigs did concentrated on the eyes. Here are his tips:

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• Winged liner, as with many things in life, becomes easier with practice. Instead of using small motions, Jigs advises using longer strokes, which will give a cleaner line. He used black gel eyeliner, angling the wing based on the outer corner of the lower eyelid.

• You can certainly still use eyeshadow on chinita eyes, or if your eyelids have a small fold. Blend a lighter eyeshadow all over the lid to open them up, then use a darker eyeshadow blending from the outer corners going in so that it fades towards the nose. Blend the darker color on the socket of the eye instead of the crease of the eyelid. This creates depth and you’ll actually still be able to see the eyeshadow when the eyes are open.

• To keep winged liner looking more modern than vintage pin-up, don’t emphasize eyebrows too much; just groom them lightly to fill in any sparse areas. Skin with a natural finish is also younger and fresher paired with winged liner. Prep skin well by moisturizing, and use a sheer foundation plus highlighter for a natural-looking glow.

• Jigs paired the full liner and lashes only with a subtle blush and nude lips, making it very wearable for daytime or a chic night-time look.

• If you have uneven eyelids, eyeliner is great for making things look more balanced. But Jigs says you can only do so much; don’t try to do a much thicker line on one eye or it will end up looking strange.

• For girls with hooded eyelids, Jigs agrees that eyeshadow can be tricky. He says that lashes are hooded eyelids’ best friend, sharing that one Hollywood starlet whom he did makeup for had hooded lids. She would place individual lashes on herself every day, but since most people don’t have time for individual lashes on a daily basis, curl lashes and use a super-lengthening mascara.

• Hooded eyelids can definitely benefit from extra-long lashes, but individual ones take a lot of time. Try a single strip instead, with ‘strands’ in varying lengths instead of one thick fringe, to keep lashes looking more believable.

If you keep practicing with false eyelashes, I promise you can apply them in five minutes. That’s my quick night-out fix, paired with a nice bright or deep lipstick, if I don’t have time to fiddle with eyeshadow. Just use a good lash glue so that your lashes don’t start to fall off!

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 09, 2014.

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