Playing With Pigment

We’ve all done it. You take an innocent trip to Sephora or a walk down the Urban Decay aisle, and there it is: the bright blue eye shadow of your dreams— except you’d never have the confidence to wear it. With the following tips, you can easily leave those days behind.

Dark smokey eyes are a classic, but nothing says summer like a vibrant color. Choose a variety of palettes in the same family, for example ones that containing a few shades of blue or pink, then follow the steps below: 

 

 

Step 1:            Apply an eyelid primer. This helps prevent the eye shadow from smudging and keeps it in place all day.

Step 2:            Once you’ve chosen your color palettes, select an eyeliner that’s darker than the darkest shadow shade and apply to your upper and lower lash line.

Step 3:            Using the lightest color or a light translucent shadow, cover the entire area from the lid up to right below the eyebrow’s arc.

Step 4:               Take the second darkest color in the palate and sweep across the eyelid.

Step 5:            Instead of closing your eyes completely, keep them open half way. With the darkest shade, blend the eye shadow into the crease without touching the eyelid.

Step 6:            Go back to the second darkest color and apply right below your lower lash line.

And wha-lah you’ve created a bright, bold look and are ready for whatever summer brings your way.

Open up Those Eyes

We all have those days. The days where you roll out of bed after a restless night, or rush to get ready because you missed your alarm. Sometimes you need a little more than coffee to wake you up. When all else fails try something from our list. Or try them all. They’re simple things you can add to your morning routine that will take no more than one or two minutes top. Dark circles are the toughest part to deal with. Once you cover those bad boys, the rest is simple. Using a thicker cream based concealer works best. Blend it well with you fingertips before applying foundation. N.Y.C cosmetics has called Cover Sticks. It’s in a shape of a lipstick tube and works wonders for only $1.99.

One of the easiest eye openers can be achieved by using an eyelash curler. E.L.F. has them for only $1. See it for yourself. Curl the lashes on one eye and compare it to the eye who’s lashes you didn’t curl. Having curled lashes opens eyes instantly. Another simple trick you can try includes using white eyeliner. Line the bottom part of your lower lids. Finally one of the oldest tricks in the book, use mascara. Pick one that’s meant for lengthening the lashes. Longer lashes means brighter, wide awake eyes.