For hooded eyes I highly recommend highlighting your brow bone and inner corner (pupil area) with a shimmery or matte cream, off white eyeshadow! This will give the illusion your eye is slightly lifted.
Also stay away from applying dark colors all over the lid and using balck eyeliner on the water line. Using a white or nude color eyeliner on the water line will make your eyes look bigger and more open. MAC and Rimmel both make nude and white eyeliners. :)
Lastly keep darker shadows in the outer half of the eye. This will give the illusion of more of a crease and dimension.
As for contouring your nose, use a cool, almost grey looking brown matte powder to look like real shadows. Either an eyeshadow, bronzer or darker face powder all work well! You can also use a darker shade of concealer or foundation. Using an eyeshadow blending brush tends to work best for me because it’s small enough and blends at the same time.
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I read all the questions I get! But unfortunately I can’t answer them all because it would take a long time & I think people would get really annoyed of a million questions being answered LOL
But makeup is definitely not something I was automatically good at, at all! My winged eyeliner was all kinds of jacked up and I made every makeup mistake out there lol.
It is something that takes practice and patience. So anyone who’s having trouble with putting on makeup don’t worry just know every makeup artist or makeup enthusiast was once a beginner and probably sucked at first lol.
A few tippy tips
- Cut the lashes to the length of your eye, some eyes are bigger and some eyes are smaller so usually the lash bands are way too long to fit everyone’s eye. When the lash bands comes too close to your inner eye it can rub through out the day making the lash band loosen and come off. So by cutting a little off the ends the lash band will stop a little past the middle of your eye.
- Let the glue dry before applying. If you put on some glue and put on the lashes right away the glue won’t be sticky enough and the glue will just get every where and the lashes will peel up. After you put a thin layer of glue on the lash band let the glue dry for about 30 seconds then apply the lashes, the glue will be sticky enough so they will just sit in place and stick to the skin.
- Apply a little extra glue on the ends of the lashes, just to make sure the ends don’t peel up through out the day because thats usually what unsticks first.
- Use tweezers to hold down the edges. This will not only make it easier to apply lashes so they are super close to your natural eyelashes but you can also hold down the edges till they fully dry and stick.
- Use good quality lashes. Usually the super cheap ones that you can by on Ebay like 20 pairs in a box for $2 will be the hardest to apply especially for beginners because the lash band is very thick. Those arent bad lashes or anything but save those for when you have a little more experience with falsies. A thick, black band isnt very bendable so the lashes won’t bend to the shape of your eye and just keep peeling up.
- Look for lashes with a clear band. Like stated above a black band is usually really thick, clear bands are a lot more flexible and light weight. They also look the most natural on the eyes because since the band is clear they look like your own lashes because you can see a thick black lash band. Ardell, Red Cherry, Salon Perfect, MAC all make lashes with clear bands.
Clear lash band
Thick, black lash band
As for finding natural looking false lashes you want to look for two things
- 100% Real Human Hair
- Clear Lash Band
Real human hair lashes arent super shiny like synthetic/plastic ones. Shiny lashes usually give away that youre wearing falsies because real lashes arent shiny. They will usually say on the package %100 real human hair. My all time favorite natural looking lashes are Ardell Demi Wispies sold at most drugstores!
Yes I LOOOVE them! My all time favorite brushes because not only are they on the affordable side but they are practical some brushes that are cheap/affordable might be soft but they can be super thin and flimsy with not a lot of hair so they don’t pick up much product or blend very well but Sigma brushes are always very dense (aka a lot of hair tightly packed together).
I think I got my first Sigma brush set in 2008/2009 and I still use brushes from that kit so they have lasted me quite a while. One brush broke on me, the glue holding the brush together fell apart. But other than that I really recommend them. I still purchase individual brushes from them because I like to have many of a certain brush I like.
Buying a kit is a great way to go but i’ll list some of my fav individual brushes from them that I use on an every day basis :)
- Flat Top Kabuki (great for foundation)
- Angled Blush Brush (great for blush or bronzer, I actually have two one for each!)
- Small Contour Brush (great for blush, bronzer, powder, contouring, highlighting)
- Tapered Blending Brush (great for blending out eyeshadow and adding color into the crease, thinner than a normal blending brush so it can still fit in the crease nicely)
MAC Lustre Drops are great! It will add a glow to your foundation while giving you more of a bronze look.
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess
Most liquid bronzers will be illuminating/glowing so if you wan’t more of a matte finish try just mixing a darker shade of foundation with your current foundation on the back of your hand or using a cream or powder bronzer over your foundation :)