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21 Eye Makeup Tips Beginners Secretly Want To Know

So you don't always have to wing it.


1. Determine your eye shape!

This is the first step to figuring out where and how you should apply eye makeup.

Click on your eye type for a more detailed eye makeup tutorial: deep set, monolid, hooded, protruding, upturned, downturned, close-set, and wide-set.

2. Instead of looking straight ahead in a mirror, tilt your head up and look down as you apply your eyeliner.

By doing this, you'll get a better look at whether or not your wings are symmetrical.

3. Add some height to the arch of your eyebrows by blending highlighter directly under your brow.

To maximize the effect, be careful not to overblend.

Try this highlighter from Amazon that's specifically for brows, $20.

4. Similarly, give your eyes a lift by applying illuminator just above the brow.

The highlighter will help to draw attention to the highest point of the brow, thus making it look like you got an "eye lift."

Any illuminating stick will work, but if you don't have one, the L'Oreal Lumi highlighter is a great, cheap option for $6.22.

5. For easy eyeliner application, dot your lashes and connect them with a brush to create an even stroke.

If you don't have a great brush, try a gel eyeliner with an angled brush for greater accuracy.

For an inexpensive liner and smudger, try this double-sided pencil from Amazon for $6.05

6. Keep it dotted for a more nuanced look.

To get the full effect, only add about 4-6 dots to each eye.

7. Tightline your eyes with white, nude, and black to "change" the shape of your eyes.

White eyeliner will open up your eyes, making them look bigger, whereas black liner will close up your eyes, making them tighter and fiercer.

8. Make the shape look different by only outlining certain areas:

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There's no right way to do your eyeliner — play around with it, because eyeliner sets the boundaries of your eyes. You can alter your natural eye shape with eyeliner. If your eyes are close-set, you can give the illusion of them being farther apart by applying eyeliner to only the outside corners.

9. If you want your eyes to look bigger, place your crease shadow a little higher than your natural crease.

For more information on where your natural crease lies and how to contour your eyes, go here.

10. Add a neutral or white base to your lids to intensify your eyeshadow and also to make it last longer.

For an affordable white or light nude base, try NYX's eyeshadow base, which comes in four different shades.

Get it from Amazon for $4.89.

11. If you want a smokier look, smudge some black base shadow over your lids and put your colored eyeshadow over top. Remember to blend!

This LA Girl Black Base is a steal at $4.44, but if you don't want to buy anything, you can also use your regular black eyeliner. Just apply it over your lids and use a buffing brush to blend it in with your other eyeshadow colors.

12. Use your shadow brushes with medium pressure to your lid and light pressure to your crease.

Basically, the shape of the brush shouldn't change when you're pressing it onto your lids. Learn more here.

13. Fully curl your lashes by pinching at the base and then pinching again with the curler inverted.

Curling your lashes with the curler inverted really gives your lashes a boost.

14. Apply two coats of mascara, but make sure the first coat dries before applying the second.

It's a good way to really plump up your eyelashes without falsies.

15. If your eyes are red, add an eyeliner with a blue undertone to highlight the whites in your eyes.

Add a navy blue eyeliner to your top lash and a light blue pencil to your waterline to really cut the redness in your eyes. Learn more here.

For a navy blue liner, try Prestige Liquid Liner in Azure from Amazon for $6.15

16. Play around with bright eyeliner by only applying it to certain areas:

Bright eye makeup isn't just for your eyelids!

17. For an easy ombré liner, use three liners from the same gradient color group and apply them horizontally.

Just be sure to not overblend the three different shades. For more detailed steps, go here.

If you want a gorgeous set of eyeliners in the same color family, try this 30-piece pencil set from Amazon for $23.51.

18. If you want to get fancy, here are 11 ways to mix it up.

For a more thorough tutorial on different eyeliner styles, watch this video.

19. Put your eyeliner or brow pencils in the freezer before you sharpen them.

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Freezing your pencils might make it easier to draw on your lids as well.

20. If you only want one thing that'll upgrade your makeup, invest in white eyeliner.

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Get a jumbo white pencil from Amazon for $8.21.

21. And here's perhaps the best tip on eye makeup.

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