Eye Make Up - Mineral Eye Shadow and More

Eye shadow is an important part of your eye make up and comes in both cream, gel and powder or mineral, and which ever type you decide to use, the application process is basically the same. Check the following guides to get the best out of your eye make up.

Eye shadow comes in single, double or trios of colors, and even more. Choose three colors that are coordinated (it's best to use a trio of colors, that way you will know for sure that they go together). Some makeup brands have eye shadow primers which are great in keeping your shadow fresh all day long.

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Using a make up brush, sweep the lightest shade of eye shadow over the lid up to the middle of the eye. This is the base color for your eyes and is basically the ‘foundation’ to the rest of your eye make up.

If you purchase an eye shadow primer, you'll apply it all over the eye instead then the eye shadow. Apply the medium shade of eye shadow just on your eye crease. Blend the medium color into the base shadow.

You can stop with just the second color, if you wish, or use a third, darker color. Using the darkest shade, you can create depth to your eyes. Apply the darkest color along your lash line and just at the outer corners of your eyes. Blend this accent shade in well to create a defined eye.

You can play with the application of the darkest shade of shadow to create a look that makes your eyes look wider set, smaller, bigger, or closer together. The lightest shadow color can be used to highlight under the brow bone.

Mineral eye shadows from bare minerals have a creamy consistency and once applied it blends evenly very easy and they last much longer than other type of eye shadows.

Eye Liner

Eyeliner comes in different options, primarily pencil, liquid, felt tip and cake eyeliners. Bare Mineral liner shadows are made with crushed mineral pigments from the earth and are very different from some of those waxy and hard pencils we use to. Since there are no waxes or oils then there is no melting, smudging or fading. Whichever type of eyeliner you choose to use, ensure that it will go on easily—the skin near your eyes is very delicate. Applying eyeliner properly takes practice, so you may want to do a few runs at it before applying other make up to get the hang of it.

For eye make up, pencil eyeliners are the most popular because they are the easiest to control and use. Liquid eyeliners are popular for their precision lines, but they require more practice and a very steady hand.

If you have wide set eyes, put eyeliner on the inner corners of the eyes for emphasis. For close set eyes, put eyeliner on the outer corners of the eyes to highlight the inner corners. If your eyes droop, turn the outer edge of the eyeliner line upward.

Draw a steady line just under your lashes, using one of the methods described above. If you make a mistake or want to clean up the line a bit, use a cotton tip stick to wipe away the errors. A little bit of makeup foundation or concealer can help you remove extra makeup. Remember that makeup removes makeup…don't wipe off with a makeup cleanser or you'll have to start your eye make up all over again.

Mascara

Mascara has come a long way and the key to not getting caked-on eyelashes is to only use a bit of mascara on your lashes. You don’t need to pump the brush in the tube, just unscrew the lid and pull the brush out of the mascara tube. Pumping the brush will just result in too much mascara being on the brush and you having clumpy eyelashes or eye make up. Pumping your mascara will allow oxygen to enter the tube therefore drying out the product in the tube quickly.

Pull the wand out of the tube and starting at the base of your upper eyelashes on the underside of the lashes, pull the brush through your lashes to coat them. Do your top eye lashes, and then do the other eye. If you want to add some mascara on the bottom lashes, lightly brush them with the wand, making sure you don’t have too much mascara on the wand.

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