Here are several eye makeup tips you can use as part of your color journey.
It's fairly color neutral, but once you know your color dominance, and best level of contrast, you'll be able to choose your makeup colors accordingly. For example, if you are Soft Dominant, your eye makeup should coordinate smoothly with the rest of your makeup and sort of flow together. But if you are Clear Dominant, you will need more contrast.
And speaking of being sure of the right colors to wear, let me start with my eyeshadow story, in which I id not have a clue what I was doing...
The Smokey Eye
Use a three-pronged approach to make your eyes look bigger and more open:
(1) Start with an eyelash curler. They are great for accenting the eyes.
(2) Then, get your eyeliner in on the act. But go easy with it, so it doesn't steal the show.
(3) Finally, add mascara.
This three-pronged approach will make your eyeshadow play a supporting role in your makeup look, rather than needing it to take the leading role.
Another way to give yourself an eyelift is to create a smokey eye with your makeup.
I think women associate the smoky eye with a dark, sooty look, but it doesn't have to be that. You can use soft pastel colours, or build up colour if you're feeling more brave. - makeup artist, Amanda Ramsay
She cautions to keep it simple, using just one color and putting it under your eye, or using 2 soft colors. She suggests we avoid harsher colors like black or charcoal.
What to Do about Undereye Circles
Dark circles and bags under the eyes are concerns for almost everyone over 40. And while concealer works like a Band-Aid, treating your under-eyes with products formulated with active ingredients like caffeine, peptides, and chemical exfoliators will make your makeup look even better."- Amanda Montell
In addition to using anti-aging skincare and an eye cream, concealer can be a big help in getting rid of those circles.
But if, like me, you're a woman over 40, you want to be careful to avoid caking or settling into lines or crows feet.
And women of color need to make sure your concealer is not too light for your coloring. I use concealer that is a bit deeper than my eyes and that seems to work better.
Using Concealer When You're Over 40...
(1) If you have fine lines that tend to grab your makeup, do two things: use an eye cream regularly & apply a setting spray first to make it easier for the concealer to smooth on
(2) Use concealer on dark spots before putting on your foundation
(3) Match the texture or weight of the concealer you use to your skin. If it is dry, use a creamy concealer. If it is thin, use one that is lightweight.
As we age, sometimes our eyebrows thin or get more sparse. Here's how to create striking eyebrows in less than a minute. And here's a link to some eyebrow helpers.