Not everyone has an hour to just sit in front of a mirror and do make-up, and even if you do, sometimes you just need a quick fix. What’s cool about these tricks is that you can keep adding more product and gradually create a more intense, dramatic look.
But if you’re in a hurry, or just having a lazy day, this one’s for you. Here are some tips you can use if you want to speed up your make-up routine and end up looking like you actually tried.
Step 1: Glam on
Glam glittery looks don't have to take hours. Use a creamy glittery or shimmery base instead of an eye primer. To prevent creasing set with an eyeshadow with the same finish.
Pro-tip: So you want to go for a matte look, but you still want to get the most out of your products and save time? Use a small amount of concealer as eye primer and set with a thin layer of translucent powder.
Apply creamy products, such as concealer or eye primer, with a finger. That will warm up the product and melt it into your skin, making the blend more seamless and natural. Don’t drag the product - that can create harsh lines and often make the eyeshadow on top look patchy. Instead, use a tapping motion and create an even blend.
Step 2: Inner corner bling
Applying a shimmery, glittery or pearly shade in the corner of the eye is a super quick step that does a lot more than you'd imagine. When you instantly want to look awake, use this trick and watch how quickly it perks your eyes up. (Psst, this works on all eye shapes!)
Pro-tip: Use your pinky for this step and simply press the eyeshadow into the inner corner. Using fingers with eyeshadows doesn’t require much effort and gives you the best colour pay-off - especially with pressed glitter or metallic pigments.
Step 3: Define and refine
Even when your upper lid is on the lighter side, a darker eyeshadow on the lower lash line can still work wonders. Apply a darker eyeshadow of your choosing to the outer third of your lower lash line. Blend well and smoke it out slightly upwards to create a naturally lifted eye.
If your eyes are hooded, keep the product on the outer third. If your eyes are upturned, you can go towards the middle of the lash line, but don't go too much inwards, as that will close off the eye.
Pro-tip: Finish off the look by curling the lashes for about 15 seconds, then apply mascara. Apply it first on the lower lashes, then move on to the upper lashes. That way you'll avoid messing up your eyeshadow with mascara transfer, which can be unfortunate when you’re in a hurry.
Step 4: Build a brow
To really make your eyes pop, lightly define your brows. Pick a pencil or a pomade a shade lighter than your natural hair colour. Start at the arch and extend the tail of the brow slightly outwards. With less pressure, move to the front of the brow. Fill in the sparse areas and keep the amount of product you use to a minimum.
P. S.: If you want to look like you have a secret, highlight your brow bone as well. This looks good on basically everyone and takes about a second and a half. So… why not?
Step 5: Lift, lift, lift!
To lift the eyes even more, apply some concealer to the under-eye area. You can work in thin layers to get more coverage, but for a daily look, try to keep the coverage to a minimum. Set the under-eye area with a pinch of translucent powder and you're good to go!
Pro-tip: If you want a more advanced daily look, apply foundation and then concealer. Set. To bring back the colour into your face, add a blush that compliments your eyes and skin tone (e.g. blue eyes with an orange-based blush).
And remember, less is more. This holds true especially during the day, when heavy make-up can be seen in all its… glory. Go easy on the powders and the layers of products you use and you should be just fine.
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