Most ladies love at least one feature on their face and for many, the favorite is the eyes. From brown to hazel, blue to green, a person's eyes are known as the "gateway to the soul" and who wouldn't want theirs to look bright and beautiful? Elle Magazine recently broke down the best ways ladies can enhance their peepers without looking over the top or out of control. A celebrity makeup artist broke down the step-by-step way to catch the attention of that cute guy without saying a word.
Prep the lids
This first step in this eye-opening procedure is to prep your lids to help hold the eyeshadow and other products you apply later on.
"Start with an eyeshadow base - something that's tacky so that it holds the shadow," the artist told the publication. "If your eyelid is dry you can use a concealer, but if your lid is warm you really do need a base that will pick up moisture and keep your makeup looking smooth."
Pick a pencil
After letting the primer set for between one and two minutes, it's time to move onto selecting a lovely and stand-out eyeliner. The makeup artist suggests using a dark liner in order to have it pop against the whites of your eyes.
"When you want to enhance your eyes, you should use a dark liner - navy, charcoal, brown, or black - to contrast against the whites of your eye and your eye color," the makeup guru told the news source. "You should also use pencil because it's easily manipulated. Liquids and gels will chip and flake, but pencil can be pushed around to form a beautiful shape."
How you swipe on the product can also affect the outcome of the look, so the makeup artists explained exactly how to apply it.
"[Apply the product] along the upper lash line in little dashes, working from the inner corner of the eye to the outside edge. The shape should get gradually thicker as you move away from the nose," the expert said in the magazine.
Once the eyeliner is in place, the makeup artist suggests touching it up using a pointed Q-tip or a thin makeup brush. Use the cotton tip to push the line "out and up," creating a cat eye style.
With liner in place, it's the perfect time to get out the eyeshadow. Start by lining your eye sockets with a warm brown/gray or taupe liner starting under the brow bone and extending the line to the outer corners making a "v" shape. The artist said in the issue "it's an old trick that opens up the eyes."
Next, retrace the line with a gel liner and then with powder eyeshadow in the same hues - layering will help the makeup stay put throughout the day or even if you're out dancing till 2 am. For extra drama, wing the color up and over the brow bone toward the end of your eyebrows.
Sass it up with shimmer
Once the base eyeshadow is done, the fun can begin, starting with shimmer.
"A neutral smoky eye is all about playing with dark and light," the makeup artists said in Elle. "Having darker tones surround a lighter one gives shape and definition - the light on the eye makes it pop."
To achieve this apply a shimmering gold eyeshadow on your eyelids - add a few coats for more drama and style.
Curl and volumize
For the final touches of this stunning and eye-opening look, focus on the lashes. Start by curling your eyelashes as this helps to make them longer and more luscious. Lastly apply a couple coats of mascara for a fabulous finish.
Glamour Magazine reports there are few ways to best apply mascara. Some ladies prefer swiping the wand from roots to tip a few times, while other like holding the applicator vertically and using the tip of the wand to coat each lash individually.