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A tale of two lids: applying eye makeup for two different looks

There are many ways and many artist. But what bis the right way?

through the years I have done it many ways trying to feel out the most efficient. Ultimately coming upon everybody is different.

to make things easier there is a rule of thumb. But many a times I have found that it didn't apply because of one or two different reasons. Maybe their lid was to small or they just wanted really bold colors. In general there is a list that would help the beginner artist make things easier. Until you find out what is best for you, here is a rule of thumb.

How to Apply Eye shadow

Step 1: Prime Your Lid. Always sweep a primer over your lids before applying eye shadow that you want to stay on all day.

Why this step is important: If you have greasy lids or do when summer hits, the primer keeps the eye shadow in place. You'll find your shadow won't budge even when running the New York City Marathon.

Step 2: Sweep a Neutral Color Over Your Lids.

Why this step is important: The neutral sweep of shadow is the main shadow base from which you'll build the rest of your look. Even if you're only going for a basic look for weekday or weekend, a neutral color will make your eyes pop and cover up any lid discoloration.

Step 3: Blend in a Darker Color to Your Crease.

Why this step is important: This step adds drama and definition to your eyes.

Tools: Use a brush meant for the crease and apply to the crease.

Step 4: Add Highlighter Above the Crease. Try to keep the color off the brow bone (sweep color up to the brow bone) and lighter shades are always better. Stay away from dark shades here.

Step 5: Press a Light Shade Into the Inside Corner of the eye.

Why this step is important: Nothing will make your eyes look as awake as this trick. Don't use it most days, but it's amazing for special events, dates or for evenings out.

6. Blend in a darker color to the outer part of your eye.

For the next step, blend in the darker shade into your crease, starting from the inside of the eye with a thinner line growing thicker as it extends to the outside of the crease. Make sure the lids match and blend, blend, blend. You cant over blend.

If you have a 3-color palette, choose the darkest color. If you have a 4-color palette, choose the 3rd darkest. If you're not using a palette, use a color that's in the same family as your neutral color.

Why this step is important: This step adds drama and definition to your eyes.

So there you have it. using these techniques can help you find what is best for you. if you want to learn more techniques take VIP Beauty's Makeup Certification and learn from the pros.

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