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Eye make-up secrets from the pros

  • More advice from Mary Greenwell: ‘Grey-brown eyeshadows suit all skin types, from the very light to the very dark.’
  • Laura Geller advises women to turbo-charge the impact of a daytime eyeshadow for night by moistening the sponge applicator. This makes the colour go on darker, deeper and bolder.
  • We’ve all spoiled our make-up with stray specks of eyeshadow that get smeared onto cheeks. Make-up artists always liberally dot loose powder over the cheeks, so that fallen specks can be swept away, without ruining your foundation.
  • Depending on how you use it, eyeliner [liquid or pencil] can make the eyes appear larger or smaller. It’s not always necessary to line top and bottom lashes except for a very dramatic evening look. Lining just the top lashes opens up the whole eye area and the eyes, and the eye make-up gets more definition. Another way to open up the eyes is to line the lower rims with white eyeliner pencil.
  • Like kissing, using liquid eyeliner is an art nobody ever teaches you. If you avoid liquid eyeliner simply because your hands aren’t steady, Chanel’s make-up maestro Dominique Montcourtois once shared with us the secret of shake-free eyelining: put your mirror on the table and bend over it. Now rest your arm on the table and draw, as close to the lashes as possible and as thickly or thinly as you prefer. No more shaky lines or squinting.
  • Make-up artists use ‘layering’ techniques to stop cosmetics from sliding off the face and disappearing. For eyes, that means fixing pencil liner with a line of powder shadow over it. ‘Really work an eye pencil into the roots of lashes,’ encourages Mary Greenwell. ‘It gives the optical illusion of longer lashes.’ ‘There’s nothing worse than seeing white space between the lashes and liner.’
  • As the weather heats up, put your eye (and lip) pencils in the freezer for a few minutes, before sharpening them. In cold weather, pencils get too hard – and can drag.  So that eyeliner pencil glides on smoothly, soften the point before use with a blast of warm air from a hairdryer.
  • If you find eye make-up seems to fade, crease or rub off, you might like to look around for a special eyelid foundation, which fixes eye make-up so it lasts longer.
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