Monday, February 6, 2012

Makeup Masterclass : Creating Classic Eyes PART 2

In continuation to the previous article, this is a pic heavy tutorial giving explanation of how to do a classic eye with soft contouring so that the eyes look bigger and defined. I have used satiny and matte colors to give that perfect day look apt for occasions and office wear alike. Just a slick of bright lipstick coverts office to occasion.





Prime the eyes with a primer that disappears into your skin and dries into a slight powdery finish. This keeps the shadows from getting stuck to a wet surface which could be quite difficult while blending. I apply my primer from the lashline to the lids and also on the lower lid for concealing and allowing the products to stay put. Its ok to have some primer on the brows too as it helps keep brow shadows in place.


Lining the lash line makes lashes look fuller and also help defining eyes. This can be done with any matte colors ranging from matte black to quite light red brown depending on the occasion. Also soften the lines so that it all looks muted and lash line looks stained. I prefer starting from a point in the inner corners, join the dots and end up at the outer corners.


As mentioned in the previous post, lining the lash line and not the inner rims can actually make eyes look bigger. Its optional but putting in a beige liner in the rims makes eyes even bigger. A perfect trick for small eyes. Lining the inner rims can make small eyes look beady while with this trick that do look quite big. Always smoke the color out before pencil dries off.


Start defining the crease from the outer edge and corner. This gives an idea of how much contouring you need and is a pioneering step towards getting the perfect almond shaped eye irrespective of whatever eye shape you have. I have chosen a matte brown with plum tones here, but a warmer brown would do wonders too.


Grading the color from dark outwards to light inwards is the key to a perfect contour. The axis of the face should be highlighted with shadows on perimeter of the face, speaking geometrically. So I defined the outer corner with a nearly black-brown matte eyeshadow. Blending into that plummy brown in the outer corners and a slightly soft grey brown in the middle and inner corners. Here I have used 3 browns from the same family.


Always blend and define crease with open eyes so that you can gauge the shape. The faux crease should always be above the natural crease line to give an illusion of a bigger lid. Also I have combed brows with a brow comb. You dont want to define them during the day.


To bring light to all the darkness I have highlighted the inner corners and brow bone with a matte bone color. This may look weird now but when the look is completed everything pulls together. That matte bone color instantly brightens the inner corners. A shimmery substitute is perfect for occasions.


Since greige (grey+beige) is 'in' thanks to uber chic Lady Gaga I have applied a similar color on the entire lid (ideally middle and inner one third) and blended sideways. You can see how my lid looks bigger and different from the first 2 pictures.


Don't miss the mascara as it not only completes the look but also gives you a wide-eyed look. You can go with a thicker mascara that has more waxes to give your lashes a natural dimension as opposed to a full blown voluminous look. Ideal for day wear.

PRODUCTS USED : -
  • MAC Pro Longwear SPF 10 foundation in NC 40 + NC42
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Medium Plus
  • Shiseido Natural Cream Concealer in Dark Fonce
  • MAC Powder blush in Trace Gold
  • Clinique High Impact Lipstick SPF 15 in Nude Beach
  • Too faced shadow insurance eye primer
  • MAC eyeshadow in Dark Edge and Remotely Grey
  • Too Faced eyeshadows in Velvet Revolver and Exclusive Shade
  • Loreal Contour Kohl liner in Jet Black
  • Clarins Mono eyeshadow in Vanilla Beige
  • Max Factor False Lash effect mascara
  • Brushes - Sigma SS224, Sigma E25, Jane Iredale Crease Brush, Essence of beauty crease brush, Scott Barnes Foundation Brush, Oriflame Blush brush (to apply powder), Clinique Blush Brush and MAC 234 brush.

I hope you enjoyed this master class. There are more to come. Please let me know if you want some specific looks or applications as I would love to work on that too.

Till then,

Ciao


PS: - I might not be able to post for a couple of days since I would be out of reach due to work reasons. The V-day looks are ready to be posted and I would update as soon as I can.



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25 comments:

  1. loved the detailed explaining and tutorial! I will def dry these tricks next time I am doing eye makeup! thank you so much!

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  3. I love it Neeraj. You've great makeup skills.

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  4. This is awesome Neeraj , it will help us to make eye looks more neat :D i always appreciate your effort :D

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    1. Thanks for all the support Rashmi..Do let me know if it benefited you.

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  5. Fab one....it actually feels like m sitting next to u in a classroom and learning :)

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    1. Thanks for the kind words Zara. Makes me feel the same too!!

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  6. as always loved the post...cant wait to learn more!!!

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    1. Thanks Pavani. More posts coming soon ! Do keep reading!

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  7. Great start to the series, Love the tips and thank you for the detailed pictures and explanation..Bookmarked! :)

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  8. wow ! this is really an awesome tute.

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  9. I recently did the make up for 2 assistants for their winter formal and used your eyeshadow stencil technique and the compliments have not stopped since! You are an awesome teacher, thank you!

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    1. Thanks a lot Bengaltiger...I am so happy u liked the Stencil technique...

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  10. wow! this is something i would really love doing but can never get it right :( I guess practice! right? thanks for the step by step tute Neeraj... totally helpful!!! :)

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    1. Thanks a lot Samyukta...u have lovely eyes btw!

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  11. oh WOW, Neeraj. this is a rave worthy post. I LOVE your makeup masterclass series! hope some day I get to learn from you :)

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    1. Thanks Coral Crue...I am sure someday I will open my own academy...Or maybe online training.

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  12. How do you do it?It almost seems like magic! awesome!

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    1. Makeup and magic go so well...Its just a couple of brush strokes that gets it!

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  13. amen to the online training idea!!!!

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    1. I wish it comes true someday...an online portal where one could learn...like an online makeup classroom!

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