Monday, June 13, 2011

small eyes BIGGER ʘ‿ʘ

Bonjour cheries!!!

Hope you're finding yourselves happy and healthy on this gloomy Monday! Sorry for my brief hiatus, I started a new summer schedule and had to implement some different time management strategies. It's all good, I'm back and I've got lots of cool beauty stories to share. I say "cool" because last week has been a sauna up in NYC, and I had to find new ways of wearing makeup while keeping it "cool" in the heat wave. I don't know about you, but as much as I love bright maquillage, there's just no room for it in the summer oven... it all just melts, runs, and leaves me feeling like a sad clown. Don't get me wrong, if I really need my makeup to stay, I'll spray some Fix + and off I go. However, I think you'll all agree that in the summer months, it is better to let our skin breathe instead of clogging the pores with fix sprays and such. So, how do we maximize our features and appearance while steering clear of heavy cosmetic products?

Let's focus on one (or two) features at a time. Today's post is dedicated to the eyes, and I'm going to share with you my makeup trick to creating the appearance of larger eyes without the help of eyeshadows. So, let's make our small eyes BIGGER ʘ‿ʘ yaaayyy!!!
Read on b/c I can't walk around with bulging Betty Boop eyes all day ʘ‿ʘ

  • Gray or brown eyeliner pencil
  • Liquid liner, felt tip liner (easiest) or gel liner with a brush (most staying power)
  • Lash curler
  • Waterproof mascara 
  • Nude liner and dull tweezers (both optional)

LET'S GET STARTED! Here's my naked little eye, freckles and all...

1. Take your eyeliner pencil and rim the entire eye very lightly. If your lashes and eyebrows are black, use a gray pencil, if you have lighter lashes and brows, use brown. This will create a "drop shadow" for the look we're trying to achieve. Line directly underneath and above your lash lines and connect the lines at the corner of the eye. Do not wing out the liner. Optional step: line the waterlines with a nude pencil for an extra pop.

2. Next, take your felt tip liner, liquid liner, or gel liner on a brush and draw a few thin horizontal strokes under your bottom lashes, keeping them the same length as your natural lashes. Try to draw them in areas where your lashes may be sparse and follow the direction of your lashes. Line the top lash line at the root to create fuller lashes on top.

3. Curl your top lashes at the root and add mascara to the tips of the top lashes. Pinch the ends of the lashes with a tweezer (optional) for a doe-eyed look. Apply mascara to the bottom lashes by brushing the wand downward instead of straight out (my lashes grow straight, so adding mascara to the ends weighs them down, making them appear longer).

VOILA!!! The finished look ʘ‿ʘ
Add some lip stuff... or not ʘ‿ʘ
ʘ‿ʘ No eyeshadows, primers or bases! ʘ‿ʘ

Hooray for BIGGER OjOs cuz I was getting tired of my everyday cat eye ʘ‿ʘ


Maryam Maquillage

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