Question: My eyes are wide and dark brown and I don’t know what kind of eye make-up matches them. I like dark make-up, like dark shades around the eyes.
Simple eye makeup can really bring out your eyes, and you don’t need six different shadows to do it. For everyday, I like to use one lid colour, one highlight colour, and one liner colour (shadow or pencil depending on your preference). If you pick neutral shades like browns, greys, and plums, you can actually create several different looks from just three colours. If you have brown eyes, shades of blue, blue grey, and plum will make your eyes stand out.
Since the lid colour is going to be the focal point of your eye makeup, the part that makes your eyes stand out the most, I like to use a good eye shadow brush and a good quality shadow that is soft, blends easily, and won’t crease. Using the eye shadow colour you’ve chosen for your lid, apply the shadow across your lid in small strokes. Don’t get too close to the crease or to your brow bone, since that’s where the highlighter goes.
Highlighting is the easiest step in eye makeup. Using a small eye shadow brush, pick up a bit of your light colour with the brush, and apply to the area just under your eye brows.
Personally, I like using a dark shadow and a flat, square liner brush much better than pencils. Using a dark eye shadow like a deep brown, black, navy, or charcoal (or plum which goes really well with brown eyes) and a liner brush with fairly stiff bristles you can get the same defining effect as a pencil without a heavy pencil line.
If you are just starting out with shadow as liner, you could even use Q-tips. Use the edge of the brush/applicator with the colour on it to draw a thin line as close to the base of your lashes as possible. Make sure to start at the inside corner of your eye and work all the way out to the outer corner.
Applying eye shadow isn’t tricky – you just need to remember a few simple tips.
1. Always tap the excess shadow off the brush before you apply it to your lid, otherwise all the extra will fall into your eye or smear on your cheek.
2. Work slowly and deliberately. Plan where you want to the shadow to go, and don’t be afraid to take your time to get it right (especially with liner).
3. Blend the edges of the colour using a clean brush so there are no obvious lines between where colour starts and ends.