The simplest look for your eyes, and universally flattering:
a transparent wash of brown. To do: First, use the shadow as eyeliner, smudging it along
the lash line with a sponge applicator. (Or use a soft pencil in a similar shade.) Then
use a brush to sweep a sheer layer of shadow over the lid up to the crease; blend softly.
You won't need highlighter on the brow bone the natural contours of the eye create
their own highlights. Finish with a light coat of mascara.
Use pink, blue, or lavender eye shadow as an accent only,
layered over a neutral base color of beige or pale mushroom. Brush the neutral over the
whole lid, then apply the accent color from lash line to crease.
To open up your eyes and enhance their natural shape, try
using three shades of eye shadow this way: Apply the lighter shade all over the eye, with
the medium shade in the crease for contouring and the darker shade alone as a soft
eyeliner, or at the outer corner of your eyes. For a mistake-proof application, put one
coat of mascara on before your shadow and one coat after. That'll give you a better sense
of the eye's shape, and the second coat will cover any powder that's landed on
You can try a pearlescent eye shadow for an evening look, but
limit shimmer to lids only. If it's worn all over the eye, the sparkle can highlight fine
lines. Look for soft, shimmer browns, or brighten matte eye shades you already have by
applying a touch of silver or white shimmer to the center of the lid.
To add drama and depth to your eyes, use dark brown or
brown/charcoal eye pencil gently smudged and apply it first, before shadow,
to keep the look soft. Or you can use a black eye shadow as a liner a softer,
smokier look than liquid liner. For all-out glamour, use it to add a thin line right as
the lash line, and the same under lower lashes (but doing just the outer third of the
Using a little foundation on your lids helps makeup colors
stay truer and last longer.
When you shop for eye shadow, don't match the color of your
eyes, or go brighter than your own eye color.
Here's how you can draw a straight line with liquid eyeliner:
Prop the elbow of the hand you're drawing with on a table for extra stability. Gently
stretching your skin with the other hand also keeps you on the straight and narrow.
Apply Mascara Like a Pro
First, curl lashes with one firm squeeze of a lash
Dip the mascara wand into the tube just once for both upper and lower lashes. More, and
you'll load too much mascara onto the wand. Note: If your lashes always look gloppy, use a
tissue to wipe excess mascara from the brush before applying.
Working from the outer corner inward, place the brush at the lash base and sweep upward to
the tips. To minimize clumping, use as few strokes as possible. (It's unnecessary to do
the topside of lashes.)
For lower lashes, hold the wand vertically and sweep lashes from side to side with the tip
of the brush. Or for a face-brightening look, skip lower lashes altogether.
You can create an eye-widening effect by applying a second
coat of mascara to upper lashes' outer corners.
If you're over 30, it's generally best to avoid black mascara
(unless your coloring is very dark). Brown or brown-black shades look softer and more
flattering on most everyone.
Here's the best way to define and shape brows: Place a pencil alongside your nose,
up past your eye that's where the brow should start. Then move the pencil across
the eye, to its outer corner that's where the brow should end. (This is just a
guideline: don't obsess over a little more or a little less.) Tweeze only one hair at a
time, and don't be afraid to pluck strays above the brow line.
Here's how you can fill in tiny gaps in eyebrows: Choose
an eyebrow pencil or powder in a shade slightly lighter than your natural brow color. When
in doubt, use taupe it suits nearly everyone. Starting in the center of the brow
the part that should appear darkest apply the product to any gaps. Then use
a brush (most brow products come with them) to smudge the color outward in both
directions. The closer you get to either end, the lighter the color should appear.
Optional finishing touch: a clear brow fixer the brow equivalent of hair
You can get more impact for evening by using an eyebrow
pencil in a shade that matches your own brows (going too dark can age you). Using
hair-fine strokes, fill any gaps, then extend brows at the outer ends no more that
an eighth of an inch to frame the face. Blend with a brow brush.
Scaly red patches on your eyebrows may be seborrheic
dermatitis (like dandruff, but on your face). To treat it, wash with a mild soap-free
cleanser. Don't moisturize; instead, use an AHA gel or liquid and an over-the-counter one
percent cortisone cream once a day. If the flakes don't disappear after two weeks, see a
Tension Tamer Tip
Try this minimassage to relieve tension around the eyes and help you feel calmer
Cup your face in your palms. Breathe deeply a few times, then rub your cheeks up and down
until they feel warm.
Place palms over your closed eyes and take a few calming breaths.
With eyes closed, press your fingertips on the browbone, moving outward from the eyes'
inner corners. Do the same on the bones just underneath the eyes. Repeat three
Pinch the bridge of your nose between your thumb and index finger. Hold for ten seconds,
then pull fingers away; repeat three times.
Massage your temples in a circular motion, gradually increasing the pressure, then hold
your fingers against your temples and take a few more relaxing breaths.
A Bit About foundation and
Lipsticks For the smoothest, sheerest look, use translucent loose
powder. Keep formulas consistent: If you use oil-controlling foundation, for
instance, use an oil-free powder. Save pressed powder for touch-ups or wear it solo, since
it can look heavy when applied directly over foundation.
Tip: Limit touch-ups to
twice a day; too much powder buildup can leave you looking masky. Instead, carry linen
blotting papers to lift away excess oil.
Keep your blush in the same color family as your lipstick
warm (peaches, corals, terra-cottas) or cool (plums, pinks, wines). Don't apply
stripes of color up to your temples. Use blush sparingly and apply it only on the apples
of your cheeks, blending slightly outward and upward.
Tip: To avoid
streaky-looking blush when the weather's warm, use a cream-to-powder formula or a sheer