If you’re new to eye and brow makeup (or even if you’re a seasoned beauty enthusiast), you probably aren’t aware of certain mistakes you’re making that actually make you appear older than you are.
These tiniest details can make a world of difference, so here are some tips and tricks from professional makeup artists on how to have a ‘clean’ eye and brow makeup look to seem younger.
Eyebrow makeup myths and misconceptions
- Myth #1: Your eyebrows should be connected in a straight line
- Myth #2: Your eyebrows should have a stiff outline, which makes them appear ‘heavy’
- Myth #3: The front of your brow should have a ‘right angle’
The shape of your eyebrows can actually make you look a lot older than you are, as most people tend to draw their eyebrows far too heavily. This then results in a very stiff, harsh, and unnatural shape.
Not to mention, many might also draw their eyebrows from the front to the end in a straight line in order to achieve the Korean eyebrow look, but this is actually a big mistake!
Try the natural gradient eyebrow drawing method
To achieve a younger look, you should instead be trying to create a natural gradient for your brow. In order to do this, begin by drawing fine strokes along the direction of your natural eyebrow hairs. Avoid framing the shape of your brows first.
Start by drawing from the centre of the eyebrows to the tail ends. Next, lightly fill in the fronts of your brows and brush the pigment out. That way, your brows will look softer and less harsh.
Eye makeup myths and misconceptions
- Myth #4: You can end your eyeshadow anywhere you want
- Myth #5: You should use dark eyeshadow at the outer corners of your eyes
- Myth #6: Shimmery eyeshadows should cover a wide area of your eyelid
Eye makeup is arguably one of the hardest things to master if you’re new to makeup. Every step in eyeshadow application is crucial and can change your eye look drastically.
Three of the most common ones would include smudging your base colour too much with no direction, putting too much harsh colour on your eye sockets, or allowing your pearlescent eyeshadow to spread too far.
Try the clean gradient eye makeup painting method
For a clean eyeshadow look, there are certain rules that should be followed. For starters, the maximum area of the eyeshadow application should not exceed beyond your eye socket to prevent your eyes from looking swollen.
You should also aim to build your eyeshadow shade from the bottom to the top, and the same goes for shimmery eyeshadows.
If you’re using shimmery eyeshadows, you should also use a thinner or more detailed eyeshadow brush when applying it from the bottom to the top to help you avoid the problem of patchy eye makeup.
Those with single eyelids should apply eyeshadow within 2 to 3mm from the root of the eyelashes. If you have double eyelids, you should try to apply and blend within the double eyelid area so that your base colour will not be affected.
Essentially, you want to avoid your eyeshadow looking too smudged or messy. This will help you achieve a cleaner look that doesn’t weigh your eyes down and make you seem older.