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Video:How to Apply Eye Makeup in 8 Steps

with Cati James

Apply eye makeup in 8 steps for a professional look that takes little time. Here are some tips on how to apply eye makeup in 8 steps.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Apply Eye Makeup in 8 Steps

Hi, I'm Cati James, New York City film and fashion makeup artist and today, I'm going to show you how to create the perfect eye makeup in 8 steps.

Create a Base to Apply Eye Makeup in 8 Steps

Step 1 is primer. A good primer is going to smooth and prep the eye area for application. You're going to apply all over the eyelid, with your ring finger, tapping, and then blending all over the lid. Make sure to get all in the corners, and on the very outside of the lid.

Step 2 is concealer. Either using a concealer brush or your finger, take a concealer that is an exact match to your skin tone, or if you have very dark circles, slightly darker than your skin tone. Tap right on the bone underneath the eye, and blend upward. Make sure to get in the inner corner, cause a lot of darkness is there.

Step 3 is your base eye shadow. You're going to want to choose an eye shadow that's one to two shades lighter than your skin tone, and has a slight shimmer to it. With a fluffy brush, cover the entire eyelid with the shade, making sure to get into the corner as well. If you use a back and forth motion, it will smooth out the shade and make sure no part is heavier than another.

Use Different Eye Shadows to Apply Eye Makeup in 8 Steps

Step 4 is your crease eye shadow. Your going to choose a color two shades darker than the shadow you used before, also with a shimmer. Starting at the outer corner of the eye, place down the brush and work in only half way. You're going in the crease, bring it down slightly along the lash line in almost a "V" motion.

Step 5 is your inner crease shadow. You're going to choose a shadow two to three shades darker than the one you used before. With the eye halfway open, choose the deepest part of the eyelid, and with the very tip of the brush, tap, and make a smaller V on top of the one you made before. Bringing it down to the lash line, again with that back and forth motion that helps it blend.

Step 6 is your brow highlighter. This makes the arches look higher, the eyes look wider, and if you're ever between tweezing or waxings, hides those little hairs underneath. So taking your thumb, lightly lift the arch of the brow, and take a brush with a concealer two shades lighter than your skin tone, and apply directly underneath the arch of the brow. And take your ring finger, and blend outward, and back in.

Finish by Lining Eyes When You Apply Eye Makeup in 8 Steps

Step 7 is your eye liner. You're going to want to use a soft, blendable pencil, and start on the outer corner of the eye. If you use the side of the pencil, it's a little bit softer effect. Going inward to about half way in. Then taking either a q-tip or a pointed brush, you're going to blend the color into the inner corner of the eye, and back over. Taking the same pencil, make a small tick of color right in the outer corner of the eye. Then take your q-tip or brush, and blend inward, only to halfway.

Step 8, the final step, mascara. Start at the very root, the base of the lash line, and wiggle your way up toward the tips, and the whole time we're wiggling, and that keeps clumps from forming. And then just for a little bit of definition, we're going to put a little bit of mascara, only on the outer corner of the eye.

To keep your make up on longer, be sure to always use a primer. It really keeps the eye make up from creasing and helps it stay on longer than if you didn't use one. Also, keep makeup under the eyes to a minimum. With too much makeup you're going to end up with raccoon eyes by the end of the day.

And that's how to create the perfect eye makeup in eight simple steps. For more on beauty, visit About.com.
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