Kansas City summers are notorious for being hot and humid. There are plenty of girls who’ve fallen victim to the muggy climate and had that moment in the bathroom of a bar when it’s realized that the exquisite eye makeup that was applied only a couple hours earlier, has turned into a hot smeared mess, resembling a reality TV star’s mug shot.
Here are a few helpful tips to keep you looking foxy:
1. Primer, primer, primer! – There’s not a single more important step to making sure your eye makeup will refrain from smudging or creasing than applying a primer to keep everything in place. Using a quality primer can either make your shadow color pop with vibrancy or add a subtle shimmer. A product like MAC Paint makes for an excellent base for your eye shadow. Each color option is an opaque, yet neutral shade that brightens the eye area with a pearlized finish. Another primer option would be something that spreads on clear like NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. This stuff will make any eye shadow look highly pigmented and rich. An added bonus: it comes with a wand applicator that makes it so easy and foolproof to apply that you could still get the job done -even after a few pre-party cocktails.
2. Keep those brushes clean – Every time you apply shadow to your eyes with a brush, those bristles pick up natural oils from your eyelid. If you continually use the same eye shadow brushes without washing off the oil, you will be applying it right back on to your eyelid. This will make your eye makeup smear so much people will start mistaking you for Courtney Love. All it takes is a few minutes at least once a week to thoroughly clean your brushes. First you’ll need a brush cleanser: Sephora’s Daily Brush Cleaner comes in a spray bottle that is ridiculously easy to use. All it takes is a squirt on each side of the bristles on your brush, wipe clean and you’re ready for your next shadow color.
3. Layers upon layers – Don’t be shy while applying shadow. If you’re going for a dramatic look, make sure you start with something neutral in the palette of colors you’ve chosen and blend the color all over your lid reaching up toward the brow. The next darkest color should be brushed all over the crease and finish with the deepest color in the outer corner. This basic method is effective in offering depth to your eye makeup as well as giving you stay-power. Don’t be afraid of going back and re-applying colors in certain areas that you really want to stand out. Since no one wants to look like their eye makeup was applied with a magic marker, be sure to blend as you work with a high quality blending brush like Bobbi Brown’s Eye Blender Brush.
- Throw away mascara when it starts to get dry; otherwise it will flake off on your face and you’ll get some kind of undesired blackhead-looking effect on your cheek bones. Keep in mind that while some inexpensive mascaras give a great effect, they usually don’t last longer than 6 weeks.
- Find the right eyeliner. If you’ve been using a pencil liner that pulls an obnoxious disappearing act on you every time, move on to something else. While liquid liners take practice to perfect, they have the best lasting power. Gel eyeliners can be particularly effective as well, just make sure you have a brush that will give you a nice clean line like Sonia Kashuk’s Bent Eyeliner Brush.