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Health, Beauty & Fashion

Looking bright and beautiful

Spruce up your window to your soul. Here’s how to get you fluttering your eyes with pride
CATS Classified In The Straits Times - August 26, 2010
By: Sheila Lim
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Looking bright and beautiful

Your eyes are the most expressive facial feature, and give the face vitality and individuality. Eyes do not have to be a certain size or shape to be considered pretty – each pair is attractive in its own way.

Think about the structure and contours of your eyes, and what imperfections you would like to correct. Then pick up useful techniques on applying eyeliner, eye shadow and mascara to make them look their best.

Eyebrows

A pair of well-groomed brows opens up your face. Groom them weekly or fortnightly to keep them looking their best:

    If your brows are sparse, defining them can enhance your eyes dramatically: Brush the hair down, draw a line along the roots with an eyebrow pencil, then brush the hairs up again. If you are filling them in with an eyebrow pencil, use light strokes. Alternatively, you can also apply eye shadow, using a stiff wedge-shaped brush.

    To make bushy eyebrows appear thinner, apply colour only in the centre of the brow. 

    If you have deep-set eyes, keep your eyebrows thinner to show them off better. If your eyes are widely spaced, draw your eyebrows to bring them nearer to each other, extend eyeliner beyond the inner corners of your eyes and blend in eye shadow towards the nose.

Eye shadow

Eye shadow helps to define the eyes. Using dark colours on the eyelids will make the eyes appear smaller, while a lighter colour will make them appear larger.

Here are some basic techniques for enhancing various eye shapes:

Small eyes: Don’t use too much shadow or liner – it will make your eyes look smaller. Apply a light colour on the eyelid, a darker colour in the crease and a highlighter under the brow.

Large eyes: Wear darker shadow on the lid and extend it to the crease. Use a flat colour under the brow to highlight.

Deep-set eyes: Use light colours on the eyelid and under the brow. Use a medium colour in the crease. Emphasise the outer corners with shadow.

Wide-set eyes: Use darker colours on the inner corners of the eye.

Hooded eyes: Apply light colours on the lid. Use darker colours from the centre of the eyelid to the outer corners, and blend.

Round eyes: Make them appear longer by using colour all around, and extending the colour towards the outer corners.

Oriental eyes: Apply highlighter under the brow. Use light shadow on the inner half of the lid and a darker colour on the outer half.

Applying eyeliner and mascara
To line the eye, start with the lower lid, just beneath the lashes. Smudge the line with a sponge. Stay as close to the lash line as possible. On the upper lid, draw a line from the inner corner to the outer corner, thickening the line towards the outer corner.

Mascara softly accentuates the eye while thickening and darkening the lashes. Select a shade of mascara that complements your colouring.

To apply mascara, look straight into the mirror with your chin slightly lifted so you can see your lashes. Insert the wand only once and twist, don’t pump. Pumping distributes the mascara unevenly and dries it out faster. Start by rolling the wand from root to tip in an upward motion. Reinsert the brush and re-apply. If your eyelashes clump, let them dry and then separate them with the corner of an eyebrow brush.

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