This isn’t a one-size-fits-all situation.
Everybody loves a classic eyeliner look, but applying it flawlessly is an entirely different story.
Without giving up half of your precious makeup collection, get inspired by some of these eyeliner hacks to make a cat-eye so much easier than it seems.
Did you know that painting brushes are actually really good to use for applying gel eyeliner? From Essie Button to Chloe Morello, the best in the business swear by this handy tip to create a flawless flick at a fraction of the price.
If you have made a few mistakes when applying your eyeliner, use a cotton tip dipped in micellar water to remove any messy lines. There are also a number of angled cotton tips which are perfect if you’re on-the-go, and require a quick touch-up!
Next time you’re attempting a cat-eye, use some tape as a guide on where to draw the flick. Apply it stemming out of the lower water-line, and simply remove it when you’re done! It leaves you with a perfect flick every single time.
Pencil then liquid
If you suffer from chronic shaky hands (especially when doing your makeup), use a black eyeliner pencil as a guide before applying liquid. It creates a base for your entire eye makeup look, and creates the illusion of an easy smokey eye.
The only way to use a felt-tip liner is by pairing it with a mirror. Position the small mirror just under your nose, then follow the line stemming out from your eyes.
This might seem a little difficult at first, but trust us, it’s the only way to make felt-tip liners work!
Gel eyeliner is one of the best ways to make your makeup last the distance (especially in warm, humid weather), but sometimes the formula can dry out. You can two easy options here: put it in the fridge for 10 minutes, or into the microwave for 2.
How did we not know that there are specialised stencils for applying eyeliner? This super-simple hack sticks easily onto your lid, so you can colour in the the middle!
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Cara Delevingne is best known for her statement brows, but she was spotted rocking another big beauty trend at the annual Brit Awards: a smokey eye.
While it can look rather complex, this trend is actually really simple to replicate, especially if you’re using cream products which are easy to blend.
1. Even if you don’t suffer from oily eyelids, it’s always a good idea to apply a primer. Not only will it keep your lids from producing too much oil, but it will help to keep your makeup in place for hours.
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, $17.90
2. Next, use a matte, neutral colour for the base of your eyelid. This will help to hide any prominent dark circles or veins. Use a cream eyeshadow and gently buff it in with your fingers in a patting motion across the lid.
Nars Cream Eyeshadow in Galapagos, $34
3. To create the smokey eye, use another cream eyeshadow in charcoal and concentrate it mostly on the centre of your eyelid. Blend out with an eyeshadow brush to create a seamless look.
For more of an impact, carefully draw a thin line on your bottom lash-line and blend with the same eyeshadow brush.
By Terry Ombre Blackstar Cream Eyeshadow in Misty Rock, $56
4. Use a highlight shade on the inner corner of your eye and gently pat it with your fingers.
Too Faced Candlelight Glow Highlighting Powder Duo, $39
5. Since the look is quite dramatic, make sure to plump those lashes! Curl, then coat with a waterproof mascara. It stays in place all day!
Lancome Hypnose Waterproof Mascara, $54
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As Paris Haute Couture Week comes to a finish, not all of our attention was just on the exquisite clothes, accessories, and shoes.
Fashion houses such as Chanel, Versace, and Christian Dior displayed a few different looks for spring, which you can try yourself at home. We have picked our top five makeup trends which are sure to look amazing on any complexion!
Where: Christian Dior
The girls at Christian Dior let the clothes do the talking, by keeping the rest of their makeup relatively natural. Use a powder to lightly dust through your brows and create the illusion of body and shape with a slight arch. One of our favourite trends included a glossy lip which is super-easy to apply, and is very much low maintenance.
Where: Armani Privé
Following a previous piece we did which was all about coloured makeup, this trend was definitely a stand-out here at SHE SAID. Models were sent down the runway with subtle gold eyeliner which complimented glowing skin and untamed brows. Finish off the look with a pop of colour to the lips, and lashings of mascara.
Where: Atelier Versace
You can always count on Donatella Versace to create a sexy, sensual look without going too over-the-top. The figure-hugging dresses looked amazing when paired with a classic smokey eye, and glossy lips. Don’t forget to add a pair of false lashes to make the look so much more dramatic for pictures.
A pop of colour is the best way to embrace the spring, and this season Chanel didn’t disappoint. Keep it simple on the eyes, and use a neutral shade to cover-up any dark circles. As for the lips, a blue-toned red is best since it makes your teeth appear white and shiny!
Lastly at Valentino, models were prepped with chiseled cheekbones, and a bronzed complexion (looking like they just spent the day in St Tropez!). Use a thin contour brush to carve out those cheekbones, and use a matte bronzer since it will make the entire look feel natural and sun-kissed.
What was your favourite makeup trend from Paris Haute Couture?
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Create a classic smokey-eye with a twist by using vibrant pops of colour to spice up your entire makeup look.
Not only do shades of purple suit every skin eye and colour, but they’re really versatile and can be adapted for both day and night. Follow our easy purple smokey-eye tutorial for a special night out.
1. To allow your makeup to stay on flawlessly without creasing, use an eye primer and dab lightly onto the eyelid and surrounding area.
Face of Australia Eye Primer, $7.95
2. Create the illusion of bigger, brighter eyes by using a highlighting shade on your inner corner. This is perfect for opening the eye, and creating a soft base for the rest of the makeup.
Prestige Cosmetics My Brow Illuminating Jumbo Pencil, $15.95
3. Take a light purple shade and cover your entire eyelid. Buff it well into the skin by using an all-over eyeshadow brush for a flawless look.
Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Painted Purple, $11.95
4. To contour the eye, take a slightly darker shimmery shade and concentrate it into your socket. Use a soft crease brush and easily swipe across the outer perimeters of your eyes. Keep blending until there are no harsh lines left on the surface, and it looks perfectly blended or gradient.
Make Up Store Cybershadow in Bordeaux, $33
5. Add a winged liner if you want to create a stronger look; a felt-tip is perfect if you’re a beginner and don’t have quite a steady hand!
Benefit They’re Real Liner, $35
6. Curl your lashes as usual, then apply a generous coat of mascara over the top. Don’t forget to take some extra product and highlight the brow bone area as well.
L’Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara, $27.95
Would you wear this look? Comment below and share your thoughts on purple eyeshadow.
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Fallen head over heels for Kim Kardashian’s latest makeup at her Italian summer-wedding with rapper Kanye West? You can recreate this look for a special occasion or even for your own wedding, using the exact products Kim used on her own big day. Now we just need a customised Givenchy wedding gown to match!
Kim’s makeup artist Mario Devivanovic recently shared all the products he used to create the natural makeup look with E! News.
Aim for a clean and simple makeup look which is long-lasting but won’t look too cakey on the skin.
Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Foundation, $39
Urban Decay Naked Flushed Highlighter, Bronzer and Blush, $30
Kim went for a simple smokey eye look which is timeless – especially for a wedding. Long lashes were achieved by applying individual falsies to both the top and bottom of her natural lash line, then blending them seamlessly into her own.
Urban Decay Ink for Eyes Waterproof Precision Eye Pen, $20
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original, $8
Urban Decay Perversion Mascara (launching soon)
Kardashian Beauty Individual Lashes, $15.90
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Eyeshadow in Eternal Sunshine, $19.95
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade, $39
For an extra plump-lip, Kim’s lips were lined with a neutral product, then a long-lasting gloss was applied throughout the centre.
Kardashian Beauty Honey Stick Lipgloss in Natural Honey, $16
L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick in Extraordinaire, $21.95
L’Oréal Paris Liquid Lipstick by Colour Riche in Nude Ballet (for reception), $21.95
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Looking to spice up your same-old makeup routine, but don’t know where to start? If you want to try something new, there are many different ways of making your eyes pop, just by using a different mascara or eye-shadow. Whether you’re into a winged-liner, smokey eye or even wearing falsies, here are three looks which are perfect for a romantic evening look.
1. Winged liner
A classic winged liner is the best place to start if you’re thinking of expanding your makeup look. Start off with fresh eyes, then lightly prime them so the eyeshadow will stay on for longer. Apply a neutral or flesh-toned colour across the entire lid – this will act as your base. To make the eye pop, add a light colour to the inner half of the eyelid, and a darker one to the outer half. Blend well so there are no harsh lines. As for the winged-liner, use a felt tip to get a precise flick and follow the natural curve of your eye.
2. Glamourous lashes
There is nothing sexier than a nude lip and lots of lashes. Taking inspiration from Kylie Jenner, run a soft brown shadow over the crease of the lid and blend out well with a fluffy brush. Curl your lashes then apply mascara and wait for it to dry completely. Trim the false lashes to your eye-shape, then add some glue and wait for it to get tacky before applying over the natural lash line.
3. Smokey and pink
This twist on a classic smokey eye is fun and flirty for a night out. Apply a primer then use a neutral toned eye shadow on the entire eyelid. Line the inner corner with a light pink colour, and the outer corner with a darker mauve – then blend out well to conceal any harsh lines. Apply lashings of mascara and even add a cat-eye flick if you’re feeling adventurous.
Image Source: Hair Romance, Nicole Guerriero, Makeup Geek.
A smokey eye is one of the most flattering makeup looks since it is easy to recreate, and compliments every single eye-shape. Creating a wonderfully blended out smokey eye all comes down to using the correct tools, and identifying shadows which compliment your eyes the best. If you’re having trouble with your own makeup, try the following tips to achieve a stunning look every time.
Using the correct brushes on your face will make a large difference. For a classic smokey eye, you only need 4 brushes which will create a sultry look. They include: a mid-sized crease brush, a flat shader brush, a pencil brush for the tearduct and fluffy brush to blend it all out. If you’re only a beginner, stick to thicker brushes as these require less attention and will blend out colours smoothly into the crease.
Blend, blend, blend
Many times a smokey eye look can turn into a disaster not because of the quality of makeup, but because the look wasn’t blended very well. Blending is extremely important since it removes any harsh makeup lines and allows the colours to mix together organically. A fluffy brush is used to blend these harsh lines and will make a world of difference to your makeup look.
We recommend: Sigma E40 Tapered Blending Brush, $17
Use a highlight
Using a highlight on the face creates the illusion of pronounced cheekbones, plumper lips and a slimmer face, but it works to brighten up the entire eye area. Simply use your preferred highlight on the top of the cheeks, tip of the nose and on the browbone which evens out the dark eye makeup.
If you suffer from oily eyelids or just find it difficult to keep your makeup on without re-applying, you may want to use a good quality primer. The primer will create a smooth base which will make it easier to apply shadow on the lid. This will also prevent any unwanted creases and won’t result in panda eyes the next morning.
Invest in a palette which has a large selection of similar colours. This is important when working on a smokey eye since you’ll be needing a black eyeshadow, navy, grey, a few browns and a white to create a signature look.
We recommend: Chi Chi Glamourous Eyes Palette – Bronze, $22.95
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