Eyes. There are so many poems, sonnets, quotes written about the eyes. Are they the windows to the soul? Does beauty lie in the eye of the beholder? Can you tell if someone loves you by looking into their eyes? (Sherlock Holmes/Benedict Cumberbatch can – forward to 1:13 to see my point)
Whatever you think about eyes, love yours or hate ’em, I think eyes are the best feature to apply make-up to.
You can dress them up or keep it casual – with a simple sweep of colour or flick of liner, you can change your entire look.
This is the second instalment of my ‘what’s in my make-up bag’ series and yep, you’ve guessed it – this post is all about the eyes.
Maybelline Volum’ Express The Colossal Cat Eyes waterproof ($19.95 from Priceline) – my daily mascara. I think Maybelline has the best drugstore brand range of mascaras and this particular one will give you the best lashes. The brush is the perfect size and shape and will retain your lash curl, while also giving length and volume.
Diorshow mascara – ($52 from David Jones) this is a great volume building mascara – perfect for fat lashes required for smoky eyes. I have short lashes and find this hard to use without smudging on my lids and the formula can dry up quickly. I also like this mascara in its Extase version which has a weird, wavy shaped brush and is great for lash separation.
K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eyeliner 24hr ($22.95 from blushmeup.com.au) – the eyeliner that has the world’s longest name! Korean make-up is all the rage at the moment and this eyeliner delivers the goods. I bought this eyeliner in Singapore many, many years ago and is the only liquid liner I’ll ever use. There are so many things right with this – the perfect sized and shaped brush and long-lasting formula make it so easy to use. It’s not available in Australia unfortunately but you can buy it online so get to it!
MAC Cosmetics Fluidline in Blitz and Glitz ($32 from MAC) – because I’m in love with the K-Palette liner I rarely use anything else but this gel liner gets a go when it’s smoky eye time. I haven’t used the Bobbi Brown gel liner (another cult product) so can’t compare the two but this formula is excellent. I love it because it has specks of gold in it – better than the Stila Smudgepot 24K – and can be used to create the best smoky eye as a liner or smudged all over the lids. Use with MAC’s small angle brush for best application.
Khojati mumtaz delux kajal eye definer – one of my make-up secrets, kajal liner is simply, amazeballs. It has the highest amount of pigment and the tiny tube applicator gets the liner right on the water line. I love using it for a precise smoky eye and I recommend setting it with black eyeshadow or you’ll find it running after a few hours. There are different brands available and they’re all pretty similar. I’m not sure if this is available in Asian/Middle-Eastern shops in Australia but you will find it overseas. I found this particular one in Paris!
Nars Larger than Life eyeliner in Campo de’Fiori ($32 from Mecca Cosmetics, in-store only) – I learnt this trick from Rae Morris’ first make-up book aptly named ‘Makeup – The Ultimate Guide’. While people swear by using white/ecru eyeliner on the waterline to open up your eyes, I swear by using gold eyeliner. It’s pretty hard to find the right shade of gold and I recommend using this one by Nars – it’s not too bright, and not bordering on green/brown. The formula lets you glide the liner on and is pretty tough and long-lasting. It also comes with it’s own sharpener on the bottom end of the pencil and one Nars make-up artist made me swear to use this sharpener only or I’d wreck the pencil.
Urban Decay Naked palettes ($83.60 from beautybay.com) – you can’t talk about eyeshadow without mentioning this cult product. I personally prefer Naked Two as it suits my skin tone best but in terms of quality, they’re all amazing. If you don’t want to splurge on an entire palette, you can always buy the Basic range which is perfect if you stick to one or two looks. The Naked palettes come in a range of complementary shades – Naked One and Naked Two are brown/chocolate toned, with Naked One having more matte shades while Naked Two is more shimmery. Naked Three jumps on the rose-gold craze and is filled with sparkly pink/champagne toned shadows with an amazing black shade called Blackheart. This is my go-to palette and is the only one I’ve brought with me for my travels. If you need inspiration on how to use the colours, simply hop on Youtube – there are so many tutorials out there on using the Naked palettes!
Maybelline Expert Wear eyeshadow quads ($14.95 from Priceline) – one of the first shadows I used and one I still use. This is great for beginners as there are only four shades and it comes with a little guide on the back on how to apply the colours. Don’t use the little shadow sponge it comes with, use brushes. The quality is also great and will last all day.
Too Faced Natural Eyes palette ($48 from Mecca Cosmetics) – I bought this palette because I was on a work trip after rummaging through my make-up bag ten times and realising I had forgotten to pack eyeshadow! It was expensive but worth every dollar – this palette has highly-pigmented shadows in colours to die for, plus tutorials on how to create different looks. There are colours in this palette you can’t buy individually making it worth the investment. My favourite colour in this is ‘push-up’, a nice shimmery neutral you can use on its own, day or night. This is another palette I use regularly and will suit all skin tones.
Eye make-up remover –
The most important step! Removing all your eye-make up, whether it’s before bed or the morning after, is key to getting your eye look perfect. My go to remover is Neutrogena oil-free eye make up remover. It’s gentle on the eyes and a bit of fun as you have to shake the bottle before using! You can buy this at any supermarket or pharmacy ($10.89 at Priceline).
This isn’t a complete list of all the eye products I have in my make-up bag (too scary to reveal) – it’s a list of all the products I use regularly and ones I can’t live without. There are SO many products out there – don’t be afraid to try them all!
I realise I haven’t included eyeshadow primers – I don’t use them, though I probably should, as I believe that a good quality shadow doesn’t need primer. If your shadow starts running during the day then your product isn’t very good, or you should stop moisturising your lids. Eyelids have natural oils so you don’t need to moisturise them. The purpose of eyeshadow primers is to keep your shadow on and enhance the colours, but like I said if your product quality is good then you shouldn’t need to do anything more.
What’s your favourite eye product? Share your experience and knowledge and recommend products to use!