Hello LCC readers, it’s your beauty editor Emilie! The Current Favorites series continues today with a focus on the eyes. When I’m rushing to get out of the house in the morning (every weekday morning, let’s be real) I can’t be bothered to do more than fill in my brows and put on a quick coat of mascara. Creating an eye shadow color scheme, applying it, and taking care to tight-line my upper and lower water lines wears away at the time I simply don’t have. This is why I live for weekend events—brunch with my family, Broadway shows, and dinner with friends are all opportunities that welcome additional makeup-related effort. I know a lot of people prefer to take a break from makeup on the weekends but I like to get a little bit more glammed up. Keep reading if you’d like to find out how eye makeup can help you attain an enhanced look.
Shadows: The best thing about eyes shadows is that they create depth, which is the first step in achieving a different eye shape. I naturally have almond shaped eyes that automatically appear more round, open, and doe-like when I define the crease, fill in the lid and emphasize the lower lash line. The single Nude Matte shadows by NYX come in a variety of brilliant colors that stay in place and really pop. YouTube beauty vlogger Carli Bybel has come out with a palette with BH Cosmetics that I recently got my hands on and can’t get enough of. The colors are beautiful and buildable and the price couldn’t be better for the high quality of the makeup. Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palette is the eye shadow product I would bring to a deserted island. The combination of matte and shimmery shadows is flawless and the natural, rosy shades will flatter every skin tone.
Eyeliner: I may not be a regular liner girl, but there’s a lot to be said for the power of the product. The issue with eyeliner is that it can detract from the rest of your makeup look and be difficult to apply. Tight-lining (literally lining the most inner rim of the upper and lower water lines) gives off a thicker lash illusion. The concept of putting something so close to your eye can be daunting but directing your focus to the opposite side of where you apply the product will eliminate any discomfort and tearing. I use the Powerpoint Eye Pencil from MAC. It’s completely waterproof but still blends and smudges well.
Lashes: Whether they by fluffy, spidery or ultra-long, lashes work to wake and liven up any face. My lashes are long but thin so a tight curl and a few swipes of mascara make a huge difference. Once my lashes are done I honestly think I look like a friendlier person. Most eyelash curlers will get the job done but this one by tarte is just as good as it is glam. As for mascara, I’ve been alternating between Too Faced’s Better Than Sex—let the name speak for itself—and Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara by Marc Jacobs Beauty. They both add length, volume, thickness and color and help lock in the curl.
Eyebrows: Your eyebrows frame your face and that’s what makes them so fleeky. Brows seem to be changing constantly and only one spoolie brush and pencil combo have given me the chance to successfully try each trend. The 204 Lash Brush from MAC, which works just as well for brows, has short and dense bristles that lift and move the individual hairs, aiding in trimming, drawing precise lines, and blending out color. Eye Brows, another product by MAC, is a self-sharpening brow definer that adds shape, color and density. The point of the pencil is thin so you can map out your desired shape but the distribution of product is intense so you can fully fill in.
Written and Curated for the LCC by Emilie Louizides