This simple formula is the basis for most makeup looks. It'll define, open up and add depth to your eyes. Use earthy brown tones for a natural daytime style, or stray into inky blacks and rich greens or purples for a sultry smoky eye.
- Prepare your base: Start with a clean eyelid. Apply a concealer up to your brow bone to cover up any patchiness. If your eyelids are oily, you can follow this with setting powder. Now select your base colour (a mid-toned neutral shade) and apply it all over your eyelid, blending upwards towards the brow bone using a blending brush.
- Define your crease: Use a colour that's one or two shades darker than your base colour. Take your application brush and apply this shade to your crease, then use your blending brush to smudge it in. Depending on the depth of your crease, you might need to apply more of this shade for it to be visible.
- Add depth: Using a dark shade, go over the top and bottom outer third of your eye. Gradually build up colour until you've achieved the desired level of intensity. An everyday look will require a lighter hand while an evening occasion gives you more leeway to go bold.
- Finishing touches: Apply a thin layer of eyeliner to your top lid. If your eyes are prominent you can line the bottom lash line as well, and finish off with swipe of mascara. You could also add false eyelashes if it’s a special occasion.
The best thing about eye makeup is that once you get the basics right, the sky's the limit. Experiment with your favourite shades and find a set of colours that work for you. You can really get creative with your looks, and our step-by-step guide is the perfect starting point.