6 Eye makeup MistakesThe 6 Most Common Eye Makeup Mistakes
- Cat eyes: Black liquid liner that extends
upward -- well beyond the outside corner of the eye -- is harsh and
looks dated. Brown shadow liner drawn a tiny bit past the eye is softer.
Kaleidoscope eyes: Bright, shocking mismatched colors don't
belong on the eyelid (unless you are dressing as a clown for
Halloween!). Choose muted colors in the same family and blend them well.
- Blush as shadow: Sweeping your blush color across your lids
sounds like a useful time-saver (lots of makeup artists make this
suggestion). I find that the rosy coloration of most blushes is wrong
for the eye area and can cause eyes to appear red or pink. Instead, do
the same one-color technique with shadow shades like toast or pale pink.
- Unfinished liner: Lining only the outside half of the eye has
a minimizing effect. You can choose to do only the top lid, but be sure
to apply color all the way from the inside corner of the eye, continuing
along the entire lash line to the outermost corner.
- Shadow matching: It's almost never a good idea to match your
eye shadow color to your eye color -- especially if you have blue or
green eyes. Blue eyes look amazing with navy liner but disappear with
blue shadow. In general, neutral colors that contrast with eye color
- Mascara clumps: It was the look in the 1960s, but it doesn't
work today. The best way to achieve thick lashes is to do several thin
coats of mascara. If you experience clumping, wipe the excess mascara
from your brush with a tissue.
"The Six Most Common Eye Makeup Mistakes" is from the book
Bobbi Brown Beauty by Bobbi Brown, which is available wherever books
are sold. Copyright (c) 1997 by Bobbi Brown Book Group LLC. Reprinted by
arrangement with HarperCollins Publishers. All rights reserved.