As we’re beginning to step out more and be outside, emerging from our cocoons after quarantine, we’re more aware of how long it’s been since we’ve sported some makeup. Since wearing masks may be the norm now, and for a while, let’s not forget the impression and freshness some good eye makeup can leave when going for meet-ups and running errands (all while social distancing of course). Grabbing that eyeliner may seem daunting at first, but it’s a piece of cake, once you remember and keep a few things in mind. Go from beginner to pro with these simple and easy, yet effective eye makeup tips from AMINTRO.

1. Always, Always Use Primer

There are primers specially formulated for eye-shadows and eye-makeup, but to be honest, any makeup primer will do, if you don’t have one on hand. Just dab a little bit on your lids and around your eyes to enjoy double, or even triple times the longevity of your makeup. Trust us, when we tell you not to skip this step! Not only is it worth the staying power, but primers really prevent creasing as well as drying of your makeup. That’s not a good look after a few hours outside!

2. Glamour-Up in Glasses

Just because you wear glasses, doesn’t mean your eye makeup is now rendered useless. You can look gorgeous in glasses and accentuate your eyes with some tips. Firstly, don’t skip the concealer! Many women believe that glasses can hide your under-eye circles… not true! In fact, it can magnify them. Next, make sure you’re keeping your eye-lids bright, with light colours and neutral tones. Wanna know what else will make your eyes pop? Just add a shimmery accent right in the middle of your lid, and pop on some highlighter on the brow bone to really open up those peepers. Use an eyelash curler to amplify this and make sure to use an eyeliner shade that’s one or two shades lighter than your frames to keep your eyeliner from getting overshadowed by your glasses.

3. Eyes Before Foundation

No matter how steady your hand might be, eye makeup tends to get messy sometimes. Blink too fast and your mascara ends up on your lower eyelid, and minutes later you find eyeshadow dust all over your cheeks. You’ll need to touch it up with some makeup remover, so it makes sense to do your eye makeup before foundation, rather than ruining the rest of your makeup. Now, you’ll be able to clean up then do the rest of your face makeup without disruption. You can even purchase handy eye shields that are made for eye makeup application. This allows you to apply everything without the stress of cleaning up after. What a time-saver!

4. Darker isn’t Always Better

You’ll need to be super careful with darker shades. When deciding on eyeshadows, keep in mind that dark colours will make your eyes look smaller, especially when you apply this on the eyelid. When starting out, we recommend sticking to lighter colours, on the brow bone and eyelid, and a medium tone on the crease of your eye. Many makeup rookies fall into a trap of overdoing it when starting out with makeup, but this look promises natural, yet effortless beauty.

5. White Eyeliner is an Essential

If you don’t already have a white eye pencil in your makeup bag, make a note that it is one of the most versatile products you can have in there. When it comes to your eyes, using it on your waterline (the part of skin just between your lower eyelid and your eyeball) really helps brighten tired looking eyes, as well as make them appear larger. You can also use the white eye pencil as a base for your eyeshadow, to make your eyeshadow really pop. Another trick is using it to highlight certain areas of your face such as your brow bone and the bridge of your nose.

6. Champagne is Always a Good Option

We mean champagne-coloured eyeshadow, of course! If you’re not too sure about what colour will go well with your eye colour or complexion, take it from us, champagne will go with every skin colour and occasion. It’s a shade that brightens the eyelids, and again, makes your eyes pop!

7. Know Your Angles

Winged liner is all the rage these days. Give your eyes a beautiful feline look, by using these simple steps. First, hold your eyeliner pen at the outer corner of your eyelid and align it to draw a tiny diagonal line upwards, towards the end of your eyebrow. Then connect the inner corner of your eye by drawing a curved line around the rim of your upper eyelid. It works every single time. Take your time, and if it’s your first few times, don’t go too crazy or dramatic with the length of the wing.

8. Start Experimenting

Our last tip would be this: stop watching too many tutorials and start practicing. Yes, it sounds cliché, but practice really does make perfect, when it comes to eye makeup. Don’t be shy to experiment with different colours and thicknesses of eyeshadows and liners, as you’ll need to do so to find out what works best for you. In the end, you’ll know it was worth it when you can get that perfect winged liner down in 10 seconds, with no mistakes!