How do I make my eye makeup show up better?
I'm 20 years old and have dark brown hair and eyes and fair skin. I also wear thin rimmed glasses. This is how I did my makeup 2 days ago:
1.Sephora Collection Perfecting Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 Oil-Free in Medium 26 Peach
2.MAC. Select/Sheer Pressed Powder in NC25 (all over face after I finish my eye makeup but before I apply my mascara) 3.Urban Decay Primer Potion
4.Suspect Eyeshadow on the Lid (from Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette)
5.Midnight Cowgirl Eyeshadow on Lid (it was a sample and I wanted to add some more glitter to my eyelid)
6.Snakebite Eyeshadow on Outer Third of Lid (from Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette)
7.Essence Gel Eyeliner on top lid in Midnight in Paris
8.Covergirl LashBlast Waterproof Mascara in Black on top and bottom lashes
9.Tarte EmphasEYES High Definition Eye Pencil in Black on Lower lashline
10.Sephora Lipstick (Idk what the name of the color is)
Anywho long story short...after I had finished doing my makeup and getting dressed I went and asked my mom what she thought about my makeup and this was her response:"It doesn't look like your wearing any makeup/I don't see any makeup." Now my mom is someone who would tell me straight up if my makeup looked bad or something. But to hear her say that it didn't look like I was wearing any makeup really bugged me. I mean it's not like I packed on the products or anything but I did make sure to blend colors as I applied them so that it wouldn't look too harsh. How is it that she can't see me wearing any makeup but I can? I don't get it. Am I applying my eye makeup wrong or something? Just because I was going for a somewhat neutral look..doesn't mean I want it to not show up. HELP! She said that I need to wear dark colors for my eye makeup to actually show up...but how do I pull off wearing dark colors without my eye makeup turning into a smokey eye? I don't want to wear smokey eyes in the daytime.
Hi Jenbird. Sometimes, that can be a compliment. You never want to look like you have a lot of makeup on, but I know what you mean about the eye makeup. I always like to do a little more on my eyes too. The colors you chose are beautiful, but they are soft and can give that just polished no makeup look. You don't have to wear dark colors but you may want to add a bit more pigment on your lid, like Chopper, YDK or Pistol (since you have the Naked 2 Palette). You can also thicken your liner a bit towards the outer corner. This will make it a bit more noticeable without being heavy.
What shape are your eyes? do you have alot of lid space from your eyebrow to your crease? I do not have much space from my eyebrow to my crease and also when I have my eyes opened it covers most of the my lid so if it wasn't for the liner I probably wouldn't look like I have eye makeup on either.
If your eyes are like mine (and maybe not) I suggest maybe either doing bit darker or even matte shadow for the outer lid. Frosted colors like snakebite when blended out seem to look less intense and with other shimmery/frosted colors they really tend to get lost so yeah try a matte color or just a shade or two darker. Also try going out beyond your crease with the outer color (not too far but just enough were it peacks out when your eyes are opened)
Hope thise makes sense haha.
The eye colors you used should be noticeable, so I understand your frustration. I am wondering what type of eye brushes you used with the shadows? If you used fluffier brushes that have a lot of give to them then you may be too soft. A pencil brush or a stiffer blending brush should do the trick. Also I think there is nothing wrong with not being able to tell you are wearing shadow as long as your eye looks more defined! Like someone else said it also depends on your eyeshape, if you have hooded eyes, your shadow isn't going to be as visible because the shadow is covered by your lid. Hope this helps!
Try using Urban Decay's Primer Potion.
It works miracles!
It makes your eyeshadow show up better, and stay on!
A little really does go a long way, it lasts forever.
Instead of using colours that are the same as your skin tone, or very similar.
Try going for colours that are a shade or two darker than your skin tone , maybe then they'll show up a bit better.
I don't wear to much makeup but I make sure eye shadow is noticeable like somebody said on here "she don't want to wear Smokey eyes in the daytime". How can I make my makeup pop out but still look nice?
I always do my makeup the same for work, school, everyday what can I do to change it up and make my eyes a little bigger?
I wear glasses, have dark brown hair, eyes and light skin as well. I generally do a "dark natural smokey" eye for the day time and it shows up great. I would say it really depends on the colors your wearing and if you use a dark liner it usually helps make my eyes pop more. Nothing is wrong with a natural look and I guess it was so natural your Mom didn't realize you had anything on? My favorite brown eyeshadows are in Kat Von D's True Romance Saint Palette and Sephora's "Espresso Shot", they are great for making more noticable natural/neutral looks.