Eyes are the windows to the soul. No other part of the face can reveal so much about a peson than the eyes do.
The Ancient Egyptians knew this. They would wear eye make-up, along with other cosmetics and perfumes, to appease the gods. Egyptians made eye make-up from kohl. Women and men both wore black kohl to accentuate the eyes. The Egyptians introduced eye make-up to the Greeks. It was the Greeks that began wearing eye make-up to attract a lover.
Today, women wear eye make-up to enhance and compliment the natural beauty of their eyes. Applying make-up to the eyes correctly will make eyes look larger and brighter. It will intensify the color of your eyes and make the whites of your eyes whiter.
Dark Circles and Bags
Some of us get bags and circles when we are getting older. For others it is hereditary. Lack of sleep and dehydration will also create bags and circles. Drinking enough water and getting enough sleep will help prevent bags.
For dark circles, make sure you are using eye cream with a skin brightener. When choosing a concealer to cover up circles, make sure it is one shade lighter than your skin tone. If you go too dark or too light, you will actually enhance circles.
Ice packs, cucumbers, tea bags and eye masks will all help reduce bags under the eyes.
Bigger is Better: How To Make Your Eyes Look Big
Thin eyebrows make eyes appear larger (just don't over do it).
Before applying shadow, you should always apply a base. A base will help your makeup last through the day. This is especially important if you have oily skin. Use a light shade on lid and below the brow. In the crease use a darker color and blend with finger tips or a sponge applicator.
Use eyeliner on outer rims of eyes only. If you line the inner rims your eyes will look smaller.
Do not line all the way around your eyes. This will also make your eyes appear smaller. Line upper lids and when lining bottom, only line half way from the outer part of your eye. Blend well.
If using liquid liner, only line the top lids. Using liquid liner takes practice. Especially if you have a shaky hand. You will want to line as thin and as close to the lashes as possible.
Use an eye lash curler before putting on two to three coats of mascara. Don't use mascara on bottom lashes. Once again, that will only result in eyes appearing smaller.
Best Shades for Your Eye Color
Some shades work better with your eye color than others shades do.
Brown Eyed Girls
Brown eyes can get away with a lot of different shades. Dark blue shades, including navy blue, will make your eyes look richer. Other colors that are great are all shades of purple, bronze, nutmeg, beige and vanilla.
Gaga for Green Eyes
Green eyes are the most coveted eye color. It's the rarest too. Eye shadow shades that look fabulous on green eyes are gold, brown, pink and rose colors.
Those Baby Blues
Shades of brown are excellent choices for women with blue eyes. The contrast will make your eyes look brigher. Other colors are gold and all shades of green, especially dark greens.
Smokey eyes are the perfect look for evening. Getting this look right will make your eyes look very sexy.
First use base on top lid and under brow. Use concealer under eyes.
Using a pencil eyeliner in black, line upper and lower lashes. Draw line thicker in the middle of the eye on upper lashes. Smudge with a sponge applicator or fingers.
Sweep a powder shadow over your lids and in the crease. Dark colors like brown and gray work best. Blend color well.
Finish the look with two to three coats of black mascara.
Be sure to wear a nude lip color to balance the look.
Creating a Sexy Cat-Eye Look
Start by applying an eyeshadow base. Use a liquid eye liner in black or brown. Start from the inner corner of your eyes and draw a line close to the lash and finish off by create a wing at the outer egde. See picture below for an example. The classic cat eye is liner and no shadow, but the trend now is to use a pale and shimmery shadow.
RachieH on September 24, 2011:
Love it! I have green eyes, and those colors definitely make them pop! Another one I use is a purple with rosy undertones. Great tips!
Amy DeMarco (author) from Chicago on September 23, 2011:
I'm happy that you found my hub useful. I also have brown eyes. I usually use pale colors but lately I've been getting into purples. I LOVE the way my eyes look in purple shades! Thanks for stopping by!
kerlynb from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^ on September 23, 2011:
Ouuuiiii!I've got brown eyes and I'm just soooo glad to know I can get away with any colors. Thanks for your hub!