Before we get into how to create a classic and dramatic eye look, let’s start with some basic definitions of the different parts of your eye for future reference.
Crease: located where your upper eyelid meets the browbone (where the skin is folded to make a line). If you don’t have this, do not worry. Some people do not have a well-defined crease. Sometimes this is referred to as the monolid.
Above the crease: The area above the crease line and below the browbone.
Eyelid: There are two eyelids; the upper eyelid which extends from the eyelashes to the crease and the lower lid from the eyelash to a quarter of an inch below the lower lashes.
Upper lash line: located on the upper eyelid where eyeliner is typically placed.
Lower lash line: located on the lower eyelid where eyeliner is typically placed.
Browbone: located right below the eyebrow where you can feel the bone of your eye socket.
Highlight: located in the arch of your eyebrow above the browbone.
Since I have already described a natural eye look in my previous post, let’s continue with a basic description of a classic eye look.
The Classic Look
This look requires three eye colors: a light, medium, and a dark color. We begin by setting up a blank canvas on which to work. Take the medium color and paint your eye from the highlight area down to the upper eyelashes. (Typically, the canvas method works best when the medium color is a flesh tone color although you can experiment with other colors as well.)
Take the light color and paint the upper eyelid and highlight areas only.
Use the dark color to paint a wedge (a sideways V-shape) from the corner of the eye (the one furthest from the nose) into the crease and along the eyelash area.
Blend: Always blend your eye colors for a smooth, flawless look. Take an eye brush and lightly brush the light color from the highlight area down to the upper eye lash area.
Want to jazz up your classic look? Do one or all of the following tips:
- Using your eye brush, add a little of the light eye color on the center of your eyelid.
- Add color to your lower eyelid area (right below the lower lashes) by taking the light color and applying it from the inside corner of the eye (near the nose) to mid-center, and the dark color from the center to the side corner.
- Use white eyeliner along the lower eyelashes (the top edge area near the eyeball) and a black eyeliner underneath that color.
Here is one variation on the classic eye look using green, turquoise, blue and violet colors…
Another variation of the classic eye look where the wedge is not as pronounced and limited to the edge of the corner of the eye.
The Dramatic Look
A dramatic eye look can vary depending on the colors and style you want to use to dress your eyes. Here is an easy way to create a dramatic eye look.
This eye look also consists of 3 colors: dark, medium, and light. As with the classic look, set up your canvas by painting the medium color from the highlight area down to the eyelashes.
The medium color is in the crease of the eye up to the browbone. (Do this if you did not set up your canvas with the medium color as indicated above.)
Light color is place only in the highlight area.
Blend: With your eye brush use the light color from the highlight area over the eyelid brushing in a downward motion.
Want to jazz it up? Consider using a sparkly eye powder (gold or silver) as a finish to your eye look. Also, be sure to use eyeliner along the eyelash area.
Here is another variation of the dramatic look in the picture on the right.
Tip: Don’t forget to add mascara to complete your look. For more information, see my post on how to create lovely lashes.
What are your favorite eye looks? Post your comment below.
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