Eyes have been called the windows of the soul because of how much they communicate. Eyes give your face energy and individuality. They do not have to be a certain size or shape to be considered pretty – all eyes have their own unique beauty.
When makeup is applied to look natural it will bring out the eye’s true color and enhance the eye’s beauty. When you feel good about your makeup you will be more confident and will have one less thing to worry about.
A subtle application of eyeliner, shadows and mascara work together to create magic and make your eyes look their best. Here’s how to do it.
Eye shadow is meant to highlight and define the eyes. Eye shadow is used to create depth to bring out the beauty of the eyes. A dark color used on the lid will make the eye appear smaller, while a lighter color will make it appear larger. That is what eye shadow is about creating illusions.
These are the basic techniques for the following eye shapes:
Small eyes: Don’t use too much shadow or liner – it will make you eyes look smaller. Apply a light color on eyelid, use a darker color in the crease and use a highlighter under the brow.
Large eyes: Wear darker shadow on the lid and extend it to the crease. Use a flat color under the brow to highlight.
Deep-set eyes: Use light colors on the eyelid and under the brow. Use a medium color in the crease. Emphasize the outer corners with shadow.
Wide-set eyes: Use darker colors on the inner corners of the eye.
Hooded eyes: Apply light colors on the lid. Use darker colors from the center of the eyelid to the outer corners and blend.
Round eyes: Make round eyes longer by using color all around and extending toward the outer corners.
Asian eyes: Apply highlighter under the brow. Use light shadow on the inner half of the lid and a darker color on the outer half.
Tips to Remember
Light colors cause the eyes to open, dark colors will cause the eyes to recede
If you have very light skin avoid dark shades
Be careful with shimmer – they will bring attention to imperfections and wrinkles.
The eye area is the first to show age; don’t tug on the skin.
Eyeliners are meant to define the eyes so they should do just that, not be the focal point of your makeup. Eyeliners come in various colors and forms liquid, pencil etc.
Keep the eyeliner natural. Pencils are available in many colors (for the best look stick to black or brown) and can be sharpened for a fine line.
For a smudged effect use a sponge tip shadow applicator or an eye shadow brush. When your pencils are too soft refrigerate them. When they are too hard soften them by holding them between your fingers.
To line the eye, start on the lower lid, just beneath the lashes.
When you are finished always smudge the line with your sponge. Stay as close to the lash line as possible.
On the upper lid, draw a line form the inner corner to the outer corner, thickening the line toward the outer corner.
After the age of 40 keep the line in between the lashes.
Mascara and the creation of beautiful lashes:
Mascara frames your eyes and can make your face come alive. Mascara softly accentuates the eye while thickening and darkening the lashes; it is the finishing touch for eyes.
There are several different types to choose from, thickening, and waterproof to smudge proof. Waterproof will need a special remover and smudge proof will wash off easily. It is not a good idea to wear waterproof mascara for extended periods of time since it has a tendency to dry the lashes.
Select a shade of mascara that complements your coloring. Dark shades on pale eyes with brown lashes will darken them and will look harsh. Stay away from blues and other colors since they will ruin your look.
Lashes that are hard to curl may need the help of an eyelash curler. Curl your lashes before you apply mascara – hold for ten to twenty seconds.
To apply mascara look straight into your mirror with your chin slightly lifted so you can see your lashes. Insert the wand only once and twist, don’t pump. Pumping can break the brush bristles and distribute the mascara unevenly and will dry out the mascara faster.
Start by rolling the wand from root to tip in an upward motion. Reinsert the brush and apply again. If your eyelashes are thick and long they may clunk together. If this happens let them dry and then separate them with the corner of an eyebrow brush.
“The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination.” ~Carl Rogers
Around here, it’s always been about creating the life you want–becoming the best possible version of yourself. Previously, we have focused primarily on weight loss and fitness when it comes to doing our little challenges, but for 2014, we’re taking it to a whole new level–we’re creating a whole new MOVEMENT.
The Whole Life Fix Movement: What It’s All About
Whether you’re just getting started in life or you’ve been around the block a few times, chances are that you’re full of thoughts, experiences and ideas that lead you to want to fix parts of your life.
And, being human, it’s only sensible that you’ve got so many different things you’d like to change that you don’t even know where to begin. Maybe a “whole life” change is too much for you?
But here’s the thing. It’s really not about jumping into a whole new personality by tomorrow afternoon–nope. In reality, what this whole life fix movement is all about is pretty simple–it’s a whole attitude change and comes along with a whole host of tools to help you in the day-to-day challenges that beat you down.
Even better, it’s absolutely free to join the Whole Life Fix Movement.
What You Get When You Join the Whole Life Fix Movement
Free life-changing e-courses each month, to be announced
Premium ecourses, webinars and more at a fraction of the cost non-members pay
Free Motivational Wallpapers
Discounts on health & wellness products
Discounts on other products to help you improve your life
Much, much more to be announced!
The Whole Life Fix Movement: A New You, Right Now
Contrary to popular belief, you won’t have to wait until tomorrow or next week or next year to become a “new” you. The new you won’t have to wait until you reach your goal weight, until you get that degree or new job or new spouse–it can happen right now.
The Whole Life Fix Movement: You Already Know How to Make Yourself Happy
As the new you begins to emerge today, you’re probably all fired up about creating positive change in your life. Whatever it is you want to change–your body, your soul, your mind, your relationships, your financial situation–whatever it is, you only need to take the first steps to begin to create the life of which you’ve always dreamed.
The Whole Life Fix Movement: Partners
I’m really excited that several groups, bloggers and companies have signed on to co-sponsor the Whole Life Fix Movement, including old partners such as Alyssa Ast over at Random Thoughts of a Tangled Mind, Jamie Paretti from MTMBody.com and Project Blissful Style, as well as new partners such as Jane Cuddehe from Scialle Shawls and Nicole Friedman from Rodan-Fields. More information on these lovely people to come!
Are you ready to change your whole life? Want to live the life of your dreams in 2014? Then what are you waiting for? Sign up, right here, right now! Let’s do this!
Angela Atkinson is a certified trauma counselor and the author of more than 20 books on narcissism, narcissistic abuse recovery, and related topics. A recognized expert on narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder who has studied and written extensively on narcissistic personality disorder and narcissistic abuse in toxic relationships since 2006, she has a popular narcissistic abuse recovery YouTube channel. Atkinson was inspired to begin her work as a result of having survived toxic relationships of her own.
Atkinson offers trauma-informed narcissistic abuse recovery coaching and has certifications in trauma counseling, life coaching, level 2 therapeutic model, CBT coaching, integrative wellness coaching, and NLP. She is a certified trauma support coach and certified family trauma professional. She also has a professional PTSD counseling certification. Her mission is to help those who have experienced the emotional and mental devastation that comes with narcissistic abuse in these incredibly toxic relationships to (re)discover their true selves, stop the gaslighting and manipulation, and move forward into their genuine desires – into a life that is exactly what they choose for themselves.
Along with her solution-focused life coaching experience, Atkinson’s previous career in journalism and research helps her to offer both accurate and understandable information for survivors of abuse in a simple-to-understand way that helps to increase awareness in the narcissistic abuse recovery community. Atkinson founded QueenBeeing.com Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support, the SPANily Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support Groups and the Life Makeover Academy.
You know you’re out there returning stuff and using up those gift cards this weekend. While you’re at it, get your hands on some of the hottest fashion deals in town. Don’t worry–I’ve pulled together a hot collection of sales, deals and steals for you today!
Note from the editor: I’m the first to admit that sometimes, a bargain buy is a better bet than a designer buy. Trendy items that will fade out within a month or two, for example, aren’t a worthy buy for me. But some items are less seasonal and more versatile, especially things like designer throws. Find out why Scialle Shawls owner Jane Cuddehe says designer throws are the way to go, right here.
Reasons Owning Designer Throws are Worth the Investment
But really, is it worth your money to own one or more designer throws? The answer is a big YES, and below are the reasons why:
1. You get to enjoy a throw with timeless style.
If there’s one major difference between mass produced and designer throws, that would be the lasting effect. A typical throw may look old and withered over time, while a designer counterpart may last for years and changing fashion trends without looking off.
This is because designer patterns and styles are made with a touch of strategy. The people behind these covers make it a point to come up with patterns, color layers and other details to make them last for years in the fashion world. With this kind of design, you are able to hold on to one throw and establish a signature style without pulling too much effort.
2. Designer throws last longer-literally.
Another important reason to own such a throw is that you are able to enjoy its durability for many years. Most designer scarves, stoles, and throws are made with high quality materials, so that even if they look and feel delicate, they do not easily tear apart.
Most branded throws are low maintenance; this means you can wash and keep them without using special products and procedures, and still their beauty and durability will linger throughout time.
3. Designer throws help you save money.
If there’s one mistake most fashionistas commit, that would be buying more scarves, throws, and shawls every time the fashion trends change. This only makes them spend more, albeit unnecessarily. You don’t want to commit the same blooper, right?
It would then be a better move to purchase one or a few branded throws in one blow, and from there you get to use them according to your own preferences. Sure, spending for these throws can be expensive, but you are saved from buying more and more throws in the future, as you are already settled with what you already have.
4. You have an ultimate status symbol.
Designer throws are a favorite status symbol of many homeowners, particularly those who are aiming to add a touch of class in their living room. Since throws can be used as covers for sofas and center tables, you can place one as an adornment to your favorite couch.
Having such a throw on your sofa gives the impression that while you may not be after the latest fashion trends, your home (particularly your living room) is able to channel a classy, timeless, and ever stylish look.
When shopping for designer throws, you may want to go with a name that matches your character and style. This way you are able to live up to its designs and not simply follow the brand.