Eye Makeup Tutorial

One of the highlights of The Hundred Event was getting to meet so many e-friends in the flesh. I was so pumped to meet Britt from The Fisk Files because I religiously stalk follow her blog. She is just as genuinely sweet and motherly in real life as she is on the WWW. This may seem trite, but I’ve always admired the way Britt does her makeup. She obviously has an immense natural beauty, and she seems to know just how to use makeup as it’s intended to be used to highlight her natural beauty. I shamelessly divulged this information to Britt in Dallas and insisted that she teach me how to do eye makeup because hers is ah-mazing. She generously agreed, but somehow between the late night conversations, cocktails, and general we-are-not-attached-to-our-newborns-right-now celebrations, the weekend got away from us. So! I pressured her into writing up a how-to not only for me, but for all you lovely readers! I know you’re going to enjoy Britt as much as I do, and this eye makeup tutorial? Bomb-diggity, my friends. Let’s all be like Britt, mk? 

Sweet Olivia (whom I love!) asked me to write a guest post a few weeks ago.  I am so honored to be a part of this beautiful blog and to connect with all of you.  Olivia asked me to do a little eye make-up tutorial.  Let me preface this with a couple of things.

  1. I am by no means a make-up professional, and 
  2. I’ve never done a make-up tutorial.

But, there’s a first time for everything, right?

So, here goes.  My little eye make-up tutorial.  This is just what I do on a daily basis.  I’m sure there are plenty of more professional and more “correct” ways to go about applying eye make-up, but here’s the Britt Fisk version (with not-so-clear pictures):

1) Apply a base all over the lid.

I use Mac’s Paint Pot in Painterly, but any eye shadow base will do.

I use this Bobbi Brown cream shadow brush to apply it.

2) Apply a darker cream shadow from the outer corner of your eyelid to the middle.  I only do this because I feel it makes my eye make-up stay longer and gives it a bit more definition.


I use Mac’s Paint Pot in Constructivist for this.  I also apply it with this brush.

3) Line your top and bottom lids with the eyeliner of your choice.

I like cream eyeliner.  This one (which I use most) is Mac’s Dip Down.  I apply it with this brush.


I rarely use eyeliner on the inner lid.  For some reason, it makes my eyes water.

4) Pick out a neutral set of shadows.  

Lately I’ve been using this palette.  My other favorites are Urban Decay Naked 2 palette and Urban Decay Naked 3 palette.  I also have a lot of singles I love, but this is just easier for the day-to-day.

5) Find a lighter shadow and brush it on right underneath your brow.  Also, place a small amount in the inner corner of your eyelid.

I use this brush.

6) Next, take a shade darker and brush everywhere the other color isn’t.  From under the brow to the base of the eyelid.


7) After that, I find a shadow with a bit of shimmer, and I go over my eyeliner, both on the top and bottom lid.


8) Finally, I add a dark color to the outer corners of my eyelids, coming in about a third of the way to the inner eyelid.  If you can see, it looks like a little triangle from the outer corner inward.


9) Blend.  I use this brush.



10)  Apply mascara.

I’ve been using this “tubing” mascara.  At first I didn’t love it.  However, when you wash it off, it leaves no black under your eyes, so it makes it worth it to me.



And there you have it.  A basic, easy-to-do daily eye make-up routine!

You don’t have to buy Mac make-up or brushes.  Do what works best for you.  I’ve had these brushes forever, and I use them daily, so the investment was worth it for me.  However, I know others work just as well!  Have fun!

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