The Eye Master Collection, $39 Ulta
You might think that you should start with darker colors, but the opposite is true. You should actually start with lighter colors on the outer areas, and work your way in. Make sure the shade your working with is completely blended before moving to the next darkest shade.
You’ll want to be extremely light-handed and move your brush in a windshield-wiper or circular motion. As you get down to a more contained color, you’ll want to use a more tapered blending brush.
To be honest, it’s easier to watch someone blend eyeshadow than to explain it in words. The eyeshadow queen, herself,
Jaclyn Hill shows you how it’s done in this amazing makeup tutorial. 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼 VIDEO 3. How To Do Perfect Eyebrows
I’m gonna let you in on some personal information about me…
I don’t have any eyebrows. No, I didn’t shave them off in middle school, and yes, I have to pencil them in every single day.
It’s just the cards I’ve been dealt, but I’ve learned to run with it.
When I got married, I had my makeup done by one of the top makeup artists in South Lake Tahoe, and boy, have my eyebrows never looked better than they did that day.
ABH Brow Wiz, $21 Ulta
She taught me a cool trick that I’ve never forgotten. She said to use a “
spoolie” brush to lightly soften the tops of your eyebrows and the inner edges (closest to your nose). It makes them look so much more natural and gives them depth.
I also like to carve out the bottoms with concealer, to make them absolutely perfect.
NikkieTutorials teaches a really similar method to the one I use in the following eyebrow tutorial video. 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼 VIDEO 4. How To Bake Your Face
Baking your face is a method of letting translucent powder sit on your face long enough to set your makeup.
Laura Mercier Translucent Powder, $39 Sephora
This technique has been used in drag for years, and for good reason. You’ll be left with:
Perfectly matte skin (add highlight where you want it) Covered imperfections and filled-in lines A flawless finish Makeup that will last all day
To bake your face, just let the powder sit on your skin for 5-10 minutes before dusting it off. This allows your body heat to set the concealer and foundation.
iluvsarahii has an amazing tutorial that teaches you the ins and outs of face baking. She also notes that the Laura Mercier translucent powder (pictured above) is the absolute best powder for baking your face.
Check out her tutorial here.👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼
VIDEO 5. How To Do A Cut Crease
I don’t think there is anything cooler than a perfectly-carved cut crease. It’s the epitome of modern makeup.
You can rock this look with glitter, neutral tones or crazy vibrant tones. Any variation is as beautiful as the next. And as intense and intricate as it may seem, this makeup look is really not that hard to do.
BH Cosmetics Take Me Back to Brazil, $20 Ulta
To get a mean cut crease, you really just need to:
Apply some nicely blended eyeshadow like you normally would Carve out the cut crease with some concealer and a flat brush Add some contrasting pigment to the carved out section
Again, it’s easier for me to show you than to explain how to do it. I absolutely love this cut crease makeup tutorial by
Princess Bellaaa. She makes it look incredibly easy, and those pigments are unreal.👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼 VIDEO 6. How To Tightline Eyes and Line The Waterline
Tightlining your eyes is all about closing out those flesh tones between your eyeball and eyelash line. It’s incredibly easy to do and gives you a much more polished look.
To take it a step further, you can even line out the waterline of the lower lid. This is something I’ve been doing for years… it’s a really flattering look for my eyes.
Long Lasting Kohl Pencil, $10 Sephora
I personally find that it’s easiest to do this with a Kohl pencil (like the one pictured above). It’s soft on your eyes but also precise.
MakeupAndArtFreak teaches her super easy technique in this tightline tutorial video.👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼 VIDEO 7. How To Apply Fake Eyelashes
False eyelashes are non-negotiable if you’re serious about modern makeup… but don’t worry, they’re super easy to do. It might take a few tries, but with some practice, you’ll get it.
Lilly Lashes Lite Mink (faux), $20 Sephora
Here’s a crazy easy tutorial by
Kait Nichole, full of tips and tricks for success. 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼 VIDEO 8. How To Do a Smokey eye
I’ve always been a fan of smoldering smokey eyeshadow. Although it’s a timeless look, it’s definitely a staple of the modern makeup trends.
Really, the key to doing the perfect smokey eye is just to learn how to apply dark blacks, browns, and greys, and then learn how to blend them to the high heavens.
To get that perfect blend, you’ll want to go slow, start with lighter colors, and gradually get darker as you move inward. It’s also a good idea to apply a gel eyeliner to the bulk of your lid before going in with black eyeshadow. And remember to blend the black into the lighter colors.
Gel Eyeliner, $14 Sigma Beauty An Knook has a killer classic smokey eye tutorial. It walks you through the blending process, step-by-step.👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼 VIDEO 9. How To Make Eyeshadow Pop
If you’re gonna survive the days of modern makeup, you can’t be walking around with muddy eyeshadow. You need to make it pop.
It’s really not complicated at all. In fact, making your eyeshadows appear to be more vibrant and pigmented just takes one extra step from your normal routine.
Youkeyy suggests using a dry concealer that is much lighter than your skin tone as a base. She does emphasize that it’s essential to use a dryer concealer and to use the lightest shade possible. She also states that you can use this in place of primer, and also get better results. Makeup Revolution Concealer, $7 Ulta
See how she does it here. 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼
VIDEO 10. How To Do Winged Eyeliner
I’ve been winging my eyeliner since before winging your eyeliner was cool. I think this is such a timeless look and I hope it never goes out of style.
There are several different types of eyeliner products available, and they all have pros and cons. Gel eyeliner with a separate brush is great for a softer look. I like using this on the bulk of my lid from time to time.
However, I don’t think there’s a product out there that can deliver anything as precise as the
Kat Von D Tattoo liner. I’ve been using it for about a year, and I’m absolutely hooked. Kat Von D Tattoo Eyeliner, $20 Sephora
The technique is really pretty easy but might take a little bit of practice. Don’t worry,
Laura Lee shows you how to clean up your mess-ups in her winged eyeliner tutorial. 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼 VIDEO Bonus Section
I just want to throw out there that tools matter. If you try to blend eyeshadow with a flat brush, it’s not going to work.
I’m not gonna lie… my husband bought me the
Jaclyn Hill Master Brush Set by Morphe a few years ago, and it’s a total game changer. Fair warning…it’s super expensive but worth every penny.
If anything, check out the more affordable
eye master collection.
I’ve purchased so many different cheaper brush sets in the past, and nothing even comes close to this quality. And really, it’s actually more affordable than similar brush sets from other brands. I couldn’t recommend it more.
Jaclyn Hill, herself, teaches you what brushes to use for what. If you need more guidance, it’s an exceptional video (no matter what brand of brushes you use). VIDEO Final Thoughts
Since the emergence of visual social media, makeup has reached unbelievable heights. Everyone and their mom can learn professional makeup techniques with the right tools and resources.
As the makeup industry continues to grow exponentially, so does the creativity needed to succeed.
With so many innovative ideas and polished looks out there, it could be pretty overwhelming… but don’t worry, I gotchu. Master these modern makeup trends, and I promise you’ll make it out alive.
Until next time,
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