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Beautys Bad Habit

We love this beauty blog written by Lily, a 21 year old British beauty blogger from Manchester.

At the age of 15 she started out in theatrical make-up and styling. Three years later, she had qualified in Media Make-up, covering everything from bridal make-up, to fashion make-up and prosthetics so it’s not surprising that she knows her stuff.

What we like best about this blog is her sharing her tips on how to recreate some of her most stunning make up looks including liquid eyeliner with smoky eyes as per this image. Check out her blog for more inspiration.

The Daily Nail blog

This blogger jails from Las Vegas and started out in the blogosphere by doing a blog project to do 365 different nail designs in 365 days on October 13, 2010. She now continues to do designs, some of which you could try at home and some that are just plain kooky, but oh so pretty – check it out!

A Brilliant Brunette

This blog is a really hands on beauty blog with real life examples of how to perfect make up and the techniques used. Check out the below for her blog on how to apply eye shadow. This is one we will certainly be trying!

  1. Inner Corner: The inner corner of the eye is exactly where it sounds like it is; Just at the inner corner of the eye near the nose. Placing a colour here that is lighter than your skintone really brightens up the eye. The colour can be matte of have a shimmer to it. Using a pale colourful eyeshadow on the inner corner is beautiful as well; think pale gold or a shimmery mint green. Also, if your eyes are close together, highlighting your inner corner will make them seem farther apart.
  2. Lid: Your eyelid can be divided into as many portions as you please depending on the look you’re going for. For a basic lid placement use one colour all the way cross. You can also use a light colour on the inner half of your lid and a darker colour on the outer half. This will add dimension to your eyes and can make them appear larger.
  3. Outer V: The outer V is basically the outer corner of your lid. To apply colour here, you’ll start at the outer corner of your eye (or outer upper lashline) and create a V up and into your crease. Applying a dark eyeshadow to your outer V creates a smokey eye.
  4. Crease: You can find your crease just above your lid (2) but just below your browbone/optical bone (5). If you look down into a mirror while keeping your head straight, your crease is the indentation right above your lid. Applying colour here adds dimension to the overall look you’re going for.
  5. Browbone/Optical Bone/Transition Area: Directly above your crease is your browbone, or optical bone. This is typically the transition area where your lid and crease colours fade into the highlight colour. Any colour can be used here but I prefer to use one that is just ever-so-slightly darker than my skintone. This allows your brow highlight (6) to pop and your main lid/crease colours to blend better.
  6. Browbone Highlight: Your browbone highlight should be applied just below your brow. You can use any light-coloured eyeshadow that you feel works with the look you’re trying to achieve. It can be a matte highlight like I tend to use, or something on the shimmery side like pictured here.
  7. Bottom/Lower Lashline: The bottom lashline is the lower portion of your eye where the lashes begin. Just as with the lid and other areas, how you place colour here totally depends on your personal preferences. You can use eyeliner, eyeshadow, or both for long-lasting wear. Thicken the colour you place here for a smokey look, or you can skip this area altogether. It just depends on you and the look you’re going for.
  8. Top/Upper Lashline: The top lashline, like the bottom, is where the lashes begin. Smudging a dark eyeliner or eyeshadow along your top lashline can make your lashes appear thicker. Also, it’s always best to get your liner as close as possible to your lashline, where your lashes meet the skin. Avoiding spaces void of colour gives a flawless look.

**Waterline (not numbered): The waterline is the part of your eye directly above your bottom lashline, closest to your eyeball. For a smokey look, use a dark eyeliner. To brighten your eyes use a white or creamy eyeliner. If you have sensitive eyes you may choose to avoid this area altogether.

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