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Our eyes usually get noticed first whenever someone looks at us. This is why it is important that our eyes are always well-groomed. When putting on makeup, we also need to make sure the makeup is applied properly – and we all know how tricky that can be. Fortunately, here are some tips on applying eye makeup.

Prep the eyes. Make sure your eyes are clean and free from dirt. Remove any product – creams, oil or yesterday’s makeup from your eyes. If you still have traces of yesterday’s eyeliner or mascara, use eye make-up remover and gently wipe the eye area. Afterwards, wash with lukewarm water to completely remove any remaining dirt and oil.

Apply a primer. The primer smooths out the lines and creases in our skin to ensure that the makeup goes on smoothly. It prevents your eye makeup from streaking and looking uneven. It also ensure that your eye makeup stays put and doesn’t need frequent retouch. Make sure that you invest in a good quality primer.

Apply concealer to the dark areas. Regardless of skin tone, the areas around the eyes tend to be darker. If we do not apply concealer, it will make our eye makeup look blotchy and uneven. It would also make us look tired, haggard and older. So before any tint and color is applied on our eyes, concealer should be evenly applied. As with the primer, it is also important that the concealer is able to do its job (concealing the dark areas) without having to put on a lot, to avoid looking cakey.

Curl your lashes. Using an eyelash curler, press down on the base of your lashes for a few seconds. Don’t press too hard. Curl your lashes before applying any eyeliner or shadow. Pro tip – if you want curlier lashes, you can use your hair dryer to heat up your eyelash curler before using. Make sure it’s not too hot so it doesn’t burn your skin.

Use eyeliners sparingly. If this is a casual affair like brunch or day at the mall, you can skip the eyeliner altogether. You can also use a pencil eyeliner or if you must use a liquid liner, use a lighter shade like brown instead of black. Save the black liquid liner for formal events and nights out.

Stick with basic hues during the day. During daytime, it’s best to stick with basic shades that are similar to your skin color. Choose one that’s about 2 shades darker and apply it on your lid. As with the eyeliners, save the more dramatic shades for formal events or nights out.