Your eyes are the number one feature people tend to notice when meeting you for the very first time, so it's totally worth spending a few extra minutes to make them look as bright, bold and alluring as possible, right?
Whatever your eye colour, shape or the occasion, we've put together the ultimate guide for how to perfect your peepers, complete with clever tips picked up from backstage shows and tricks all the best make-up artists swear by. The best part? You don't need to be a pro to master them.
1. Find The Right Shade
Whatever your eye colour or skin tone, warm, nude hues suit everyone. Your best bet? To invest in a specially curated palette complete with a range of different tones and finishes, so you can mix and match depending on your mood as well as the occasion. Our pick is Tarte's Tartelette Toasted Eyeshadow Palette.
From Latte (a warm tone that looks stunning on pale and medium tones) to Flame (a fiery burgundy with a slight pearlescent that complements deep olive and dark skin a treat), it boasts twelve complementing shades that can be washed on alone for a subtle daytime look or layered up and intensified for a night out. It's basically a party in a palette, and you can also be sure no animals were harmed in the making of your cut crease as Tarte products are totally cruelty-free.
2. Do The Tight-line
A Hollywood-inspired technique practised by pretty much all backstage make-up artists, tight-lining is the easiest way to add definition to your eyes. Not as strenuous as it sounds, it involves a single slick of black kohl or gel eyeliner inside the top waterline.
This instantly fills in the sparse patches in between your lashes, giving them oodles of volume and making your eyes appear brighter. If just the thought makes your eyes stream, take a small magnifying mirror and look down into it. Lift your lid slightly and swipe from the inner to the outer corner, making sure to wiggle your liner brush or pencil up into the lashes to give them a supermodel-esque fullness.
3. Use The Right Brush
So you've chosen your shades, but if you want your eye make-up to look f-l-a-w-l-e-s-s, you need to pick the right brush. If you want a more dramatic eye look, a flat brush is expert at packing pigment onto the centre of the lid. A tapered eyeshadow brush is great at blending out eyeshadow seamlessly. Meanwhile, a crease brush is more precise for applying a darker shade into the fold of your lid and creates a defined look.
4. Consider Your Skin Type
Along with an oily T-Zone and chin, oily eyelids can totally sabotage your look. Cue creasing, slipping... you get the picture. So it pays to invest in shades that are going to stay put. Tartelette Toasted Eyeshadow Palette
5. Remember Your Lower Lash Line
If your eyeliner always ends up half way down your cheeks, a subtle dusting of power eyeshadow underneath your lower lash line is a more foolproof way of framing your eyes. For a seamless look, the colour should be a touch darker than the eyeshadow on your lids.
To save faffing around with separate pots, use the Tartelette Toasted Eyeshadow Palette. Our fave shade combo is Sunset on the upper lid (it lends a warm, smokey effect when blended out and accentuates all eye colours) and Simmer (an iridescent copper-gold hue that pops on all skin tones) under the lash line.
6. Fake Wider Eyes
For bigger, more awake eyes, swap the black kohl for a nude-toned eyeliner pencil on the bottom waterline. Why? Well, a single swipe has the ability to make your eyes look about twice their actual size, not to mention much brighter. Even Charlotte Tilbury is a fan of the clever technique, which means we're sold too.
7. Layer On The Gloss
Glossy lids gleamed from the catwalks during the AW17 shows and the luxe sheen they lend eyes is nothing short of mesmerising. Simply pat a clear gloss or balm over the top of your chosen hue. It takes seconds but looks expensive.
8. Curl Up
To make your lashes as perky as possible, warm up your eyelash curler under a hairdryer for at least five seconds then hold them down on your lashes for at least twenty seconds before releasing and following with lashings of mascara.
What not to do? Curl your lashes after mascara. They can stick together (totally undoing all of your hard work to make them as fluttery as possible) or worse, become trapped, and the last thing you want to do before a big night out is fight to free them. Er, ouch.
9. And Highlight
A tip beloved by celebs and backstage make-up artists alike (Pat McGrath, we're looking at you), a dash of powder highlighter in the inner corners of your eyes and atop your brow bone will add both light and structure, instantly taking your eye look to the next dimension.