Ways To Make Your Eyes Pop

They say eyes are the windows to the soul. I know, this analogy is very old, but if it is true, wouldn’t you rather have sparkly windows that have personality rather than dull, blank windows? I would, and I assume most of you would as well. Today I’m going to be showing you some ways to make your eyes stand out with some easy makeup tricks!

Midas Touch – Think full-on gold shadow is a little intimidating? You don’t need a lid covered in gold to sparkle- blend some of the metallic shadow into the inner third of your lower lashline to give your eyes some effortless character.

I recommend: Urban Decay Eye shadow in Half Baked


Colorful Liner – This season is all about saturated color on the eyelids. Since that’s a bit bright for everyday, I prefer to draw a thin line of a colored liner on top of a cat eye to give subtle drama. Try liners in dark greens, blues, and plums.

I recommend: Smashbox Always Sharp 3D Liners


Layer your Mascara – These days there are so many mascaras to choose from that it’s a bit overwhelming. Since mascara has a very short shelf life (only 6 months!), I prefer to buy it from the drugstore from trusted brands like L’Oreal and Maybelline – two for the price of one high-end tube! Look for one that promises length, and another that supplies volume. Layering these two separates your lashes and makes your eyes even more noticeable!

I recommend: Maybelline Great Lash and Rocket Volume

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Find the Perfect Base – Everyone wants lids that look radiant without being flashy. To achieve this look, start with a shimmery eye shadow primer that will instantly give your eyes a natural glow.

I recommend: Urban Decay Eye Primer Potion in Sin

sin primer

Keep the Face Neutral – If you are going for dramatic eyes, stick to neutral colors on the lips and cheeks. Going for a natural blush and a nude lip will have everyone focusing on your amazing eyes!

I recommend: Benefit Silky-Finish Lipstick in Jing-a-Ling




However you add drama to your eyes, make sure to have fun with it and keep experimenting with different looks to find the one that works for you!


Creative Beauty Tips and Tricks

Looking for some new ways to spruce up your beauty routine? Here are some unusual ways to use your makeup as well as products from around the house to enhance your makeup looks.

Revive a Bad Bronzer – Ever accidentally bought bronzer too dark or too light for you because it looks good on you in the store? Me too. Don’t rely on artificial light to test products- been there, done that. Anyway, I have found a solution to our problem- use the bronzer as eye shadow instead! Use it as a crease color to give your eyes definition. For a more natural look, go with matte bronzer. For a sultrier look, try a shimmery bronzer instead. You can even use your regular bronzer to subtly contour your eyes.


Protect Your Eye Makeup – When I need to wash my face to get ready for a night out, I don’t always want to redo all of my makeup, especially if I’m in a hurry. The answer? Put on regular swimming goggles when you wash your face so that your eye makeup stays put. Then, you can quickly redo your face makeup post-rinse and be on your way in no time. Yes, you will look silly for a few minutes, but saving much-needed time is totally worth it.


All-Day Lip Color – Lipsticks and lip stains are great, but constantly reapplying them gets old. Instead, make your own stain with just one ingredient – powdered Kool-Aid. The red and pink flavors provide excellent color and won’t fade during the day. Just dampen your finger, dip it in the color of your choice, and rub it on your lips until most of the crystals dissolve. However, the granules are very drying to your lips so make sure to put on plenty of lip balm before and after applying. I like to put on some Maybelline Baby Lips balm in a matching color for shine and moisture. Feeling adventurous? Try a purple or orange color for a playful summer shade.

kool aid    baby lips                   

“Highlight” Your Eyes – I love a good highlighter, don’t you? Lucky for us, creamy highlighters like Benefit’s Watts Up can double as a cream eye shadow or eye shadow base. The shine will accentuate your eyes and lighten up your entire eye area. This trick is particularly great if you can only bring a small amount of makeup somewhere – double-duty products to the rescue!


If you try any of these tips or have more beauty ideas, leave me a comment!