7 Must-Have Products for Stunning Eyes Everyday
Everyone has favourite makeup and cosmetic products and little secrets that help to achieve an ideal daily look, and it’s so great that we all have so many options that work to compliment different skin types, eye shapes and lash lengths. These days most cosmetic products can be used in more ways than one to allow each person to make themselves up in a way that makes them feel comfortable and sexy in their own way.
Right now, eyes are having their big day as they are mostly the only facial feature that can be seen above a face mask, so it could be a good idea to have a few staple items in your makeup kit that once you’ve got the hang of using will entice you to use them all the time and include them as your main ‘go-to’ items in your makeup kit.
Each item has its own fascinating methods of use, and each item can be used to make the eyes stand out in one way or another, and even if you aren’t usually a fan of heavy eye makeup, you can chop and change and just use one or a perhaps few of them to give those eyes a little boost in brightness and colour and really make them stand out with little effort.
Now we all know that eyeliner comes in many forms and maybe by just suggesting eyeliner as a staple makeup item, it could be too broad to include, but what works for one may not work for another and eyeliner in whatever form works for you should definitely be one of your must-have products.
Let’s look at pencil eyeliner to start with; it’s a firm favourite of many anyway, easy to use and not very expensive, so for those starting out with eyeliner, this may be soon become the item you can’t live without. You can get pencil eyeliner in many different colours which is great for creating accents with browns for brown eyes or blues and greens for blue or hazel eyes, but black eyeliner is usually the most popular as it really helps any eye to stand out.
Black eyeliner can be used to create a smoky eye with some rough placement around the top and bottom lids and then blended using a blending brush or it can be used when sharpened to create more definition and a bold line. Trying out a basic wing with pencil eyeliner is good to get to grips with forming the right shape but be careful not to get eyeliner that is designed for smudging as the wing won’t stay put for too long.
If you have already mastered the tricks with your pencil eyeliner and are looking for something a bit sleeker and more defined, then gel eyeliner could be the must-have items you’re looking for. A thin brush to apply the eyeliner will be needed and a steady hand is imperative to achieve some super-sharp eye looks but the pay off is great once you’ve done this a few times. Gel eyeliner tends to bond with the skin easier, so is less likely to smudge once it’s in place.
If you like the feel of a pencil but want the same definition as a gel liner, then a pen liner could be your staple item as they are great for control and creating shapes that can be easily filled in. The choice really is yours, but strike while the iron’s hot and make the most out of those peepers with a staple eyeliner in your makeup kit.
Again, this one is quite broad, but mascara can really be a girl’s best friend if you pick the right one and have good experiences with it. For a lot of people, mascara is all about creating extra length so a lengthening and separating mascara could be the must-have item in your kit if this is you. Everyone has eyelashes, but they are all different on each one of us, so a lengthening mascara works really well for those who already have volume or a fuller set of lashes. If yours tend to be on the thinner side then a lengthening mascara could end up making them look a bit spidery so be careful which you choose when deciding what you need to get out of it.
A volumizing mascara could do you wonders if you need a heavier set of lashes but don’t want to go through the trouble of wearing false eyelashes or getting lash extensions. It won’t instantly form new eyelashes where there weren’t any before, but it will deposit more product onto each eyelash to give the illusion of thicker and fuller eyelashes.
Waterproof or water-resistant mascaras are also a handy item to have from time to time, but they make not necessarily be a staple in your make up kit if you don’t wear them often as mascara tends to have a short use by date once it has been opened. Waterproof mascara can cause damage to eyelashes due to needing harsher methods of removal, which can put people off buying it. If you’re only going to wear it a couple of times a month, it may be best investing in a really good mascara that you know you will use, won’t cause so much damage to your beautiful lashes and the product won’t dry out in between uses.
Find the right mascara for your eyelashes that gives you enhancement wherever you need it, is softer on the eyelashes and doesn’t take much effort to remove it at the end of the day. Now that will be your staple product in your makeup kit.
EYELASH GROWTH SERUM
Now an eyelash growth serum is a great product to include in your must-have cosmetics for a few reasons, and it could become one of your staple items once you see results after just a few weeks. An eyelash growth serum does just what it says on the tin, and so if you are in need of a real boost to those lovely lashes then this could be the thing that does it.
It doesn’t mean you have to switch it out for your mascara either as they will happily work together to give you the greatest set of eyelashes each day. Sometimes after years of makeup applications and cleansing, eyelashes can become brittle and dry and the worst is that they can start falling out long before they are due to, and an eyelash serum can help to soften the lashes while keeping them strong and healthy to get the most out of their growth before they are ready to fall out.
It deposits proteins and the right acids to promote healthier and longer lasting growth, as well as adding shine and vibrancy to your eyelashes with results visible after a few weeks, so this product is definitely something that will be sticking around for years to come. If that isn’t enough, eyelash growth serums generally come in small and handy tubes that take up very little space in your cosmetics kit, so when you think about adding a tube to yours it will fit in just nicely.
Investing in an eyelash growth serum shouldn’t be a scary affair, and in fact once you have found he right one for you then you may find that all you need to do is top up every now and then once your eyelashes have reached their true potential. So what are you waiting for!
When you go to so much trouble to get your eyes looking made up to perfection, the worst thing is when it doesn’t last, and you end up looking like you just rolled out of bed. An eyelid primer is the way forward in this scenario as you definitely want your makeup to stay put throughout the day and not slide off your face at the slightest hint of heat, sunshine or sweat.
It may have taken us far to long to figure out ways of getting makeup to stay on our faces, but let’s just be glad now that there are options. When picking an eyelid primer, choose whether you want a gel, liquid or cream primer and look at what it does for your skin before buying. If you tend to have oily skin and eyelids, it may be a better option to go for something matte and oil-reducing so that you can wear your makeup without it slipping into creases.
Prep your eyelids well before applying makeup, leaving each layer to dry before applying the next one. So whether you like to go for a bold and heavily pigmented eyeshadow teamed up with crisp black eyeliner, or if you like to keep your makeup natural looking, a primer for your eyes will help it to stay put all day and keep the skin from getting bogged down from the heavy oils contained in most makeup products.
An eyebrow pencil is a must-have these days even for those with the most naturally full eyebrows as definition can be created perfectly with a simple eyebrow pencil. For those who have thinning or over-plucked eyebrows, an eyebrow pencil can be used to fill in gaps with clever strokes and even draw out more defined lines for you to follow on with an eyebrow pen of filling powder.
There isn’t a lot that can go wrong if you keep your strokes light and delicate with an eyebrow pencil, just remember you aren’t using a colouring in book and blocking out some geometric shapes above your eyes.
If using an eyebrow pencil feels quite tricky, your must-have item could be an angled eyebrow pen, with two or three thin brushes that when applied creates the perfect illusion of eyebrow hairs that can fill in the gaps without worrying so much about your shape.
When you have perfected your brows, it can be important to keep them in place and stop the makeup from slipping away which is where an eyebrow gel can be really helpful. Glossy looking eyebrows are really on trend right now, giving the look of laminated eyebrows but without the long-term commitment, an eyebrow gel will set your brows in place and all you need to do is brush them into your desired direction and apply. Voila! Perfect eyebrows every time you apply it.
Eyebrows can be very expressive and can really show our emotions through their movement when we laugh or feel sad and angry, so the idea with an eyebrow gel isn’t to give yourself a look of permanent surprise but to keep them looking sleek all day long without a need to worry about reapplying your makeup later on in the day. For perfect brows an eyebrow gel should definitely be one of your must have items.
NEUTRAL EYESHADOW PALETTE
Eyeshadow can be the game changes when wearing makeup; too much and you could end up looking like a cartoon character, too little and you may feel quite bare leaving your house if you are used to wearing makeup on your eyes regularly. The trick is to invest in a decent eyeshadow palette that contains a few shades of your favourite colours and some deeper shades that are great for blending and creating shadows, with some lighter shades that are perfect for highlights and bringing your eyelids forward.
Eyeshadows should be heavily pigmented so that they strike the eye with colour and don’t wear off half-way through the day. Team your favourite palette with some new eyeshadow brushes, being sure to clean them regularly to keep them safe to use and in brand new condition for longer and you will be able to have a lot of fun with your new colours and shades to create the perfect look for yourself. Remember to prime the skin around the eyes and finish off with your favourite liner and mascara combo to perfect your look.
Once you have your staple cosmetic products ready to go, you can not be stopped when you go to do your eye makeup. Let them sparkle and shine for all to see and be ready for the compliments to pile in!