Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Making Your Eyes POP

By Chava Rosenbaum
Chava is a 26 year old mother of two girls living in Kensington, NY.  She has been a practicing makeup artist for nearly seven years and recently began doing makeup for the exploding field of religious women's theater...in which she also loves to perform! Chava offers lessons to women, teaching them how to apply their own makeup like a professional. In addition to makeup, her passions are singing, comedy and keeping her kids out of her shoe rack. Chava is available to do makeup for simchas and productions in New York. You can contact her to book a consultation or job by e-mailing beautybychava@rocketmail.com
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"There is no eye color that some shade of purple with not make pop
Unless its clownish or neon, its almost impossible to go wrong with purples."


One of the questions I am asked most often is, "How can I make my eyes pop?" Everyone has heard the "opposites attract" rule, which is the basis behind the eye-color custom palettes you see in drug stores. I'm gonna give you some out of the box methods. 

First is one word: PURPLE! There is no eye color that some shade of purple with not make pop. For blues I go more plum and work my way toward more amethyst shades the darker the eye color gets. But the truth is, unless its clownish or neon, its almost impossible to go wrong with purples. Another way is to go with metallics. As with many other colors, I find they all work well on everyone if you have the right shade. 

But for the most pop value try this: 

Brown eyes: use bronze. 
Green or hazel eyes: use true gold. 
Blue eyes: use a dark gold or brass instead of the predictable silver. 

Gently sweep the metalic color over the eyelid and fade it out by blending just over the brow bone so its a nice wash of color but not too densely applied. Take a smaller brush or even a Q-tip and smudge a bit of the color just under your lower lashes as well. Finish with several coats of a volumizing mascara.

There's another way if you're in a rush. So many women fear bright colors. But colored eyeliner can do the job of both a liner and a shadow, adding both color and definition. So in fact you end up looking more toned down than you might with your regular shadow and black liner. For brown eyes, any jewel tone will pop your peepers, like amethyst or emerald. But the one I find most unexpected for brown eyes is rich, deep saphire blue (not navy, but more of a glossy deep royal blue).  A thin, but not too thin, line on your upper lid, slightly winged out and you can skip the eye shadow and head to work.

For green eyes, use plum liners. Hazel eyes use purple but more in the amethyst range. Blue eyes should go for rich metallic or reddish browns.

For those of you rare but lucky souls who have Elizabeth Taylor's naturally violet eyes, silver and taupe will show off what you've got.

In all cases, highlighting wakes up the eye big time. Using either a highlighting eye shadow or highlighting cream, dab it on the inne corners on the eyes where it meets the nose and the outer corners, blending well. Use eye drops to diminish redness so you look wide awake! 

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Rena said... [Reply to comment]

What are the rules with smokey eyes? The same on everybody? Can hazel do smokey?

chava rosenbaum said... [Reply to comment]

the effect of smokey eyes have more to do with the eye's shape than color. any color can wear smokey, however it can be tricky with smaller eyes.
smokey eyes are a general term which reffers to any eye shadow look in which color is faded outward from the eye, usually with the darkest color closest to the eye. but the layers , colors and technique used to create the look can vary greatly from a four color jewltone look to nothing more than smudged black eye pencil. i will do a blog on that in the future.