5 Top Eye Makeup Tips By the Pros

No one knows better than the professionals – here are 5 top tips for creating flawless eye makeup looks. From how to apply the best layer of mascara to creating a less tired looking smoky eye, these top professional secrets have been revealed so you can make the most of your eyes and make them pop when you apply makeup. 

  1. Curl Lashes

Celebrity makeup artist Brigitte Reiss-Andersen believes curling lashes works wonders: “Highlight the lash line by curling your lashes and coating them with black mascara. Brush a little matte eye shadow on your eyebrows to fill in sparse areas (use a color slightly lighter than your brows and a stiff, angled eyebrow brush to gently press on) and finish off with a bright lip color to brighten up the face.” 

  1. Flawless Liquid Eyeliner

Celebrity makeup artist Rae Morris says liquid eyeliner needs to be flawless:  “Any type of hard line on the face needs to be done perfectly or not at all. Messy liquid liner makes people look older and harsher.” 

  1. How to Apply Mascara

Catwalk makeup artist Neil Scibelli on mascara application: “I have developed my own technique for applying mascara! I like to use mascara on both sides of the upper lashes. Typically, you apply mascara to the lower side of the lashes (the side closest to your eyeball). I like to also apply mascara to the upper side of the lashes (the side closest to your eyelid), curling it upward. I find that this gives lashes a more dramatic, a fuller appearance, but without clumping.” 

  1. Mascara’s Dual Use

Makeup artist Ashley Rebecca says mascara can be used to line eyes: “Did you know mascara can double as an eyeliner? Smudge some mascara from your wand on your hand, and apply as a liner with a brush to the lash line. Finish with 3 coats of the same mascara on the lashes. This is a great tip for traveling.” 

  1. The Perfect Smoky Eye

Makeup professional Tom Pecheux reveals the secret to making a smoky eye look less tired – by adding white eyeliner on the lower waterline and a dab of blended white eyeshadow underneath the eye: “The white will catch the light and make the eyes look darker, but not heavy.”