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Less is more when it comes to wearing makeup

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It really is amazing how your eyes can make a huge difference in the way that your face looks. Many people have the common misconception that eyes must be overdone, with either too much mascara, horrific neon-tinted eye shadow, or too much eyeliner. An important tip to remember whenever you are putting on any type of makeup is that less is more.
Subtle makeup that enhances your eyes will make them look larger, wider and more beautiful. Although there are different colors and combinations of eyeliner and eye shadow that can all enhance your eyes, this article will focus only on one style that will work for all eyes.
For the “daytime look,” you will need black or very dark brown liquid eyeliner; a very light, shimmery eye shadow that is still a bit nude-colored, but is not completely white; some mascara; and a small dome-shaped brush. Keep in mind that eyes should be done after the rest of the face, which should begin with foundation, powder and highlighting techniques.
    Let’s begin with putting on the liquid eyeliner. It can be a difficult process, but you will get the hang of it as you practice. Put your elbow on a counter or something stable so that you will only have to move your wrist, while applying the eyeliner. Start at the inner corner of your eye and move across the length of your upper eyelid. Remember that the harder you press the brush, the thicker the line, so start by lightly applying pressure to the brush and go over it again if you want a thicker line. Remember, less is more.
Once you reach the end of your upper eyelid, angle the eyeliner out 45 degrees. Make it as long as an eyelash, or draw it until you reach the height of the crease of your eye. You can go a bit longer or shorter, but just make sure that you don’t end up looking like a clown. This trick is called the cat-eye look and it makes your eyes appear longer and farther apart.
Next, take a bit of the nude-white eye shadow on the dome-shaped brush and apply it at the end of your eyebrow under the arch. Also put some on the inner corner of your eye. This will act as a highlighter. You can blend it a bit with your finger if needed.
Last, apply the mascara. Wiggle the brush both horizontally across your lashes and vertically along your lashes to define each and every eyelash. Do not over-apply the mascara.
Give it a try, practice the technique and eventually you will master it.

--Alexandra Hehlen