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The Complete Guide to Where to Put Your Eye Makeup

Finally, an easy way to decode those complicated tutorials.

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Eyeliner, eye shadow, blending brushes — oh my! Learning to use eye makeup is no easy task, even for seasoned beauty buffs. If you have a tough time decoding all those tricky makeup tutorials, I have an easy guide to each part of the eye so you know where all those eyeliners, mascaras, eye shadows, etc. should go:

​​​Brow Bone/Highlight

If you want your brows to "pop" and open up your eye area, you can add a matte or shimmery pale eye shadow directly under the brow.

​Lid

Typically, your main shade or shades of eye shadow go on your eyelid, but you can get creative with your eyeliner here, as well. Some people have a lot of space here, while others have very little — it varies from person to person.

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​Crease

Between your brow bone and eyelid, applying a darker shade of eyeshadow here, right along your eye socket, adds dimension to your eye. Tip: If you have hooded eyes, play with different placements for crease shadow, opening your eyes after each test to see which placement makes your crease shadow visible.



Outer V

The outermost corner of the eye where eyeliner or deeper shades of eyeshadow are typically applied in a "V" shape, though you can blend your makeup into a "C" shape for a softer effect.

​Upper Lashline

Right along and above the edges of your upper eyelid where your eyelashes begin, you can define your eye with eyeliner or eye shadow, or even simply mascara.​

​Waterline

The inner rim of the eye, the waterline can be host to dark eyeliner to add a smoky look or pale nude eyeliner to make the eye look wider and more awake.

​Lower Lashline

Just below the waterline, your lower lashline is where liner and shadow can be applied to define the eyes.

​Tear Duct

This is the inner corner of the eye, and where you can add a little pale or shimmery shadow here to open things up.


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