Eye-Design Mistakes to Avoid

Do not overcolor the eyes; excessive bright colors are distracting, not attractive.

Do not create hard edges; you should not be able to see where one color stops and another starts. Practice your application and learn to blend well.

Do not wear bright pink or iridescent pink eyeshadows; they make eyes look irritated and tired. Muted or pale pink is an option.

If you are concerned about making skin look more wrinkled, do not wear shiny eyeshadows of any kind because they exaggerate the appearance of lines. If you have smooth, unlined eyelids and prefer a touch of shine, apply it sparingly for subtle shimmer rather than distracting glitter.

Do not apply lipstick or blush over the eye area; it might sound like a time-saver, but if you have a lighter skin tone, it can make you look like you’ve been up all night crying. However, most bronzing powders can work as eyeshadows.

Do not match your eyeshadow to your clothing or your eye color. If you have blue eyes, blue eyeshadow makes the blue of your eyes look duller. And complementing your clothing is at best dated; besides, what if you’re wearing red or black?

Avoid eye glosses and other greasy products at all costs. These may look intriguing in photographs, but are more annoying than alluring in real life because they stick, smear and smudge all over the place in a very short period of time.

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