For those of you who’ve had more time to play around with makeup during quarantine, and/or for those who’ve found yourselves wanting to elevate your eye makeup while wearing masks, we thought we’d recommend five makeup tutorials to up your eye makeup game for today’s Beauty Tuesday. What are your favorite eye makeup YouTube or IG tutorials? What are your favorite products for eyes — and how (if at all) have you changed your makeup during the pandemic?
Psst: We’ve also talked about how your skincare routine has changed in 2020, the best beauty advice you’ve ever heard, the best beauty store tips and tricks, and 14 great YouTube tutorials for updos
Here are five makeup tutorials to up your eye makeup game:
1. Eyeshadow Do’s and DONTS! For ALL Eye Shapes! (5:26) — Jackie Aina
I really appreciate “dos and don’ts” videos, like this one from makeup artist Jackie Aina. Only hearing someone tell you “Don’t do xyz” isn’t as effective for viewers as “Don’t do xyz, because it’ll look like this.” In this video, Aina creates a beautiful makeup look on her left eye but demonstrates common mistakes on her right. (She also acknowledges the various eye shapes that viewers may have, which is a nice change from a lot of YouTubers who seem to assume that everyone looks like them.) Aina introduces this as a beginner video, so she keeps it relatively simple.
2. “The Most Amazing Makeup Tip You Will Ever Learn” (5:10) — Wayne Goss
I found makeup artist Wayne Goss’s tutorials through a YouTube search a few years ago, and I’ve bookmarked a few of his videos. Yes, this one has a super-clickbaity title (clearly it worked, because it has 12 million views), but don’t let that put you off. Although Goss notes that he’s surely not the first to think about applying eyeliner with a lash curler, I know I’d never have thought to do it myself.
3. Perfect Eyebrows in 3 Minutes (3:35) — Tina Yong
I really like videos in which the YouTuber applies makeup to one eye at a time rather than doing a bit of one, then a bit of the other until they’re both finished. Seeing a “before” and “after” on someone’s face at the same time really highlights the effect that’s been created. But because hair and makeup artist Tina Yong uses her favorite products to complete one of her eyebrows first, technically this video should be called “Perfect Eyebrows in SIX Minutes,” because she does the second brow off camera. It’s still a great video to check out, though!
4. Trend to Try: Long, Full, Natural Lashes (9:05) — Sephora
If you’re like me, your typical mascara application “process” is to hurriedly swipe some onto your top lashes and … that’s it. Let’s call it, er, minimalism? If you want to go further (primer, eyelash curler, etc.), check out this video for specific tips and techniques from a Sephora Collection Education Artist. (If you’re not a fan of Sephora-brand products, just ignore the product recs, of course.) I really like this makeup artist’s personality — she chats with the model instead of using her as a prop, and she’s really enthusiastic. (She exclaims, “Lashes is my life!” at one point.)
5. “Makeup for Glasses” (20:43) — Lisa Eldridge
This video from makeup artist and Lancôme Global Creative Director Lisa Eldridge is very thorough, so it’s longer than those above, but she doesn’t specifically talk about eye makeup until a few minutes in. (She begins with tips on preventing your glasses from rubbing makeup off of your nose.) Eldridge offers techniques for both nearsighted people, whose glasses make their eyes look smaller, and farsighted people, whose glasses magnify their eyes — so that you can see both on her face at the same time.
(Psst: here’s how to stop your eyeglasses from fogging up while wearing a mask from the Cleveland Clinic.)
Readers, do tell! What are your favorite makeup tutorials to up your eye makeup game? Which are the techniques and effects that you have the most trouble achieving?
I’ve had the opposite reaction… my makeup has never been used less. With a corporate culture that (thankfully) does mostly just regular conference calls, I haven’t been wearing it daily. And in turn, getting used to seeing my own face un-made-up has gotten me more comfortable going out in the world nearly barefaced (well, other than the mask).
For errands, at most I’m wearing concealer as needed, brow gel, and a light swipe of mascara on upper lashes.
I’ve put on mascara twice this since March. The rest of the stuff hasn’t been used. It’s a good life. I just hope my makeup doesn’t expire before my social life picks up again.
Yup. I am terribly un-telegenic, so I’m going to look bad on a video call whether I wear makeup or not — not worth the effort. I’ve put on mascara a handful of times, plus my regular tinted sunscreen, and that’s been it since March. If/when I start going out regularly, I’ll try to up my game, but until then I’m enjoying my no-makeup life.
Just read about AOC’s dust up with Rep. Yoho and I am…enraged…
Unbelievable. And then Matt Gaetz comes riding in on his white horse to assure everyone she’s not a b****.
Uh, no. This is not a discussion we’re having on the merits. It’s a sexist slur. #headdesk
Ugh! I tweeted @ him. Will share as widely as possible. He’s a dinosaur and his kind need to go extinct ASAP
Me too. She says terrible, horrible things about people and then melts down when someone challenges her.
What terrible, horrible things has she said?
I really can’t get over the number of men who send me likes on dating apps whose political views are listed as conservative when mine are listed as liberal. I always reject. I just can’t see myself dating someone with views that far from my own. Do that many people just think it doesn’t matter in a partner? Or are they not even reading my profile? Or perhaps they are so full of themselves that they realize it DOES matter but think I would go out with them anyway.
I think it totally depends. The group on this board tends to be very politically aware and thus have strong feelings. I have many friends that don’t pay attention to politics at all and don’t really care about other people’s political leanings.
Also, does the app make you choose? They might not be Trump supporters. One of my dearest colleagues is an old school fiscally conservative socially liberal republican who has been voting democrat the last couple elections but overall identifies himself as conservative.
I’d say don’t throw guys out based on that alone and ask them more questions about what it means to them. You might find you have a lot more in common than you thought politically.
The app doesn’t make you choose so they are electing to put it on their profile
I should say that they also have the option to put moderate
My general observation is that most people (obviously not everyone) think of their political leanings as just a mild generality that is not really a huge part of their life. I would bet that most of the guys who are messaging you think that way, and assume that you do as well.
Back in the day (like, 5-6 years ago) I would have agreed with this. My husband was a Republican when we started dating.
Now? No. We’re too far gone for that.
I think it simply means that they are willing to date someone with different views than their own. The liberal refuses to engage with them but the conservatives are willing to engage…
I’m quite moderate but your flat rejection based just on the political persuasion does seem pretty close-minded.
Being friends with someone who has different political views is totally different than entering a marriage with someone who has the opposite political views. There’s nothing wrong with having dating standards.
I always assume these men are not reading profiles and/or they’re just looking for a fun time in bed, so they figure long term compatibility doesn’t matter.
It’s not that they think it doesn’t matter, but they don’t think it’s an automatic disqualifier, because they know that “liberal” and “conservative” mean different things to different people and have different levels of importance to different people. There are lots of people that are comfortable dating someone with different political views to their own, so long as they are close enough on their dealbreaker issues. That’s obviously not the case for you, but it’s a pretty common perspective.
My husband is a libertarian. I’m a moderate liberal. We not-infrequently have pitched battles over politics, but for me personally, it’s good to be pushed out of my comfort zone and exposed to views other than my own.
My eyes look so much more defined with a bit of liner, but I am a disaster at applying liquid and have basically give up. Applying it using a lash curler would result in black liner all over my face. Bring on the long-wearing pencils, I guess.
I will be watching these videos for sure, thank you, because I find this kind of thing wildly entertaining, even though I would not commit more than 5-10 minutes total to my makeup look.
What I currently do daily is a BB cream that includes a physical sunscreen (DR Jart++, which I know may of us are fans of!) because I do pop outside to take a break at regular intervals, all day long. I do my brows because otherwise they’re invisible, but it’s a quick swipe with a pencil and a brush with a spoolie – I’m sure they are far from “perfect brows.” I do eyeliner or mascara, sometimes both, depending on what I feel like doing that day.
For zoom calls, all of the above plus blush and lipstick. I find lipstick the most important thing as I’m pale, so my zoom presence is basically hair, glasses, lips.
Speaking of glasses, mine reflect a lot . If I hold my head down they don’t as much, but it’s not a natural position, and definitely not flattering. I compare my glasses to other people’s glasses on the call and mine are much worse. Any suggestions? The reflection seems kind of blue- I wonder if it’s one of the coatings on my glasses.
Not helpful now, but there is such a thing as nonreflective coating that you can ask for next time you get new glasses.
This happens to me if my screen is too bright or is a much brighter source of light than other sources. Try playing with brightness or turning on a lamp nearby?