1. Flat Shadow Brush
It’s ideal for applying your base color. Choose one made with supersoft natural hairs, like sable or goat, if you’re working with powdered shadow. For creams, use a brush with silky synthetic bristles, such as nylon or taklon.
3. Liner Brush
Use this skinny, pointed brush to work color between the roots of your lashes.
If your brows are virgins (never been plucked), let a pro shape them the first time. Then tweeze strays that grow between and beneath the brows weekly, but stay away from the top: Taking too much off the top can drag down your brows, making your eyes look tired.
Using a clean mascara brush (also called a spoolie), brush your brows up and inspect them: If certain hairs grow in unevenly or are too long, trim them. Use small scissors to snip off just the tips of the hairs that grow beyond your shape.
First, outline your brows with a pencil that matches their color, and brush it in with a spoolie. Penciling in the entire brow will make it look dark and unnatural. Then dip an angled brush into brow powder and lightly stipple it on, using quick, short strokes and blending as you go.
How to Shade Your Shape
Tailoring your application technique to suit your eye shape can lift and open your eyes, improving your whole look.
Small or Close-Set Eyes
Here’s how to make your eyes look larger or farther apart: Dust a pale, light-reflective shadow across the inner three-quarters of each lid, then apply a dark shadow from lash line to crease at the outer corner. Add an extra coat of mascara to the outermost lashes only, and limit dark liner to the outer corner of your eye (top and bottom). Lining the inner rims with a beige pencil will open up your eyes, making them seem larger.
Draw your eyes in slightly by using a darker color and more mascara at your inner corner (near the tear duct), and a lighter shade from the middle of the lid to the outer edge. Accentuating the inner half of your crease and gradually fading the color out as you cross the lid can help too.
Thin Lids or Monolids
If you don’t have a crease, you can lend depth to your eyes by applying a dark color at the lash line and a lighter shade right above it and up to just below your brow bone. The lower portion of the top lid is hidden, so thin strokes of liner can disappear. Look at yourself straight on to determine how thick the liner and shadow should be.
If your upper lids droop, veiling the skin covering your eyeballs, keep light colors off that hooded portion so you’re not magnifying it. Brush a base color from lash line to crease, then go over it with a darker shadow, blending the color over your upper lid and sweeping it along your lower lash line.