A few days ago I got asked for ID at the Spar when I tried to buy some alcohol for my fiance. I think my favourite part of this anecdote is that some woman saw me buying 3 bottles of real ale, a big jar of mayonnaise and some kitchen roll and thought, “wow! This girl really knows how to spend a Friday night, better check she’s old enough!”
This episode reminded me that it had been quite some time since the first post went live on how to look gloriously youthful, so pull out your pen and paper and get ready to take notes.
Today we’ll be looking at eyes. Some say they are ‘the windows to your soul’ (I’m not sure who, grannies, I think).
This is my essential face kit, some of the products won’t feature until later on in the series:
*This post contains products I’ve bought myself, with some affiliate links.
So let’s get down to it, the basic areas you need to think about for making your eyes look good are: covering dark circles, making your eyelashes look thick and long, and making sure your eyebrows are neat.
Covering dark circles is a brilliant place to start. The Life’s Little Correctors kit contains two concealers, two lid primers, some ‘erase paste’ and some ‘eye bright’.
I’ve only just discovered erase paste and I can’t believe how amazing it is! Use a little brush to apply the erase paste under your eyes – you only need a little bit. On top of that I’d use to the two concealers to mix a shade to match your skin tone perfectly, then paint it on top of the erase paste, remember to blend.
If you’re feeling fancy and want to go all out with your eye work, put the primer on the top lids and dab the ‘eye bright’ in the corners of your eye for an extra perk up. Again, remember to blend.
The kit comes with instructions to help you out if you get stuck.
Next is when I do my eyeliner. I always opt for flicks but they do take practice, maybe check some YouTube tutorials if you’re not sure.
I bought the Real Tempting Threesome kit because it was amazing value for money; it contained a full size eyeliner and a small ‘They’re Real’ mascara and a small make up remover.
If you’re going to wear eye shadow then now is the time to apply it – once your liquid liner has dried. I don’t wear it every day so I’ll skip it for now. Then it’s straight onto using an eyelash curler and applying the mascara. ‘They’re Real‘ mascara does a really good job of making your lashes look so good they could be fake. Strongly recommended by me, I tend to switch between that and Roller Lash.
The last step is to make your eyebrows look (at the very least) presentable. There’s loads of fancy stuff you can do to your eyebrows but this post is concentrating on the basics. The absolute minimum care eyebrows need are regular plucking along their natural shape and filling in any gaps with an eye brow pencil.
I got the Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencil free in a magazine and it’s the best eyebrow pencil I’ve tried in ages (I think it was in Elle magazine, so keep an eye out). Just remember to not press too hard and make sure all the gaps are covered. For more fancy advice, again, go to YouTube.
And I have a quick final note on eye health. What kind of an optician would I be if I didn’t bang on about this at the end? No kind? Well, yeah actually, I didn’t re-register in January, but moving on!
Don’t sleep in your make up. I read it can make you wrinkly but I forget where. It definitely can cause bacterial infections and styes.
If you wear contact lenses, put them in before apply make up and take them out before removing it. Look after your lenses exactly how you’ve been told, there is nothing less attractive than a manky eye infection with pus and oozing and a bloodshot eye. You can also damage the top layer of cells on your cornea for good, so just do as I say.
Enough of the bossy eyecare chat, thanks for reading. Go forth and try my advice. Please tell me if you too get mistaken for an underage, mayonnaise buying real ale drinker too. I can’t be the only one?