Home My Make-up Application: A Step by Step Guide

A few people have requested that I show them how I apply my make-up. I’m not claiming to be a pro (heck, I’m far from that), but I do know a thing or two on how to make small eyes look bigger.

This is a step by step guide, so expect tons of pictures. Don’t say I didn’t warn you! Most of my make-up is from The Body Shop, except my concealer, highlighter and make-up brushes.

For those with long hair, tie it up so it doesn’t get in the way.

I don’t use foundation on my face, but if you do, apply a thin layer to even out the skintone. Dab a bit of concealer on the undereye area, eyelids and pimples, if any.

I use brown, grey and black on my eyes, as these colours make them look bigger. My current favourite is Copper and Starlight from The Body Shop’s new make-up collection (Italian Baked-To-Last Eye Colour).

Start by applying the lighter shade of Copper on the whole eye lid. Try to make the shape rounder for a more doe-eyed look.

Then, use the darker shade of Copper and apply it at the corner of your eyelids — remember to blend the colours together. The Italian Baked-To-Last Eye Colours are quite easy to blend.

Take a black eyeliner (I’m using TBS’s Special Edition Kajal Eyeliner) and line your upper eyelids, starting from the eyelash area. You can also use liquid eyeliners if you have stable hands, or a gel-based eyeliner. I use the latter sometimes.

I line my eyes at about 0.75cm thick, to make them appear bigger and deeper set.

Take the darker part of Starlight and blend the lined area and copper colours together. This softens the eyeliner and gives the eyes a slightly smoky look.

Use a smaller brush and apply the same dark colour on the lower lash area. Only apply it on the outer part and make sure both the eye-lined ends (lower and upper eyelid) join together.

Clean the brush with a tissue paper and apply the silver colour on the inner eyeline and inner corner of your eye.

Once you’re done with that, shade/draw your eye-brows. I prefer shading as it gives you a softer look.

My eyebrow colour is brown, so I use the lighter shade to make it look as natural as possible. The darker shade is also important (I will show you why in a short while).

When I was younger, I wanted a nosejob. Because Chinese people usually have round noses. If you’re Chinese with a sharp nose, good for you! A nosejob from a good surgeon in Singapore would cost me at least SGD7,000. That’s more than RM15,000! Thanks, but no thanks.

I learnt a trick on how to make round noses appear sharper — shading. Take a dark brown shade (could be from your eye shadow colour or in my case, my brow liner kit) and line the sides of your nose bridge, starting slightly below the inner corner of your eyes.

Also line the sides of your nostrils if you like. But don’t over-do it.

Blend the shaded areas towards the side of your nose. The key is to make the tip of your nose stand out. Do the same for the nostrils. Your nose should appear sharper now.

Curl your lashes with an eye-lash curler.

Then use a black mascara to “open up” your eyes. I always use false eye-lashes for events, but for everyday use, a mascara is good enough. I find the Big & Curvy Mascara from TBS pretty good, as the brush reaches the corner of my lashes easily.

Do the same for your lower lashes. It adds volume, especially if you have very little lashes like me.

Wait for the mascara to dry a little. Avoid blinking your eyes too much during this period, as you don’t want to risk smudging your undereye area.

Lightly dust some loose powder (a compact powder or a 2-in-1 foundation/powder works just fine) to “smoothen” the face.

Don’t put too much, as you want it to look as natural as possible.

I also use a bronzer for a slightly sun-kissed look and also to shade my jawline. I have a prominent jaw, so a darker shade helps soften it and makes it look smaller.

If you’re really fair, a bit of bronzer gives you a healthier glow. It also works wonders when you want to create a deeper cleavage — but that’s pageant talk. If you’re wondering, that’s a kabuki brush I’m using.

Apply some blusher on your cheeks for a rosy glow. I’m using TBS’s Baked Cheek Colour – Coral.

Apply the blush lightly over the apple of your cheeks using up-and-down slanted strokes, with the thinner part at the top and the wider part pointing toward your nose.

Use a highlighter to further enhance the tip of your nose — a lighter shade of powder works too. Also apply some at the upper part of your cheekbone (nearer to the eye), chin and forehead for a “3D” look. Finally, apply some lipstick/lip gloss on your lips. I like using coral colours as they look more natural. I really didn’t like how the make-up artist did my look for MUM 2010 — it didn’t suit me, AT ALL! Once you’re done, check your make-up before heading out.

Tada! I think this method suits those with small eyes, as it really makes them “pop”. Happy trying!

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