Prem is back! The recently released Salman Khan and Sonam Kapoor starrer Prem Ratan Dhan Payo is making waves and how! Rajshri Productions famous for their family dramas has evolved to hardcore action genre with this film. Sonam Kapoor, the Khoobsurat girl, carries Anamika Khanna’s designs and mother Sunita’s jewelry with additional exquisite pieces from Amrapali. With the wedding season upon us, I am inundated with requests for tips on flaunting Sonam style eyes and other fashionista looks.
Not many girls get that a look that suits Sonam may not quite work the same way on them. Like clothes, shoes and red lipstick, applying eye makeup doesn’t come with a one-size-fits-all formula. That's because beyond eye color and skin tone, eye shape also plays a huge role in defining what kind of shadow and liner look best on you. Whether you have almond, round or hooded eyes, here are these are the tips and tricks you need to know to get the prettiest peepers ever. I’ve simplified the eye makeup maze and selected products and techniques best suited for every eye shape. Read on!
Most Indian eyes are shaped like the ellipsoidal almond nut. To accentuate this eye shape, the trick is to use darker shadows to contour the crease and add depth. Begin by applying a soft shimmery beige, like Inglot Freedom System Eye Shadow Pearl Square - 395, from the lash line to the brow bone. Then sweep a matte chocolate brown, like Inglot Freedom System Eye Shadow Pearl Square 421 into the crease using a windshield-wiper motion. Blend thoroughly and apply matte black liner that's slightly flicked out at the end to exaggerate your naturally extended shape. I love using the Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner Pencil – 061.
The round eye has a circular shape and is typically large in size. To soften it and create a more exotic appearance, I recommend using a liner. Play down the roundness by only lining the upper lash lines and extending the tails out to add length. Easiest to use is a liner pen. I love the Colorbar Ultimate Eye Liner which doesn't run or smudge.
The trick to making petite eyes look larger is not to make defined lines because that only further accentuates their size. Instead, lines on the eyes should be slightly blurred; use a kohl pencil like the L'Oreal Paris Kajal Magique, focusing more on the outer edges. Then smudge with a smudge brush or a simple Q-tip for a softer effect.
Hooded eyes have a monolid appearance. This means they don't have a discernible eye fold or crease. With this eye shape, the aim is to create an illusion of depth. As a makeup expert I recommend opting for flattening matte shadows, as shimmer can lend a puffy look to eyes. With a medium shadow brush like the Natio Eyeshadow Brush, apply a warmer deeper-toned matte shadow where the crease would be, making sure you blend away any harsh lines. Try the Inglot Freedom System Eye Shadow Matte Square 335 to create a soft, believable look. Finish by smudging some of the same shadow along the lower lash line and top it all off with mascara like the Rimmel Extra Super Lash Building Mascara to open up the eyes and make them look larger.
Whether they’re caused by aging or genetics, there are several ways to perk up sagging eyelids with the proper placement of makeup. Begin by applying a light shade of shadow on the inner corner of the lids. Next lift the eyes by sweeping a brown shadow in the creases Then apply a sweep of black liquid liner on the upper lids while slightly lifting the line at the tails, I love the flexibility of the Lotus Herbals Colorkick Curved Liquid Eyeliner. By applying a light hue to the inner corners, deepening the creases and flicking up the liner at the ends, you are instantly creating the illusion of lifted, wide awake eyes. I always dab in some Inglot AMC Pure Pigment Eye Shadow – 30 using and angular brush
Use deeper matte shades to tone down a sizable stare, since sparkly ones can catch light and open up the eyes. First draw a thick line on the top lid with a black pencil or gel, like L‘Oreal Paris Super Liner Gel Intenza 36H. Then use a pencil-shaped brush to smudge it into the lash line and over the lid. Use the same liner on the lower inner rims, connecting the top and bottom line on the inner and outer corners to close up large eyes and give them a defined shape.
By makeup artist Arshis Javeri (www.arshisjaveri.com)