When you got a pair of round eyes the most important are that you really work with intensity in the straight lines, especially on the inner lines of the eyelash lines both up and down, to create a more straight shape and more narrow look for the eye.
It’s important that you just don’t follow the eyes natural contours and make a evenly thick drop shadow under the eye and if you make a round shape of the brow together with such a makeup you will create a even more round look of the eye, as on the right eye above, so to go for a more straight shape on the makeup of a round eye, you can work towards the form of the last left eye, that will give the impression of a well balanced eye.
This shows two different ways of working on a pair of close set eyes, remember not to enhance the color of the brows, at least not in the inner/wider part, rather shorten them a little bit from there.
These styles vill work very well on a pair of down turned eyes as well as you can see on the drawings below. But here you don’t have to shorten the brows, unless the eyes are both down turned and close set.
and of course it’s always nice with a little bit of color , be sure to keep the intensity of light and dark where you need to though, for that sculpted feeling :)
Okey… I found this cover of a magazine, it’s some cute little blog person that are into fashion… but if it was me, i’d cry… I hope she at least did her make up and hair herself, ’cause if it’s someone that actually gotten paid to make her look like a “narrow eyed balloonhead”, that person should from now on go look for a new job. And so should whoever did the lousy print do… what about those lines in middle of her face, was on all the magazines? O.o
This is the original pic:
And here I will talk about some of the form that this makeup does not help her with, like as for now it just making her eyes look like they sitting way too close to each other ^^
First of all, who ever did this did not care about the area within the yellow circle that are dark and will only push the eye towards the middle of the face, making the eyes come closer together. Then as it looks, did not take much advantage of the space between the area of the outer end of the eye and the end of the brow. Here it almost looks like the eye ends in middle of the eyebrow^^ and since this girl has gotten a lot of space till where her hairline starts from where the eyes ends, it’s necessary to take advantage of this area for corrector makeup, ’cause now it almost looks like the makeup artist here instead took advantage of this blond, really narrow eyed girl, that are some kind of fashion blog person, yes people will think: “Not all that smart, but kind of cute”, though this makeup person must have seen her chance to make this girl look really “blond” with making her eyes look like they are in the middle of her forehead…. I don’t think that’s a good way of representing our occupation as good artists.
And with that making the hair all flat on the sides and high on top when she’s got a quite oval head, she’s getting more of a egg shaped head, not flattering at all.
So how could it been done in a better way then??
Well, there are many ways to do things towards good balance, but I’ll show you one way where at least the eyes will look more balanced in her face, and just look at it shapewise.
I shortened the left brow a little, so they doesn’t come so close together, to make the impression a little wider, put more highlight in the inner corner of the eye, and used darker shades of different tones from the outer corner of the eye towards the hairline. This will also cover up her wrinkles in the outer corner of her eyes.
Making it a little more smudgy under her eye will also make a illusion of her eye come down a little bit towards the center of her head/face, she got a long face so we don’t want her eyes to feel like their higher up then they are, no rather the feeling of further down :)
And also if you look at the blush on the left side I made it to take some of the illusion off that she’s got a great big area of skin in middle of face, makes the face seem a little less “too much”.
Well, just a thought!!! But now tha gal looks like the woman I sure she wants to be.
Monochromatic color scheme
The monochromatic color scheme uses variations in lightness and saturation of a single color. This scheme looks clean and elegant. Monochromatic colors go well together, producing a soothing effect. The monochromatic scheme is very easy on the eyes, especially with blue or green hues. You can use it to establish an overall mood. The primary color can be integrated with neutral colors such as black, white, or gray. However, it can be difficult, when using this scheme, to highlight the most important elements.
|Pros:||The monochromatic scheme is easy to manage, and always looks balanced and visually appealing.|
|Cons:||This scheme lacks color contrast. It is not as vibrant as the complementary scheme.|
|Tips:||1. Use tints, shades, and tones of the key color to enhance the scheme.
2. Try the analogous scheme; it offers more nuances while retaining the simplicity and elegance of the monochromatic scheme.
Analogous color scheme
The analogous color scheme uses colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel. One color is used as a dominant color while others are used to enrich the scheme. The analogous scheme is similar to the monochromatic one, but offers more nuances.
|Pros:||The analogous color scheme is as easy to create as the monochromatic, but looks richer.|
|Cons:||The analogous color scheme lacks color contrast. It is not as vibrant as the complementary scheme.|
|Tips:||1. Avoid using too many hues in the analogous scheme, because this may ruin the harmony.
2. Avoid combining warm and cool colors in this scheme.
Complementary color scheme
The complementary color scheme is made of two colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel. This scheme looks best when you put a warm color against a cool color, for example, red versus green-blue. The complementary scheme is intrinsically high-contrast.
When using the complementary scheme, it is important to choose a dominant color and use its complementary color for accents. Using one color for the background and its complementary color to highlight important elements, you will get color dominance combined with sharp color contrast.
|Pros:||The complementary color scheme offers stronger contrast than any other color scheme, and draws maximum attention.|
|Cons:||This scheme is harder to balance than monochromatic and analogous schemes, especially when desaturated warm colors are used.|
|Tips:||1. For best results, place cool colors against warm ones, for example, blue versus orange.
2. If you use a warm color (red or yellow) as an accent, you can desaturate the opposite cool colors to put more emphasis on the warm colors.
3. Avoid using desaturated warm colors (e.g. browns or dull yellows).
4. Try the split complementary scheme; it is similar to the complementary scheme but offers more variety.
Split complementary color scheme
The split complementary scheme is a variation of the standard complementary scheme. It uses a color and the two colors adjacent to its complementary. This provides high contrast without the strong tension of the complementary scheme.
|Pros:||The split complementary scheme offers more nuances than the complementary scheme while retaining strong visual contrast.|
|Cons:||The split complementary scheme is harder to balance than monochromatic and analogous color schemes.|
|Tips:||1. Use a single warm color against a range of cool colors to put an emphasis on the warm color (red versus blues and blue-greens, or orange versus blues and blue-violets).
2. Avoid using desaturated warm colors (e.g. browns or dull yellows), because this may ruin the scheme.
Triadic color scheme
The triadic color scheme uses three colors equally spaced around the color wheel. This scheme is popular among artists because it offers strong visual contrast while retaining balance, and color richness. The triadic scheme is not as contrasting as the complementary scheme, but it looks more balanced and harmonious.
|Pros:||The triadic color scheme offers high contrast while retaining harmony.|
|Cons:||The triadic color scheme is not as contrasting as the complementary scheme.|
|Tips:||1. Choose one color to be used in larger amounts than others.
2. If the colors look gaudy, try to subdue them.
Tetradic (double complementary) color scheme
The tetradic (double complementary) scheme is the richest of all the schemes because it uses four colors arranged into two complementary color pairs. This scheme is hard to harmonize; if all four colors are used in equal amounts, the scheme may look unbalanced, so you should choose a color to be dominant or subdue the colors.
|Pros:||The tetradic scheme offers more color variety than any other scheme.|
|Cons:||This scheme is the hardest scheme to balance.|
|Tips:||1. If the scheme looks unbalanced, try to subdue one or more colors.
2. Avoid using pure colors in equal amounts.
Color wheels can look different and be more or less, complicated, because of course there a grades of everything when it comes to color too, just to make it more tricky. But This color wheel shows it quite good, in a not to complicated scheme. But I will try to run you through this in small pieces, and step by step, so just be patient!
Anyway, in this chart you see on opposite of one of the red colors there are a more olive green, here called yellow-green, and thats more of the type of green used in corrector makeup, since it’s more close to some skin tones. And it naturalizes red-violet colors good, and thats more of the red colors we have in or on or skin, think of the color of our blood, it’s not red-orange exactly. But this is the foundation you need to know before we can start to add the actual makeup in skin tones, with this in your mind I will continue with some color schemes that can help you a lot if you know them as a base, before we get into the makeup products.
One of my favorite little characters I made with real easy to work with and not expensive materials, it’s just a gelatin and glycerin prosthetic.
Check out a tutorial how to make it if ya wanna try playing with gelatin and glycerin :)
You have seen it before, but another picture. A while ago I did this shoot for International Make Up Center, but it’s still some good inspiration I think :)
Someone actually did this makeup as a lesson…. At this page: http://www.lifeandtrend.com/beauty/makeup/smokey-eyes/
(Please fire that person, they haven’t done their homework)^^
It’s uneven intensity and why is there a sad look over it, both for the shape of the eye and overall :)
And the sharp edge in the middle of the eye bone, where you usually want to make a soft blending feeling from dark to light, to bring out the bone instead , as in this case, someone tried their best to hide this girls nice bone structure and shape of the eye….
I think something like this would be better looking on this girl , and on pretty much anybody actually….
This will bring her own eye shape out more…
Of course there are times we like to create a harder look and just make a dark hard shape that doesn’t bring out the best of someonces eye, that could work for a fashion show or something like that, but then do it really obvious, so no one have to be “not sure” weather you meant to do it as a more regular makeup or as a strong and little “of the wall” kind of makeup…
Here are some nice idéas…
Above: Little messy, but nice shape…
Be well and have fun!