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How to Prep Your Eyes for Makeup

Let professional makeup artist Patricia Longo teach you how to prep your eyes for makeup in this eye makeup tutorial from Howcast.


"Hi. I'm Patricia Longo and I'm a celebrity make up artist. I've worked with models from Sports Illustrated like Brooklyn Decker and Julie Henderson to Alec Baldwin at ""30 Rock"". All those things that experts do that the average person doesn't know how to do we'll learn how to do it on these videos.

I prep my eyes starting in the morning with an eye cream or an eye serum, depending on which one you prefer - serum is great if you're really dry underneath the eyes. So what I do is I pump out a little bit of eye cream, with my middle fingers I dab, just dab a little eye cream underneath her eye. Besides underneath the eye, you really want to get the eye cream all around the eyelid, because you do get dry, even up here, so I put eye cream all on the eye, on the bottom and the top, with one pump. As you can see, I'm only dabbing the skin, I dab, dab, dab, I don't pull, I don't streak, I'm just dabbing with my middle finger or even my ring finger until the serum or the cream absorbs into the skin. So, after I put on eye cream and I dabbed it on, very gently, on Catherine's eyelids, above and below her eye, I use an eye primer. It's the same way I put the eye cream on, I put the eye primer on the same way with my finger. So I dab just a little bit and, as you can see, I use my ring finger to dab it an my middle finger to smudge. So what it's doing is creating a base, that when I put the eye shadow it will stay on all day long. It won't crease, it won't get oily. So I dabbed and then I smudged the primer on her eyelids. And I went all the way up to the eyebrow. Anywhere you put the eye shadow, you put the base, even in the little corner. And that's prepping the eye. Just a little bit of eye cream, a little bit of eye primer and now you're ready to use make up.

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