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How to Apply Eyeliner for a Wedding

Learn how to apply eyeliner expertly from professional makeup artist Michelle Dittrich in this Howcast wedding makeup tutorial.


My name is Michelle Dittrich and I'm a makeup artist. I have done make up on a lot of celebrities, Pam Anderson, Kanye West, Lenny Kravitz, Cynthia Nixon. There is a big misconception that I could never do that look on the runway and you absolutely can, everybody can. You can play through your best attributes and I can show you how to do that. Wedding Makeup Tutorials: Eyeliner: We're gonna talk about how to turn an everyday look into wedding makeup and what that entails is a little bit of water proofing, a little bit of mattificiation of the skin for photos as well as creating a defined, bright, bold,..not bold, bright look for the lips and getting the eyeliner and mascara in place so that in photos you look classic and defined and polished but not crazy different than you normally do. So this could be for the bride, for whomever is in the wedding party but you know you are going to get photos taken, so any special event.So thus far on Delphine, we have done foundation, an illuminizing cream, a contouring and bronzer, a flesh blush which means pink and we've done a little bit of highlighting. So now I'm going to finish off her eyes, eyebrows and then mattify her and add a pretty look for pictures. So first we are going to start with kind of a nude colored pencil. It's going to be almost like skin tone, but when I take it on the inside of the eye, its going to give that wide eyed doe like effect and really pop in pictures but still look natural. I like to use a little brush to pull down that edge. You can do this on yourself but I always want people to be gentle with their eyes. You know you need to make sure when you are putting anything on your eyes, its a very delicate eye area, so be gentle. So if you just pop it out a little bit with a brush or your finger, you can get it without sticking the pencil actually inside. Okay? Always sharpen your pencil too before you do this. And once I put a little mascara on you will see how it really makes the difference to get that really pretty eye. Now we are going to do some liquid liner and I'm going to do it in a dark brown. It is going to define the lash line and make the lash line look thicker but I'm gonna do it as thinly as possible so that it doesn't look overly made or take away from the pretty light colors that we've already applied. And the easiest way and tip for you to do this on yourself or on others is once again, pull your head back and look down onto the mirror, whether its a hand mirror or your mirror at home so you can see all of your work that you've done so far but also its not easy to do a liquid liner with a crinkled eye and trying to like pull it down. You don't need to pull you eye, you just pull you head back and you have a smooth surface to work on. So, go ahead and just pull you head back. Another misconception about eyeliner is like you have to draw one perfect line, that's not true. You can make small dashes. The brushes are generally anymore ergonomically shaped so they are made to go on your eye but it still gives that smooth finish. And I always like to use a clean brush when I'm doing somebody else. So you just touch that, and you don't have to do it in a perfect line. So I do recommend you do it before you put on your mascara. Some people say you should do after because it already has the line but I think mascara actually gets in the way, so I like to do it before. So I'm going to pull it slightly extended outside. See how her lash line looks more defined but it doesn't look too unnatural. We want a polished look without looking overly made. So, always just start on the inside, touch it and dashes, dashes, and don't worry if you make a mistake, it's just makeup and with practice you can get it on in 10 seconds. Also, I wanted to mention I'm using a water proof eyeliner. I'm using a water proof eyeliner because at weddings, people tend to get romantic or sad and let me see..its pretty!. So we are gonna go back with a little bit , and you want to do this for yourself too, to get that very first inner part of your eye. I like to use a brush, because if you put your finger on your eye shadow, you might mess it up. So like we did it with the bottom, if you just pull it up a little bit, you can get right into that. You see I messed it up a little bit, so I'm gonna show you how to fiz that really quick. So, we are going to take a little bit of the translucent powder and dab it on and then use the other side of the brush to just wipe it off and that way you still have your pretty shimmer shadow and you fixed your mistake. Obviously if your using a brown or smoky eye, you can still use the translucent powder to wipe it off but you'r gonna have to apply a little bit more color back on top of it. We're using the neutrals anyway so its just a tiny mistake. Now we're gonna do mascara and we're gonna use the same method. So, I've just shown you how to create, in photos, for weddings, a very wide eyed defined look with eyeliners, the neutral nude on the inside on the bottom as well as a water proof dark brown, that gives definition but is not harsh, liquid liner on top, gives that pretty, thick lash on. Now we're gonna follow up with mascara.

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