How To Wear High Pigment Eyes

One of the huge trends both for Fall 2010, and also showing up in Spring/Summer 2011is the high pigment, intense eye.

Chanel Spring/Summer 2011

This look can be completely arresting, and when worn correctly it can be quite spectacular, but there are a few tricks to getting this eye just right.

*Start by making sure your skin is well nourished and hydrated. The cooler weather can really strip the skin of its moisture, and this look is dependent upon a great complexion.

* Use a good eye cream, and pay extra attention to the area under the eye, next to the nose.

* Conceal well under the eye, paying attention to color correcting out the blue/gray. Use a concealer with a good pink undertone to cancel out unwanted dark rings.

* Pay extra attention to applying a good, luminous, full cover foundation. A high pigment eye needs to be paired with a flawless looking skin.

* Use a soft, barely there shade of blush. You need the dimension of a contoured cheek to break up the beige of the face, but only a whisper of pale color.

* Soften the brow. A full, power brow will dominate the face. Soften out the brow color and shape, so that the eye takes center stage.

* Use a synthetic brush to apply cream based shadow, then a hair eyeshadow brush
(see Corinna B Chisel Fluff brush) to swirl dark shadow from the lash line to the brow.

* Finish out your eye with multiple coats of mascara. This look requires big lashes!

* Keep lip color to a minimum. Look at shades of nude, or barely there glosses. Don’t let your lips compete with your eyes.

fabulous at Diane Von Furstenburg

Eyeshadow Tips

This past weekend at the races when I was tearing around full speed in the golf cart (sayonara hairdo! – Trashed it!!!) my fabulous hostess told me she has no idea what to do with her eye makeup, and wasn’t really sure where to start.

I hear that so often from readers, twitter peeps and facebookers. So while I was watching the cars rip through turn four and come tearing past me up the straightaway into the banks of turn one, in those moments where I could actually catch my breath, I gave it some thought.

And here are some tips I came up with to get you started:

1. Apply foundation to your eyelids (just a thin veil will do it)
Use your foundation to create a blank canvas to work from.

2. Powder the eyelids well. This is really crucial. Most women complain that their eye makeup moves during the day, and is either mostly gone, or sitting in creases by the afternoon.
My favorite powder is HD Powder by MakeUp Forever. It is super sheer and fine, sets the foundation and then disappears into the skin.
Use a triangle sponge, and make sure you get right up into the lashline to set and dry your foundation and concealer. Otherwise your eye liner isn’t going to stay anywhere near where you want it!3. Use an eyeshadow primer. This is going to give the shadows something to bind with, and gives extra staying power. You only need a tiny amount, and it takes seconds to apply.

4. Choose shadow colors that work well together. For your basic eyeshadow wardrobe avoid big colors, go easy on greys, maybe stay away from blacks til you have your technique down.
Without falling down the rabbit hole of brown eyeshadows (yawn!) utilize colors that are skin tone friendly.

5. Use quality eyeshadow brushes! I, of course, recommend the CorinnaB line. The important thing here is to have brushes that enable you to control the placement of the color, and not have it flicking around all over the place.
Make sure you tap off the excess color before you start putting it on your lid.

6. Utilize a fan brush. Particles of shadow will drop under the eye area, and you need to be sweeping them away with a fan brush before they start soaking in and making your under eye look bruised & messy.

7. Blend, blend, blend! Take a clean brush and really blend through the colors you have applied. The graduation from one color to the next should be seamless. No one really wants to know how many shades you’re using, regardless of the look you’re going after.

8. Master your eyeliner! I often see a lovely eyemakeup ruined by hard black liner ringing the eyes. If your liner is too severe all anyone is going to see when they look at you is hard dark lines. If you are using a pencil, draw a softer line and then smudge it out with a taklon liner or a smudger brush dipped into a similar color powder eyeshadow to soften and seal it.

Taklon liner

9. Change it up from day to night. Even if you just learn (and perfect!) two looks, get yourself a day look and an evening look. Sometimes evening can just be making your daytime look a little smokier, a little softer, a little more sultry.

10. Take control of your mascara! Curl your lashes, and then use a quality mascara that isn’t old and dried out. Most mascaras need changing every 8 – 10 weeks, as they start to dry out. Don’t pump your mascara wand – it puts air into the mascara and dries it out quickly.
If it’s getting flakey or clumpy, its time to ace it out and get a new one.
My personal faves? Diorshow Blackout and Julie Hewett (it has rose oil in it, which is super conditioning. I wear it every day.)

For those of you who are new to the blog, there are tons of eye makeup tutorials on here. Just scroll through the archives.
There are also video tutorials on my youtube channel, CorinnaBMakeup, and loads more coming!

I hope this helps!



(oh, and J? you are an absolute blast to hang out with! Y’all ROCK sista!!!)

Update Your Look For November

Its easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to your look.

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, what better time to infuse a little something new into your makeup routine?

So lets check out a couple of cool tips for November.

First up, add a little berry toned eyeshadow.
I have been using and loving to pieces the Reign Collection from Smashbox.

The soft velvety pink and the deep berry of the Majesty palette are perfect tones for most skins. They add a warmth and dimension to the eye, and if you have blue or green eyes, you will really see that color come to life and look super vibrant!

Another great way to soften up the eye is to step away from the traditional liner concept, and do a soft earthy smudge instead.

Using the Monarchy palette from Smashbox and a smudger brush like the CorinnaB smudger, get a small amount of the center circle of the dark brown, work it into the back of your hand, or a kleenex, then smudge through the lash lines. This will give you a much softer look.

Lastly, go for a softer brow. Instead of the harsher, more defined arch to the brow, let your eyebrow grow in a little, and have a slightly more natural look.

I’m going to put last week’s video back up so you can get another look at how to pull this one off.

Have a gorgeous day!