Ways Apply and Remove Eye Makeup Like a Pro


It does not take much for eye makeup application and removal to be a drag. You could be too tired or not in the mood to master the smoky eye technique. Certain eye makeup formulas, too, are created for long wear and can be a real pain to remove. 

Ditch the drama: here are quick tips to master the art of applying and removing your eye makeup. 


  1. Prep with concealer. Cover up dark under-eye circles or discoloration under the inner eye using three dots of concealer under each eye. Start at the inner corner then proceed to under the pupil and the third on the outer edge. Pat with your ring finger – never rub!
  2. Apply eye shadow primer. This will keep your shadow in place for a longer time. Eye base is a good choice for keeping shadow in place when you’re working out, under the rain, or getting a night’s sleep.
  3. Apply eyeliner. You can use the typical eye pencil or liquid liner, but may also use a dark eye shadow. Get your slanted brush and dip in the eye shadow. Line your eyes as close to your upper lashes as possible. Follow with your bottom eyes, lining from the middle of the eye out. Smudge the bottom liner with your finger or a Q-tip.
  4. Apply eye shadow. Start with a light color that nearly matched your lids. Sweep the color across and up to your brow bone. Follow with a medium color across the lid, and finish with a darker color on the crease. Blend them well.
  5. Brighten up with a highlighter. Work on the inside part of our eye to make your eyes pop.
  6. Work on your brows. Take a light shadow and dab it on your brow bone, going from your mid-brown outward. Blend with your finger.
  7. Curl your eyelashes. Use your trusty curler, which you could heat under a blow dryer for a couple of seconds for additional effect. Test it first to make sure you don’t burn yourself.
  8. Apply mascara. Apply to both upper and lower lashes. If you’re using a topnotch eyelash enhancer, you won’t be doing much of this step other than for simple reinforcement.


  1. Use eye makeup wipes. Remove the first makeup layer using a wipe before cleansing. It’s also better than retiring to bed right away without a good final wash for the night.
  2. Wash with the right cleanser for your skin type. Eye makeup can be really stubborn, so make sure it washes off in the cleansing process without torturing our skin. For instance, it may be good to use a cleanser that works up to foam.
  3. Dip cotton in your reliable eye makeup remover. Use a cotton pad or Q-tips, depending on your preference. Dip it in eye makeup remover that is gentle enough on eyes and skin and yet takes off everything. If you’re running into trouble with waterproof mascara, an oil-based remove will break down the formula without you having to do some tugging. It’s best to do another quick cleanse for removing any more residue.
  4. Keep the area hydrated. Once thoroughly clean, your face can use some toning and moisturizing. Use a high-quality eye cream as well to replenish and refresh skin for long-term benefits.


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