How to apply makeup on downturned eyes

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How to apply makeup on downturned eyes
Use insider tips to enhance your eyes. (Martin Poole/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Do the outer corners of your eyes slope downwards, making you look tired and depressed? Here's a quick fix used by make-up artists and celebrities to make even the most downtured eyes more scintillating.

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Things you need

  • Eye make-up primer
  • Under-eye concealer
  • Light eyeshadow
  • Dark eyeshadow
  • Eyeshadow brush with flat head
  • Black liquid eyeliner or highly pigmented eye pencil in a dark colour
  • White or silver eye pencil
  • Eyelash curler
  • Lengthening and thickening mascara
  • Individual fake lash clusters

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  1. 1

    Begin with clean skin free from dirt, grime and make-up from the day before. Prep eyelids for make-up application with eyeshadow primer. Smooth concealer and blend on under-eye area to brighten eyes and help them look more awake.

  2. 2

    Press a light eyeshadow on from lash line to crease. This serves as your base colour.

  3. 3

    Create a sideways V on the outer edges of your eyes using dark shadow and a flat eye shadow brush with a small head to lay colour down precisely. This is the substitute step for the usual crease make-up application. Blend upwards and outwards to create the illusion of more uplifted eyes.

  4. 4

    Line upper lash lines with the line thinner at the inner corners and thicker at the outer edges. Wing outwards to further pull the appearance of eyes upwards. For a most visible effect, use a black liquid liner or at least a creamy highly pigmented pencil. Keep lower lash lines free of dark liner so that eyes don't look bottom heavy, thus cancelling out the uplifted effect. You want to open your eyes, and you can achieve this by gently smudging white or silver eye pencil on inner bottom rims.

  5. 5

    Polish the brow with light eyeshadow or subtle highlighter. Curl lashes to further open eyes. Run a lengthening and thickening mascara through lashes, keeping application on bottom ones minimal. If you wish, apply individual fake lash clusters in the middle of your upper lash lines all the way toward the edges.

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