Melinda's Beauty Blog: How To Make A Dramatic Eye

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 by Melinda Shankar

Melinda's Beauty Blog: Dramatic Eye


FAN QUESTION: What is the best way to make a dramatic eye? Every time I try I end up using way too much shadow and liner. Help!

When creating a dramatic eye look, the best advice I can give is to start light and gradually (and most importantly, evenly) work your way darker. The most common error I see with a smokey eye is dark pigment not evenly distributed. This error shapes your eyes two different ways, and we all know that look isn't cute! Until you get the hang of it, I'd suggest replicating each stroke to both eyes as you go to avoid forgetting a step or forgetting which colour you used.

Melinda's Beauty Blog: Dramatic Eye


For a beginner smokey eye, I'd always suggest using browns or blues, as black is a very harsh colour and is usually minimally used in an average dramatic look. For example: Try a light gold all over the lid as a base. Once that step is complete, use a crease brush to blend a darker colour (I usually use brown) into your eye lid crease. Repeat step two until the desired amount of colour is applied. Blend the darker colour into the outer part of the eyelid (closest to your ears), then complete the look with a top liner and mascara. Tip: Once you've mastered this simple smokey eye guide, try switching it up or adding colours for variety!

I've had such an amazing time blogging for TeenNick and I cannot thank you all enough for sending in your beauty questions! You've all inspired me to start my own lifestyle/fashion/beauty blog called 'Eye Spy Melinda'! Check it out and let me know what you think! Tweet your blog topic suggestions to @MelindaShankar

Hailing from Canada's capital, Ottawa, Melinda Shankar joined the cast of Degrassi in its eighth season as Sav Bhandari's little sister, Alli. Prior to this, she did runway and print modeling. Melinda's passion for beauty has led her to a new position as CEO of Miss Conception image consulting.

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