Eye make up can be a tricky thing to master. When I first started getting to the age where I was allowed to wear the stuff to school, my mom never allowed me to wear eyeliner. Being rebellious, once I got to high school I wore a ton of it. Probably too much, in fact, although hindsight vision is always 20/20 and at the time I thought I looked really cute with my raccoon eyes. I learned a lot about eye make up from those teenage magazines with pictures of shirtless television heartthrobs in them, but they seemed to leave some very important parts out.
For example, I never was told that eye make up works a lot better when you put on mascara last. Since it was the first makeup that I was allowed to wear, I got into the habit of putting it on first. Everyone knows, however, that you put it on after you put on your eyeshadow and gobs of eyeliner. Also, I went through this phase where all of my eyeshadow had some sort of sparkle to it. Little did I know that glitter was for Vegas, New Year’s Eve and Halloween, almost exclusively.
Still, eye make up is my favorite thing to apply and wear, to this day. You can change so much of your look just by changing your eye make up. You can go from daytime and demure to night time party animal with just a few shade changes and false lashes. Countless pages of fashion magazines and more store shelves than you can shake a stick at have been devoted exclusively to eye make up and how to apply it, and something about that demands respect. Even just talking about it makes me want to go throw on another coat of mascara!