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Top tips for statement eyes for when you're wearing a mask

12 May 2020 | By Anna-Bet Stemmet

Wearing cloth masks while we go about our daily business is a part of the new normal as we all band together to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Here are a few ways to make sure your eyes pop while you do so.


Go bold on the brows

According to makeup artist and beauty therapist Martie Olivier your brows should always be your first port of call when you want to make a strong statement with your eyes.

“There will be a lot of focus on brows, even more than we've seen up to date. Microblading has been a huge trend lately and this will definitely continue in my opinion. Regular lash and brow tinting will also play a big role in the personal grooming space for folks who are a little too nervous to go the permanent makeup route,” she explains.

“If you are currently unable to visit your regular therapist, you can keep your brows in shape at home using a product that I love to take along when I go on holiday and don’t want to spend too much time fussing with my makeup - Maybelline Brow Tattoo Brow Gel is the ultimate DIY home kit for brow upkeep in my opinion.”

Love your lashes

“Invest in a good volumizing mascara or opt for lash extensions that you can either have applied by your beauty therapist or opt for a DIY lash kit that you can apply yourself at home. Certain salons also offer brow- and lash-enhancing serums for sale that allow you to boost the growth of your natural brows and lashes while you are unable to go for regular treatments,” Martie advises.

Contour and colour like a pro

“Colour eye shadow is not a major focal point in the makeup world at the moment, although there are some ladies who like to experiment with a bit of colour on the eyelid. Personally, I believe contouring of the eye and brow will definitely be a major trend in the coming months. This will include highlighting under the brow and a focus on the crease contouring of the eye. Black eyeliner, especially in the shape of the alluring cat-eye, also makes quite a dramatic statement,” says Martie.

Here are a few other contouring tricks to try at home:

  • Brighten up the inner corners of your eye with a dot of highlighter to make your eyes look bigger.

  • Give your eyelids more dimension by using an angled brush to swoop your eye shadow up and outward for a subtle winged look.

  • Add a fingertip-sized metallic eye shadow to the very centre of your eyelids to make your eyes pop when it catches the light.

  • Freshen up tired eyes by adding a little Vaseline to the centre of your lid and spreading it outward for a dewy, well-rested look.

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