Winning Tactics of Your Look: How to Slay it During Yoga Class

With all the articles about yoga on the internet, by now you are probably well-versed in the benefits that this type of workout provides. A few of them include increased muscle strength, improved flexibility, stress relief, etc. All these combine to provide you with an inner glow and toned body that are sure to make you the envy of all your friends.

But, what if you want to slay while working out? You’ve come to the right place. Simply check out our short but comprehensive guide on how to look your best during yoga class.

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What to Wear

Proper yoga wear is essential for those who want to be comfortable and remain on trend while working out. But, before you decide what to buy, you should know that the type of yoga that you do will greatly impact the clothes that you choose.

For instance, most classes are great with a simple body hugging tank or slim fit shorts. But, if you are going to be doing Yin yoga or a meditative type of practice, baggier clothes are a good choice as well. Furthermore, no matter the class you take, keep these things in mind:

  • Keep snaps, zippers, and buttons to a minimum. They restrict your movement and may pinch your flesh when doing stretches or bends.
  • Avoid super short shorts. They can bunch up and cause discomfort.
  • Low-cut tanks are cute but not super great at keeping the girls secure.
  • Cotton underwear breathes well, but they get heavy when wet. They also take a while to dry.
  • Thin or light colored pants can show your classmates more than you bargained for.

Great Workout Hair

Fishtail Braid

You’re doing it. You’re in the middle of a perfect flow and as you bring your head down to do an inversion, your hair smacks you in the face – OUCH!

Your blissed out feeling is now totally gone – replaced with feelings of irritation. You have now learned what just about every experienced yogi knows, you can’t wear just any old hairstyle when you’re on the mat. To help you deal with this dilemma, consider the following styles:

  • Fishtail Braid: It’s stylish, edgy, and will keep your hair out of your face.
  • Messy bun: This no muss no fuss style is great for a power yoga session
  • French braid: A French braid is perfect for those classes that are a little more relaxed. Plus, it won’t get in your way when laying down
  • Pony Braid: If your French braiding skills aren’t up to par, this simple braided ponytail will do the trick
  • Halo Braid: Not only is this style super cute, it’s perfect for virtually any yoga type of yoga practice
  • Ballet bun: A high bun like this is better suited to the more intense types of yoga. Plus, this pulled back and super slick style is a great way to channel your inner ballerina.

Natural Makeup Tricks

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Wearing makeup during your workout is not recommended. The combination of makeup and sweat can cause clogged pores, which leads to breakouts and/or skin irritation. But, all is not lost. A minimalist approach to makeup allows you get a good workout without causing damage to the skin. To achieve this look, keep these essentials in your workout bag:

  • Tinted sunblock: Provides protection from the sun and light coverage as well
  • Mineral makeup: Won’t clog the pores, even during sweaty workout sessions.
  • Tinted moisturizer: Gives off a foundation-like glow but is also light on the skin. Pair with a concealer for a flawless look.
  • Waterproof eyeliner/mascara: Outlasts the most rigorous workout routine without fear of smudging
  • Blotting sheet: Helps remove excess shine and sweat
  • Lip stain: Provides you with awesome matte color and it lasts longer than gloss. You can also master some liquid lipstick tricks, if you wouldn’t like to go without it
  • Powder blush: Gives your cheeks the right amount of color and won’t clog pores.

Slay Some More

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They say when you look good, you feel good. And putting a tiny bit of effort into your appearance before working out can give you quite a confidence boost. But, if you want to take things to the next level, consider the following tips:

  • Add even more flair to your hairstyle with a pretty flower, hairband, or a hair clip. These accessories will add freshness to your look, especially if you’re rocking a french braid or other plaited hairstyle.
  • Use a face spray to keep your oil free makeup in place while working out. It can also be used after the workout to moisturize your dehydrated skin
  • To keep your skin clog free, wipe your face clean after your workout with a facial towelette – preferably with one that contains salicylic acid.

Yoga will definitely make you feel good and following the above tips will make sure that you look good while doing it as well. This increased confidence will likely lead to a better workout. But, you don’t have to take our word for it. Try the above tips and see for yourself. Namaste.

7 Tips for Looking “Excellent” on Sunday Mornings

All women would love to be Sleeping Beauty. Who wouldn’t want to wake up after a really long nap with your hair all set, makeup still perfect, and a Prince Charming to boot. Even without the perfect man, the fact that she woke up effortlessly gorgeous makes us all envious. It seems like something that only happens in the movies. Or does it? Well, we’ve got a rude awakening for you! Some people have been waking up selfie-ready for years. And they only had to follow these tips:

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#1: Wash your face before bed

Never go to bed without washing your face because it means that you’ll be allowing toxins and dirt to stay on your skin all night long. The best time to give your skin the treatment it needs is at night. This is because at night, more blood flows to the surface of your skin. And if you wash your face at night, you’re basically giving yourself a clean slate. You won’t have anything on your face (i.e. makeup) that will prevent the treatment’s absorption into your skin.

#2: Use night cream

Once all the impurities are out, your skin is ready for some moisturizing. With night cream, you ensures your skin maintains its elasticity, feels soft and supple, and reduces all those aging wrinkles that come from dried out skin. Night creams are usually richer in texture than lotions applied during the day. They provide more intensive treatment, requiring more time for complete absorption. This means that your skin will not only get enough nourishment and hydration, it will also look younger for a longer period of time.

#3: Condition your hair

Just like your skin, your hair needs a lot of moisturizing too. Dampen your hair and apply a rich conditioner before going to bed. You’ll get silky, healthy hair when you wake up. Just don’t forget to rinse it out, ok?

#4: Use eye cream

Yes, you’re already using night cream to moisturize the skin. But the skin around our eyes are more prone to dryness and needs something more than just your regular moisturizer. It’s also quick to show the fine lines caused by aging and fatigue. Not to mention, there will be times when fluids collect under the eyes which produce puffiness and dark under-eye circles. Using a moisturizing eye cream will ensure that you prevent morning puffiness, dark under-eye circles, and fine lines from showing. And it keeps the skin around your eyes tight, ensuring you retain that youthful look far longer than you thought possible.

#5: Use a lip scrub

Want soft, kissable lips just like Sleeping Beauty? Then, apply a lip scrub before getting in bed. The scrub will exfoliate the skin on your lips, taking away any flakes and roughness, and boost circulation. Applying a lip balm will moisturize your lips overnight so you can wake up to a perfect pout.

#6: Buy silk pillowcases

Silk is the best fabric for ensuring that your hair remains frizz-free while you sleep. It also lessens the amount pressure on your skin that leads to wrinkles. As an added bonus, sleeping on silk sheets indulges the little princess in all of us.

#7: Get a comfy mattress

Even if you do all our tips religiously, you’ll never wake up beautiful if you never get quality sleep at night. And your mattress has a lot to do with the quality of your sleep. If you don’t feel refreshed after a night’s sleep, keep waking up at all hours of the night, or wake up with aches and pains, you’re going to need to rethink your mattress. Now, there’s no such thing as the perfect mattress. But you definitely can find the best mattress that matches your needs. Make sure that aside from feeling comfortable, you’ll also need to get adequate support. Another important feature of a good mattress is how cool it feels while you sleep. If your body gets too hot at night, you’ll end up tossing and turning all night, trying to find a cool spot to sleep on.

These are just a few things to consider when choosing your mattress match. Once you do find it, you can be sure that you’ll be getting true beauty sleep every night.

Start Barbering Program with Coba Academy this June

Coba Academy’s new location in Anaheim has proven to be a great success and the Academy is looking forward to opening its Barbering Program this June.

The barbering course is 1500 hours in length and can be completed in 10 months with perfect attendance. With Coba Academy’s emphasis on hands on mastery of barbering skills you’ll gain the confidence to excel as a barber. In the client barber shop area you’ll spend plenty of time practicing techniques and honing your skills.

The barbering program at Coba Academy will prepare the student to pass the state board exam to become a licensed barber in the state of California. Come visit today, take a tour of the new barber shop and get more information about our upcoming barbering program.

3 Steps to Master the Art of Liquid Lipstick

Liquid lipstick have been around for awhile now, but they seem to be staying for another year or even more. Are we really surprised though? In comparison to usual lipstick the liquid ones are much more pigmented and the longevity of the wear isn’t even comparable and let’s be honest who wants to reapply the lipstick several times during a huge event and be careful what you eat in order not to end up with half gone or smeared lipstick in photos.

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Despite the indisputable facts many still shun from liquid lipsticks as they usually end up with dry lips or accentuated dry lip skin or even worse not even application. Applying liquid lipstick can be tricky, but when you get the hold of it, you’ll never go back to ordinary lipsticks.

ExfoLIPate

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First and the most important part is to  exfoliate your lips in order to get rid of dried patches and plump your lips. You can use any store bought exfoliator or just use the mixture of sugar and coconut oil, that you for sure have in your pantry and  gently scrub your lips or you can just run your toothbrush on through your lips after you are done brushing your teeth, just be gentle.

 

RejuLipate

Lip mask

After exfoliation it’s time to bring the moisture back into your lips. Start of with a lip mask. You can use either lip sheet masks or creamy masks. After masking apply lip balm or just petroleum jelly and let it soak in.

 

Lipstick Time!

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Finally when your lips are ready it’s time to apply the liquid lipstick. Start from the center and evenly spread the lipstick. Remember that liquid lipsticks are very pigmented so be careful around the edges. Apply one thin coat  for even coverage and to reduce the lipstick from building up and cracking.

Voilà! Now your lips look like a masterpiece canvas. Enjoy the night or day and don’t even bother about checking your lipstick. Sure you can still gaze in the mirror and admire the work you’ve done.

 

 

The Academy is Moving to Anaheim

Coba Cosmetology Academy seeks a larger campus to accommodate the increase of enrollments and the demand for additional programs.  The Academy is scheduled to move the first week of March to Anaheim, just seven miles north of Orange to the Euclid Plaza located at 663 N. Euclid Street.

We will continue our legacy with the same integrity and high state board passing rates.  Currently undergoing renovations, the relocation to Anaheim will prove to be a much needed and necessary move.  The new campus affords Coba Cosmetology Academy much more space to serve the continued growth including a larger esthetician area as well as an entire wing for the addition of a barbering program starting soon.

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Students are happy about the move and eagerly await the upcoming grand opening scheduled for mid-March.  All new cosmetology stations, a senior salon area, backwash shampoo bowls, manicure stations, a larger esthetician facility and the launch of a barbering program are among the school improvements.  Plus our financial aid staff members will have more office space to assist both prospective and active students with student financial aid questions.

Coba Cosmetology Academy evolves as the beauty industry continues to grow with specialized opportunities for makeup, skincare and barbering professionals.  Come visit us this March at our new location at 663 N. Euclid Street, Anaheim, California. The services hours and program hours will remain the same.  We look forward to our valued clients to continue patronage with our students as we look forward to meeting and enrolling new students.

Creating beauty professionals since 1965.

See you in Anaheim.

5 Makeup and Hair Looks to Rock this Holiday Season

This holiday season makes all of us extra emotional and happy, but also a little more worried. About the presents to get, holiday dinners to host or attend, about our fashion choices and about our makeup and hair looks. And we as well as any of you we’re sure don’t like to be worried and stressed out, right? This is why we’ve decided to shorten your “holiday worry list” by discussing some ultimate makeup and hair looks, that will be the ideal fit during the holiday season.

Old Hollywood Glam: Red lips and vintage waves

First thing that comes into one’s mind when talking about holiday makeup look is red lipstick.Not only it’s classy and beautiful and “holiday appropriate” , it’s also very easy to create looks with red lips, as you can do very minimalistic with your eyes. Just put on some base, mascara (you can also add lashes) and apply your gorgeous red lipstick (something like classic Mac Ruby Woo that suits almost everyone, or liquid lipsticks like ABH American Doll or Dose of Colors Kiss of Fire ) and you’re done and looking flawless and festive.

Dose of Colors Kiss of fire

 

 

Also what can be more classy and glam at the same time, then combining red lips with old hollywood vintage wavy hair with side part ? Take your curling wand, roll your about  inch thick hair strands in inside direction, then just brush them out and fix the waves with some hairspray. Your hair will look gorgeous all throughout the dinner and much longer.

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Modern Chic: Glowy skin and Bed hair

Glowing healthy looking skin is not something to leave only for summertime. During colder winter days glowing skin can look just as appealing. And it’s so easy to get. Just use an illuminating primer under your foundation or even mix it together to give your base more dewy effect. Complement your healthy and glowy looking skin with some cream blush, lashes and lip cream or gloss.

tom ford illuminating primer

Messy wavy sort of out of bed natural hair will look very appealing with glowy fresh makeup look. And also will give your hair some volume. Wrap strands of hair around the curling wand each other strand in the opposite direction: one towards face – one away from your face . Tossle the waves with your fingers, take straightening iron and straighten coupe of end of your hair then just add some texturizing spray and you’re good to go and stun everyone around.

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Sleek and Sharp: Ponytail with sharp liner

Not so much a fan of letting your hair down? Not a problem… You can look absolutely flawless and trendy with your hair up. Straighten your hair and then sleek it into beautiful ponytail. Use hair wax or pomade to keep all the baby hair away and give the hairstyle more polished look. Also take a strand of hair and wrap it around your ponytail band to give it cleaner look.

Kim Kardashian ponytail

Use a sharp liner to compliment your sharp hairstyle and look absolutely fierce. Try lining the shape with felt tip liner then make it darker with liquid or gel liner. Also don’t forget to fill in the upper waterline and lashline to give the look more professional look. And you can pair it with any lip color you prefer, you can even change it throughout the day. It’s super versatile.

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Fun and Young : Sparkly lips and curly hair

Holidays are definitely one of that rare times you can totally have fun with your looks. And this new glittery sparkly lips, that is trending right now is the perfect fit for this fun festive time. Apply a creamy lipstick then pat some glitter of the same color on your lips. You can also use some glitter glue to make it more long wear, but make sure to check that the adhesive is non toxic and won’t harm you.

Naomi Campbell sparkly lips

Glittery lips are fun by their on , but in addition to big, curly hair they transfer the look into a firework. If you are blessed with gorgeous curly hair, then you just need to stick to your usual routine (which is not a small thing I’m sure you know if your hair is curly ) , if not then you’ll need a small curling wand and some time for wrapping all your hair around it. As well as during the “bed hair” wrap the strands in opposite directions to avoid the hair sticking together and not looking natural.

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Grungy glam : Messy braids and bold lips

No matter that it’s holiday season, you still prefer darker looks? Why not! Choose some dark lipstick shades like deep purple, burgundy and even black add some lashes to give the eyes more dimension and that’s it. Just make sure your lipstick is long wear, you’re probably going to have some dinner and you don’t want it to smear.

Kylie lip kit

Dark lips will look absolutely amazing with some messy braids and also will feel very comfortable. The easiest way will be giving messy waves to your hair than do a side braid, letting some pieces fall apart or just do pigtail braids , mess them up a little bit and do a crown updo by pinning the braids up.

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Don’t be shy and tell us which look will you prefer and what are you going to rock this holiday season. We always love hearing back from you.

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You ready for the wedding?

Once a wedding is over with, what do your guests remember the most? If you want to make a truly memorable wedding, it’s not necessary to make everything perfect. There are some things that need some extra attention. You want to leave happy memories of the special occasion for everyone involved.

Tiny details like embossing on the invitations aren’t going to stick in the minds of your guests. What they truly remember is how different aspects of the ceremony made them feel. Thus, aesthetic appreciation is important. Focus on these things for your wedding and you’ll be sure to leave your guests with a good impression.

Your Guest List

Making a guest list can be really simple or really difficult. The easy answer is to invite who you want to invite, but if you already know people in your families don’t get along, that could ruin their appreciation for the wedding and could even cause drama. Depending on who they are, there may be no easy way around it but forward. Still, don’t leave someone off that you really do want to have at your special day. Always remember that you and your spouse’s needs are at the center of a wedding.

Wedding Makeup

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The aesthetics of a wedding is a big part of the occasion, and it all starts with makeup. Yes, even before dresses! All of the important members of the wedding should look their best. Getting a professional makeover for the women, at least for the bride, will help them put their best face forward. The bride will appreciate looking her best as she receives all the guests. Your men should also look good!

Wedding band

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Ideally, you and your spouse will be wearing your bands for the rest of your lives, so you should definitely make sure you like them. Whether or not others do really doesn’t matter, but people are going to want to look at them during the reception. Therefore, wear something you’re proud of and flatters your hand. Price doesn’t matter so long as the wedding bands are the right ones and look good on you.

Venue and Comfort

Most people aren’t going to remember the exact details of the venue decorations, but they will remember how they made them feel. The decorations should be tasteful and fit your chosen color scheme. Your guests should also be comfortable during the wedding and the reception. If you choose to have an outdoor venue, take care of the comfort of the guests. Make sure they’re not too hot or cold as best as you can predict. You don’t want your wedding to be the one where everyone baked in their finery or froze.

Clothing

There is a reason that brides agonize over dress selection. It is a something special that they’ll only wear once (hopefully!) But the other members of the wedding party must also look good. Try to find clothing for the bridesmaids and groomsmen that match appropriately and flatters everyone’s figure. Easier said than done, but so important!

Ceremony

Again, people aren’t going to remember every little detail of the ceremony. However, wedding ceremonies do leave an impression. If you’re having a traditional religious wedding, the details of the ceremony may be very crucial for everyone there to feel like it’s an authentic one. But even in a secular wedding you can’t be TOO irreverent lest your guests think that you’re mocking the ceremony. Then again, if both families prefer a humorous wedding, go for that strange theme!

Reception

Guests expect food and drink at a reception and it doesn’t need to be super fancy. But it does need to fill them up enough so they don’t feel hungry or thirsty. The decision for alcohol or not is a personal choice, but if you choose to have it, make sure some people are sober to maintain order in the crowd.

As far as the cake goes, make sure there is enough for everyone. The enjoyment of eating it will be more immediate than the joy of looking at the pristine cake before cutting. Also, couples, agree on how you’re going to cut the cake and feed it to each other beforehand!

For entertainment, most will be satisfied with a place to sit, some music, and a place to dance, but that will depend on your culture and family traditions. If there are special after-wedding ceremonies to follow, don’t neglect them without good reason.

People don’t remember details. They remember how an event made them feel. If you keep this principle in mind, you’ll leave everyone with happy memories of your wedding.

 

From Runway to Real Life: Winter 2016-2017 Beauty Trends

Usually when we watch runway shows, the first thing that we think how we can incorporate it in our day to day life. Though many runway looks may seem too risky, there are many aspects in each look that can easily and beautifully be transferred to our everyday life. Usually when it comes to clothing you’ll have to get new items, but with makeup and hair you can always play around and try on some trendy looks. To help you with that, we’ve breakdown all the winter 2016-2017 beauty runway trends you can incorporate in real life.

Bold dark lips

From deep burgundy,brown,purple to even black lips were very common on Fall-Winter 2016-2017 runways. Fashion houses such as Dior, Marc Jacobs and Vivienne Westwood let their models to walk through the runway wearing the darkest lip shades we can imagine. Though black lipstick can be too bold for someone, there are still many deep burgundy or brown shades that will look in trend and won’t also make you uncomfortable. Especially paired with minimal eye makeup this trend is quite wearable.

bold dark lips

Graphic eyeliner

Bored of wearing usual cat eye every single day? Looking for more creativity in your eye look? Then this graphic eyeliner trend is definitely for you. There are no boundaries when it comes to graphic eyeliner. Just take a black eyeliner of your choice and start creating. For inspiration you can take a look on different runway shows of high end fashion houses such as Chanel, Givanchy and Celine.

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Shine bright like a ….Glitter

Bold lips and graphic eyeliner aren’t for you, and your missing some sparkle in your life? Fashion world still has you covered! Something that seemed to be an Instagram trend slipped into the fashion shows and filled runways with glitter. Glitter eyes, glitter lips even glitter face. If you like to shine and sparkle this is the right time to wear some glitter and don’t worry about not being trendy.

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Fashion houses like Versace, Burberry and Giambattista Valli used so much glitter on their runway shows, that you can take an inspiration from.

Time to bring some texture back into your life

If you are lucky enough you already have some texture in you hair, that you were trying to smooth out all this time. Stop and embrace it. Your hair is in trend now. And if you don’t have any texture in your hair, then grab a curling iron and some texturizing spray and start creating it. Big, textured hairstyles could be seen everywhere on the runway shows like Diane von Furstenberg, Missoni and Zac Posen.

winter 2016-17 hair style trends

 

Now tie the knot… with your hair

Don’t like wearing your hair down? You can still be trendy. Just turn your daily ponytail or bun into knots and you’re good to go. It’s easy, beautiful and also interesting. Take examples from runway shows like Marchesa, Oscar de la Renta and Valentino.

tie the knot winter 2016-17 hair style trend

All these trends are so easy to incorporate in your daily life. Pick the ones that are the most appealing to you and be trendy!

COBA Partners with Poise Makeup Professional

coba-partners-poiseWe’re excited to announce that we have partnered with Poise Makeup Professional.  Poise Makeup Professional is a Los Angeles based studio with over two decades of experience in the skincare and cosmetic industry.

They have created a high quality makeup that “exceeds the standard for artists”.  Their products are made in the USA and are the result of extensive research and direct collaborations with their chemists.  The education team from Poise Makeup has proven to be great support to our academy with hands on demonstrations, making time to show our students all the latest trends in makeup.

Just last night Michelle from Poise Makeup Professional was here demonstrating FX special effects makeup-and our students were busy creating gruesome looks for Halloween.  It was a fun and educational night and we’re looking forward to more demos.  Thank you Poise Makeup Professional!

Eyeliner Tips and Techniques for Different Eye Shapes

Eyeliners have been around for ages. Its root go deep into ancient Egypt.

Back at that times people used different types of eyeliners to achieve variety of eyeliner designs and shapes. The most popular one and the one that lasted till nowadays and will probably still be around for many other ages is khol pencil. Though at that time they were wearing an eyeliner around their eyes mainly to protect themselves from evil eye, it had an irreplaceable impact on the beauty world.

eye-shapesWhat’s the first thing you remember when hearing Cleopatra’s name ? Her strong eyeliner game, right? Taking her as an icon of beauty and femininity throughout ages thousands of people started the mass use of eyeliners.

As much as it is appealing to wear eyeliner on daily bases, it can become a waste of time and energy and look like a mess if you don’t know how to apply an eyeliner on your eye shape.

First let’s break down the types of eye shapes and see what’s your type?

Take a mirror and look straight. Pay attention on several very important features:

  • Are your eyes set close or far from each other?
  • Are the outer corners of your eyes turned up or down?
  • Can you easily see your eyelids or are they hidden?

If this questions didn’t help, look into the photo below and see if you notice a resemblance with your eyes.

Now when you’ve understood your eye shape let’s see what’s the most flattering eyeliner design for you.

 

Eyeliner tips and techniques for Wide Set Eyes

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First thing that you want to remember when working with wide set eyes is, that your main goal is to bring them closer.

Pay extra attention on inner corners of the eyes and define them with eyeliner, visually trying to make new closer set inner corners. This will also make your eyes look more almond like.

 

 

Eyeliner tips and techniques for Close Set Eyes

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If with wide set eyes you want to bring them closer, with close set eyes it’s the opposite. You want to make the eyes appear farther from each other.

Start applying the eyeliner from the middle of the eyelid instead of the corners and bring it to the outer corner.

By leaving the inner half of the lid bare you make the illusion that eyes are set far enough from each other.

 

Eyeliner tips and techniques for Droopy Eyes

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The main goal with droopy eyes is to make the appear narrower and upturned. Achieving that is very easy. All you need is to line the eye all around pulling the wing up from the outer corners. And do not forget to cover the waterline with dark liner as well. That’s the most crucial part.

 

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Eyeliner tips and techniques for Hooded Set Eyes

Eyeliner tips and techniques for Hooded Set Eyes

Hooded eyes must be the most difficult and tricky eye shape for applying an eyeliner.

You should always keep in mind that with hooded eyes your wing won’t look the same closed and open.

Keep your eyes open when you are applying the liner. Mark the places you want your wing to start and end. Then fill it in.

Your wing with closed eyes should have a resemblance with airplane wing, in order to turn into a smooth liner with your eyes open.

Now that you’ve learned how to apply eyeliner on your eye shape, take whichever kind of eyeliner you want (khol, gel or liquid) and wing it!