Fake a crease line to open up eyes

This is also a useful technique for hooded eyes and for women who have very little eyelid area. The idea is to devise a new crease line to open up the eyes and create the illusion of depth where you want it.

The eye contour has the thinnest and most fragile skin on the entire face. It is lacking in sebaceous glands, collagen and elastin fibres. The skin around the eyes is under the strain of 22 muscles in perpetual motion and 10,000 blinks per day. This is why the eye contour is the first area to show signs of ageing.

There are a lot of You Tube videos demonstrating exactly where to place this new ‘fake’ crease, but you don’t really need them as placement is relatively easy, and unique to you.

  1. Apply a light colour (I use a gold shimmery eyeshadow Mac’s ‘All That Glitters‘ or the pinky  ‘Gleam‘) on the lower eyelid area.
  2. Now, open your eyes, see that space just above your eyelid? Apply your darker crease colour here and this colour MUST be a matt shade (shimmer shows up lines) this will be above your natural crease line which is sadly, sometimes hidden.
  3. If you want to, you can softly shade in your natural crease/socket area with a light neutral matt colour. I use Mac’s ‘Kid’ – This is called a transition colour. Again, blend to make it look seamless.

Here’s a useful link to a comprehensive guide to Mac’s Transition eyeshadows by Eyeshadow Addicts Anonymous

I’ve also had a trawl online and I’m quite excited to have found a You Tube video by Film Makeup Artist, Kim Greene – who looks a lot like Tyne Daly from Cagney & Lacey (a reference there for readers over 30!).

I’m tired of seeing make up techniques for older women demonstrated on fresh-faced 20 year olds. Kim is not only personable and age appropriate, she explains the technique clearly and logically.

Kim has also produced a ‘How to‘ tutorial on Corrective Makeup Techniques for Hooded Eyes, Thin Lips, Ruddy Skin & Double Chin – and it’s definitely worth a watch. She’s more specific about products this time, but it’s all about the technique rather than certain make up brands.

Eye Lid Lift

To end with, a little something to do right now!  Hopefully by the New Year, it’ll be a daily habit. It’s a facial exercise for upper eyelids by Eva Fraser.

  • Raise your eyebrows as high as you can in one slow movement.
  • At the same time, open your eyes as wide as possible.
  • Hold for a count of 10 without blinking, then relax.
  • Now close your eyes.
  • Again raise your eyebrows as above.
  • You should feel a stretch up with your eyebrows, and at the same time a stretch down with your lids.
  • Hold for a count of 10.
  • Lower your eyebrows and open your lids.
  • Repeat once. (or maybe 5 times, 5 days a week).

Here’s an easier variation on the technique for us lazy types, this time you use your index fingers to hold the upper lids up.

  • To strengthen your upper eyelids, begin by looking directly at your face in a mirror.
  • Place your index fingers just under your eyebrows, keeping your fingers slightly curved.
  • Hold your eyebrows against the ridge of bone above your eyes.
  • Close your eyelids, stretching your upper lids down.
  • Repeat this subtle movement five times and then squeeze your eyes shut for a count of six.
  • Relax the contracted position of your eyelids on a count of three and then open your eyes.
  • Perform the exercise twice a day, five days per week.

Make this exercise your first New Year’s resolution – it’s a lot easer than giving up wine and chocolate!