Nowadays there are so many talented people doing beauty tutorials, that we sometimes automatically assume what they’re doing must be easy. However, a simple foray into nail decoration or eye makeup will prove that without experience and knowledge it is very hard to produce anything remotely satisfactory. One of the most difficult aspects of makeup for many women is working on the eyes. And while it may be a while before you can do a proper smokey eye, getting the basics right can make a world of difference and give you the self-confidence and enthusiasm to pursue your makeup passion further. Here are twelve important points about eye makeup to help you on your way.

1. Nude eyeliner

If you want your eyes to look larger, apply nude eyeliner to your waterline.

2. Eyeshadow

Apply a very small amount of eyeshadow to your bottom lash line. Although you cannot see it if it hasn’t been applied this model’s eyes would have appeared far less smokey.

3. Lash line

If the glue you’re using to put on fake eyelashes is annoyingly visible, make sure you apply some brown or black eyeshadow onto your lash line. Problem solved!

4. False eyelashes

If you are having difficulty actually applying the fake lashes, wrap them around a makeup brush handle. This will give the eyelash band some curve, making it so much easier to apply in turn.

5. Flare

Now that you know how to easily put on those fakies, you can further up your eyelash game. If you would like your eyes to appear bigger, try on flared lashes.

6. Tightline

Tight-lining the lash line using eyeshadow will make a big difference to your appearance.

7. Cut crease

There is an incredibly easy way to cut crease; simply use a spoon as a guide to applying your eyeshadow and you should have no trouble whatsoever.

8. Mascara

If you get mascara all over the place, you can also call a spoon to your aid. Place it right behind your eyelashes and apply your mascara freely, as all the excess product will go onto the spoon.

9. Eyeliner

Create a stencil using some tape and getting the perfect cat eye will never be a problem again.

10. Eyelash curler

After applying mascara, wait several minutes for it to dry completely. Use your eyelash curler for 20 seconds on each eye for optimal results.

11. Concealer

If you want a sharper looking cat eye, put some concealer on a brush and run it underneath the wing.

12. Waterline

Eyeliner has an enlarging effect on your eyes. Apply it on your waterline and lash line, but do not connect the eyeliner to the inner corner of your eye. To add some finishing touches, highlight to the inner corner of your eye to make your eyes pop even more.