This is a little tutorial styled entry featuring another method to achieving an outer corner effect.
I will probably adapt this to a video tutorial sometime in future because I am not satisfied with the way the photos here turned out. This will suffice for now as one of my readers who requested for this is in urgent need for it, hence I'm posting this up though it's not as perfected as I want.
Never did I know it was this hard to do photo tutorials! Juggling the camera and all... it definitely takes some practice.
Way back, I had posted an entry with some a rough and simple guide on how to locate your 'Outer-V' (read it here) which is a phrase you have probably heard.
I always stress that I am not implying the methods or guides I showcase are the only way. They are merely - as stated - guides. It would be most ideal if you adapt it to best work with your own eye shape and structure. However, I understand that the outer-v does not encompass all eye shapes (even some days I feel it looks funky on me). I had also received enquiries from some asking if there was another outer corner method, as the outer-v didn't look quite right on them. I remember having explained this other method in words over e-mails, but now I am attempting to portray it through a series of photos.
I would like to call this technique the Outer-U, because of the (rough) shape that the outer corner assumes. It is not very far off from the Outer-V, but I find that this outer corner style would probably suit rounder/almond-shaped eyes a little better. That's just me though! As always, this is yet another method that you should try on and fine tune to fit your own eye shape.
So let's begin the pictorial tutorial (bit of a tongue twister there!). I tried to make it informative yet short and simple.
1. The very start, a 'clean' lid - dusted a nude shadow from lid to brow. I took the libery to throw on eyeliner, just cause
2. Get whatever crease color you want on your crease brush. I'm just using a medium-dark brown
(LA Girl's Radiant).
3. Now the tricky part. Half open your eye and what you want to do now is 'trace' the brush over where your eye socket is. Start from the outer edge of your eye and drag it inwards (following your socket line). This would create a sort of sem curved shape on your lids.
4. This is what you should end up with after marking your crease in the above step (pre-blending).
5. Now blend, blend blend that line out! Try blending the color slightly above the crease to give that 'lifted' effect.
6. This should more or less be your final blended outcome. A lot more refining and tuning can be done to get the look that you want, but this is a rough guide to the Outer-U method.
You don't have to stop there. You can also add an even darker shade just at the outer corner of the eye, not blending too far into the crease, like so:
A very minor difference, but you can see how adding a slightly darker color
gives the look a bit more depth.
So that's the tutorial section for the Outer-U technique. I know it's a bit 'doh' for some people who have probably been using this method for awhile now, but this is for the benefit of those who are still facing problems with outer corner methods. I do understand the struggle to get the right outer corner effect as I have been through that and to this date there are days where my eyes are just not working right with a certain outer corner look.
But just to show a wee comparison, here is the outer-u alongside the outer-v.
The outer corners are quite similar, though you can still differentiate the color placement and all.
It might not seem like the look varies a whole lot on my eyes, but If the outer-v does not work for you, give the outer-u a try, you just never know. It might not be impressive but a simple thing like changing color placements can make a world of a difference in a look.
I personally alternate between the Outer-U and Outer-V,
though I tend to lean towards the Outer-V a little more.
So this concludes my mini tutorial-styled post. I hope this was of help to some of you guys!
Again, I will be doing a video tutorial version of the Outer-V and Outer-U sometime in future so if the photos themselves aren't enough, I hope I can better explain things then. Also if anyone has anyone questions (that require demonstration) feel free to list it below so I can address it in the video.
Thank you all for reading!