HI Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - STORY AN­TARA BOSE An­tara Bose is a model turned fash­ion and beauty con­sul­tant. A pop­u­lar blog­ger, an­chor, and voice over artist, she main­tains a deep con­nec­tion with the lo­cal fash­ion in­dus­try and is pas­sion­ate about dis­cov­er­ing and cel­e­brat­ing as­pir­ing

The best way to glam up your look in­stantly is to have the per­fect eye makeup. En­hance your look with eye­shadow, mas­cara, and more.

1 Be pos­ses­sive

When it comes to your makeup items, es­pe­cially eyes, shar­ing is re­ally not car­ing. It’s not ad­vis­able to share your mas­caras, brushes, and any other makeup item. In­sist on us­ing your own mas­caras if you are get­ting your makeup done at a sa­lon and en­sure that the brushes are cleaned well be­fore they are used on you. The rea­son is sim­ple — makeup tools act as car­ri­ers of in­fec­tion if not cleaned prop­erly; which means if it has been used on some­one who has had the small­est eye in­fec­tion, there are good chances you might be land­ing with one too. And that’s pretty gross.

2 Do a mock test for al­ler­gic re­ac­tions

Let’s be real, we aren’t all chemists, and nei­ther are we go­ing to study the in­gre­di­ents be­hind each and ev­ery makeup box. Cer­tain brands use com­mon in­gre­di­ents for their line of prod­ucts that some­times might lead to un­pleas­ant re­ac­tions. When try­ing a new brand, it’s a good idea to test a prod­uct for shorter pe­ri­ods be­fore in­vest­ing in buy­ing the en­tire line of eye-makeup.

3 Stick to the use it’s meant for

We like the idea of things be­ing mul­ti­pur­pose but let’s go easy on that prin­ci­ple when it comes to eye makeup. Us­ing the same pen­cil as eye­liner and li­pliner at the same time can lead to spread­ing of germs.

4 Be ready to give it up

Yes, that mas­cara met all those prom­ises of vo­lu­mi­nous lashes, but if it has been over 3 months (and for those re­ally clingy ones, a max­i­mum of 6), it’s time to say bye-bye. If it’s dried up, don’t push it by adding wa­ter or even worse, saliva (ex­cuse us for hav­ing to state that). For the for­get­ful ones, we sug­gest writ­ing the date when open­ing a new bot­tle of mas­cara so you know when its ex­piry time. Other eye-makeup items do last longer than the mas­cara, but we must re­spect its shelf life nev­er­the­less. It’s there for a rea­son!

5 All things glit­tery

Be wary of all that glit­ter (no, we aren’t go­ing to use that cliché line about it not be­ing gold) as it tends to flake and these flakes can get into the eyes and cause ir­ri­ta­tion. Those wear­ing con­tact lenses should try to avoid the ex­tra glit­ter. And we all know the strug­gles of get­ting that glit­ter off (talk about be­ing wa­ter­re­sis­tant). It can end up in clogged tear ducts and con­di­tions like ble­phar­i­tis.

6 Tight lin­ing

They say it re­ally makes the eyes stand out. But tight-lin­ing the eye­lids can be tricky. If you are wear­ing con­tacts, be care­ful not to get any of the sketch ink in your eyes. Not only will it stain and make your con­tacts un­com­fort­able, but it can also lead to eye in­fec­tions. Never risk try­ing to line your eye­lids when you are in a mov­ing ve­hi­cle as any sud­den jerks can have you scratch your cornea. The dam­age is re­ally not worth an evening with­out a liner. You’d rather peo­ple say you look sleepy than ‘Hey! You’re miss­ing an eye.’

7 Use a lash primer

We all love mas­caras to give our eyes the fullest ‘bat­ting’ po­ten­tial, but reg­u­lar us­age can make the lashes brit­tle. Prep­ping them with lash primer be­fore ap­ply­ing mas­cara helps pre­vent break­age. Watch out for the in­gre­di­ent ethyl al­co­hol and in­stead, go for brands that are paraben and ph­tha­late free.

8 Makeup with eye in­fec­tions

Though it is need­less to say that wear­ing eye makeup when you are al­ready busy tack­ling an in­fec­tion is a bad idea, a lot of us still wear makeup to hide a stye or an­other (not very pretty) in­fec­tion. Make a note of the items you used when you had the in­fec­tion and make sure you don’t con­tinue us­ing them even later. But hon­estly, we’d still say – skip the makeup.

9 Lubri­cate

Heavy eye makeup (fake lashes, in­stantly come to mind) can dry eyes out and for some of us who suf­fer from the prob­lem, repet­i­tive dry­ness can se­verely cause ir­re­versible dam­age to the eyes. Con­di­tions like ker­ato-con­juc­tivi­tis (go Google) are re­ally not pretty or com­fort­able and no amount of makeup can hide those mon­strous red eyes. Sim­ply lu­bri­cat­ing the eyes with off-the-counter med­i­ca­tions like ar­ti­fi­cial tears can go a long way to keep eyes feel­ing hy­drated, fresh and re­duc­ing eye fa­tigue. Use a few drops be­fore load­ing on the makeup and once you have it all off.

10 Cool those tired eyes

While the right con­ceal­ers might do the trick to cover those dark cir­cles, giv­ing those bags un­der your eyes the needed sooth­ing at­ten­tion is ben­e­fi­cial in the long run. Don’t throw away your tea bag; re­frig­er­ate them for a while and use it to cool those eyes. Cu­cum­ber slices also help to pull out the heat that is built up in those eyes. You won’t see those bags and dark cir­cles dis­ap­pear­ing com­pletely and in­stantly but we do guar­an­tee that your eyes will thank you. Let’s put it this way, makeup looks bet­ter if you have a healthy base.

We all love to flaunt our eye makeup. The smoky eye-shadow, winged lin­ers and ex­tra long lashes — any­thing that can make those eyes look more dra­matic. But what is of­ten missed in the pur­suit for those an­gelic eyes are the dan­gers that arise from not fol­low­ing the right beauty habits. No, don’t get us wrong, we don’t mean ditch all those colour­ful pal­ettes and fancy brushes; all we’re say­ing is — learn to use them the way they are meant to be used. This week, let’s get down to beau­ti­fy­ing those eyes, the right way.

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