Eye Makeup Tutorial ~ Doe Eyes for Older, Less-Than-Perfect Skin

Do you love the doe eyed trend in eyeshadow right now, but think you’re too old to wear it? I did, until I figured out how to modify it to suit my older, less-than-perfect eye lid skin. So here’s my tutorial in step-by-step picture form (if you want to watch it in video form, click the link below).

Doe Eyes Video Tutorial

This is what the final product looks like: (the pictures are stills from the video, so the quality isn’t great, but you get the idea…)

Finished Doe Eyes

To create this look I used:

Mac Paint Pot in Painterly
Sonia Kashuk Eye on Neutral Eye Shadow Palette
Wet n Wild Coloricon Shimmer Eye Pencil in Silver
L’Oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Liner in Gray
NYX Super Skinny Eye Marker in Carbon Black
Cover Girl Clump Crusher Mascara in Black
L’Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes in Black Lacquer

Step 1: Prime the Surface

PaintpotApply Mac Paint Pot over the entire eyelid using your finger to blend.

Step 2: Apply Highlight Color

Shadow 1Using a pencil brush and a white-ish shade of matte or satin eyeshadow, apply shadow to brow bone and inner corner of eye.

Step 3: Apply Lower Lid Color

Shadow 2Using a fluffy brush, pat a light peach color over the lid up to the highlight color.

Step 4: Apply Blending Color

Shadow 3Using another fluffy brush, apply a brighter mid-tone peach from above the crease to the highlight color.

Step 5: Apply Crease Color

Shadow 4Using a soft crease brush, apply a medium tan in a semi-circle just above the crease avoiding the lower lid and upper blending color.

Step 6: Blend


Using a large fluffy clean brush, blend the crease color upwards into the blending color until a smooth gradation is achieved.

Step 7: Line Lower Lid

Silver Liner

Using a silver, white, or peach pencil liner, line the water line of the lower eye lid.

Step 8: Line Upper Lid

Liner 2

Using a black or dark grey pencil, line the outer third of the bottom lid, and the entire upper lid close to the lash line. The pencil liner is the template for the liquid liner.

Step 9: Liquid Liner

Liquid Liner

If you have saggy eyelids, be sure to hold your eyelid up with your other hand while going over the pencil line with the liquid liner being careful to get it as close to the lashes as possible. Trace right over the pencil liner. Use a q-tip to perfect your line. You can wing it out or make the line as wide as you like, but on older eyes, I think thick liquid liner and false lashes can sometimes be too costume-y. Hold your lid up until the liquid liner is dry.

Step 10: Mascara

Mascara 2

Curl your lashes. I use 2 mascaras to get length and volume… for this look, do at least 3 coats. If you prefer false lashes, apply them next.

That’s it! Now you’re rocking the “doe eye”!



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