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How to Fix Drooping and Sagging Eyelids

Updated on October 15, 2014

Are Your Upper Lids Looking Heavy?

For some people it's another sign of aging.

Wrinkles form around the eyes. Brows get thinner.

The upper lids get thicker and fleshier, giving the eyes a hooded look.

Genetics also are a factor. I looked at a picture of my Mother in her sixties, and went "Uh Oh". I went to a makeup specialist and found out that I wasn't just applying makeup to correct the problem. I was making it worse.

The good news is, properly applied eye makeup can really open up the eye, giving it a more youthful appearance.

Ahead, you'll find a simple step by step guide to creating beautiful eyes.

It's easy, inexpensive and you will be amazed at the results. I promise you will look younger and more refreshed.

(Photo by me)

Here's What You'll Need - An On-Line Shopping Checklist

These are the basic and inexpensive makeup tools you'll need to open up your eyes and make them beautiful. You may need to experiment a bit, depending on your skin tone.

For example, if your skin is very light you will want to use silver and pearl tones. If your skin is darker, gold tones are beautiful and dramatic.

  • Foundation to create a canvas on your eyes. You may not need it, but a good foundation keeps your makeup in place.
  • Eyeliner. Start with brown. Depending on your skin tone, you can experiment with other colors. I have hazel eyes so greens and plums also work. Don't use black. It is very harsh and aging.

    Go with a pencil that is easy to smudge.

  • Brown eye shadow. If you are older or your eyes are have a lot of fine wrinkles, use a cream eye shadow.
  • Mascara. Again, don;t choose black. Brown is softer and more natural looking.
  • Pearl, or soft gold eye shadow.
  • Eyebrow pencil and eyebrow powder. Yes, you need both. I'll explain why as we go through the process.
  • Other eye shadows, If you don't know what looks good, get an inexpensive eye shadow kit. Have fun. Play. Experiment.

Start with a Good Foundation

A primer is a good investment. It keeps your eye makeup in place and looking fresh.

LORAC Behind The Scenes Eye Shadow Primer, 0.5 Fluid Ounce

The Step By Step Guide to Get Rid of Droopy Lids

These are the basic steps. You may want to play with different color options.

  1. Start with a clean eyelid. Apply foundation.
  2. Smudge brown eyeshadow on the lower outside of the eyelid, up into the crease.
  3. Apply eyeliner to the upper eyelid, but only in the middle. Don't line the whole eye. The idea is to highlight the areas of the eye that go up, not down.
  4. Apply a light shade of eyeshadow under the brows. Apply a small amount of pearl or light gold shadow at the inner eye to reflect the light.
  5. Apply eyeshadow on the lower lid. (optional)
  6. Apply eyebrow powder, then eyebrow pencil. This is critical. If your lids are drooping, there's a good chance that your eyebrows are sagging, and it's important that they look well groomed and well shaped. Use the pencil in short strokes so it does not look like your eyebrows were drawn on.
  7. Apply mascara. Use an eyelash curler. It makes a big difference.

Do You Own One of These?

Eyelash curlers aren't as popular as they used to be. It's too bad, because they are an inexpensive and effective to make your eyes look more open.

Exclusive By Tweezerman Classic Lash Curler -

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