Eyes are such an expressive part of human nature. We look into the eyes when we look for truth. We stare into a lover’s eyes to feel connected to him or her. We often notice the eyes in a portrait first. In Second Life, choosing a high quality eye texture can make a huge difference in creating a lifelike avatar with personality and expression.
If you’d like to really draw attention to your pretty peepers, you can go an extra step by selecting a makeup look that makes your eyes stand out. While these are tips and tricks I’ve learned for First Life, there’s no reason at all why you can’t use them in Second Life!
To make your eyes appear larger, especially from a distance: use darker, more smokey makeup in an analogous (or similar) colour to your eyes. Analogous refers to colours that are side-by-side on the colour wheel; for example, green and blue are next to each other. If you have brown eyes, you can use a warm-toned plum. If you have grey eyes, you can do a smokey charcoal. This technique is often used for runway makeup.
Above: dark grey eyes are paired with smokey charcoal grey eyeshadow and light eyeliner. (Get the look: Ivory skintone, California blonde eyebrows, “Smoulder” eyes, Fall 2010 makeup 04)
Above: vibrant blue eyes with vibrant blue eyeshadow. (Get the look: Bronze skintone, Chestnut brown eyebrows, “Dusk” eyes, Fall 2010 makeup 07)
To make your eye colour appear more vibrant: use a complementary eye makeup shade. Complementary refers to colours that are opposite on the colour wheel. While we tend to consider the colour wheel a rainbow, there are also tints and shades involved. A light golden brown eye is close to orange on the colour wheel, so its complement would be blue. A darker, richer brown might be a bit closer to red, so you could use a turquoise green as a complement.
Above: green’s complementary colour is red, which pink is a tint of. Though an unlikely combination, the pink eyeshadow does make the pretty green eyes stand out! (Get the look: Latte skintone, Honey blonde eyebrows, “Forest” eyes, Pinky 01 makeup)
Above: The complement eyeshadow can be subtle; this technique will still work! A plum coloured dusting of eyeshadow frames super pale blue/green eyes. (Get the look: Rose skintone, midnight eyebrows, “Arctic Ice” eyes, Fall 2010 makeup 01)
Above: a rich, vibrant brown is offset with vibrant teal glitter eyeshadow. (Get the look: Spice skintone, Raven black eyebrows, “Abyss” eyes, Fall 2008 makeup look [FREE!])
With the new makeup tattoos introduced in Viewer 2, it’s now affordable and fun to collect and play with makeup on your favourite skins!
All photos are wearing “Au Naturale” false eyelashes. Click credits to shop online. <3