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SD Makeup Artisty

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Hicksville, New York, US

I came across a girl with an eye condition yesterday that causes her eyes to be red all the time. Drops don't help, and I wasn't sure what to use on her because I haven't seen this before. (It was not an infection, it was a genetic condition.)
I ended up doing a typical light shimmery bridal type eye makeup. Pretty neutral colors and a nude/pinkish lip.
It didn't really draw or take away attention from her eyes. What could I have done to do a better job of this for next time I encounter it?

Thanks!(:

Oct 05 12 08:09 am Link

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Jaime Criel Makeup

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New York, New York, US

Sounds like you had the right idea. With this, you want to avoid red under-toned eye makeup (coppers, oranges, red browns) or green-undertoned (greens, blues) which both make red pop more. For this reason, I would also avoid bright red colors on the lips and cheeks.

Oct 05 12 07:32 pm Link

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SD Makeup Artisty

Posts: 184

Hicksville, New York, US

Jaime Criel Makeup wrote:
Sounds like you had the right idea. With this, you want to avoid red under-toned eye makeup (coppers, oranges, red browns) or green-undertoned (greens, blues) which both make red pop more. For this reason, I would also avoid bright red colors on the lips and cheeks.

Well that's what I was thinking, but I couldn't help but feel that it still didn't look as GOOD as I wanted it to, you know? Are there any type of solution to this problem in general?  Red/bloodshot eyes?  This particular girl had something in her eyes that just made them red but what if the client had allergies and they have red eyes?

Oct 05 12 10:02 pm Link

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Jaime Criel Makeup

Posts: 149

New York, New York, US

Always keep eye drops in your kit that are safe for contact lens wearers

Oct 06 12 07:49 am Link

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Leonard Gee Photography

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Sacramento, California, US

SD Makeup Artisty wrote:
It didn't really draw or take away attention from her eyes. What could I have done to do a better job of this for next time I encounter it?

They have white out in office supply stores.

Depends on the cause. When the eye ball gets blood in it there's nothing much  you can do with make-up. If there are blood vessels, they should see a specialist. Allergy drops can constrict or help minimize, but pretty much impossible to get rid of them.

Oct 06 12 10:17 am Link