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    Eye Makeup Cheat Sheet

    Eye Makeup Cheat Sheet

    Simple tips and tricks for bright eyes and a come-hither gaze

    Applying eye makeup can be intimidating, which is why many women tend to do it the same way every day—or skip it altogether. But if you're game to learn, putting on a little shadow and mascara, and neatening your brows, is all it takes to look polished

    Plus, as we get older, most people need a little something-something to brighten up their face. Here, a step-by-step lesson.

    Step 1: Primer
    Shadow primers help makeup glide on (and stay on), while hiding any red or blue tones on your lids from veins. "The best ones are opaque, match your skin tone, and dry to a matte finish," says makeup artist Mally Roncal. Using your fingers, pat primer from upper lash line to brow bone...wherever the shadow will go. Try Nars Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, $24, narscosmetics.com.

    Step 2: Shadow
    "You rarely need more than two colors on your eyes," says makeup artist Troy Surratt, who loves neutral-toned cream shadows worn from the lash line to just above the crease. Try Shiseido Hydro-Powder Eye Shadows in Glistening Sand for light to medium skin, or Tiger Eye for darker complexions, $25, sca.shiseido.com.

    If you want to give your eyes sexy depth, you'll need two powder shadows (they're best for layering)—a pale base color to dust from lash line to brow bone, and a deeper shade to sweep into your crease or along your lashes. For the base, "warm tones like champagne or muted peach are the most flattering," says makeup artist Jemma Kidd, author of Make-up Masterclass. Try Revlon Luxurious Color Perle Eye Shadow in Sunlit Sparkle and Brushed Copper, $5, at drugstores.

    A darker defining color can be used to create a smoky effect. Choose one that's two shades darker than your base (e.g., bronze or chocolate).

    Try Dior 1-Colour Eyeshadow in Gold Touch or Brown Fever, $24.50 each, sephora.com.

    Step 3: Liner
    Liquids, creams, gels, pencils...there are a dizzying number of choices. Liner is not only essential for definition but also "the key to making lashes look crazy-thick and beautiful," says Surratt. By darkening the skin-toned gaps between each individual hair, you create an infinitely denser-looking lash line—even before you apply mascara.

    But unless you're going for a retro look (and have the steady hand of a surgeon), avoid using liquids and gels; a creamy pencil is the way to go. It's soft and blendable, it's easy to control, and it can be used safely on both the outer and inner rims of the eyes.

    For daytime, choose brown or black; try Bare Minerals Big & Bright Eyeliner in Chocolate, $14, bareescentuals.com, or CoverGirl Liquiline Blast in Black Fire, $8, at drugstores. Starting at the outer corner of your eye, bury the pencil in your lashes and glide it slowly across your lid to the inner corner. Gently stretch and hold the outer corner with your fingertip to keep the lid taut and prevent the liner from skipping.

    Precisely where you apply eyeliner depends on the shape of your eyes, but generally speaking, you want to line the outer rims, top and bottom. Because black on the bottom can be harsh for day, keep this color on top. At night, lining the inner rims of your eyes will make them stand out and smolder.

    Step 4: Mascara
    Like a good pushup bra, the right mascara can lift, separate, and enhance what Mother Nature gave you. Great ones, like Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara ($19.50, esteelauder.com) or L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara ($9, lorealparis.com), will add thickness, length, and definition. (Avoid makeup migration by using a waterproof formula on lower lashes.)

    And while black is beautiful and dramatic, brown can be softer and more forgiving. "It delivers a natural daytime look and works well on women with fair skin or short, sparse lashes," says Kidd.

    Your mascara brush is important too: "Unlike really fat brushes, which deposit color only onto the lash tips, a standard-size brush (one that isn't chunky or curved) gets close to the roots of the lashes and evenly sweeps color out to the ends," says Surratt. Apply one coat, let it dry, then swipe on a second layer.

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