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  • A new, approachable twist on the smoky eye

    a+new+approachable+twist+on+the+smoky+eye_3356_800093422_0_0_7062390_300While most women have embraced the smoky eye at one point or another, there is a new version of the application that is sultry and bold, yet possesses an innocence that transforms the look from intense to alluring.

    Instead of applying heavy pigment around the entire eye, the shadow is confined to the upper lid, leaving the lower lash line almost bare. Eyes still smolder, but look a bit wider, more awake and playful than conventional smoky eyes.

    And, it seems that one Hollywood starlet has embraced this look. At an after-party for a New York City screening of her new movie, Tamara Drewe, actress Gemma Arterton rocked slate shadow on her lids, extending the color to the crease, and while her lower lash line was mostly bare, the pigment blended slightly below the outside corner of her eye.

    This bold-but-approachable eye is great for a fun night out, but women should remember to apply mascara before heading out the door. After shadow is applied, brush your top lashes with several coats of water-resistant mascara to further emphasize your peepers and complete the look.

    Unlike traditional smoky eyes, however, skip mascara on lower lashes, as the product may take away from the clean line of the look.

  • Five steps to smoky eyes

    five+steps+to+smoky+eyes_3356_800094731_0_0_7070090_300While smoky eyes are a staple of most red carpet looks, many women may be intimidated by the application - after all, with all the shading and layering, it's easy to get confused. But, if you break the process down into five simple steps, creating a perfect smoky eye is totally doable.

    According to The Examiner, begin by covering your lids with a primer to keep shadow from creasing. Once the primer has dried, dust a shimmery base shadow across your lids from lash line to crease.

    To add contour, select a pigment that is darker than the base and apply it below the crease, starting at the lash line and blending as you move up the lid.

    For extra emphasis, rim your upper lash line with dark-colored liner, making the line thicker as you reach the outer corner of your eyes. Draw a solid line along your lower lash line as well, blending the liner into your lashes, and top it with a bit of dark eyeshadow to create a smoky look.

    "You'll want to apply a few coats of mascara so lashes are luscious," the news source reports. "Don't forget to apply your mascara to the backside of your lashes as well. This will help add some plump."

  • A few new products to add to your fall beauty routine

    a+few+new+products+to+add+to+your+fall+beauty+routine_3356_800098216_0_0_7070089_300Most women have a few staples in their cosmetics cases, and this can often make for a quick, flattering and generally error-free application. However, ladies who use the same products every day can easily get into a beauty rut.

    While there is no reason to abandon your favorites, why not try out a few new items this fall? There are a couple simple ways to enliven your look without dramatically changing your routine.

    Though many women swear by bronzer, especially in the colder months when skin is more apt to be pale, Yahoo! Shine recommends warming up your complexion with a pink-peach blush. After all, a flirtatious glow can be flattering year-round.

    Instead of reaching for your basic black eyeliner, why not mix things up and rim your lash line with a navy product? According to the news provider, the blue undertones will make the whites of your eyes appear brighter.

    Additionally, women who regularly stick on faux lashes may want to skip the fake fringe and try mascara.

    "There's no need to mess with fake fringe when you can easily pump up your own lashes," the news source reports.

    When applying the product, begin by shaping lashes with an eyelash curler and then brush on two coats of mascara, working the brush into the roots of the lashes and slowly combing it through to the ends.

  • Bright lids paired with black mascara at Fashion Week

    bright+lids+paired+with+black+mascara+at+fashion+week_3356_800103200_0_0_7070091_300As Fashion Week made its way from New York to London to Milan and finally to Paris, it seems that one trend remained present across the runways - brightly colored eyeshadow will be huge in Spring 2011.

    According to Allure magazine, makeup artist Pat McGrath crafted two different looks for the Nina Ricci and Christian Dior spring shows, but each featured bold-hued eye makeup.

    At Nina Ricci, the news source reports that McGrath used fuchsia and red pigments all over the lids, from lashes to eyebrows, and below the lower lash line, while at Dior, she concentrated the color on the lid and kept the shadow below the crease, creating a small yet strong block of color.

    In both looks, however, McGrath complemented the bright makeup with black liner and black mascara, which defined the eyes and offered a nice accent to the bold wash of color.

    Ladies looking to embrace this bright spring trend should remember that black water-resistant mascara may be your best friend when wearing colorful eye makeup. It will keep lashes from being overwhelmed by the bold pigment and help draw attention to your eyes' beauty.

  • Eyeshadow advice from Allure magazine

    eyeshadow+advice+from+allure+magazine_3356_800118076_0_0_7068731_300According to Allure.com, one problem that women most often encounter when it comes to cosmetics is how to select a flattering eyeshadow and how to best apply the pigment. Luckily, Allure magazine recently offered solutions to these common beauty quandaries.

    Women should take their skin tone into account when selecting a hue. The news source suggests that ladies with fair skin look great in gray or champagne shadow, while gals with medium or dark complexions can rock bronze pigments.

    When applying the product, use two different shades on separate parts of the eyes. Dust the lighter pigment from the lash line to the crease, and then use a domed brush to apply a slightly darker hue into the crease.

    Gals who prefer wearing vibrant shadow can opt to add a touch of color to their look by applying dampened eyeshadow as a liner. However, the news outlet recommends that those who opt to cover their lid in a bright-colored shadow should remember to define eyes with black liner and mascara.

    A black tubing mascara is a great way to complete any look, and the acrylic-based formula won't smudge or smear, so eye makeup to appear flawless throughout the day.

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