Eye Makeup Beauty Tips

  • Glossy makeup popular on spring runways

    glossy+makeup+popular+on+spring+runways_3356_800088010_0_0_7042687_300Milan Fashion Week is in full swing, and people are buzzing about spring's hottest looks - from the clothes to the hair to the makeup. And on more than a few runways, it seems that glossy makeup has been making a splash.

    "The biggest elements are shine," hairstylist Luigi Murenu told Allure magazine, backstage at Gucci. "She's definitely a woman of class, with her red nails and her red lips - we put gloss on the lips and in the hair, so they'll be super-shiny on the catwalk."

    Glossy makeup was also a hit at Marc Jacobs' show at New York Fashion Week. According to Allure.com, makeup artist Fran├žois Nars used a mixture of green eyeshadows, black liner and mascara, and then finished the look with a dab of Vaseline on each eyelid.

    "[It will] look like glass," Nars told the news source. "It will catch the light and give it more decadence."

    Women who want to attempt this shiny makeup trend may want to consider swiping on a coat of water-resistant tubing mascara, which won't flake or smudge regardless of the amount of gloss on one's lids.

  • Blue smoky eyes are a hit this fall

    blue+smoky+eyes+are+a+hit+this+fall_3356_800090485_0_0_7070092_300Fall is officially here, and it's finally time to test out some of the hottest trends that ruled the Fall 2010 runways. And, according to StyleList.com, smoky blue eyes reigned supreme at Derek Lam, Rachel Roy, Cesar Galindo, Leanne Marshall and Walter.

    "A blue smoky eye is an unexpected and stylish variation on the traditional smoky eye, making it a little bit more fun," beauty expert Bobbi Brown told the news source. "Look for shades of blue that incorporate black and brown tones which will give them the richness of denim and keep the colors modern."

    Creating this look doesn't have to be too complicated, as long as you have the right products. Makeup artist Emily Kate Warren told the news provider that women should apply denim-colored eyeshadow along the upper lash line and crease, in a sideways V shape, then apply gold highlight from the inner eye corners to the inner corner of the V-shape. Use a clean brush to blend the two pigments together.

    Women who want a more subtle interpretation can line eyes with a navy pencil and coat their lashes with blue mascara. The liner and mascara will work together to add a burst of color without looking too overwhelming.

  • Eye makeup to pair with a bold red lip

    eye+makeup+to+pair+with+a+bold+red+lip_3356_800093432_0_0_7066918_300There are few looks more classic than a bold red lip. It's glamorous and sophisticated, yet alluring and sultry, and is a great way to instantly transform your look from mundane to magnificent.

    However, creating the perfect red lip can be difficult, as the bright hue requires a precise application. But, with a few expert tips from celebrity makeup artist Tom Pecheux, women everywhere can rock an impeccable crimson-colored pout.

    "If you're going to do a bold lip, you should do it first, before the eyes and the cheeks," Pecheux told Allure magazine, explaining that the lip color will set the tone for the rest of your makeup.

    After your pout is painted, apply a few coats of mascara to emphasize your eyes, and a swipe of navy eyeliner, as the makeup guru claims that the blue tone is a nice, surprising alternative to black.

    Finally, subtly define your peepers with a touch of grey shadow, but remember not to go overboard. "When you have a lot of lash going on, skip shadow on the lid, since it'll distract from the lashes," Pecheux added.

  • 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."

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