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Eye Contact:Latest trends in Eye Makeup


Sexy red or nude lips, pastel or emphatic eye shadows and dramatic and long eyelashes with prominent shiny brows are in this year. Here are some tips on how to achieve the understated every day look or funky and dressy party makeup look before venturing out:

Long and dramatic eyelash look is back again and you can make it look like a natural one with self adhesive lash rows that can be stuck on the upper lashes and applying the liquid eyeliner along the eyelid line to hide its edge.

Curl lashes An eyelash curler will make even long lashes look more gorgeous. For added effect, you can heat the curler under a blowdryer for a couple seconds. Test curler before applying to lashes because you could burn yourself.

Apply mascara Place the wand of your mascara brush at the bottom of lashes and wiggle back and forth. Follow with another few sweeps of the wand. Apply to bottom lashes as well.

· You can put some foundation mousse on the eyelid and brush some silver dust on the eye, wear a pale mauve or natural pink look on the lips and warm soft blush on the cheeks for that perfect magical fairy.

· Use a sheer primer on the face, a cream concealer to hide skin imperfections, a light colored luminescent eye shadow or highlighter on the upper part of the eyelid to the brows, a darker pastel shade on the eyelid fold and darkest glossy shade on the lower edge to the lashes, very thin black eyeliner and black mascara for the dramatic look. Keep the blush and lip color subdued and muted and let the eyes be the highlight of your face.

· For natural or nude look on dry skin, use cream foundation. Tone down the attention on the high cheekbones with a soft blush on lower cheeks and sides of nose. If you are wearing green or blue lenses, use a shiny eye shade and keep your hands off the mascara. On the inner edge of the lash you can use a thin white 'kajal' pencil to make the eyes look brighter and a reddish-brown or close to natural shade lip color, which is semi-gloss.

· Prominent and full eyebrows make distant eyes look closer together and make them look more expressive too. Use the brow pin to color them using the desired hair color from the edge towards the nose outwards. Dash some bow gel for the glossy look. Use creamy eye shadows on the eyelids to highlight the brows.

· From pencils to liquid liners, the world’s top fashion runways are giving us innovative looks for eyeliner that are easy to re-create at home. When used as a substitute for shadow, eyeliner can be colorful and fresh. When smudged, you get a smoldering, smoky look that's perfect for an evening out. For a more fashion forward look, you can even use a liquid liner as shadow. It’s a sleek, defined look that's exciting and modern.

· It's best to prep your skin before you apply any makeup, and the eyes are no exception. Whether you're preparing for a day at the office or a night on the town, you want your makeup to stay put and stay bright, so start with a primer on your lids. A small amount will keep your liner in place and vibrant – no touch-ups necessary.

· Next, conceal under eye circles. The skin under your eyes is the thinnest and most delicate – so be gentle. Dab a light eye cream beneath each eye and pat into skin before applying color. You can also choose a concealer that will protect and nourish skin as it covers dark shadows.

Different types of liners can create different looks, so we've broken down your options by liner type:

· Eyeliner Pencils:
Pencils often make thicker lines, and their consistency is ideal for smudging. While this is frequently seen with darker shades, it can also be done with lighter colors to create a glowing, ethereal look that is much softer than the traditional smoky eye. When choosing a liner for smudging, a creamy pencil is ideal. Not only will it blend more smoothly, it won’t tug your skin during application. Apply the liner on the upper lid and lower inner rim of the eye, focusing on the corners. Blend the line outward for a radiant gleam.

· You can also use an eye pencil as eye shadow for denser, more textured color. We recommend smudging the color on the palm of your hand and applying to lids using a fingertip; it’s gentler on the eye area. Try a neutral shade like Bourbon for an earthy twist on the smoky eye trend. Amplify this look with a fine line of deep brown or black near the lash line. The contrast between the smudged color and the fine line gracefully accentuates the shape of your eyes.

· Liquid Eyeliner:
Experiment by straying from classic black when choosing a liquid eyeliner, as you can now dabble in a rainbow of shades. Inspire a double take with a deep purple shade like Awake Stardom Gem Glint Liner in Purple Wine, or go for more glitz with an iridescent pink shade. Bright but minimal, a fine line in a spring color is provocative yet chic. Pair it well with a strong color on the lips and a matte face. If you’re longing for more color, thicken the line on the top lid for a more powerful effect.

· A fun alternative to eye shadow, eyeliner is a great way to make an expressive statement. With new colors and formulas, there are plenty of ways to translate the latest trends to fit your look.

Cream or Gel Liners:
Packaged in a handy pot, liners offer the ultimate in versatility. These cream and gel based liners can be applied with your finger for a sheer, shadowy effect on the lid, or they can be used with a brush to line and define the lid. Try using a stiff, angled brush to get a line fine line along the lashes, lid and up to your brow bone. Follow with a medium color across your lid only. Build on this with a darker color in the crease. Blend the colors well.

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