woman wearing bold eye makeup

Photo: Fernando Milani

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The Focus: Smoky, Seductive Eyes

The Pro's Secrets

1. Apply an eyeshadow primer that closely matches the color of your lids; a very thin layer is enough to keep the shadow from creasing, fading, or smudging—and won't make the color look cakey.

2. Use a brush to blend a shimmery lavender eyeshadow from your upper lashline to just above the crease of your lid. With a liner brush, trace the same shade below your bottom lashes. (Although the purple you see here flatters every skin tone, if you're pale—and a little color-shy—you can try a lighter shade.)

3. Apply two coats of mascara. A volumizing formula will add the length and thickness you need to match the dramatic effect of the colorful shadow.

Complete the Look
Blend a raspberry blush on the apples of your cheeks—make sure it's matte (shimmer on your eyes and face is too much of a good thing). A bronze lipstick is a perfect complement to bold, color-saturated eye makeup.



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