eye makeup

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The Colors: Intense, sometimes unexpected, surprisingly versatile shades

The Medium: Shadows, pencils, wands

The Technique: Use a brush or sponge to blend out vivid shadows to your desired brightness. Or get dynamite definition with dark, pigment-packed liners and mascaras.

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loreal eye palette

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1. 0.44 mm tip, 2-second dry time, 12-hour wear: L'Oréal The Super Slim Liner by Infallible

$9; drugstores
estee lauder

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2. Deep, sparkling aubergine that won't crease: Estée Lauder Shadow in Cosmic

$24, EsteeLauder.com
Guerlain eye shadow

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3. A gorgeous new neutral, silver-khaki: Guerlain 4 Couleurs in Coup de Foudre

$59, NeimanMarcus.com
Mercier Eyes

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4. A subtle, sultry copper: Laura Mercier Eye Colour in Fire Glow

$24, LauraMercier.com
YSL eyes

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5. Shimmery jade flatters all skin tones: YSL Pure Chromatics Collector

$55, YSLBeautyUS.com
NYC Color

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6. Ultrapale pink illuminates lids: NYC Color IndividualEyes in Midtown Mauve

$5, drugstores
Covergirl mascara

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7. For dark, glossy lashes: CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara

$7, drugstores
Chanel Eyeliner

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8. Copper-flecked brown that intensifies every eye color: Chanel Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Santal

$30, Chanel.com
Dior Eyes

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9. Rich chocolate: Dior Diorshow Mono in Velvet

$29, Dior.com
Clinique Mascara

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10. Extreme length that won't smudge: Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara

$16, Clinique.com

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11. Matte pink that's refined, not bubblegum: Sephora Eyeshadow in Prom Queen

$13, Sephora.com
Bobbi Brown

12. One stroke brightens eyes: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Vanilla

$28, BobbiBrown.com
loreal eyeliner

13. White and blue layer for a soft, smoky effect: L'Oréal Colour Riche Eye Shadow in Skinny Jeans

$8, drugstores
Almay Eyes

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14. A pop of purple enhances brown eyes: Almay Intense i-Color Bold Nudes for Brown Eyes

$7.50, drugstores

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