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Light Show
This fall promises radiant days and nights. How do we know? Shimmer is everywhere—but the effect is showstopping, not showgirl, more subtle, refined, easier to wear. This is your time to shine.

The 15 shimmery beauty products you need this fall

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Eyes: Artful Tools for Stunning Optical Illusions
Expert Advice: The foolproof way to wear a vivid or shimmery eyeshadow: Apply it very close to the upper lashes, says makeup artist Emily Kate Warren. With a stiff eyeliner brush, draw a thin line right along the lashline, or use a small eyeshadow brush to create a light wash of color no more than an eighth on an inch above the lashes.

The best new eye makeup for fall
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Face: Six Magic Tricks for Exquisite Skin
Expert advice: The secret to natural-looking complexion perfection: Use foundation sparingly. Gently pat it only over areas that need coverage, says makeup artist Troy Surratt. If you're fair-skinned, you probably need to focus on your nose and chin; darker skin tones tend to show discoloration around the hairline. Complete the fresh-faced effect with a wash of pink or peach blush. Smile, then swirl it on the apples of your cheeks with a damp sponge (for a cream formula) or fluffy brush (for a powder).

The best concealers, blushes and tinted moisturizers
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Lips: Rich New Ways to Mouth Off
If you're wary of highly pigmented lipcolor, dab it just on the center of your upper and lower lip, says makeup artist Pati Dubroff. Press your lips together, then use your pinky to distribute the pigment for a stained effect. To intensify the color, tap the color again on the center of your lower lip only and lightly blot.

The best lipsticks, glosses, balm and more
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Blue Notes
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Dark plum and crimson, step aside! We're singing the blues (from sky to sapphire to navy) this season. Put your hands together for these six lacquers—all winners of our 2013 Fall Nail Polish O-wards.

Essie Nail Polish in Afterschool Boy Blazer ($8;
An office-appropriate, almost-black navy.

Maybelline New York The Polka Dot Line by Color Show in Blue Marks the Spot ($4; drugstores)
Fabulous fun in a sheer light blue with black-and-white glitter.

Butter London Nail Lacquer in Inky Six ($15;
A festive, glittery sapphire; wear it on short nails.

Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polish in New Wave Blue ($8; Drugstores)
An eye-catching but refined aqua-teal.

Formula X for Sephora The New Classics in Continuum ($10.50;
A creamy sky blue; especially flattering on dark skin tones.

OPI Nail Lacquer in Dining al Frisco ($9;
A highly pigmented, shimmery cornflower; one coat is all you need.
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