Swipe an eye shadow primer, like NYX HD Eye Shadow Base over your lids. Yes, it’s an extra step, but it’ll prevent creasing—a lifesaver for those with oily skin—and increase longevity so your makeup stays intact all day.
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Choose an eye shadow duo that includes a light neutral as well as a complimentary hue that is a few shades deeper. If you’re light to medium in tone, try cream and caramel (Nars Duo Eyeshadow in Madrague); if you’re medium to dark, try vanilla and espresso (Nars Duo Eyeshadow in India Song). Using an eye shadow brush, apply the lighter powder all over lids.
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With a dome-shaped shadow brush, sweep the darker shade into your crease. Use a windshield wiper motion to blend, then press the remaining pigment into your outer corner and trace it along your lower lash line, stopping at the center. Repeat on the other side.
Starting at the outer corner, define your upper lash line with a brown or bronze pencil, such as Nars Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Via Appia. Drawing short dashes will ease the pressure of creating a perfect line and make your lashes look fuller. Erase any mistakes with a cotton swab.
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Curl your lashes, then brush a few coats of black mascara on your top lashes only. For an eye-opening, fanned-out effect, divide your lashes into three sections: inner, middle, and outer. Wiggle the brush at the roots, then comb through the tips.
Blush + lipstick
Pair this everyday eye with pinky-peach cream blush and a satin finish lipstick that pumps up your natural lip color. Now you’re pretty, polished, and prepped to win the day.