Party-ready eye makeup doesn’t have to mean dark colors, says New York City makeup artist Rebecca Restrepo.
Step 1: For fresh, illuminated eyes, just smooth a shimmery taupe cream shadow over lids with your fingers.
Step 2: Dab a sheer silver or pearly white shadow on the inner corners. Finish with two coats of mascara. (See Real Simple’sthe best mascaras .)
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Three-Minute Defined Eyes
Liner alone instantly makes eyes look more dramatic, and when you use a gel or liquid formula, it stays put―no smudging―all night. And you don’t need the steady hands of a surgeon to apply liner. The key: Rest a pinkie on your cheek to anchor your hand when lining.
Step 1: Brighten lids with a pale neutral shadow. Starting at the inner corner, use a pointy brush (for a gel formula) or a liquid pen to make three short dashes (easier to do than trying to draw one perfect line).
Step 2: Dot liner between the three short dashes to connect them. At the outer corner, turn the applicator upward for a slight winged effect. Top with a coat of mascara.
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Four-Minute Smoky Eyes
For this classic evening look, forgo the mess and severity of traditional dark kohls. Instead, use one soft neutral shadow. “Pewter is a color everyone can wear,” says makeup artist Rebecca Restrepo. “It’s rich yet looks subtle.” To keep makeup on longer, first prep the lids with a concealer or a primer.
Step 1: Use a brush to apply powder shadow from the lash line to just above the crease. Blend the edges with a finger to soften.
Step 2: Dip a wet liner brush into the same shadow and line the upper lashes. Use a dry brush to line the lower lashes, then add mascara.