One tweak to your eye-shadow placement will make your whole face light up. Follow these three easy steps.

By Lisa DeSantis
Updated June 16, 2017
Molly Cranna
Molly Cranna


Unlike a traditional smoky eye (lighter shade on the lid, darker in the crease), this two-tone technique puts lighter shadow on the inner half of the lid and crease and darker on the outer (lightening inner corners makes eyes pop). Using a chocolate shadow―try L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Eyeshadow in Quartz Fume ($6;―blend from the outer corner of your eye toward the center, stopping where colors meet.


Since there’s no eyeliner involved (woo-hoo!), adding definition with mascara on top and bottom lashes is key. Any mascara will get the job done, but we love Julep With a Twist Mascara ($22;, which has an adjustable wand. Use as is for volume or twist the dial, which extends the brush for more precision and length.


Prep your eyelids with a dab of ­concealer. It will neutralize any discoloration and double as primer, giving shadow something to adhere to (no creasing or fading). Dip a brush into a copper shadow, like NYX Prismatic Shadow in Liquid Gold ($6;, and apply it to the middle of the lid, sweeping it toward the inner corner of your eye.