How to Get Gorgeous Ombre Eyes

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

1

Throw Shade.

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Photo by 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; target.com)―blend from the outer 
corner of your eye toward the center, stopping where colors meet.

2

Wave a Magic Wand.

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; ulta
.com), which has an adjustable wand. Use as is for volume or twist the dial, which extends the brush for more precision and length.

3

Gild Your Lids.

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; ulta.com), and apply it to the middle of the lid, sweeping it toward the inner corner 
 of your eye.