Eye makeup tips

Try Natalie Zea’s Rose Gold Smoky Eye

January 16, 2014 at 7:00 am , by

Natalie Zea was bold and beautiful last week at the 2013 TCA Winter Press Tour FOX All-Star Party. We love her entire romantic look but what stands out for us most is her rose gold smoky eye; it’s perfect for those who are interested in experimenting with a classic smokey eye but typically shy away from dark makeup.

Here’s how to get Natalie’s look: After applying your usual primer and foundation, go the extra mile and pat on an eye shadow primer from your lash line to your brow bone (try Nars Smudge Proof Eye Shadow Base – it’s lightweight but powerful formula will keep your shadow in place for hours). This extra dose of primer will keep your gorgeous eye makeup in place all day. Next select your eye shadow palette – you’ll want it to range from a pale pink shimmer to a deep plum matte (we recommend Urban Decay’s new Naked 3 palette , which is rose gold specific).

Begin by using a light eyeshadow such as Urban Decay’s “Dust;” blend this shadow from your lash line all the way up to your brow bone. Next, cover your eye lid only in a medium rose shade such as Urban Decay’s “Buzz”. Use and angled brush to smudge that same color along your lower lash line. Finally,  blend a dark reddish tint such as Urban Decay’s “Darkside” into your eyelid crease and blend any lines. Finish your upper lash line with a swipe of liquid eyeliner. The, use highlighter to brighten the inner corners of your eyes. Swipe on some mascara (top and bottom lashes!) and you’re good to go!

To see a video tutorial on how to achieve the perfect smoky eye, click here!

Loving this look? Check out our guide to Bold Eye Makeup for Real Women here!


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Three Ways To Maximize Your Eyes With Minimal Makeup

November 8, 2010 at 10:07 am , by

I don’t tend to wear much make up on a regular basis–I believe that less is more. This is especially true for days where my to-do list is a mile long and I have to be out the door in 5 minutes, and don’t have time to worry about a mid-day touch up.

The only thing I always spend a minute on, however, are my eyes. They can look sleepy even when I’ve just woken up! I asked New York-based makeup artist Emily Kate Warren for some of her best minimal makeup tips that help eyes pop.

The easiest way to bring the focus to your eyes is to find their complimentary colors. This means that orange—or better yet coppers and bronzes—work well with baby blues. Flatter green eyes with shadows that have red undertones. “Pink shades can look amazing around the eye, just smudge around the lash lines,” says Warren. Have brown peepers? Lucky for you, they look great with just about anything.

Lining the upper inner rims of your eyes with black liner will make lashes look fuller. Warren recommends Cover Girl Liquiline Blast in Black.

Instead of mascara, use half of a lash strip from a set of false lashes. Apply them from the center of your eye outward. You’ll notice that your eyes look wider and lifted.

Three Ways to Maximize Your Eyes With Minimal Makeup

For more eye-opening tips (and a few great mascara recommendations), check out our “Big, Beautiful Lashes” story in our November issue.