Styled by Carla Engler; Written by Erica Metzger
It's time to dig out that party dress from the back of the closet and get ready for a big night out! But first, dress up your eyes with one of these stunning winter-inspired ideas. They're surprisingly simple to create by using steps you're already familiar with -- steps that require minimal products and just a couple of twists to zoom you from looking pretty to being gorgeous. A savvy piece of advice before you get started: Take your favorite look out for a test drive. "Even one practice application will make you better and faster on the day you need to look great," notes Tricia Sawyer, a celebrity makeup artist in Los Angeles whose clients include Kate Beckinsale and Sharon Stone.
The Look: Snow Angel
A simple wash of silver shadow gives your eyes an ethereal glow that manages to be both sexy and innocent. "An icy sheen is really beautiful on every eye," notes Napoleon Perdis, a celebrity makeup artist who works on Desperate Housewives stars Teri Hatcher and Nicollette Sheridan, "as long as you adjust the intensity of the metallic to match your skin tone." For instance, a sheer application of pearly silver is best on fair skin tones, while a denser, more metallic hue flatters darker complexions. Other silvery finishes, such as frosty pink, icy blue, or pale violet, are equally arresting.
How to Do It
Step 1: This effect calls for a super-sheer texture that melts right onto your skin, so reach for a loose shimmer or a silky powder shadow. With a shadow brush, bring the color from the lash line right to the crease. If you have hooded or mature lids, don't take the color any farther. "A blanket of shimmer will just make the lids seem puffy or wrinkled," says Susie Jasper, a makeup artist in Dallas who works with Trisha Yearwood and Jodie Foster. Those with deep-set eyes, however, can bring the color all the way up to the brow bone, she notes.
Step 2: Give lashes extra lift with a few pumps of an eyelash curler along the lash line. Or achieve the extra bend with curling mascara.
Step 3: Finally, top with several coats of black mascara, which perfectly balances this bright, icy look. "Mascara will create definition along the lash line," explains Sawyer, "and counteract the way the silver shade lightens your lashes.