Get High-Impact Eyes
Want to wake up your look? New lipstick is the easy way out. For more striking results, play with your eye makeup! Here, 10 ways to do it:
1. Prime your lids. The skin on eyelids is naturally darker than the skin on the rest of your face. Apply a layer of bone shadow over lids to even their tone. Any color you apply on top of that will pop.
2. Try colored liner. Not the bright green or blue you're thinking of -- instead, experiment with navy, plum, and khaki to bring out the color of your eyes.
3. Moisturize. If fine lines and crepey-textured skin are your problems, stock up on an eye cream to use before bed (skip the a.m. application -- it could make your eye makeup run).
4. Or de-puff. If your main concern is puffiness, try an eye gel. It's formulated to temporarily tighten undereye skin, and works well under makeup.
5. Go bronze. A subtle bronze shadow brings out the best in all eye colors. For the prettiest effect, apply a sheer layer to lids, then line eyes with the same shade.
6. Try a curling mascara. Metal eyelash curlers are tricky to use. But the new curling mascara formulations do the same job with no risk of pinched lids.
7. Line right. To apply pencil liner precisely, gently pull the outer corner of your eye so your lashes make a straight line. Angle the tip of the pencil toward your lashes and lightly draw from inner to outer corner.
8. Try fuller brows. Pencil-thin brows have been in for seasons. But this year, thicker eyebrows are making a comeback. If you need to let yours grow in, camouflage sparse spots with a brow pencil.
9. Zap white bumps. The tiny white bumps that appear under eyes as we age are called milia -- they're small clogged pores. Don't try to extract them yourself; instead, see a dermatologist who can remove them in under two seconds.
10. Go for the unexpected. A pale lemon yellow or shimmery peach shadow adds color in a subtle way. Top with two coats of black-mascara for an updated classic look.