Ready for Your Close-Up? Picture-Perfect Makeup

By Patricia Reynoso

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Dramatic Eyes

Bringing your eyes into photo-ready focus calls for a well-groomed brow and polished, defined eye makeup. This all sounds a lot more complicated than it actually is. Simply combing your brows into place will help frame your eyes. Eyeliner should be kept to only the top lash line, which looks less "made up" than rimming the entire eye. When lining your eyes, use the first lash on your eye's inner corner as a guide for the starting point, advises Geller; begin thin and get progressively thicker as you reach the outer edge. Black liner is always appropriate, but consider other colors, too, especially this season, which is ripe with so many fun hues. "I like colors that don't have a lot of brightness to them, such as deep blue, eggplant, and green. Just that little hint of color makes your eyes look brighter," she says.

Overall, your eye shadow should be kept simple. For instance, a light color spread from your lash line all the way up to your brows will give you a fresh, open effect, while adding a darker shade on the crease will give you more dimension. This is also the time to indulge in several makeup artist tricks, such as lining the rims of your eyes with a nude-colored pencil to really make eyes pop. Then line your eyes with liquid liner and top with eye shadow for a longer-lasting effect. And, as always, coat both upper and lower lashes with loads of black mascara.


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