Overstuffed purses or just plain clumsy moments can lead to pulverized powders and chopped ChapSticks. But you can still squeeze more months out of your favorite product with a bit of craftiness. Plus, you can even use these mishaps to your advantage to create a completely customized palette. Learn how to bring broken cosmetics back to life when you read more.
After being tantalized by the animated teaser back in January, we finally have the full Lancome by Alber Elbaz collection for you to feast your eyes on. And that's just the feature Elbaz wanted to focus on, by dressing up four of the bestselling eye shadow palettes and mascaras from the luxury beauty brand. "The real theme running through the collection is the eyes and roundness forms," Elbaz explains. "The bottles are so fabulously rounded that they were my inspiration. I wanted to create rounded shapes with a hint of humor." The collection hits Lancome counters next month, but you can see everything up close, when you keep clicking!
Ask any makeup artist what shadow shades flatter most complexions and eye colors, and you'll probably hear renditions of the same thing: a soft peach, a shimmery bronze, a rich chocolate brown, and a silvery midtone taupe. And that's exactly what you'll get with Flower Cosmetics' Shadow Play Eye Shadow Quad in Foxy Browns ($10). What works with this palette by Flower, a newly launched beauty line by Drew Barrymore, is the mix of undertones and textures. Wear the warm, subtly frosted peach on the inner corners of the eyes to brighten, or on the lids for a light-on-makeup makeup look. Line your top and bottom lash lines with the matte, cool-toned deep brown, and make the flecks of your eyes stand out with the bronze or taupe hues, which both include a hint of metallic. At just $10 a pop for four flattering shadows, you'll be one sly fox indeed.
Cut the complexity out of your smoky eye look with the Trish McEvoy 24-Hour Eye Shadow & Liner ($32). This eye wonder comes in multiple hues including crystal gray and smokey quartz — two shades perfect for night-out makeup. This all-in-one shimmering stick is the only tool you'll need for a quick smoky eye. Just apply the color to the outer half of lids and along the lash line for a subtle smokiness. Then, you can use your blush or a highlighter to brighten up the inner corners of your eyes. It goes on soft, so you have plenty of time to smudge, but once it sets it stays put. The medium-sized stick allows you to wiggle into tight spots underneath the eye, and not to mention the stick is the ideal size to fit in clutches, laptop bags, and pencil holders. You no longer have a reason not to have the perfect eye makeup.
The standard eye shadow tips don't usually work well on Asian monolids. The lack of depth and crease can make typical shading techniques look far too garish on Asian eyes. Take a cue from Jaime Chung's flattering eye makeup by creating a gradient that goes from darkest at the lash line to the lightest shade under the brow. Jaime opted for shades of gray, peach, and champagne. She concentrated the dark gray shade at the base of the eyelid closest to her lashes. Next, she layered a neutral peach hue that complemented her warm skin tone. And finally, she went for a touch of highlight underneath her brows with a shimmering champagne tone. For extra definition, she lined her eyes with black eyeliner and finished the look with curled lashes and lots of mascara.
From the runways to the red carpet, exaggerated winged eye makeup has risen as the makeup look of the moment. And last night the trend made an appearance at the Les Misérables premiere in New York, thanks to Amanda Seyfried. She paired her embellished Alexander McQueen gown with an equally overstated eye look. Try this geometric shadow to elongate and lift the eye without appearing too weighed down.
The first step to mimicking this eye makeup is to draw a winged outline with an eye pencil. Draw a line from the middle of the lower lashes through the outer corner of the eye and upwards to meet the orbital bone. Draw another line from the midway of the top lash line and connect it with the other line coming from your lower lash line. Fill in the shape and clean up smudges using a Q-tip saturated with makeup remover. To intensify and set the color, go back over it with dark eye shadow. Finally, highlight with a golden shade. Apply underneath the eyes, in the inner corners, and up to the crease on the innermost lid.
Complement this high-flying eye makeup with subtle cheeks and lips. Amanda's slicked-back braid puts her eyes in the spotlight where they belong.
Looking to update your smoky eye? Go for grays, like swarms of celebrities have been doing lately. Garcelle Beauvais matched her shade with her slate-colored dress, while Alexa Chung added some serious sparkle to her shadow. And Kate Mara opted for an updated cat-eye swoop and loads of mascara. This shade is a subtle way to amp up your holiday look, but whose grayscale palette did you prefer?
Ready to get Naked? Today, Urban Decay is releasing an all-matte companion palette to its wildly popular Naked and Naked2 palettes. Naked Basics ($27) is fully stocked with four new and exclusive shadow shades, as well as two existing favorites (Foxy and Walk of Shame). Looking for more low-sheen neutrals? This palette has them. And the shades can be built upon with the other Naked palettes to create a sexy eye look that Urban Decay is known for. Sometimes in order to achieve the perfect makeup look, you've got to go back to your basics. Luckily, with the latest from Urban Decay, basic is now anything but.
Remember when you first learned to apply eye makeup: one eye shut with the other one serving to guide you? Well, it turns out that keeping both eyes open is key to achieving perfect results every time. Ensure your eyes are framed correctly, and easily, with these helpful tips when you read more.