The smoky eye is one of the holiday season's most coveted eye shadow looks, but applying all that black shadow can get pretty ugly if you don't know what you're doing. For those of us (ahem . . . like me) who aren't so skilled with smoky eye application, Topshop has gifted us its Smoky Eye Kit ($44). The kit contains the brand's uber-luxe kohl liner, a full-sized tube of its 3D Curve Mascara, and a palette with four shadow shades. While I love the liner and the mascara, my favorite has to be palette, mostly because it does the work for you. Along with your typical black shadow, Topshop's Tuxedo palette houses burgundy, purple, and cream shades, making it easy to create a bunch of different looks. This may be the only kit you need to get you through the holiday season. And as if that weren't enough, the entire kit comes tucked inside a fluorescent envelope clutch. Christmas has come early!
I love my Asian features, but having no eyelid crease makes finding the perfect smudgeproof liner difficult. After trying endless pencils, markers, gels, and liquids, I have finally found the only highly pigmented liner that can stand up to my eyelids' demands. Maybelline Ultra Liner ($6) is a liquid formula that comes with a fine-tipped brush, and while it takes a little patience to master at first, the results are worth it. I use it to create my go-to winged eyeliner look, and the fact that it dries to a solid state means once it's in place, it doesn't budge. To take it off, you can literally peel it off your lids, so you don't have to rub makeup remover all over your eyes. So despite my naturally greasy eyelids and squinting at my computer all day, I know when I go home to wash my makeup off, my liner will actually still be in place. And after using it for practically a decade, I know there's nothing else that compares.
The following post was written by Alexandra Haygood, who blogs at Vast Aspiration and is part of POPSUGAR Select Beauty.
As the leaves change colors to autumnal hues, our beauty palettes follow sync. For some this may mean switching to a rich chestnut eyeshadow, an auburn-hued blush, or deep burgundy lips. For utilitarian types like myself, it's all about meeting a new need. I know which eyeshadows and blushes work best for my features and am open to experimenting with different shades of lipstick all year round, but the need to make up for the loss of Summer's sunkissed skin and brighten tired eyes takes center stage. This becomes most evident when I miss even one hour of precious sleep in the colder months. After weeks of searching for the perfect concealer, I finally marched up to the beauty counter one day and asked for the very best in concealer. The answer to my seasonal color dilemma came in a sleek gold tube as if it was the golden ticket to a Fall color boost. Meet Yves Saint Laurent's Touche Éclat ($40).
With an indubitably fitting name (éclat literally means brilliant or dazzling), this concealer covers a multitude of sins and fakes a full night of sleep. Whether I'm running errands on a Saturday morning or putting on a full face of makeup for an evening event, it never fails to give just the right amount of coverage and radiance my skin needs. Using the built-in pump and brush applicator, I swipe it from the inner corner of my eyes and underneath the bottom lashes making sure to cover any dark circles. Then, and most importantly, I use my finger to blend.
Find out Alexandra's trick to making her eye's pop, when you keep reading!
Leave it to Carey Mulligan to prove that we never have an excuse to skip our makeup. The actress showed up to the Inside Llewyn Davis gala donning a simple yet flawless makeup look that put us all to shame. Her picture-perfect skin was complemented with brushed-up brows and just a touch of pink shadow. A thin, black line lined her upper lid, which was framed with her spindly black lashes. But the centerpiece of Carey's look was her bright red lips, which tied the entire look together for a Parisian-chic vibe.
Re-creating this look at home takes no time at all and utilizes products you already have tucked in your makeup bag. When in doubt just stick to the classics. And to shave even more time off your look, skip the liner, and just shimmy your mascara up from the base of your lashes to a tightlined illusion. The look can transition flawlessly from the office to cocktails to weekend brush. So, the next time you're thinking about skipping your morning makeup, just think: what would Carey do?
In the wish list of eyeliner capabilities, if it's long lasting, glides on with velvety smoothness, and is easy to smudge without actually looking smudgy, then that's one amazing product. Such is the case with the Victoria's Secret VS Makeup Eyeliner ($12), particularly in Black Velvet. Its creamy texture makes it almost foolproof to apply, and thanks to a built-in smudger tip, you can fix mistakes and create smoky effects Victoria's Secret-runway-style just like a pro. Bonus points for its wearability factor, too. This richly pigmented liner lasts all day, even after a mile-long walk in the drizzling rain.
For most of us, a cat-eye liner look is as out-of-the-box as we're going to get, but at Spring 2014 New York Fashion Week, things got a little crafty. Makeup artists conjured up a whole host of liner looks that ranged from colorful to graphic. And while we aren't suggesting you go run out and draw eyeliner dots down your cheek à la Libertine (although it is a fun look), it's still easy to grab inspiration. Click through to see some of the funkiest looks off the runway; and next time you do your makeup, treat your liner brush like a paint brush.
Black eye shadow gets a bad rap for plenty of reasons. And we get it. When applied incorrectly it could look, well, a little tacky. But if you know what you're doing, black eye shadow can help you create a sexy, smoldering smoky eye in five minutes or less. Don't believe us? Pick up your black eye shadow, follow these tips, and be amazed.
Keep it on your lids: How does black eye shadow go awry? When it's slapped everywhere around the eye. Make sure the pigment stays focused on your eyelids. Try not to get any heavy black shadow above your crease or too far under your eyes.
Start with a black liner base: The biggest reason most smoky eyes don't turn out correctly? It's too difficult to create contrast with eye shadow alone. So let your liner do most of the work. Draw out your shape with a black gel liner, like Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner ($23), to get a heavily pigmented base. Make sure you fill it in completely.
Push the shadow into the liner: Now for the shadow. Start your smoky eye by pressing your black eye shadow — try Stila Jewel Eye Shadow in Black ($20) — into where you applied the black liner base. Load up a still shadow brush, like MAC's 287 Duo Fiber Eye Shadow Brush ($32), with plenty of pigment, making sure you stay within the lines that you drew with the gel liner.
Blend out: To create the smoky effect, use a fluffy brush, like Vincent Longo Large Eyeshadow Brush #22 ($20), and lightly blend your eye shadow out from the liner. Your black shadow will look flawless, not tacky.
When you've got gorgeous eyes like Olivia Wilde, it's only natural that you'd want to show them off. And the actress found her own way to make her bright eyes pop using blue eye shadow. Olivia opted for a cyan-hued smoky eye look at the last two screenings of her new film, Drinking Buddies. For the Los Angeles premiere, she sported a smudged royal blue shadow with inky black liner, but the Brooklyn premiere saw her with a blend of turquoise and baby blue hues. Blue is an easy way to try out the colored shadow and liner trends, but do you like Olivia's look?
Today is Left-Handers' Day, the official celebration for those among us who are sinistra, but not sinister. So in honor of all our lovely lefties, we've put together a few fun beauty facts to help the right-minded get gorgeous.
- Cut it out: Get some lefty nail scissors ($15). You'll be surprised at how much less pain you're in every time you trim your cuticles.
- Avoid eyeliner pens: They seem convenient, but like most pens, they're designed for right-handed people, who pull them from left to right. Since lefties either push left to right or reverse the whole thing and go right to left, you might end up with bumpy, messy liner that doesn't come out evenly.
- Using angled brushes: Remind yourself to work from right to left. Even though it might feel a little funny at first, you'll smudge your makeup a lot less. If you still have trouble, use a straight-tipped brush (they're good for either hand).
- Electric mascara wands: One caveat: they're designed to roll outward when held in your right hand, so if you hold one in your left, it rolls inward and gunks up your lashes. So either switch hands or make sure the wand you buy is reversible.
- Mastering the curling wand: Being left-handed when your curling wand came with a right-handed heat-resistant glove can be frustrating. But fear not. You can wave your hair and keep your fingers protected with the HAI Thermal Styling Glove ($25) that was also made to easily fit your left hand.
Got any more lefty tips? Put them in the comments.
A simple cat eye lends the perfect amount of wearable glamour, and Prisca Courtin-Clarins teaches us her trick to easily mastering the classic look. Prisca, the granddaughter of Jacques Courtin-Clarins, has learned plenty of family beauty secrets, and in this video above, she's showing us her secret to using the 3-Dot Liner eyeliner pen ($26). It makes creating the perfect cat eye as easy as connect the dots. Don't forget to check out the brand's Beauty Flash Blog for more inspiring French style and beauty. Nailing that subtly chic Parisian style just got easier.