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.
Creasing, caking eye makeup is a surefire way to highlight every fine line and wrinkle. But luckily, there are a few products and techniques you can employ to avoid the cracks from settling in, especially under your eyes. To find out how to keep your concealer looking fresh and even, read more.
Let's face it: our makeup look has more than a little to do with our mood that day. Sometimes we're into bright, bold hues, other times we're feeling flirty with pastels. Lucky for us, beauty guru Michelle Phan has us covered. The YouTube star and makeup mogul just released her first makeup line, em Michelle Phan, and the cornerstone of the line is her Life Palette ($75). Sure, the price may seem a little steep, but you're getting more makeup looks than you can count on two hands. Four cheek shades, eight lip shades, and 24 eye shades make up the palette, and they're all refillable. Each curated look also comes with corresponding videos and recipe cards for how to pull it off. And aside from the mixing and matching, the Life Palette also comes with a travel case, so you can pop out the shades you're using that day, slap them in your purse, and waltz right out the door. Hey . . . did our bags just become lighter?
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?
There are plenty of things to get you excited for the Fall season: cozy sweaters, pumpkin-flavored everything, and, of course, the newest Fall launches. One of our favorite trends for the new season is pretty palettes filled with neutral eye shadows — making them completely wearable for all. We're parading eight of the newest picks for you to scoop up sooner than later. Just keep clicking!
Your ultimate neutral palette has been delivered in Sephora + Pantone's Elemental Energy Eye Shadow Palette ($38). Inspired by the four natural elements — earth, fire, water, and air — this compact contains a little something for everyone. Each element offers up a cluster of four shadows that run the gamut of hues from that type. The water tones range from a shimmering emerald to a matte blue, while the earth tones have burnt siennas and taupe hues. And because there are 16 shades in this one palette, the mix and match possibilities are endless. If you're looking for an ace palette to usher in the Fall season, this is it. But make sure to snap it up quickly; like most Sephora and Pantone collaborations, this one is limited edition.
Think the board room and beauty counter are two separate entities? You'll change your tune when you take a gander at BareMinerals Ready Eye Shadow 8.0 palette ($40). Dubbed "The Power Neutrals," the palette is chock-full of gorgeously wearable colors with cheeky names to boot. Money Maker is (appropriately) a sexy hunter green, which would play perfectly with a set of hazel eyes, while Magnate is that neutral taupe that every woman needs in her arsenal. Looking for a sexy metallic smoky eye? Shmooze is a gorgeous, shimmering bronze that would make anyone stop and stare. Tuck this palette away in your bag for whenever you need an instant power trip.
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!