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7 Simple Makeup Tips to Make Your Eyes Pop

Here are secrets to big, bold eyes!

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Fill in your eyebrows

Defined eyebrows frame your face and bring attention to your eyes. Makeup legend Bobbi Brown recommends filling in your brows with an eye shadow that matches the color of your brows. “I like to use short feathery strokes to brush the hairs up, and then over towards the tail. Follow the natural arch of the brow,” says Bobbi Brown in a video on her YouTube channel.  For women with strong brows, she also suggests using a clear brow gel to set the brows once you’ve filled them in. You could also try soap brows and see how they look!

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Start with an eyeshadow primer

The last thing you want is for your shadow to wear off or crease on your eyes. Use a primer or base to make your eyelid as smooth as possible. That way, your eyeshadow will stay in place all day. These makeup mistakes make you look older.

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Create depth

To make eyes look big and bold, the trick is to create depth with your eyeshadow. First apply a lighter-colored shadow all over your eyelid. Then, take a darker shadow and apply it in the crease of your eye above your lid. This will create an element of dimension. Don’t forget to blend the lid color with the crease color to create a seamless look. Don’t forget to see which makeup sale has the best eyeshadow deals.

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Choose the right eyeshadow colors

Perhaps the most important step is choosing eyeshadow colors that compliment your coloring. “All you need to do is choose colors that opposite to your eye color on the color wheel,” beauty guru Lauren Curtis says in a YouTube video tutorial. For blue eyes that means bronze and copper colors, while for green, hazel and brown eyes it’s best to use colors in the purple and taupe range.  It’s also important to pay attention to skin tone when choosing shadow colors. The darker your skin tone, the warmer your eyeshadow should be.

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Don’t skip eyeliner

Apply a gel, pencil, or liquid liner on your top lash line. If you have light eyes, go with a brown eyeliner, while brown eyes will pop with black liner. Work the liner into the lash line as close to your eyelashes as you can. For a smokier look, apply a brown or black eyeshadow onto your lower lash line with a small eyeshadow brush. Just make sure the top and bottom eyeliner meet at the outer corner of your eye. Don’t forget to take the eyeliner off at night—using makeup remover will do the trick.

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Highlight your eyes in the right places

Apply a light, sparkly eyeshadow right under the eyebrow and in your tear duct. This trick will make it look like light is bouncing off your eyes!

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ALWAYS include mascara

First curl your lashes. Hold the curl for a few seconds, and then let go. Then, brush two to three coats of mascara from the base to the tip of your top and bottom lashes. “I like to layer different mascara formulas for a customized look,” says Bobbi Brown on her Youtube channel. “You want your lashes to look super long, super thick, and super black.”

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