5 eye-enhancing makeup ideas

Innovative formulas and a few key tips to deliver a captivating gaze.

Whether we’re flirtatiously fluttering our lashes, giving a little side eye or delivering a cheeky wink, our eyes are the facial feature that we use to express ourselves — and that gets the most attention. To level up your gaze for fall, try something new. From a game-changing mascara to a hack for perfectly blended shadow, here are five simple makeup ideas to enhance your eyes.

For one-step simplicity
Dab, blend, done! That’s all it takes to master the art of cream eyeshadow — no advanced brush skills required. Use your ring finger to apply a dab of Rimmel Wonder’Cloud Liquid Eyeshadow in “Cool Mint” to the centre of your lids, then blend the whipped formula out for a soft wash of colour. Plus, it contains built-in primer to help the colour last all day without fading.

For dimensional shadow
Here’s a trick that takes the guesswork out of multi-tone eyeshadow application: working from the outer edge of the lid to the inner corner, apply a thick vertical line of a dark, medium and light shade side-by-side, such as “Cinnamon Spice,” “Sienna Sunset” and “Toast of the Town” from Milani UnGilded Most Loved Matte Eyeshadow Palette. Use a fluffy brush to blend all three together and admire the stunning result. This palette makes the look even easier to achieve, offering twelve universally flattering warm tones that look great on their own or together in any combination.

For creative definition
With one smudge-proof black eye liner, such as Maybelline New York Tattoo Studio Liner in “Smokey Black,” and a little experimentation, you can discover countless ways to define your eyes. For starters, consider liner that extends a little further than the inner corners of the eye, or try a negative-space look with floating liner that hovers just above the crease of the lid. This pencil’s precision tip and waterproof powder-gel formula makes it a cinch to play with new looks that won’t budge.

For a brightening boost
If your goal is to make your eyes look well rested and sparkling, try the Revolution Ultimate Nudes Shadow Palette in “Light.” It’s loaded with nine soft, illuminating shades, including pale sand, peach and lilac, in a mix of matte and glimmering finishes that will add subtle radiance to lids. Whichever hue you choose, apply a dash of the champagne-hued shimmer to the inner corners of eyes for a reflective glow.

For lashes with impact
Whether you’re topping off a glam eye look or dressing up beautifully bare lids, nothing beats a great mascara to make eyes appear bigger and brighter. For full, glossy lashes, try Pacifica Vegan Collagen Fluffy Lash Mascara. It features a vegan collagen and plant-based fiber formula that conditions lashes while achieving feathery separation and a volumizing boost. It builds easily, so just add an extra coat to shift the look from natural to dramatic.

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