6 simple steps to eyes with wow-factor

Try these expert techniques to elevate your next holiday makeup look

A holiday beauty look that delivers big drama but asks little of your skills is a tall order. Until, that is, you combine the right products with a handful of pro tips. For a structured yet smoky look, kick off with this key piece of makeup artist advice: start with your eyes! This strategy can save you from having to do a potential complexion clean up. Ready for more? Read on to discover the secret to standout holiday eye makeup.

Step 1

Choose a black or navy pencil liner that offers some wiggle room to work with, like BareMinerals Mineralist Lasting Eyeliner in “Onyx” or “Sapphire”. The creamy formula is easy to blend and sets to a long-lasting, smudge-proof finish. Create a winged shape, drawing a line under each eye from the inner corner outwards. To keep the inner line crisp, use a small flat eyeshadow brush to blend and soften the outer edge. PRO TIP: For maximum impact, don’t forget to fill in along the waterline.

Step 2

A sultry eye look demands dramatic lashes! To create an impressive fanned out effect, try Lancôme Lash Idôle Mascara. The curved wand boasts 360 micro-bristles and a non-clumping volumizing formula to effortlessly lift lashes. PRO TIP: For ultimate definition, deposit product at the root of the lashes before sweeping through to tips.

Step 3

Take a multi-tasking approach to perfecting your complexion. IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Foundation with SPF 50 combines full-coverage foundation with a hydrating serum and sun protection for an all-over glow that complements any eye look. PRO TIP: Use the tapered point of a makeup sponge and blend with a stippling action to seamlessly cover discolouration or darkness under the eyes.

Step 4

A dash of soft colour enlivens your eyes, and face. The NARS Limited Edition Holiday Full Access Cheek Set features Laguna, a best-selling bronzer, alongside the line’s iconic shades of peachy-pink and mauve blush to make your complexion pop. PRO TIP: Sweep the shimmering golden hue across cheeks and towards temples to shape and highlight the face, without pulling focus from the dramatic eyeliner.

Step 5

Framing eyes with full, but natural-looking, arches is essential. Use Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Eyebrow Gel to get the look. The tinted formula, available in ten shades, contains microfibres that adhere to every hair to create a full and fluffy effect. PRO TIP: For an even fuller-looking brow, try brushing against the direction of hair growth and letting the gel set for about a minute before brushing hairs back in place.

Step 6

Modern and fresh, a glossy neutral lip is the finishing touch that pulls this look together. Try Laura Mercier Lip Glacé in “Opal,” a high-shine, shimmering light beige shade with buildable sheer to medium coverage. PRO TIP: For longevity and extra definition, outline your mouth with a lip pencil that matches your own lip colour before applying gloss.

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