May 12, 2009

InStyle Beauty tips

Smokey Eyes

Intense , versatile and low-maintenance - this classic look never gets old. Follow these simple steps to ensure your shadow looks soft and sooty but never slept in.

  1. Trace the upper lid with a soft black pencil to define the shape and add intensity to the lash line. Then gently smudge it with your fingertip to diffuse the line
  2. Using a medium-size domed brush, apply inky powder to the crease of the eye. Then blend it downward for a wash of color over the entire lid
  3. With a smaller brush that has firm bristles , press a gunmetal shade into the lower lash line. Apply a silver powder to the inner corners to lighten the overall effect
  4. Piles on the mascara. Stiles (MUA) prefers a small , easy-to-maneuver wand. Instead of heavy lip color, choose a glossy or balm-like neutral for a "slightly less finished mouth"

Four easy to blend shades, Chanel Quadra eye shadow in smokey eye, $56;

Durable synthetic and natural bristles, MAC brush #217, $23;

Stiff and dense for maximum control, Kevyn Aucoin Beauty Small eye-shadow soft round tip brush, $29;

A pencil that's easy to swipe on and smudge. MAC eye kohl in smolder , $17;

Coats every lash, Maybelline Lash discovery mascara in Very Black, $7; at Wal-mart

Pale pink with bold shine. CK Calvin Klein Beauty Delicious Pout lip glass in Sparkle, $13; at Sephora

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