4 Simple Ways to Make Your Eyes Stand Out

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Eye Makeup De-Coded

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With a wide range of colors, textures, and the never-ending palette selection at Sephora, eyeshadow has become one of the most utilized products in our daily beauty routines. While not everyone has time to commit to a full blown smoky eye at 7AM, there are several subtle ways you can enhance your eyes and achieve beautiful results. Keep reading my tips on how to create flawless eyeshadow looks that are so easy and worth the little time you're able to carve out for beauty. 

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Smoky Doesn't Mean Messy

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We will be re-inventing the smoky eye forever, because it's that good!  A huge myth about the smoky eye is it can only look messy and takes hours to perfect. For a cleaner look, as seen demonstrated on this model here, it's all about the way you apply the shadow. Start out with a primer, like this one from Urban Decay , as it applies clear and keeps the shadow firmly in place. Apply a dark cream shadow on the lid or smudge and eyeliner to create the dark tone, and blend darker shadow tone of your choice on top with an eye shading brush. Finish with liner and mascara to complete the look. Smoke out the bottom lash line with the same brush lightly to add more drama.

Makeup Artist Tip: Have under-eye circles and are afraid to wear darker shadow looks? Correct circles with this concealer correcting palette from Makeup Revolution and say bye bye to dark circles! A great compliment to smoky shadow looks, apply corrector first and then blend your favorite concealer right on top. 

Top Product Picks: Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Mascara, Makeup Revolution Flawless 2 Ultra 32 Eyeshadow Palette, Givenchy Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow in "13 Noir Sequin" , Fiona Stiles Radiant Aqua Eye Veil in "Arrow"

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White Brightens in a Pinch

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Have literally no time at all? White eyeliner applied in the corners of the eye and in the lower lash line is an instant brightener. This is a great option to wear if you're feeling tired and your eyes are a tad bloodshot. If you're applying it in the corner of the eye, be sure to blend it subtly with your finger so it doesn't appear chalky looking. 

Makeup Artist Tip: Pairing a dewy complexion with this eye makeup look will give you an overall healthy girl glow. Apply highlighter on the cheekbones, or mix a little liquid illuminator in with your foundation to help give your skin a little extra radiance. 

Top Product Picks: NYX Retractable Eyeliner in "White", Benefit Cosmetics First Prize Highlighting Kit

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Your Brows are Everything

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Focusing on your brows is huge when creating any eye makeup look, especially taking a look at shape and fullness. A full brow is an envy of most, but it's not always the case, so knowing how to shape them for your face is extremely important. Fill them in with an eyebrow pencil or pomade, and be sure to brush through them with a brush wand to make sure the hairs look natural and the shape isn't too forced. Even if you don't have time to do any makeup at all, be sure to do your brows. Need a little help growing them out? Check out this serum from GrandeBrow that helps barely there brows get just the boost they are looking for. 

Top Product Picks: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Brow Pencil, Benefit Cosmetics Defined & Refined Brow Kit 

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Keep it Cool Girl Chic

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Eyeliner goes a long way, especially waterproof cream formulas that last all day and into the night. Applying a neutral shadow to the lid and lining the top and bottom shelf of the eye is a perfect way to get that "cool girl chic" vibe that looks good for all occasions. I love this look because it pops the eyes in seconds and can be done with any color eyeliner you want. 

Top Product Picks: Bite Beauty MultiStick in "Honeywheat", Giorgio Armani Beauty Waterproof Smooth Silk Eye Pencil , Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Liner

Want to create a gorgeous liquid eyeliner look? Check out this liner for a lasting result: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner