After watching one of Hollywood’s favorite artists work makeup magic on set one day, we were riddled with questions. Asking questions is how we learned the (genius) no-blush blush method, which is responsible for waking up the faces of everyone from Phoebe Tonkin to Gwyneth Paltrow. And how we discovered this very simple yet eye-opening (literally and figuratively) eye makeup technique she uses on everyone. Chances are you’re familiar with the trick, but you’re probably not doing it properly. Once you’ve mastered it, it’ll become the five seconds of your beauty routine you never skip. At least, it did for us.
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The trick can be summed up in one word: contouring. But this isn’t contouring like you’re probably envisioning in your head. First of all, it’s on your eyes. Second, the technique is super subtle. Regardless of look you're going for or what eye makeup you plan to put on next, contouring your natural crease should be step one of every makeup application.
Contour using a light hand and a blending brush (soft, domed brush with long bristles). Here’s the real key and where so many women go wrong: Do it with your eyes open. You need your eyes open to see exactly where your crease is. Which sounds like one of the most obvious tips ever, but think about—how often are you applying shadow with your eyes just open enough to ensure you’re not stabbing yourself in the eye with the brush? This way you get that beautiful, perfect shape without it looking like eye shadow. From here, you can stop and just enjoy your shapely, contoured eyes or go on and create whatever eye makeup look you want. All that really matters is getting that placement right.
To try the technique use a blond or nude eye shadow. Of course, if you’re going for smoky look, you can use black. But otherwise choose a shade that looks like something you would contour your face with—think taupe, sand, ash, camel, or milk chocolate, like this Colorful Eyeshadow in Coffee Break ($10) from Sephora Collection.
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