4 Simple Ways to Make Your Eyes Stand Out

Updated 03/26/19
01 of 05

Decoding Eye Makeup

Two models with heavy pink eyeshadow posing backstage at Fall Fashion Week
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With a wide range of colors, textures, and the never-ending palette selection at stores like Sephora, eyeshadow has become one of the most utilized products in our daily beauty routines. It's understandable that time is limited in the morning when getting ready, and you might not be able to be as adventurous with makeup trends. Fortunately, there's still plenty of things you can do each day to make your eyes stand out. From shadows to colored mascara, these four simple makeup tips are guaranteed to make your eyes pop.

02 of 05

Smoky Doesn't Mean Messy

Model with slicked back hair and smokey eye posing backstage at the Sophie Theallet fashion show
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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, as it applies clear and keeps the shadow firmly in place. Apply a dark cream shadow on the lid or smudge eyeliner to create the dark tone, and blend a 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. As the last step in your smoky eye, clean up excess shadow fall out with a q-tip and eye makeup remover before applying and blending concealer.

Helpful Tip: Have under-eye circles and are afraid to wear darker shadow looks? Correct circles with a concealer correcting palette and say bye bye to dark circles. A great compliment to smoky shadow looks, apply the corrector first and then blend your concealer of choice on top to neutralize circles.

03 of 05

White Brightens in a Pinch

Model wearing white eyeliner posing backstage during London Fashion Week
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Have literally no time at all? Don't worry. Cue the remedy for a late night out with a white eyeliner pencil. 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.

Helpful Tip: Pairing a dewy complexion with this eye makeup look will give you an overall healthy 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. 

04 of 05

Your Brows are Everything

Model Gisele Bundchen filling in her eyebrows backstage at the Alexander Wang fall fashion show
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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? The GrandeBrow serum gives barely there brows just the boost they are looking for.

05 of 05

Keep It Cool Girl Chic

Model wearing eyeliner posing backstage at Milan Fashion Week
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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 of the eye is a perfect way to get that cool girl chic vibe that looks good for all occasions. The main reason this eye makeup look is so great is that it makes the eyes pop in seconds and can be done with any color eyeliner you want.

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

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