Eye Shadow Made Easy
Easy on the eyes
The rainbow eye look is easier than it seems.
You’ll look like the royalty you already know you are.
E.L.F. Get the Look Set in Neutral Eyes ($5)
Kits tend to contain only one thing I truly want. But each item in this refreshingly inexpensive set proved handy. The neutral shadows can be worn sheer or layered for a bolder look. The chocolate pencil is soft but not mushy, so you can draw a crisp or smudged line. The double-sided wand holds a clear gloss for naturally enhancing lashes and a gutsier gel for shaping and holding brow hairs. And the tweezers and eye shadow brush rival far pricier tools.
Bottom line: Five high-quality products for $5? I’m sold—with cash to spare.
Next page: Patterned palette
This palette’s promise: Its hydrating shades blend easily. I first dusted the silvery shade all over, then accented my lash lines with black, brightened my lower lids with pistachio, and added a bit of spruce to creases to add drama.
Bottom line: The trick to great results? Blend the shades on your eyes, not in the palette.
Next page: High-tech design
Voice technology has made its way into my makeup bag. With the push of a button, a prerecorded makeup artist (a tiny speaker is embedded under the lid of this palette) talked me through the steps involved in creating a smoky eye. Her instructions included brush recommendations and helpful hints.
Bottom line: Your very own makeup artist in a box. Genius.
Next page: Press-on shadow
Avon In A Wink Instant Eyeshadow Sheets ($10 for 14 applications)
These transfer shadows are so convenient. Each sheet gives you three coordinated shades—base, crease, and highlighter. But careful placement and a light touch are important. I learned this the hard way after slapping a sheet on my lid and rubbing its backing like a scratch ticket—only to win a sparkly mess.
Bottom line: Love the concept, but it takes practice to get the hang of it.