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Fierce Fridays — The Eyes Have it



An old adage says that the eyes are the windows to the soul.  That very well may be the case when you are engaged in a heart-to-heart, but when you are in the market for some instant attention — major eye drama is key.  Here are my steps for simple eye drama for Friday Fierceness.

Gabrielle Union with smoldering eyes

Gabrielle Union with smoldering eyes

1. Smolder

Get smoldering smokey eyes like Gabrielle Union. There are two simple options for making eyes smolder.  First option: Line with your eyes with your favorite black pencil.  I have a couple favorites: Sue Devitt Eye Intensifier Pencil in Pointe Noir $22.  This pencil has become a perennial favorite of mine.  I love the thick tip and the sponge smudger on the opposite end.  Once you blend with the sponge tip, your color lasts for the day (or the night.)  Layer a shimmery eyeshadow over the liner.  The powder over the pencil liner creates a bond that makes for a long-lasting smolder.  Try NARS Night Flight, a black with cobalt pearl accent.  $22

Your second option: Line eyes with a water-proof  pencil in a deep jewel color.  Jewel tones as opposed to traditional black liner makes eyes sparkle and pop.  Try emeralds, bronzes and teals.  In love Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eyepencils.  $17 Try Stash, a dark golden green or Rockstar a dark purple.  Be sure to smudge the color into your lash line for intensity.  Urban Decay pencils are ideal for rimming your inner lower lid.  For more intensity, layer with a loose pigment like Black Radiance Mineral Eye Shimmers. $4.99

2.  Lash out

Layer the mascara.  I love big ole trashy lashes.  Forget less is more when it comes to eyelashes.  Mascara easily punctuates your eye drama with just a few well placed flicks of the wrist.  My favorite is L’Oreal Voluminous.  I keep trying to find a suitable replacement, but it just hasn’t happened yet.  And at $7.99, it’s a keeper.

Last but not least, keep the rest of your makeup subtle, subdued.  Just a touch of color on the cheeks and a pale glossy lip.  Those final touches insure that your eyes will be the star.




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  • I am still learning how to do dramatic eye makeup. Thanks for the tips!

    • Tracey

      Hi Elana,
      Thanks for reading. I hope those were simple enough to help you out!

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