Despite the red-carpet tradition of pairing a smoky eye with a bold red lip, many of us around these parts tend to lean towards one or the other. The red-lip girls like just a little mascara, and the smoky-eye girls prefer a nude lip. But, now that awards season is upon us, we're feeling inspired to turn the volume up on our faces. After all, if the stars can pull it off, so can we, right? Celebrities: They're just like us (only with invisible pores).
Watch as makeup artist James Vincent shows Amanda, our photo assistant, how to create a smoky eye that'll work with her signature red lip — rather than take the attention away from it. What's the secret? We don't want to give anything away, but it's all about the metallic finish. Check out the video and learn this makeup trick along with us. And, let us know if you, too, are feeling inspired to turn up the wow factor of your go-to look.
Ardency Inn Punker Original Smoky Shadow, $19, available at Sephora; Kevyn Aucoin The Eye Pencil Primatif Pencil Eye Liner in Basic Black, $26, available at Nordstrom;
Smashbox Fade To Black Waterproof Shadow Liner in Black Gold, $22, available at Macy's;
Ellis Faas Mascara in E401, $34, available at Sephora.