"Dark Denim" Eyes Are The Beauty Trend We Never Knew We Wanted

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When you're in a beauty rut, it's a little like looking in your closet and seeing absolutely nothing to wear. Sure, you have the bones to create a killer look — a bold liner here, a bottle of texture spray there — but sometimes you just need a boost of inspiration. That's why we created Short Cuts, a series of quick, easy-to-follow videos meant to educate, empower, and excite the beauty nerds in all of us. Whether you're looking to learn something new or to refresh your current routine, there's a Short Cut for you.

There's no denying that blue eye makeup is the trend du jour. Cobalt liner though, isn't for everyone — nor are electric blue lids. Sometimes, we want to toe the line between subtle and bold — and that's where this look comes into play. This dark denim smoky eye is statement-making, but somehow surprisingly neutral. Check out the step-by-step breakdown below to cop it for yourself.

Step 1. Dust a neutral brown eyeshadow all over your lid using a fluffy eyeshadow brush.

Step 2. Draw navy-blue eyeliner along your bottom lash line and over your entire lid.

Step 3. Smudge and blend the eyeliner using a clean eyeshadow brush.

Step 4. Finish off the look with a generous coat of black mascara.

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