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5 Unexpected Eye-Makeup Looks That Slay

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    When it comes to our most prized possessions, most things fall into two categories. There are your everyday essentials and your gotta-have-it, special-occasion items (the ball gown you bought at a sample sale, the zoodle-maker you still haven't figured out how to use — you get the drift). And nowhere is this more evident than in our makeup bags. As beauty addicts, we get really excited about new, sparkly shadows and out-there colors. We scoop them up and play with them for a bit, but eventually they get relegated to the bottom of our stash. And how sad is that?

    We say, enough is enough. We're challenging you to dump those makeup bags upside-down and embrace your forgotten favorites. Because, unlike that ball gown, your beauty game is made to be versatile. We'll even start you off slow — five days, eye makeup only. We enlisted the help of pro makeup artist Ashleigh Ciucci to dream up five easy-to-follow looks that are enough eye candy to light a fire under your, er, eye-shadow brush. To pull 'em off, you're going to need more than one or two basic mascaras, though, and that's where Revlon's wardrobe of new options comes in. The five formulas with unique brushes do everything from define to lengthen, so you'll find the perfect one to show off your brand-new look. Ready? Let's do this.


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    Day 1: Get Colorful
    We'll ease you into this first look with just one bright flash of color, so dig out your favorite, eye-popping liners or cream shadows, either formula will work. (We used the glitter sides of Revlon PhotoReady Eye Art™ Lid + Lash + Line.) The rest of your tool kit can remain neutral — brown or taupe shadows, brow pencil, mascara, and subtle, rosy lipsticks. With your base makeup complete and brows defined, use a soft blending brush to sweep a neutral-colored shadow across your lids. After cleaning your brush, sweep a rose-colored highlighter beneath your browbones and in the inner corners of your eyes.

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    Next, add your burst of color. Line all along your lower lashlines. (Don't be afraid to really layer it on! ) Then, with a pointed cotton swab and some eye-makeup remover, clean up the edges and taper off the color in the inner corners of the eyes. You'll want your lashes to hold their own against your vibrant liner, so double up on coats of a defining mascara just on your top lashes.

    See? Day one down and you're already rockstar status.

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    Day 2: Brighten Up
    Sometimes it's the most unexpected color combos that make for our biggest makeup crushes. Case in point: this two-toned, colorblocked eye that uses both bright turquoise and metallic gold. It sounds wrong but looks so right.

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    Start with a gold cream shadow. Apply this to each eyelid, stopping just short of your crease. For extra staying power, you can also use a flat brush to press a matching powder shadow over the cream, like the gold shade in Revlon ColorStay 16-Hour Eye Shadow in Surreal. Next, dip a wet angled brush in turquoise powder shadow. Line your upper lashline, layering on for intensity when needed. Then, trace along the edges of the gold shade. Extend both lines out ever-so-slightly at the outer corners of your eye to connect the two together. To help your lashes stand out against a sea of colors, apply a lengthening and volumizing mascara, combing all the way through from roots to tips. The result — nothing short of stare-worthy.

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    Day 3: Mismatch With Purpose
    Okay, by now, you're in the full swing of this challenge. You've probably received some new compliments from coworkers, even fallen in love with a long-lost liner. So we're taking things up a notch. Nothing scary — just a little mixing and matching. To start, pick out two cream shadows in contrasting shades. Ciucci used Revlon PhotoReady Eye Art in Peach Prism and Cobalt Crystal for this look since the cool-toned shades aren't so jarring.