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Eyeshadows define and highlight the eyes, and come in many forms, including powders, creams, liquids, and crayon sticks (which are perfect for travel). There’s an almost endless variety of hues and finishes that you can mix and match to your heart’s content.
If you're sticking with one shade, a sheer wash of color on the eyelid will give your eyes an extra boost of definition. All you have to do is use an eyeshadow brush or your finger to pat on and blend the product. Cream shadows like this one can be applied quickly and easily (with your fingers) and have great staying power.
Try: Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo Metal 24HR Cream Gel Shadow, $6.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
If you’re using two shadows and desire a more natural look, apply a shade that mimics your natural skin tone across your lower lids. Then, dab a dot of shadow that’s one shade darker to the outer corners of each eye and into your crease, and blend for added depth.
Feel free to swap natural matte shadows for something more sparkly for a night out. But regardless which technique is your top pick, the key is to always blend, blend, blend.
Try: Sonia Kashuk Eye Couture Palette in Eye on Neutral 02, $19.99, available at Target.
Liners are available as liquids, kohl pencils, gels, and felt-tip pens. Pencils are perfect for beginners to develop a steady hand to apply more creative eyeliner looks. One thing to remember: Always start with a sharp point for a more exact application.
Try: Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner, $3.97, available at Walmart.
Gel or cream liners are usually found in pots and are applied with angled eyeliner brushes. This provides the smoothness of a pencil with the precision of a liquid — minus the risk of a major mess.
Try: Wet n Wild MegaEyes Crème Eyeliner, $3.79, available at Walgreens.
It’s all about the angle when it comes to crafting the perfect cat-eye. Many makeup artists suggest using your lower lashline as a guide to find the ideal angle for your wing. This will ensure everything stays symmetrical, regardless of how thick or thin you want your eyeliner to be. Once you've drawn your angle, connect it to the rest of your liner, filling in the small space to create the flick of the wing.
Almay Liquid Eyeliner, $7.99, available at Ulta Beauty.