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6 Beauty Looks That NEED To Be On The Red Carpet

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    Red-carpet beauty can be pretty formulaic — except at the most outré awards show of them all: the GRAMMY Awards®. With its history of ombré yellow hair and flip manicures, we expected nothing less than jaw-dropping beauty looks from this past weekend's show. We mean, purr-fect cat-eyes and plum lips — obsessed. In case the nominees for the next awards show need inspo, we've drummed up our own standouts that we're hoping to see sashay down the red carpet in a few weeks.

    With the help of makeup artist Carolina Dali, we orchestrated six exciting looks that are nothing like the smudged eyes and scarlet lips you've seen before. From a bright, two-toned liner that'll have everyone looking twice to a dark, look-at-me pout that deserves its own thank-you speech, these creations are definitely not your average paparazzi beauty shot. And, if no red-carpet events are on your calendar, don't worry. We've got Dali's pro tips on making these work in real life using COVERGIRL products. Even the daily 9-to-5 can use a beauty refresh.

    So, give your eyes a break from the usual suspects, and check out the six makeup ideas that should sweep every Best Beauty Looks list for the next red carpet.



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    Two-Time Line Winner
    If you're going to be smizing for the photogs on the red carpet, make sure your eyes hit the right notes with a turquoise cat-eye.

    To keep all eyes on your eyes, create an even canvas on the lids with a light wash of matte eyeshadow that matches your skin tone. Prepping your lids with shadow can also absorb oil, which will help your makeup last longer, says Dali.

    Next, use a black gel eyeliner to create your outer winged tip. Starting from the center of your upper lashline, drag your brush towards the outer corner of the eye. Repeat on the lower lashline, and connect the two lines together at the outer corner. Then, extend the winged tip, following the upward trajectory of your lower lashline. Dali says to thicken the line as you work towards the outer corner.

    Then, take a bright-blue pencil, like COVERGIRL Ink It! By Perfect Point Plus in Aquamarine Ink, from the inner corner of both the upper and lower lashlines to meet the black in the middle. You can amp up the color with a blue eyeshadow, but make sure to blend so that the blue gradually changes into the black. For an expert tip, use a white pencil just at the inner corners of your eyes on your waterline for an extra pop.

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    Finish the look with groomed brows to frame your face, using COVERGIRL Bombshell POW-der Brow & Liner in Very Black. Once you've mastered the liner technique, Dali suggests playing with a vibrant purple hue if you've got a deeper skin tone or a silver-gray if you're more fair. Since the look is all about the contrast between the two liners, stay away from dark shades like navy or plum or else your eyes will look muddled.

    And, finally, complement your eyes with a matchy-matchy blue dress.

    Jacquemus dress, Maison Martin Margiela boots, Aoko Su necklace, Acanthus Jewelry rings.

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    Platinum Hit
    Silver eyeshadow might bring to mind blinged-out disco balls, but you can elevate it by avoiding the glitter. Look for a shadow with a chrome finish, and pair it with a natural lip for an equally eye-catchy and demure look.

    To get the perfect metallic eye, Dali says to blend a cool brown eyeshadow, like the darkest shade in COVERGIRL Eye Shadow Quads in Blooming Blushes, directly into your crease for depth. Women with deeper skin tones should stay away from cool browns with gray undertones, which can dull their complexions. Instead, look for warm browns that have more of an orangey undertone, almost like a mahogany. Next, pat a silver shadow, like COVERGIRL Bombshell Shineshadow By Lashblast in Ice Queen, to the center of the eyelid, and work it all the way into the tear duct using your pinky finger.

    Finish by lining the lower lashline with the same brown eyeshadow, and add a few coats of mascara, like COVERGIRL Full Lash Bloom Mascara By Lashblast. If you've got a fair complexion or just prefer a more natural look, use a brown mascara. If you're on the deeper end of the spectrum, stick to an inky black shade.

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    Keep the focus on your eyes by complementing the rest of your face with barely there makeup, including a peachy-pink blush, some highlighter on your cheekbones, and a pink lip.

    All you need now is a coordinating blazer to bring out the pinks on your face. Keep the rest of the look modern by contrasting the topper with a stark-white top and an oxblood skirt and shoes.

    Moschino blazer, Alasdair top, Dolce & Gabbana skirt, Yves Saint Laurent from Albright Fashion Library shoes, Ilana Ariel earrings and ring, Meadowlark ring, Alibi ring.

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    Boom Boom Pout
    Red lips, red carpet — yawn. Instead of the same ol' scarlet, try an untraditional and devastatingly beautiful deep navy-plum. To get this particular shade, Dali layered a lipliner under lipstick. First, line and lightly fill your lips with a black lipliner, like COVERGIRL LipPerfection in Sophistication. Yes, you read that correctly: It's black. This will vamp up your lip color and help the lipstick last longer. Then, apply a deep-plum shade, like COVERGIRL Colorlicious Lipstick in Euphoria 315, on top.

    Your lip is the front (wo)man here, so the rest of your face should act as backup singers and complement the look, not distract from it. Keep things neutral with a brown mascara and a simple black liner on your upper lashline for natural definition.