This Unexpected Color Instantly Brightens Eyes & Works On Everyone

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 are a handful of tried-and-true makeup tricks we always fall back on when we need to fake a well-rested face — a swipe of white on the waterline, a hint of shimmer on the inner corners, or layer of concealer across our undereyes. They're practical techniques, yes, but they're not a whole lot of fun.
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That's where silver comes into play. Not only does the iridescent shade moonlight as a pop of color, but the high-impact shimmer will instantly brighten the complexion, making it possible for you to trick the world into believing you really got eight hours of beauty sleep. See the effect in action, along with our favorite silver shadows, in the slides ahead.
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The look couldn't be easier to achieve. Simply pack a generous layer of silver eyeshadow onto your lid and blend the color into your crease. Then finish off with a few coats of black mascara to define your eyes.
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This liquid shadow from Maybelline isn't just pigmented and long-lasting — it's also super easy to apply, thanks to the handy doe-foot applicator.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Eye Chrome in Silver Spark, $7.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
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Use the silver shade in this trio solo or define your eyes even further by smudging the black "crease" shade onto your upper and lower lashlines.

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in Don't Steal My Thunder, $2.99, available at Wet n Wild.
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This shadow may not look like much in the pan, but when applied to the lids, it transforms into a beautiful silver hue with undertones of blue and purple.

Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow in High Wire, $10, available at Makeup Geek.
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