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4 Easy Tricks To Upgrade Your Beauty Look

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    Some days, you wake up feeling like it's any other day. You go about your usual beauty look, whether it's glowing cheeks or a textbook cat-eye, without a second thought. Other days, you feel a little daring and take the extra time to contour or embrace a bold lip color. But how exactly do you give your tried-and-true routine a jolt of fresh inspiration? The trick is to start in your comfort zone and build on basics.

    With the help of makeup artist Ralph Siciliano, we took four everyday beauty looks and turned up the dial from 0 to 60, transforming each mild look into something wild. We're talking about a highlighter-bright double cat-eye, vinyl-finish lips, and more. From Siciliano's easy-to-follow steps to his mix of high-low products — like drugstore brushes from Wet n Wild and department-store eyeliners — these looks are not only wearable but also simple to DIY. So what's it going to be tomorrow: same ol' or super-bold?


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    Cherubic To Contoured
    In the blink of an eye (or frame of a GIF), this ethereal, dewy flush transforms into defined, contoured cheekbones. Two different looks with one common denominator: They're both super easy to create. See how we do it ahead.

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    Start Mild
    Prep your skin with foundation or BB cream, and groom your brows with a bit of gel. Then, lightly define each eye with a taupe shadow across the upper lashline up to the crease. For that otherworldly glow, mix a tiny bit of good ol' Vaseline with a shimmery cream highlighter, and use your fingertips to tap the combo all over your cheekbones. Finish with a light-pink gloss.

    Make It Wild
    Bump up your brows with a powder that's one shade darker than your natural color for extra drama. Pack on more taupe shadow, making sure to blend the edges of the cat-eye shape. Trace along your upper lashline and lower waterline with a waterproof black pencil, and finish with two coats of volumizing mascara. Now, sculpt some major cheekbones: Apply contouring powder in the hollows of your cheeks (try making a fish face, suggests Siciliano) and a deep-pink blush right on top of your cheekbones. One final pop of fuchsia gloss on the lips, and you're ready to show the world who's boss — one super-sculpted cheek at a time.

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    Prim To Punk
    At this point, you can do the classic cat-eye in your sleep. Translation: You're ready for the next step in the world of swishes and flicks. That's why we're changing it up big time by exaggerating the wing and adding a colorful splash of highlighter-blue liner. Read on for the lowdown.

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    Start Mild
    Begin with your usual base and brow prep, then create a smooth canvas over each eyelid with primer. To start your cat-eye, trace along your upper lashline with a black cream eyeliner. Follow the angle of your lashline, and extend the liner about half an inch past the outer corner for a modern take on the look. Finish up with two coats of lengthening mascara plus a swipe of peach lip gloss.

    Make It Wild

    Work a brow powder through your arches for fuller, bolder brows. Then, grab a bright-blue liquid liner, and trace along your initial cat-eye from the inner to outer corner, creating a double cat-eye. If your line looks a little jagged, go back and sharpen it with the black liner. (It's easier to smooth things over with a dark color rather than a light shade.) Finish with another layer of gloss and a bit of blush to balance out the cool blue hue. Once you've tried this look, there's no going back to a regular cat-eye.

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    Fresh To Fierce
    If you're used to neutral makeup, trying something colorful can be hard — even if it's as harmless as red lipstick. But once you see how gorgeous a defined crimson pout can be, we bet you'll change your mind — and lip color — lickety-split. Check it out ahead.