Makeup Magic: 4 Products, 7 Lovely Looks

As much fun as playing with the latest makeup shades can be, it’s easy to get overloaded (and go bankrupt) if you keep stockpiling cosmetics. With a little ingenuity and the right know-how though, you can create a bevy of beauty looks using just the bare minimum of products. We asked Sephora pro lead artist Gilbert Soliz to take our four winter makeup essentials (and nothing more) and create a week’s worth of completely different looks. Check out what he came up with, then learn how to do them yourself!
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Our winter makeup essentials: Nars Bronzing Powder in Laguna, Sephora Collection Atomic Volume Mascara, Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Liner in Mat Black 0L, and Nars Lipstick in Dolce Vita. All available at Sephora.

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Clean & Fresh — This no fuss look is all about enhancing your natural beauty. Soliz applied a wash of bronzer on the lids, then created a thin, tight line with the liner, just along the top lashline. He added one light coat of mascara for definition, then applied the lipstick with a brush, patting it into the lips with his finger to tone it down and enhance Angela's natural lip color. He finished up by applying bronzer all over the apples of the cheeks for a fresh, healthy glow.

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Sweet Sophisticate — This slightly more polished look is a great workday makeup option. Soliz applied bronzer on the eye in a V-shape, leaving the center of the lid bare so that it appears highlighted. The shadow was applied to the crease and all around the rest of the eye, extending past the outer corner and emphasizing that V-shape. Using a small brush, he applied bronzer to the brows in small, feathery strokes to define them and added a coat of mascara to lashes to frame the eyes.

For a fresh, dewy glow, Soliz dabbed the lipstick on the back of his hand (to warm it up) and applied it to the apples of the cheeks, using a fan brush to blend. Lipstick was dabbed onto the lips to create a sheer, healthy pink lip look.

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Understated Sexy — This sultry look is a subtle way to sex up your makeup without looking trashy. Soliz drew a thick line of black eyeliner along the lower part of the lid, then applied bronzer over the top of it and up to the crease, blending them together until they covered the entire lid. He then applied a smudgy line along the lower lashline and two coats of mascara on the upper and lower lashes. Brows were defined using bronzer and a faux beauty mark was dotted on with liner.

Soliz applied lipstick to the cheekbones, blending towards the temples to create a pretty pop of color, then applied bronzer around the perimeter of the face to sculpt and enhance the natural features of the face. Lipstick was layered on to create a full-coverage lip look.

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Chic Cat Eye— To create this pretty, retro style, Soliz used the black liner to draw a thick cat eye line. He then rubbed the pencil on the back of his hand, dipped a liner brush into the excess, and painted over the original line to deepen and thicken it. Having a hard time mastering the cat eye? Soliz recommends placing a dot of liner where you want the line to end, then start at the inner corner of your eye and work your way out towards that dot.

Bronzer was applied to the tops of the cheekbones and around the face to sculpt and shape. Soliz used a brush to apply lipstick in order to get a creamy, full-coverage finish. Two coats of mascara were added to lashes to finish off the look.

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Night Life — The focus of this edgy look is a bold and clean graphic eye. The key to this look is making sure your pencil is freshly sharpened. "Since the lines of this look are so precise, you need a freshly sharpened pencil to get that stylized effect," says Soliz. First he drew an extended cat eye along the top lash line. Then, in the crease of the eye, he used the pencil to draw another line; this one should follow the natural crease. Soliz recommends doing it lightly at first, just to get the shape right before you commit.

Soliz applied mascara to the back of his hand, brushing it on until he had a thick glob. He then dipped a cream liner brush into the mascara and applied it on top of the graphic line to intensify the shade. He added mascara to the top and bottom lashes for a full-on fringe. Lipstick was applied to lips with a brush and bronzer was added to the hollows of cheeks, just below the cheekbones, for a super-sculpted effect.

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Tough, Yet Girly —This makeup look is all about contrasts, so Soliz played with textures to create the illusion of light and shadows. On the eyes he applied a sheer wash of lipstick for a dewy, illuminated finish, with a bit of bronzer in the crease to help shape it. He then applied liner along the inner waterline and right below the lower lash line, blending it with a brush to create a smoky effect. Lips were kept sheer with a light coat of lipstick and bronzer was applied all over, with a focus on the forehead, temples, and cheeks.

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Dramatica — This look is drama personified, so over-the-top is the name of the game. Soliz used the eyeliner as an eyeshadow, drawing it all over the lid and blending with a brush to smudge. He then used the pencil to line all around the eye, looping it around the tear duct and going over it with a brush — not to smudge, but to slightly blur the edges. Using the mascara wand, he began pressing the brush onto the eyelid to create textured "dots" and a kind of stippled effect. He concentrated the thickness of the dots at the lash line, petering out as he got to the crease. He also did this trick underneath the eye. Four coats of mascara were added to top and bottom lashes for an über-vampy, volumized look.

Lipstick was applied to the cheeks with a brush and around the perimeter of the face to create warmth and was followed up with bronzer all over to sculpt. For the lips, Soliz applied lipstick with a brush, then put a tiny bit of black liner on a lip brush and painted it on to the outer corners of the lips— shading, not lining!—to add dimension.

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