Best of beauty: eye makeup

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Best of beauty: eye makeup

BEIGE POWDER

Pale champagne powders are notoriously frosty—or so we thought, until we tried Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Eye Shadow in Blonde, with its warm, elegant shimmer.

BEIGE CREAM

A glint of silver gives Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Sugar Frost an unusually appealing spark; its sheer finish makes it gorgeous on both pale and dark skin.

BROWN POWDER

When black is too basic, the dark bronze of Lancôme Color Design Sensational Effects Eye Shadow in Madison Avenue makes brown, blue, or green eyes twinkle.

BROWN CREAM

Its name might make you giggle (OK, grow up), but Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes in Fuller Fudge delivers the cleanest, most sophisticated shade of chocolate brown.

GRAY POWDER

Shiseido Makeup Luminizing Satin Eye Color in GY 913 produces a slate sheen that's ideal for unaggressive smoky eyes.

GRAY CREAM

The fastest way to get lush evening eyes: Trace them with Rimmel London ScandalEyes Eye Shadow Stick in Guilty Grey, a fat pencil, and smudge with fingertips. Done.

COLOR POWDER

There are hundreds of brightly colored shadows that look beautiful in the pan. The periwinkle in Revlon ColorStay 16 Hour Eye Shadow in Free Spirit quad also looks amazing on your lids.

COLOR CREAM

The glinty pale blue of Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow Fresh Effect Eyeshadow in Blue Bay is so delicate, you'd never guess it's totally creaseproof and long-wearing.

EVERYDAY

CoverGirl LashBlast Clump Crusher Mascara won an Allure 2012 Breakthrough award for its clever brush. The bristles are arranged thisclose, so clumps simply cannot form.

LENGTHENING

There are plenty of ways to get Kardashian-esque lashes. We prefer to make ours long, soft, and believable with one sweep of Lancôme Définicils High Definition Mascara.

WATERPROOF

L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Million Lashes Waterproof Mascara holds up through the sweatiest Spin class but gently washes away—without taking lashes along with it.

DRAMATIC

Dior Iconic Overcurl Mascara has a curved brush and sculpting polymers that produce a full-figured curl. Sweep it on, then hold at the ends for ten seconds to set.

BLACK

Revlon PhotoReady Kajal Intense Eye Liner + Brightener in Carbon Cleopatra defines with total precision and glides over lids with zero effort.

BROWN

Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kôhl Liner in Sumatra is the richest mahogany brown. And the cap's hidden sharpener whittles a perfect point every time.

COLOR

Electric bright with a metallic sheen, CoverGirl Ink It! in Aquamarine Ink would impress even the edgy, couture-clad citizens of the Capitol.

LIQUID

The superskinny felt tip of Maybelline New York Master Precise by Eye Studio is remarkably easy to control, so even liner applied in the morning mad dash goes on without a hitch.

GEL/CREAM

Minuscule midnight blue flecks in Tom Ford Noir Absolute for Eyes make every wing, flip, or swoop look all the more glam.

WATERPROOF

Available in rich jewel-toned shades, Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner bonds to lids but never looks flat.

Benefit Gimme Brow gel has a mini spooley brush that combs in the ideal amount of color for fuller-looking arches—and sets them, too.
Simple Eye Make-Up Remover Pads are gentle and won't dry out.
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