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- While Stroh says there are no strict rules about choosing shades for your eye colour, she likes copper and bronze for green and blue eyes; and pewter, silver and gold shades for brown eyes.
- Try sheer washes of colour all over the lid with a bit of mascara. For a more dramatic look, pair it with liquid liner, pencil or shadow and draw a thick line on the upper lid and gradually extend to the outer corners.
- Create a smoky eye by smudging a metallic shadow around the eye and lining the inner rim with black or brown pencil.
- Apply shimmery whites, soft golds and nude shadow to the inner corners of the eye to “catch light and make eyes pop.”
- Use a medium-sized fluffy brush to blend shimmery pink or peach blush or highlighting powder on top of the cheekbones. A neutral-toned shimmery cream can be applied over your favourite blush shade to highlight your bone structure. Using a fluffy, fan brush, whisk the brush lightly through cream and dust over cheekbones, temples and onto the brow bone (in a C shape). Blend coloured cream blushes onto the apples of the cheeks with fingers for a soft glow.
- Stroh says everyone expects a nude lip with metallic eyes, so she likes the unexpectedness of pairing metallic eyes with a red, burgundy or berry lip. She suggests dabbing on the lipstick with fingers for a stain effect.
- If you prefer shimmer on the lips, look for shimmery golds, nudes and shades of red and berry in gloss and lipstick formats. Try a glossy lip with a slightly shimmery eye or a rosy glowing cheek — but not all three.
Twinkles to think twice about:
Don’t: White, frosty shimmer on the brow bone. “It’s dated, tacky and never looks natural,” says Stroh. The same rule applies with lips -- beware of the frost, especially silver lipstick.
Don’t: Use loose glitter from a pot. “[It's] the devil. If you must use, use sparingly: eyeliner, or a bit of loose on the lid. Accept that you will still be finding glitter flecks on your face after New Years,” cautions Stroh.
Don’t: Buy bronzing body lotions that promise a candlelit-like glow, but instead wind up making you look like a walking Oscar statuette. Stroh says you should add a tiny amount to your foundation or tinted moisturizer only.
Don’t: High-octane, super-glossed lips. “It’s unattractive and too high maintenance,” says Stroh. Look for a sheer lipgloss or lip stain.
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