Basic black is a classic, especially when it comes to mascara. But once in a while, color makes all the difference. Here are a four tips for wearing mascara in different hues to make those lashes really stand out.
A simple way to add some pop to your peepers is to complement the mascara shade to your eye color. L'Oréal Double Extend Eye Illuminator Mascara comes in a variety of shades, each of which tells you which tint pairs well with which eye color (for example, Black Copper for Blue Eyes). The wand has a brush on each end, one which builds volume and length and one that delivers an illuminating top coat.
Get a Fringe Benefit
Blue-black or navy mascara will help your eyes appear whiter and more awake, says makeup artist Sunday Riley. Another eye-enhancing trick is to use black mascara on the entire lashes and to coat the fringes with colored mascara. Wear a lash primer, such as Urban Decay Eyelash Primer Potion, as a base coat. This will help emphasize the pigments.
Don't Overdo the Eye Shadow
Makeup artist Diana Solomon recommends wearing colored mascara with both light and dark neutral eye shadows during the day. If you want a more glamorous look at night, pair a colored mascara with eye shadows that have a subtle shimmer. Try: Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in Anthracite.
Aim for Soft, Pretty Lip Shades
When wearing colored mascara, focus your look on your eyes. On your lips, opt for sheer versus highly pigmented shades. Try:The Body Shop Lily Cole Hi-Shine Lip Treatment. Do you like wearing colored mascara?
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