Lining the eyes can bring out shape and add great definition, but avoid heavy bottom liner. Thick lines under the eyes can actually make them appear smaller and have an aging effect. Make sure to keep the line thin and natural, which will enhance your eye in the right places. My Product Picks: Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Waterproof Eye Pencil in #1; Maybelline Eye Studio Master Drama Cream Pencil in Black; L'Oréal Infallible Never Fail Eyeliner in Carbon Black
Too often I see women wearing heavy, uneven blush. The key is always to blend blush on the apples of the cheeks in an upward motion, layering the pigment. When using this technique, blush is soft and natural instead of harsh with obvious contour lines. Opt for sheer blushes and add color slowly for the perfect finish. My Product Picks: Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Rose Petal; NARS Blush in Gaiety; Lancôme Blush Subtil in 128 Blushing Tresor
Brows need shape and definition and are the key focal point to shape the entire face, but overly drawn brows tend to draw all of the attention (and not in a good way). To avoid looking cartoonish, use a soft and natural brow pencil to add shape and definition, slowly blending as you go–the more natural the shape, the less eye-raising the reaction.
My Product Picks: MAC Brow Pencil in Lingering; Urban Decay Brow Box in Brown Sugar; Laura Mercier Eye Brow Pencil in Ash Blonde
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About the Author: Ashley is a New York City-based makeup artist with a robust list of editorial and celebrity clients.