Eye for drama: Makeup for eyes that command attention

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Here in 9455 PDX, we’re advocates of minimalism. From makeup to home décor, we’ve always believed that where there is subtlety, beauty resides.

This time, though, we’re veering away from our Zen sensibility and allowing ourselves some earthly, visual pleasures. Girls and guys occasionally wanna have fun, after all. We are letting ourselves today to be Drama Queens, but the type who loves cat-eye makeup more than catfights. We’re trying our hands on dramatic eye makeup.

We often see this term thrown around in fashion magazines and beauty blogs, but just what does  “dramatic” exactly mean? As far as eye makeup is concerned, dramatic is one meant to draw attention to the eyes — no, make it “hog the attention”.  Styles are varied, ranging from basic thick eyelashes to outrageous stick-on rhinestones. If eye makeup styles were art movements, dramatic would be Art Deco, the prevalent aesthetic of the Jazz Age (1920s to 1930s) known for its eclecticism. Indeed, the most telling characteristic of the so-called flapper girl in the 1920s is her smoky eye makeup. For a reference on the flapper girl style, see Carey Mulligan in The Great Gatsby.

Whether you’re going to a romantic dinner date, a girls’ night out, or a magazine cover photo shoot, you will find a look that suits the situation under the Dramatic rubric. Here are the makeup products (they’re from Allure’s July 2017 issue) you should make room for on your dresser if you want eyes that would give Shakespeare a run for his money:

1. Eyeshadow palette We know how a new makeup palette with each color still intact makes you giddy, but before you get your hands on  anything, know first which skin tone  you are.

If you’re fair-skinned, the taupes, grays, and blues in Lorac’s Beauty and the Beast Pro Eyeshadow will flatter your complexion and  bring out the belle in you. The palette also includes shimmery hues for when you feel like being a fairy princess for the day.

Eye Makeup Tips: Lorac Beauty And The Beast Pro EyeShadow Palette

Eye Makeup Tips : Lorac Beauty And The Beast Pro EyeShadow Palette

Lorac | Beauty And The Beast Pro EyeShadow Palette – $48.00
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If you’re medium-skinned – not too fair nor too dark – you’ll look stunning in  the oranges and reds in Urban Decay’s Naked Heat Eyeshadow. Blend the lighter shades with the darker ones for an amber-shade smoky eye makeup.

Eye Makeup Tips : Lorac Beauty And The Beast Pro EyeShadow Palette

Eye Makeup Tips Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay | Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette – $54.00
International shipping weight – 1.00 kg
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With 35 shades, every lady is sure to find one that matches her skin tone in Morphe’s Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette. The dark-skinned and deep-toned women will love the variety of browns here. Want a show-stopping eye makeup? Put on the gold shade. Jaclyn Hill couldn’t have chosen a better name for it: it’s called Queen.

Eye Makeup Tips Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette

Eye Makeup Tips Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette

Morphe | Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette – $38.00
International shipping weight – 1.00 kg
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2. Eyeliner Gel or liquid ? It depends on the type of eye makeup you’re after. Kelly Dougher at Stylecaster breaks down the distinctions between these two eyeliner types: Gel eyeliners, like the Master Precise Skinny Gel Pencil from Maybelline, have a thicker consistency that makes it easier to draw precise lines, especially if your aiming for the classic cat-eye.

Eye Makeup Tips : Maybelline Master Precise Skinny Gel Pencil

Maybelline | Master Precise Skinny Gel Pencil – $7.99
International shipping weight – 0.50 kg
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Liquid eyeliners with their thinner brushes, such as the Liquid EyeLiner from MAC Cosmetics and Colorstay Liquid Liner from Revlon, are good for making even finer lines.

Eye Makeup Tips : MAC Cosmetics Liquid EyeLiner

 

MAC Cosmetics | Liquid EyeLiner – $21.00
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Eye Makeup Tips : MAC Cosmetics Liquid EyeLiner

Revlon | Colorstay Liquid Liner – $8.99
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Now, if you find the black or brown eyeliners a bit boring, you can always bring out the sparkles with the NYX Cosmetics Liquid Crystal Body Liner.

Eye Makeup Tips : NYX Cosmetics Liquid Crystal Body Liner

NYX Cosmetics | Liquid Crystal Body Liner – $4.50
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3. Mascara In the same way that  a musical never ends without the whole ensemble in a big finale number, your dramatic eye makeup is never complete without long and thick eyelashes.

Get the full fan effect with the Lash Sensational Washable Mascara. Its 10-layer bristle brush thickens and lengthens your lashes to theatrical proportions.

Eye Makeup Tips : Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

Maybelline | Lash Sensational Mascara – $8.99
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On the other hand, Covergirl’s Total Tease Full+Long+Refined Mascara’s brush has a shorter one on the other side so you can touch up even those lashes in the corners of your eyes.

Eye Makeup Tips Covergirl Total Tease Mascara

Covergirl | Total Tease Mascara – $9.24
International shipping weight – 0.50 kg
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L’Oreal Paris’ Lash Paradise Washable Mascara also gives your lashes volume without clumping them.

Eye Makeup Tips : Loreal Paris Lash Paradise Mascara

L’Oreal Paris | Lash Paradise Mascara – $9.99
International shipping weight – 0.50 kg
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Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Twiggy. All of them may no longer be around but their styles continue to wield influence over us. And that’s in no small part because of their dramatic eyes that spoke volumes and reverberate to this day. Take a leaf from these style icons and make a lasting impression yourself.

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