When you’re in a beauty rut, it’s a little like looking in your closet and seeing absolutely nothing to wear. Sure, you have the bones to create a killer look — a bold liner here, a bottle of texture spray there — but sometimes you just need a boost of inspiration. That’s why we created Short Cuts, a series of quick, easy-to-follow videos meant to educate, refresh, and excite the beauty nerds in all of us. Whether you’re looking to learn something new or to refresh your current routine, there’s a Short Cut for you.
Blue eyeshadow was the one taboo color our mothers always told us not to wear, claiming it was unflattering on everyone. And, fine, maybe the pale, shimmery baby blues of twenty years ago were hard to pull off, but the game has totally changed.
In fact, what we’ve realized, mom, is that bold hues — like this gorgeous turquoise — actually work on every tone by virtue of being so out-there. Pair the shade with silver eyeliner and you’re instantly the coolest girl at the music festival (or the office/bar/coffee shop/dog park… ). Check out how to get the look with just three products, ahead.
This bold eye can be achieved in just a few quick steps. Start off by patting a shadow primer on. Then, brush vibrant blue eyeshadow across the entire lid. To prevent fall-out, and for more intense pigmentation, lightly pack the shadow in instead of blending and diffusing. Take a liner brush and work it into the lower lash line for a wrap-around look. Finish with metallic liner and a coat of mascara.
This cult favorite neutral cream will cancel out redness and discoloration on the lids, creating a blank canvas for the next step. Smooth it on with your finger or a brush.
MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Soft Ochre, $22, available at MAC Cosmetics.
We love the bright cobalt blue in this NARS duo. This formula is intensely pigmented, but can be blended out if you want to tone the look down.
NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Mad Mad World, $36, available at NARS.
This silver liner has a soft, creamy texture that doesn’t skip when you’re drawing it on and lasts through sweat and long nights.
Make Up For Ever AQUA EYES Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in 8L Silver, $30.50, available at Amazon.
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