EZ Beauty: Dramatic Eyes

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Blame it on Cleopatra – Marc Antony certainly did – or rather Elizabeth Taylor, whose kohl-rimmed peepers in 1963 kick-started the heavily lined eye makeup we still covet today.

Line Up

The smoky eye never gets old (even if we do), so keep up the look with YSL Beaute’s Couture Kajal self-sharpening crayon. It comes in four dark shades including black, navy, deep green (shown) and petrol blue. The conical shape allows you to mix it up as a precision liner, smudgy eye shadow stick or sexy kohl on the inner lids.

Magic Wand

The latest in the CoverGirl LashBlast series is the Super Sizer, and it lives up to the name. The secret is in the brush – or Lash Styler, as they call it – which has a narrow core and shorter bristles to trap even the teeniest lash and give it a dose of colour. The wand can then be wielded like a mini curling iron: twirl or rotate from root to tip to saturate and comb through the mascara. Then flirt away.

Shadow Play

Taking its colour inspiration from nature – think moss, pine cones and eucalyptus – Chanel’s fall eye shadow palette, Les 4 Ombres in Tisse d’Automne combine matte, satin and highlighting finishes to sculpt eyes.

Brow Raising

There’s no getting away from the youthful full brow trend, but years of over-tweezing may have left yours too thin, making achieving the look an uphill battle. Clinique’s Just Browsing Brush-On Styling Mousse helps with its gel-mousse formula that adheres to even sparse hairs, creating a thicker look, while the tip of the wand can fill in areas or extend the length of each brow.