make it sparkle

sparkling glamorous eye

Put a twinkle in your eye and give yourself a fresh glowing look. Nothing is more beautiful and glamorous than a look with a bit of sparkle and shine to the eye. The key to this look is to create the shine or sparkle only on the eye. You want to make sure the rest of your face has very little shine to it. Your skin should be nice and matte, your blush should have no shimmer to it, and your lips should not be too glossy. The only shade that should have shimmer to it is your highlight shadow. This look works fabulously with every eye shape except hooded and prominent.



  • Highlight shade: We really want this shade to make a big impact. In order to assure that we are going to layer for intensity. First using a matte shade for complete coverage, take brush #10 and apply a matte nude (for ivory/ beige sweet cream for bronze/ ebony silky caramel) to the browbone and lid. Now for the secret weapon, using a sponge tip applicator take a shimmer cream shadow (for ivory/ beige vanilla for bronze/ ebony island bronze) and apply it only to your eyelid (a little goes a long way, very little needed). After take brush #10 and blend the cream out (very important). Now using a shimmer shade for the perfect glow, take brush #10 and apply a shimmering flesh (honey spice) to the browbone and the lid.
  • Midtone shade: Using brush #29 take a matte medium brown (for ivory/ beige hazelnut for bronze/ ebony cinnabar) starting from the outside corner of the crease, sweep the color across to the inside corner of your eye. Also using brush #13 sweep it along the lower lashline, once again starting from the outside corner and brushing toward the inside so that the most intense color is at the outside fading as you move to the inside corner. This will help you create subtle definition. Make sure this shade is matte.
  • Eyeliner: Now line your eye along top and bottom lashline with a rich, deep eyeliner (for ivory/ beige deep brown for bronze/ ebony black) for definition. Doing it before you contour shade will allow you to brush it across the liner as you apply it smudging and softening the line.
  • Contour shade: Using brush #24 take a dark brown matte eyeshadow (for ivory/ beige cinnabar for bronze/ ebony espresso) and sweep the color along the upper lashline and into the crease, layering it on top of your midtone shade. The size of this brush makes it easier to control the color, which is so important for this look. Now using brush #13 apply shadow underneath the eye all along the lower lashline. Make sure this shade is also matte.
  • Highlight shade: Using brush #14 and you highlight shadow make sure to highlight the "V" on the inside corner of the eye (wrap the color around the inside corner). This will really accentuate the shimmer and sparkle.

When making blush and lip choices, you want to make sure you don’t overpower the sparkly eye that you have just created. Remember: no shimmer to your blush! Make sure you choose a soft, subtle shade that will give your cheeks a glow.

For a soft flush of color, you can try a technique called “popping your apples.” First, using brush #60 apply a matte bronzer to your cheekbones (which I know you have already done, because you know how beneficial it is in our quest to look younger). Now using the same brush, smile and apply a light, sheer, colorful blush (for ivory/ beige pink petal for bronze/ ebony cherry blossom) on the apples of your cheeks, blending back toward the bronzed area. This gives the apples of your cheeks a beautiful glow, because that is where you placed the highest concentration of color. Be sure to use a sheer shade of blush for this technique. A dark or intense cheek color can look too harsh and unnatural, when applied this way.

            Now for a beautiful subtle lip, start by using a neutral shade of lip liner (for ivory/ beige neutral for bronze/ ebony chocolate), using brush #80 or #81 blend you lip liner toward center of mouth. To create a soft touch of color use a beautiful lipstick with just a hint of hue (for ivory/ beige dusty rose for bronze/ ebony whipped berries), apply your color with a brush for precision. Do not forget the shine, a hint of gloss for an elegant finish (for ivory/ beige and bronze/ ebony coral rose). Do not forget if you apply it with a brush it will give you more shine.


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