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After: Violaine Gonzalez

“Wow,” says Violaine, who loves that “you can tell I have makeup on even with my glasses and it doesn’t look like too much.” The warm, slightly smoky look that Rae created for her brightens her eyes, making them look big but not overdone, utilizing products that she owned but never used. But Violaine equally appreciates that she now knows tricks that will play up her eyes even when she is pressed for time (brown shadow on the lids, a lighter shade in the creases, white shadow on the brow bones to highlight, dark brown as a liner) or extremely pressed for time (curl lashes, put on mascara, and go). In fact, for Violaine, learning to properly apply mascara was the most (literally) eye-opening tip: “Curling my lashes and then applying mascara by starting at the base and wiggling up can make a huge difference.”


1. Brush eye primer across the eyelids. 2. To make eyes appear bigger and pop under glasses, apply eye pencil on the corners of the eyelids in short strokes. Blend upward with a round contour brush. 3. Brush buttercream-colored shadow from the Kat Von D palette over the lids, to the creases. 4. Stroke eye shadow in Swiss Chocolate lightly over the creases and outer corners of the eyes. 5. To add brightness, brush on Sunny shadow from the Kat Von D palette, starting from the inner corners of the lids and working up to the creases. 6. Line the upper lids and the outer half of the lower lids with pencil, making the liner just a bit thicker at the ends of the lids. 7. Apply dark brown Caravaggio shadow from the Kat Von D palette over the liner with an angled brush to add depth. 8. Curl lashes, then stroke on mascara. 9. Apply pearly white Heavens shadow from the Kat Von D palette just under the brow bones to highlight. 10. Using an angled brush, apply Caravaggio and Bookworm, a pearlized brown, from the Kat Von D palette along the lower lash lines and connect to the top in the corner, to give the illusion of an elongated eye. 11. Apply highlighter under the eyes and in inner corners to brighten. 12. Apply BB cream to the face to even out the skin tone. 13. Brush Cinnamon Spice blush on the forehead, nose, chin, and cheekbones. 14. Dot Shimmer Mandarin Sky blush on the cheeks, blending upward. For a little extra pop, add a touch to the center and the creases of the eyelids. A peachy-pink in the creases has a hint of sexiness. 15. Finish with lipstick.

(Elinor Carucci)

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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