How to make your eyes pop without using a sh*t ton of makeup

The term “less is more” def does not apply to most of the makeup trends out there right now. YouTube tutorials and runway models make us feel like heavy contouring and a ton of cakey eyeshadow is the only way to keep our faces looking bright and alive. However, while most beauty gurus are trying to (unsuccessfully) teach us how to achieve that perfect wing and cut crease, Glamsquad VP of makeup Kelli  J. Bartlett says it’s actually better to keep your eye-popping look subtle. In fact, you don’t even have to use eyeshadow at all!

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“Bronzer is kind of our hero.” Kelli told Galore backstage at the Nicole Miller show on Friday. “You’re going to get bronzer on the cheek, bronzer on the eye.”

She used a pretty minimum amount of product to create the Jungle Safari look featured on the runway, smudging Terry’s Ombre Blackstar Eyeshadow stick in “Bronze Moon” onto the eyelid and blending Benefit’s “Dallas Bronzer” into the crease for a subtle yet super striking metallic bronze eye. For a bit of definition, she also used Charlotte Tilbury’s Barbarella Brown eyeliner on the outer lash line.

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“I’m also featuring what I like to call fake-away. I think it’s for all of us hard working girls out there that need some tricks.” Kelli explains. “Just add a little bit of bright, bright shine to the inner corner of the eye to give it that fresh kind of look.”

Kelli also advises to keep your lip and skin routine subtle when your accenting your eyes. So, stray away from super heavy contouring and bright red lips if you’re aiming for an intense eye look.

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“The lip is soft. It’s not about the lip today, it’s definitely about the eye.” She says. “Additionally, I would say creams, creams, creams. Stay away from powders. I think that too often women are into powder foundations and powder bases.”

Kelli used Kiehl’s Ultra-Facial cream and Charlotte Tilbury’s Wonderglow on the skin, keeping the face looking soft and smooth. She also defined the cheek bones with Wander Beauty cream blush and a hint of cream bronzer. Lips were hydrated with Terry Baume de Rose in Bloom Berry and finally, she highlighted with Glossier Highlighter in Topaz and Moonstone. Peep the finished runway look below.


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