by Ally Marie Corliss, Birchbox
The perfect smoky eye starts with the perfect kit.
We love the look of the ombré sultry eye featured in this month's stila in the light eye shadow palette sample, but our fear of the ending up with a sloppy version has kept us away. Thankfully, the always adventurous Ops Associate Noha jumped at the chance to put the palette to the test. She showed us that creating the perfect ombré eye is actually incredibly easy, and only took four simple steps. Here's our guide to recreating the look at home:
Start with a clean lids and for fuss-free application have all your tools laid out in front of you. We used three brushes: for layering color on the lid we used stila's #9 all over blend brush, and for adding hues along the lash line and brow bone we used two detail brushes from Japonesque's incredible brush set.
STEP 1. First, apply neutral shades Bare from your lash line to the brow bone-it's a gorgeous matte ivory that brightens dull lids.
STEP 2. Next, apply Sandstone, a matte light coco, to your lids and
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After progressing from hair to fashion, the ombré trend has made its way to your manicure. The look is simple to recreate at home, and you don't even have to track down five sequential shades. The secret: you only need color. To get a gorgeous gradient, just pick a single pretty hue and then create your own lighter and darker shades using white or black polishes. Here's how to get the effect:
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Steps two and three in action.
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