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  DRAMATIC EYES - by Editor
Dark and dramatic eyes look great on any woman, no matter what her complexion. Here's how to get that perfect smoky-eyed look!

  1. Dampen your brush and carefully outline your eyes (up and down) with black power eye shadow.
  2. If you don't have a stark black eye-shadow, you could outline your eyes with a black pencil.
  3. Sweep blackish-grey eye shadow lightly over your eyelids, and blend into the black outline to soften the effect.
  4. Apply a light brown or gold eye shadow on the inside of your eyelids, blending it outwards.
  5. Apply a blue or grey eye pencil on your upper and lower eyelids, over the black outline.
  6. Apply a thin line of black liquid eyeliner, to make your eyes stand out further.
  7. For beautiful lashes, use an eyelash curler to curl them upwards and open your eyes. Hold your lashes gently with the curler for at least 30 seconds, and then apply mascara immediately.
  8. Apply at least two coats of mascara to your eyelashes. When applying mascara, remember to emphasise the roots of your lashes. Hold your brush horizontal and apply mascara to your upper lashes with firm, outward strokes. Apply mascara to the top of your lashes as well, by looking down into a magnifying mirror. When applying mascara to your lower lashes, do so with the tip of your mascara wand, using side to side strokes.
  9. After applying mascara, let it dry and then comb through your lashes so they don't stick together.
  10. Finish off with a sweep of brown eye shadow over your eyebrows. This will give your eyes extra definition. There, you're all set to sizzle!


Coloured Contacts

Invest in a pair of coloured contact lenses. They add depth to the eyes, and the right colour can do wonders for you. In addition, the price of coloured contact lenses has reduced dramatically, and they last for a couple of years, so money shouldn't be a consideration. Yes, if you have perfect vision, you may find looking after contact lenses a hassle, but then again, there's no gain without pain! And if you have an eye number, there's really no reason why you shouldn't get coloured contacts - so if you've been considering buying a pair, go for it!

Dark Circles

Get rid of dark circles. Place a potato slice on each eyelid. Remove it after around ten-fifteen minutes. You could also use cucumber slices.

Conceal dark circles with the help of a concealor. After applying concealor to your undereye area, proceed with foundation application. Finish off with a dusting of compact powder. This ensures that the concealor blends in well.

Puffiness

No matter how perfect your eye make-up, it's just not going to look good if you've got puffy eyes. Here's what you can do to reduce puffiness:

Take a bowl and fill it up with ice cubes and water. Splash this freezing cold water ten times on your face, and another ten times on your eyes. Do this at least a couple of times a week. Not only will your puffiness reduce dramatically, but your face will start glowing as well. (Don't do this if you are prone to broken capillaries.) Follow up with moisturizer and under-eye cream.

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Name: Sonia
City:   Toronto
Comments:   um i got a question...i just wanted to noe wat i can do to reduse my pimples on my face..and to make my face look fair
Name: Sakhi
City:   Kalamazoo, Mi
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Name: mala
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Name: Vee
City:   Maldives
Comments:   I would be really grateful if i could get tips on getting the snazzy Madonna's eyes look real dark n mystifying or the Urmila Matondkar's eye make-up tips really alluring type.......... i'd be very grateful for any kinda guidence - thanx
Name: jenny
City:   corona
Comments:   i have a question ... My friend krystal is getting married and she wants me to do her makeup , she wants dramatic eyemakeup and light lips .. but her eyes are kind of small and putting black makeup around the whole eye makes them actually look smaller .. so how do i do this with out giving her pea eyes ..lol JEnny
Name: To Jenny
City:   USA
Comments:   I suggest using a bronze eyeshadow and then lining the top part of the eye really closes along the lashline with liquid eyelinger, but if she wants a lot of black eyeliner then you can apply it along her bottom lashline, stop midway....hope i helped:)
Name: Ida
City:   Richmond Hill, Ontario
Comments:   Hey, I have dark dark dark circles under my eyes and I tried cucumbers and cucumber juice, it worked a little but the next day they were worse than they were before. I just tried potato slices so I dont know if its going to work but can anyone help me get rid of them
Name: ruelha
City:   mumbai
Comments:   hey ida, remember wadeva u try ur neva gonna get rid of dark circles unless u sleep well. ensure dat u sleep atlest 6 hrs.actually u gotta sleep 8 hrs a day.no matter wad u try ....all the dark circle removing creams n al, theyre gonna b useless if u dont sleep well. combine sleep wid potato juice or even cotton soaked in chilled rosewater n wait 4 results. n believe me .....it takes time. so wait!til den manage wid concealer.n yea in case u hav an olive undertone rem no matter wad u do ul always dark circles even if u sleep for 10 hrs n yea da rest of u guys pls dont criticise and insult pple. learn 2 b supportive pls.
Name: ruelha
City:   mumbai, india
Comments:   hey sonia from toronto, try washing ur face as often as possible coz u c the major reason u get pimples is trapped grime n dirt in pores.so follow a good skincare routine like pls use a cleanser wen u wake up , b4 bedtime, n immediately wen u return from outdoors.n b4 goin out try using a toner if possible. toners remove x-cess oil n close ur pores [ lessen da size of em} den u can use a water based moisturiser ,dis is not necess coz ur likely 2 hav combination or oily skin.but pls do da cleansing rite n if possible da toning.n pls no matter how sleepy u r wash ur face well b4 bed or ull end up cursin urself within da next few days.ps dont go 4 oil based products.water based always.stay away from creamy n foam cleansers. go 4 gel based or ones wid minuteexfoliants
Name: meerab
City:   lahore
Comments:   hi i wanna make my lashes long .so do u hav any tip for those ppl who r trying to make their lashes long.
Name: ruelha
City:   mumbai
Comments:   yea meerab, how r u ssupabt lengthening your lashes....try using a lengthening mascara.it'll work wonders.
Name: Kelly
City:   nashville
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Name: Anonymous
City:   NJ
Comments:   I drank 80 fl. oz. of water a day ,during a breakout, and my pimples were GONE in 3 days.
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City:   pa
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City:   lima
Comments:   Hmm...I know my mom made my lashes longer by cutting them when I was a baby, so after they grew faster, bigger and ticker. But it's a little dangerous to do and you're not a baby any more...so castor oil is good! I've heard about it too! Drinking water really helps your skin. The more you drink the better. You'll also have less pimples. For dark circles, I know you have to sleep alot (which I often don't do :S) and also taking an ice cube and kind of rubbing it all over your face/under eyes. Makes the skin tighter too. My problem is my nose...It's not really that big..but when I put concealer on it it starts pealing off...I don't have that problem with the rest of my skin. Anyone know what to do about that?
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City:   london
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Name: Sharmila
City:   Malaysia
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