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September 10, 2011

Get The Celebrity Look: Smoky Eyes

Smoky eyes are not limited to the red carpet. Get a star gaze in five easy steps with our tips.

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Nouveau Metallic Eyeshadow SEEN AT: Donna Karan Collection, Versace, Missoni. GET IT: "Today's metallic tones are more earthy than flashy, which means they're flattering to a wider array of skin tones," says Alexander, ho recommends matching your metallic shadow to your accessories for a statement-making outcome. "We always ask the designers whether their models will be sporting silver or gold, then do the eyes accordingly." For the prettiest effect, pick cream shadow if your skin is dry and powder if it's normal, and keep the color most intense at your lashline, diffusing it with your finger or a makeup brush as you spread it over the crease.

Photo Credit: Fabio Pettinari

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To copy the bevy of celebs sporting smoldering, smoky eyes on the red carpet, stay away from blue hues - which can make you look like you have undereye circles, says Giorgio Armani makeup artist André Drykin. Instead, go for black, gray, brown or if you want "color," dark green shadows and liners. Then, follow these steps:

1. Apply a cream concealer over your eyelid to create a smooth base for your eyeshadow.

2. Use a pencil liner (black or gray looks best) to trace your top lashline from the inner corner to the outer. Then, use the same pencil to dot between your lower lashes. Smudge both lashlines with a cotton swab or an eyeliner brush.

3. Sweep powder shadow (brown, gray and dark green all work with black or gray liner) over your lid and into your crease, blending the color up and outward, says New York City makeup artist Morgen Schick DeMann.Marie Claire recommends: Morgen Stained Glass Eye Wash in Spruce; Shiseido The Makeup Eye Shadow Brush; Cover Girl Perfect Blend Pencil in Basic Black; Origins Full Story Lush-Lash Mascara in Black.

TIP: To prevent color from fading and give your lids a more shimmery finish, pat a cream shadow over the concealer on your lid first, wait five minutes, then top with a matching powder shadow.

4. Dust a lighter, neutral eyeshadow (such as ivory) over just your browbone.

5. Finish with two coats of black mascara.

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