One Palette Goes a Long Way

If you have these tips from a pro makeup artist, that is.

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The Palette

MetalMatte Eye Shadow Palette by Kat Von D Beauty, $60,
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Professional makeup artist Holly Gowers uses this new and limited-edition Kat Von D gem, which boasts a whopping 22 matte and shimmery shades, to whip up some surprising color combinations.

The Neutral Staple

Simple and sophisticated enough for any day of the week.

Shades Used: Flash (gold), Oak (matte brown), and Glitz (shimmery pink)

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Great Lash Washable Mascara by Maybelline, $6,

The Technique

Step 1: Apply gold as a base to the entire top lid. Blend the color from the lash line toward the brow bone.

Step 2: Using a matte brown, draw a line on the upper lash line.

Step 3: Brush the same brown on the outer corner of the upper and lower lids. Then smudge.

Step 4: Dab a shimmery pink onto the starlight point (the inner corner of your eye).

Step 5: Swipe a coat of mascara to the top and bottom lashes.

The Autumn-Inspired Smoky Eye

Gold and violet are the perfect fall-ready colors to really make your eyes pop.

Shades Used: Flash (gold), Synergy (shimmery brown), Velvet (matte purple), and Volt (shimmery purple)

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Shadow Shields, $10,
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Eye Pencil To Go in Intense Black, $6,

The Technique

Step 1: Apply eye shadow shields under your eyes to make cleanup easier—but you can also use concealer or foundation to freshen up.

Step 2: Mix the shimmery brown and gold, and brush the combination onto the entire top lid.

Step 3: Line the top lid with a black eyeliner, and smudge.

Step 4: Add the matte purple on top of the black liner, and thicken the line at the outer corners.

Step 5: Line the lower lash line with a shimmery purple, and smudge it out a little bit.

Step 6: Dab the starlight area with gold shadow.

Step 7: Blend the colors together with a clean, fluffy brush!

The Real Green Goddess

Although we use green, you can modify this eye makeup with reds, pinks, blues, or purples!

Shades Used: Watt (shimmery green-blue), Moss (matte green), Jet (matte black), and Tinsel (silver)

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Eye Vinyl in Bridge, $20,

The Technique

Step 1: Wet your brush, and dip it into the green-blue shade. Apply the hue from the upper lash line to the crease.

Step 2: Using a dry brush, blend the green toward your brow bone.

Step 3: Using a darker green shade, draw an angle at the outer corner of your top lid, and blend. Remember to blend up and out, not down.

Step 4: Line your lid with black, and smudge it for a more dramatic effect.

Step 5: Add silver to the inner corners of your eyes.

Step 6: Lightly dab eye gloss over the top lid.

The Electric Winged Liner

When you want a cool look that's super-low-maintenance, go for blue liner.

Shades Used: Nebula (shimmery blue) and Velour (matte blue)

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Waterproof Gel Eye Pencil in Black Blaze by Essence, $3,

The Technique

Step 1: Choose a straight edge, such as a shadow shield, business card, or tape, to help you define the shape of the wing.

Step 2: Mix the blues together with a damp brush until the consistency is thick enough to be a paste.

Step 3: Slowly line the upper lid until you create a winged line.

Step 4: Line the lower lash line and connect the shape to the wing.

Step 5: Add a black liner to the waterline for added depth.

Step 6: Clean up any color transfer around the eye with face powder or a cotton swab.

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