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4 Essential Eye Looks to Know

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Whether you’re new to the eye makeup scene or interested in going back to the basics, we’ve rounded up the four eye looks that you need to know. From a work-appropriate cat-eye to bold, eye-popping liner, we’re touching all the bases so you can rock your gorgeous peepers in any setting.

1. How To: Neutral Cat-Eye

Cat-eyes tend to fall on the dramatic side of eye looks but for those of us who want a more subtle look, here’s how to get a cat-eye that’s clean and neutral. Using a gel eyeliner like Cailyn Cosmetics Gel Eyeliner guarantees precision and lets you decide how thick or thin you want the line to be. 

2. Eyeliner 4 Ways with Sumita Contrast Eye Pencils

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Although brightly colored eyeliners can be intimidating, they have the benefit of making eyes look bigger, similar to white or nude liner. But make sure you choose an eyeliner that doesn’t tug—this look is all about clean lines. We’re obsessed with the formula and color range of Sumita’s Color Contrast Eyeliners. If bright green is a little to intense for you, try shades in rich eggplant and pastel sky blue!

3. Smoky Eye 101

A smoky eye is a classic look that all women should try at some point. It’s a bolder style but surprisingly easy to achieve. In this video, Birchbox staffer Deepica is taking us step-by-step through the whole process. For a more colorful look, try a lilac-eggplant or burnt orange-brown pairing. We like the Coastal Scents Mirage Eyeshadow Palette for endless combinations. Just remember to define the waterlines with Jouer Eye Definer or another creamy, pigmented eyeliner pencil for that added pop.

4. 5 Ways to Use a Chubby Eye Pencil

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Chubby pencils are super quick and easy when you’re in a rush or on-the-go. Whether you’re on the train or heading out the door, these five looks can be recreated anywhere in less than a minute. The best part? Since chubby pencils lend themselves to slightly smudgy looks, you don’t need to get frustrated over precise application. Try one of our latest favorites, Mally Beauty Evercolor Shadow Sticks, for styles that will last all day. 

—Geraldine

To frame those lovely eyes of yours, remember to do your eyebrows! Our staffers learned what a difference it makes in this little before and after.

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