Eyeliners with something extra
Sultry, shimmery eyelids aren't just reserved for red-carpet occasions; these eyeliners are versatile for everyday use. Find your favorite finish to create a new bold look that enhances any outfit, occasion or mood.
To be daring, try wearing metallic eyeliners. Using light colors with a touch of shine highlights eyes and makes them stand out against the more traditional jet-black liners. To really push the envelope, use two different colors: one to outline the bottom rim and one to highlight the top. Some like to play it safe by just adding a sexy shimmer for evening, but there's nothing wrong with a shiny, bright pop during the day — especially if the rest of the makeup is pared down. Metallic eyeshadows can also achieve the same effect.
If glitter sounds like a teenage flashback faux pas, don't worry, Stila's Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner is made of multi-pearl micro-glitter to make eyes shine. Plus, the sparkle will last all day due to a special polymer formula that makes sure those eyes never lose their twinkle. Don't be afraid to be a little vibrant during the day; the small sparkles look refined and appropriate anytime. For fans of the traditional pencil eyeliner, Nars has a glitter-infused pencil that applies smoothly and stays intact for hours.
To reduce the look of fatigue and redness, highlighter pencils provide brightness and shine to instantly illuminate the eyes. Wear right on the bottom lash line or inner corner of the eye to quickly add a luminous pop.
Cream shadow stick
This long-wear shadow will keep eyes defined and shaded for up to eight hours without creasing or fading. It's perfect to keep up with any busy day. The soft and shimmery hues are appropriate to wear anytime — making this the ideal tool to stash in a bag for a quick touch-up between leaving the office and going out for the night.
To make eyeliner go its farthest — and get the most bang for your buck — bareMinerals Liner Shadow can be worn for a soft or dramatic effect. Use dry to create a subtle and understated look; use wet for an intensely fierce, bold line. It's long-lasting and won't smudge throughout the day.
(bareMinerals Liner Shadow, $14)
Favorite products for a memorable night out
Laura Mercier created an innovative new formula that mixes a semi-crème eyeliner with a velvet matte finish to take the classic smoky eye to an entirely new level.
For eyeshadow, NARS' Night Series Eyeshadows have nine shades that are a bit sultry and sexy and have a light-reflecting sparkle — leaving a dramatically fierce effect.
(NARS Night Series Eyeshadow, $24)