EZ Beauty: Dramatic Eyes

Blame it on Cleopatra – Marc Antony certainly did – or rather Elizabeth Taylor, whose kohl-rimmed peepers in 1963 kick-started the heavily lined eye makeup we still covet today.

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Line Up

The smoky eye never gets old (even if we do), so keep up the look with YSL Beaute’s Couture Kajal self-sharpening crayon. It comes in four dark shades including black, navy, deep green (shown) and petrol blue. The conical shape allows you to mix it up as a precision liner, smudgy eye shadow stick or sexy kohl on the inner lids.

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Magic Wand

The latest in the CoverGirl LashBlast series is the Super Sizer, and it lives up to the name. The secret is in the brush – or Lash Styler, as they call it – which has a narrow core and shorter bristles to trap even the teeniest lash and give it a dose of colour. The wand can then be wielded like a mini curling iron: twirl or rotate from root to tip to saturate and comb through the mascara. Then flirt away.

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Shadow Play

Taking its colour inspiration from nature – think moss, pine cones and eucalyptus – Chanel’s fall eye shadow palette, Les 4 Ombres in Tisse d’Automne combine matte, satin and highlighting finishes to sculpt eyes.

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Brow Raising

There’s no getting away from the youthful full brow trend, but years of over-tweezing may have left yours too thin, making achieving the look an uphill battle. Clinique’s Just Browsing Brush-On Styling Mousse helps with its gel-mousse formula that adheres to even sparse hairs, creating a thicker look, while the tip of the wand can fill in areas or extend the length of each brow.