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The eyebrows are often the most neglected facial feature on a woman (and a man — but that’s a whole ‘nother post for a whole ‘nother blog). I learned several years back how critical a role a good eyebrow pencil should have in your beauty routine and to this day I almost never leave home without a swipe of Laura Mercier’s Eyebrow Pencil. But when I’m looking to take my look to the next level I turn to Benefit High Brow. This thick oyster-pink pencil is meant to be swept right under the eyebrow line then blended gently into skin. The luminous color adds life to your brows and even seems to add a little lift to the arches, too. 

You can buy Benefit High Brow for $20 at sephora.com.

Of course we knew the stars of the Great Gatsby would bring their A-List beauty game to the highly anticipated premiere of the film at Lincoln Center in New York City on May 1. But what we didn’t expect was that Gatsby co-star Isla Fisher would steal the spotlight with her deep hot pink lip, retro black cat eyeliner, and super glam deep side part and waves. Ok! Magazine spilled the full details on the retro look straight from Fisher’s makeup artist Katye Denno. With the exception of one product, the look was done completely with organic and natural makeup brands. Denno’s inspiration for the look was to make Isla look like an “old-time, glamorous Hollywood movie star.” Mission definitely accomplished. 

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Landing in a Sephora near you on April 30th, British beauty brand Illamasqua explores the supernatural side of beauty in their summer Paranormal collection. The collection includes a vibrant water resistant Paranormal eyeshadow palette ($46.50) featuring four colors ranging from Vivid Cerise (reddish pink) to Cool Green, Warm Copper and Soft Violet. The Paranormal collection also includes a lightweight highlighter ($26) that “creates a glow of extraordinary light wherever applied” and the Precision Ink water-proof liquid liner ($27.50) that goes on with a sheen and stays put all day, and then a little longer. Rumor has it that the liquid liner can also double as a nail art pen. 

The real stand out in Illamasqua’s Paranormal beauty world is their limited edition collection of UV nail varnishes ($17). To the world your nails will be bright and colorful with a slight metallic finish, but to those in the know (with the assistance of a black light) all of your nail art secrets can be revealed. That’s right… these colors glow under black light. Even just saying the colors will freak people out, with names like Omen (bright green), Séance (bright violet), and Ouija (bright pink). One of the most impressive products is the UV top coat Geist, which turns every nail polish you own into a color that will glow under black lights. Next up on the agenda: plan your weekend around places that use black lights.
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For many of us our eyes feel some of the most brutal effects of allergy season. But there are ways to manage the symptoms and emerge even more bright-eyed than ever before. 

If your eyes are often watery, itchy and/or red during this time of year, you might want to consider using eye drops. Talk with your doctor about what your best options are. I use an over the counter formula that helps get the gunky feeling out and takes the stinging (as well as the red lines) away. 

After using medicines aimed at lessening my symptoms, I turn to cosmetics to keep me looking the part. Every morning and every night I apply an eye cream (here’s a review of my favorite: Kiss My Face Eye Witness Eye Repair Creme) to my under-eye area. Using only a small amount I dab the cream on under my eyes and then rub it — using the lightest of pressures — in a circular motion in to my skin. 

Because of my eyes heightened sensitivities during spring, I try to limit the amount of eye makeup I apply. I also make sure to remove all my makeup at the end of the day to ensure no irritants are left to agitate my eyes while I sleep. Take the Day Off Makeup Remover For Lids, Lashes & Lips is my favorite eye-specific makeup remover, as it clears away the makeup but doesn’t take any natural moisture with it. I often follow up with a cleansing facial towelette like Say Yes to Cucumbers Hypoallergenic Wipes, just to make sure my skin is completely clean before bed. 

I also make sure my brushes are clean and free of particles or dust that might irritate my eyes. Sephora makes a great brush cleansing spray, Daily Brush Cleaner, that cleans makeup brushes nicely and doesn’t require rinsing. 
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Blake Lively, and scores of other women, know that nothing says sun goddess more than gilded glamour on your lids. The more shades you have, the more depth you can create to this look, but really you just need a light, almost yellow, gold shimmery shadow (or highlighting powder) and a warmer, almost brown, gold shadow (preferably in a cream formula). Start with the darker, warmer shadow and apply that to the base of the eye lid, stopping right at the crease — I adore Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Stick in Rose Gold ($24 at sephora.com) for this effect. Then use the lighter, cooler shadow and apply that at the crease of the lid and blend it in with the lower lid — bareMinerals Eyecolor in Queen Phyllis ($14 at sephora.com) does the trick nicely. Lastly use an eyeliner brush to apply the lighter shadow right at the corner of the eye and along the lower lash line, creating a glowing rim around your eyes. If you feel the need you can finish this look off with a thin black line of eyeliner or, my favorite, just some mascara.

Also, if you like to have some variance in your shades, consider using something like Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Brick Compact ($42 at sephora.com) it features varying shades of perfectly shimmery shadows. It might be known as a cheek bronzer, but your eyes will glow and shine under its effects, too!

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