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It’s time to upgrade your eyeshadow rou­tine.

Elle (Canada) - - Content -

The lazy girl’s an­swer to eyeshadow.

Here’s why you should make shadow sticks a sig­nif­i­cant part of your beauty arse­nal: They’ve got the easy ap­pli­ca­tion of a lip balm (ap­plied half-heart­edly, it still looks good) and are built like crayons for your face. If draw­ing isn’t your forte, don’t worry: This is the makeup equiv­a­lent of paint by num­bers, where your eye is the only thing la­belled and the colour goes ex­actly where you want it to—and stays un­til you want it gone. AP­PLI­CA­TION For a wash of colour, start by ap­ply­ing it along the lash line, like an eye­liner, and then over the eye­lid. Stop when you get to the crease­of your lid—you’ll know you’re there when you feel the base of your brow­bone. THE BRUSH- OFF The ge­nius of the shadow stick is that you don’t need a brush—you can ap­ply it straight from the pen­cil. (Make sure to sharpen it be­fore each use to keep things hy­gienic; nat­u­ral oils from your skin will trans­fer to the prod­uct.) Then, softly blend with your fin­ger. “Most peo­ple are not aware of how gen­tle they should be,” says Trinidad Ri­vas, na­tional ed­u­ca­tor for Make Up For Ever. Make a dab­bing mo­tion us­ing your ring fin­ger—it’s the least dex­ter­ous one, so you’re less likely to ex­ert Her­culean strength on the most sen­si­tive part of your face. DOU­BLE PLAY Makeup artist and beauty vlog­ger Tati West­brook likes to layer her shadow sticks for more in­ten­sity and rec­om­mends ap­ply­ing a lighter shade down the cen­tre of the lid for a halo ef­fect and to bring light to the face. Or make like celebrity makeup artist Char­lotte Til­bury, who lines eyes and then smudges and soft­ens shadow with a brush for an easy Kate Moss smoky look. Bonus: Un­like tra­di­tional pow­der eye­shad­ows, shadow sticks are more likely to stay put. “Shadow sticks nor­mally have very lit­tle fall­out,” says Ri­vas. “This holds true for creas­ing as well.” n

From left: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Golden Bronze ($34); Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic in Irides­cent Elec­tric Blue ($26); Char­lotte Til­bury Colour Chameleon in In­tox­i­cat­ing Vi­o­let ($32); Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Sand Glow ($34); LOC One & Done Eye Shadow Stick in Smoke Screen ($12); NARS Vel­vet Shadow Stick in Glé­nan ($35). For de­tails, see Shop­ping Guide.

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