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colour scheming


Why is it that eyeshadow compacts always have a shade you’d never wear? Or one colour that you use to death while the others remain untouched? And why on earth would anyone want such an array of colours anyway? Well, dear reader, here’s why: Many compacts assume you’ll be wanting to do a classic smokey eye, so contain a series of lightto-dark shades of the same tone. This makes it really easy if you’re not sure how to do it; just apply the lightest shade all over the socket up to the brow bone, the middle over the lid up to the crease and the darkest close to the lash line and towards the outer corner. Then blend. Try M.A.C Mineralise Eye Shadow Trio in Togetherne­ss, $62 (above).

And that random other colour in the palette? Well that encourages you to take the plunge with a look you might not have tried otherwise. So while you might love bronze and gold but would never think to wear powder blue – if it’s already in the compact you’ve bought, you’ve got nothing to lose. Have a go with Shiseido Luminising Satin Eye Colour Trio in Opera, $69 (below).

The colours in eyeshadow compacts are matched so they complement each other. So, if you want to try a fancy applicatio­n with two, three or even four colours, you can use those in the palette and be confident they will work. Mix and match with Revlon Colourstay 12 Hour Eye Shadow in Summer Suedes, $31 (right). 20 percent off the new one. And if you’re unsure about what’s in style or will suit you, have the staff give you some tips on how to update your look at the same time.

The offer is available at over 140 Amcal and Unichem pharmacies throughout New Zealand, from tomorrow until September 19. Visit to find out who’s participat­ing.

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