How to Wear Fall’s Jewel-Tone Eye Colors

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The fall weather is here and as our coats, scarves, and boots come out so do our new makeup looks. This season, the best trend around is the jewel-tone eye—it’s a great way to play up your pretty eyes no matter what color or shape you have. Choose purple amethyst, sapphire blue, or emerald green shadows, mascaras, or liners to create new looks that will get you noticed. Here are the top five ways to go bold with jewel colors.

1. Opt for colored eye liners and mascaras.
Apply emerald green, amethyst, or sapphire blue eye liner along the upper lash line only and end it in a slight wing at the ends of the eyes. Sweep matching jewel-tone mascara on your top and bottom lashes and dab on a little cream highlighter under your brows (as well as inside the corners of the eyes and on the tops of the cheekbones). Keep your lids bare and fill in your brows with a brow pencil. Finish with a swirl of natural pink blush and a swipe of natural tinted lip balm.

2. Pair a jewel-tone eye liner with a matching shadow.
Sweep the liner along the upper lash line, then use the matching shadow and blend it along the eyelid from the lash line to the crease. Then, smudge it under the lower lash line. Blend in the three key places mentioned above with a shimmering powder highlighter, then apply black mascara. Top things off by sweeping on a natural flush to the cheeks and adding a sheer pink lip gloss.

3. Go for a sparkling smoky eye.
Use deep black eye liner along the upper and lower lashes as close to the roots of the lashes as possible. Then use a rich sparkling emerald green eye shadow to blend on the eyelids from the lash line, going just up and over the crease slightly. Apply a pale champagne highlighter under the brows and on the inside corners of the eyes. Finish it off with black mascara. Use a nude cheek color and lip gloss to keep all the focus on your eyes.

4. Mismatch jewel tones on the upper and lower parts of your eyes for a modern twist.
Choose a jewel-tone shadow like amethyst or sapphire and sweep in along the upper lash line and lid. Then go for a totally different hue like emerald and smudge it along the lower lash line. Skip eyeliner and just pair it with black mascara. Again, think neutral colors for cheeks and lips, so this cool pairing of shades will be front and center.

5. Try all three jewel-tone colors at once.
Start off with your highlighter under the brows, on the inside corners of the eyes and on top of the cheekbones. Now sweep the amethyst purple hue lightly in the crease of the eyes. Apply the sapphire blue a bit heavier along the lids from the lash line to the crease. Under the lower lash line blend on the emerald green color, then finish with black liner applied on the waterline of the eyes and a heavy dose of black mascara. Cheeks should be slightly rosy and lips look best with a hint of rosy glossy shine.

Which of these looks are you excited to try?

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