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[2020 Holiday Beauty Prep] 4+ Easy Eye Makeup Looks Step-by-step Tutorials For Beginners

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With all the bold eye makeup looks that caught our eye in 2019, it makes sense to end the year paying tribute to the best ones. And it just so happens that statement liner, eyeshadow, and lashes can be the coolest complement to your holiday party dress.

No other accessory (think shoes, a handbag, or, that other major 2019 beauty trend, a hair accessory) can quite compete with the versatility of bold eye makeup. Add pink eyeshadow to offer your look a dose of sweetness, or a glossy finish for a ‘gram starlet upgrade. Test out your eyeliner skills with a new shape that can give your look an edge or a far-out 60s feel. Prefer a look more subtle? Dreamy, understated French girl eyes also happen to be au courant.

Dare to match your eye makeup to each look-at-me number you don this holiday season. Planning on wearing a classic LBD on repeat? (Good for you, eco-friendly one!) Pair the dress with a different eye makeup look each time you wear it for a fresh feel.

Here, Veronica Chu, makeup artist and spokesperson and makeup pro at CoverGirl, shares five of the best eye makeup trends of the year and how to get each look.

Trend #1: Pink Eyeshadow

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Makeup artist Jo Baker quickly became a household name—well, at least for us beauty-obsessors—with the captivating looks she created for Lucy Boynton. The looks feature lengthy lashes, Crayola-bright shadow, and stark lines inspired by flowers, fishtails, and even telephone wires (as she explains on her Instagram page) and were so enchanting, they arguably helped Boynton achieve Hollywood Golden Girl status. Baker has used pink eyeshadow on Boynton for many of her winning looks, and we’ve also seen the colour on the eyelids of celebs like Yara Shahidi, Lady Gaga, and Kylie Jenner. “This is a great trend because it really brings focus to the eyes,” says Chu. “A pink eyeshadow will pretty much contrast with all eye colours.”

Get the Look:

“The main thing about achieving this look is to make sure you blend,” says Chu. She recommends using a blending brush so you don’t see any hard edges. Whether you use a matte pink or a shimmery pink shadow, blend it seamlessly outwards to make the eye ethereal looking, says Chu.

Rephr Blending Brush #15, $24, rephr.com
Luxury Palette in Pillow Talk, $66, charlottetillbury.com

Trend #2: Glossy Lids

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Wet, patent, lacquered-looking lids in colours like purple and rust have been seen on everyone from Kim Kardashian to Rihanna. Our favourite rendition? The smoky glossy eye, as illustrated by makeup artist Lisa Eldridge. This trend offers a dramatic, sultry look, says Chu. While the traditional smoky eye is edgy and classic, a glassy finish can keep the look modern.

Get the Look:

“Wait until the last minute to add the glass finish on top of your eyelids to ensure the look will last as long as possible without running,” says Chu.

Nars Velvet Shadow Stick in “Flibuste,” $35, narscosmetics.ca
Milk Makeup Eye Vinyl, $14, sephora.com

Trend #3: Statement Liner

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Consider yourself an eyeliner wiz? You may be especially inclined to give this trend a whirl. Experiment with your pencil by creating over-the-lash-line lines and open-ended flicks, as illustrated by makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes. “The open-ended eyeliner allows you to elongate the eyes without closing them up and keeping it light feeling,” says Chu. “It’s quite simple to achieve, as it requires only two strokes.”

Get the Look:

“Don’t try to create this lined look in one swift move as it is almost impossible to do,” says Chu. The key to creating smooth, even lines is by using small strokes. “If you don’t get it correct the first or even second time, use a cotton swab with eye makeup remover to help refine your shape and create the perfect pointed tip,” says Chu.

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Kat Von D Tattoo Eyeliner in “Trooper,” $27, sephora.com
CoverGirl Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner in “Black Onyx,” $9, ulta.com

Trend #4: 60s Vibes

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We can probably point the finger at Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, featuring Margot Robbie as ultimate 60s style icon Sharon Tate, for this trend. It only makes sense, then, that makeup artist Pati Dubroff was inspired by Tate to create this look for Robbie. “This 60s eyeliner look is such a great way to add a soft yet dramatic flair to the eye,” says Chu. “It also helps to bulk up the lash line and create a larger eye dimension look.”

Get the Look:

“Use a really black gel eyeliner with an eyeliner brush to run the entire eye with a medium-thick line,” says Chu. Then, go over it with a black eyeshadow powder to create a softer look and help it last all night.

Pro Longwear Fluidline, 34, maccosmetics.ca
Artist Colour Shadow in “M-100 Black,” $22, makeupforever.com

Trend #5: Le French Look

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French makeup artist Violette has made us all (even more than before) obsessed with mimicking French beauty looks. Why? “There’s something extremely chic about the French girl look,” says Chu. “It’s effortlessly classic.” Take this dreamy, barely-there look, for example. Matte, taupey eyeshadow paired with a touch of mascara offers a fuss-free look that’s super sexy.

Get the Look:

Keep it monochromatic, says Chu. Reach for a soft, neutral eyeshadow colour. “Make sure that everything is blended out, as if you used your fingers to apply it,” says Chu. Want to elevate the look? This eye pairs perfectly with a bold red lip stain.

Rose Gold Eye Palette 6 PC Kit, $72, nudestix.ca
Tartelette In Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette, $51, sephora.com

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