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Ready, set, smoulder

They’re quick, fun and glamorous – meet this season’s new eye looks. You’ll wonder how you ever partied without them

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    The catwalk scissor-flick (above)

    Best for Eyeliner addicts looking for a glamorous new way to wear it.

    How to do it ‘Sweep a beige eyeshadow over your lid, winging it outwards to the tip of your brow,’ says celebrity make-up artist Kenneth Soh. ‘Using a long-lasting black liquid liner, draw along your upper lash line, going a centimetre beyond your eye (mimicking the shadow) and pointing the line towards the top of your ear. Then, starting from the outer edge, draw another line upwards, towards your temple. To match the dramatic effect, give your brows definition by filling in any gaps with a brow shadow, then load on your usual mascara.’

    Pro tip ‘To help you draw a steady line, rest your elbow on a stable surface,’ says Kenneth. ‘And use the edge of a business card as a guide to help you get the perfect flick.’

    The Kit Rimmel London Scandaleyes Shadow Stick in Bulletproof Beige, £4.49/449 points; Bourjois Liner Pinceau Liquid Eyeliner in Noir Beaux-Arts, £6.99/ 699 points; Benefit Ka-Brow! Cream Gel Brow Colour, £18.50/1,850 points

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    The speedy silver flash

    Best for Those who like a low-key look.

    How to do it ‘Cover your whole eyelid with a wash of taupe eyeshadow, then apply silver liner to the inner corner of your eye in a “V” shape, taking it to about a third of the way along your lower lash line,’ says Kenneth. ‘Start with a fine line, as it’s easy to overload with shimmer – then step back from the mirror, and only add more if you think it’s needed. Finish the look with a coat of black mascara on the upper lashes, leaving the bottom lashes and lash line naked to help make the silver really pop.’

    Pro tip ‘The silver “V” will make eyes appear closer together, so to help balance the look, wing out eyelashes by adding an extra sweep of mascara to the outside edges,’ says Kenneth.

    The Kit Stila Eyeshadow in Kitten, £12/1,200 points; Barry M Bold Waterproof Eyeliner in Silver, £3.99/399 points; Collection Fast Stroke Defining Mascara in Black, £2.50/250 points

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    The daring disco glitter

    Best for Glamour-seekers who love making an entrance.

    How to do it ‘Apply a gunmetal eyeshadow cream to your lid, stopping at the socket line and blending the edges outwards,’ explains Kenneth. ‘Brush on a couple of layers of loose glitter while the cream is still wet – this will help it stick. Pencil your brow lightly for extra definition, then finish with two coats of your favourite black mascara.’

    Pro tip ‘For even more staying power, apply lash glue over the cream shadow, then layer on the glitter – use your finger to pat it onto the glue before it dries,’ adds Kenneth.

    The Kit Clarins Ombre Matte Cream To Powder Eyeshadow in Sparkle Grey, £19/ 1,900 points; NYX Face And Body Glitter in Gunmetal, £5.50/550 points; No7 Hypo-allergenic Lash Adhesive Boots Exclusive, £7.50/750 points

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    The electric smoky eye

    Best for Eyeliner addicts who aren’t afraid to experiment and love a dramatic look.

    How to do it ‘Start by applying a navy kohl pencil all over the eyelid – it helps define the right shape and creates a base so your eyeshadow stays put,’ says Kenneth. ‘Take the pencil out to a bold, winged point that finishes at the end of your brow. Don’t forget to pull the skin taut so you can create the right extended wing shape, and angle the upper edges so they mimic the line of your brow. Then press a matching reflective eyeshadow over the kohl to deepen and intensify the colour.’

    Pro tip ‘Highlight the inner corners with a light, shimmery shadow,’ says Kenneth.

    The Kit Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner in French Navy, £16/1,600 points; Dior DiorShow Mono Eyeshadow in Show, £24.50/2,450 points; Max Factor Excess Shimmer Eyeshadow in Crystal, £7.99/799 points

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    The finishing tips

    Manicure maths to polish off your party style

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Graphic cut-outs

Pro tip ‘Alternate each nail, applying one shade to the tip of the first finger, and the other shade to the cuticle and side of the next. Switch between straight diagonal lines and blocked horizontal edges for a cool, graphic effect,’ advises manicurist Chisato.

Try Revlon Nail Enamel in Iconic, £6.49/649 points (14.7ml); L’Oréal Paris Color Riche A L’Huile Nail Lacquer in Bleu Royal, £4.99/499 points (13.5ml); Real Techniques Eyes Silicone Liner Brush, £5.99/599 points


Matte powder pink

Pro tip ‘File nails into a neat oval shape and apply a base coat,’ says Chisato. ‘Apply the nail polish in three strokes: one down the middle first, then one down each side. Paint the edge of the tip of the nail to seal the colour.’

Try Sally Hansen Double Duty Strengthening Base & Top Coat, £5.25/525 points (13.3ml); Mavala Polish in Riga only, £4.75/475 points (5ml); Barry M Matte Nail Paint, £3.99/399 points (10ml)


Highlighted edges

Pro tip ‘Wait until nails are completely dry before you add the edges; otherwise, the two shades will blend together,’ advises Chisato. ‘And when you’re applying the top coat, let it drip onto the nail, then gently brush it over the surface.’

Try No7 Stay Perfect Nail Colour in Patent Effect Boots Exclusive, £6/600 points (10ml); Maybelline Color Show 60 seconds Nail Polish in City Smoke, £2.99/299 points (7ml); OPI RapiDry Quick Drying Top Coat, £13.25/1,325 points (15ml)


Chic lines

Pro tip ‘Paint a very fine pink line over a grey base. Before you apply the line, dab some of the pink polish onto a tissue so that the brush isn’t too heavily loaded. Then carefully build up the line to create the effect you’re after,’ says Chisato.

Try Nails inc Nail Polish in The Thames only, £14/1,400 points (14ml); Max Factor Glossfinity Nail Polish in Marshmallow, £5.99/599 points (10ml); Essie Good to Go Top Coat, £8.99/899 points (13.5ml)

Words Donna Francis Photography Tom Frank Model Daria at Profile Models Hair Heath Massi at Frank Agency Nails Chisato at Terri Manduca Still-life photography Pixeleyes


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