Ace a Course in Colorful Smoky Eyes!

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Forgot the rules of eyeliner 101? Good! Smoky eyes are a welcome complement fall's neutrals, but we're not talking your standard charcoal tones. Instead, we're thinking rebelliously and opening up the color palette. Read on for makeup artist Daniel Martin's steps to achieving the look!

1. First, apply primer to your lids (Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish 24 Hour Shadow Primer, $20; for longer-lasting color. Then trace around your eyes with a dual-ended eye marker (Flower Double Take Eye Marker & Crème Eyeshadow in Poolside Kiss, $10;, one tip with black liquid liner and the other with metallic green, blue or purple cream shadow. (Jewel tones flatter most complexions and eye colors, Martin says.) Work the liquid liner over the top lashes and dot along the bottom, then blur the edges with a pointy cotton swab (Q-tips Precision Tips, $3/170; at drugstores). “This update is smudgy and sexy—it’s a party-girl eye,” says Martin. “Plus, it’s easier than a hyper-finished smoky version.”

2. Draw the creamy shadow end directly over your liner, and smudge it right on top so the two “melt together and give your eyes depth,” says Martin.

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3. Diffuse these colors over your upper lid with your fingers. “You’ll get a natural, smoky effect just by letting the colors settle on your skin. It’s much cooler this way,” says Martin.

4. Layer a second coat of liquid liner along your lash lines, on top of the cream shadow,for extra intensity. “The dry-down is so quick with these colors that you can layer on more without the risk of clumps,” says Martin. Finish with two coats of dark mascara (Givenchy Noir Couture Volume Mascara, $32;

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Lastly, balance out the rest of your beauty look. It’s less intense than the standard smoky eye, so you don’t need to go bare every-where else. Try a berry lip stain or balm with a touch of sheen, says Martin. A contoured cheek works too. “Just sweep a bronzer (Nars Contour Blush in Paloma, $42; into the hollows of your cheeks and underneath the cheekbone for a little definition,” he says.

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