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Beware the eyes of March

9 March 2009

As winter’s dark lipstick kisses its way out, sparkling eyes are back in the spotlight this spring.  With a variety of colors and styles popping up from Paris to Milan, you can change your look with a few swipes and a steady hand. 

Rainbow bright

Shades of aqua, fuchsia and lime can add a refreshing twist to even the most timid of peepers.  Use a crayon liner or a Q-tip edged in shadow to line the top or lower lid – but not both.  With your eyes making such a statement, keep the rest of your skin bare by avoiding bronzer or blush and sticking with a simple clear gloss over lipstick.  Top with lots of mascara. 

Fashionista pick:  Urban Decay matte eyeshadow in Purple Haze, $16

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Recessionista pick:  CoverGirl eye enhancer in Tempest Turquoise, $5

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Peachy keen

Tastier than your grocer’s produce section, peach reemerged as a favorite shade for eyes of all colors.  Use a sheer, cream based shadow to cover from lash to brow, followed by a single coat of brown mascara on top lashes only.  For a triple knockout, add a light dusting of peach blush to the apples of the cheeks and top lips with a creamy peach lipstick. 

Fashionista pick:  NARS powder blush in Orgasm, $25 Free Image Hosting at

Recessionista pick:  Revlon powder blush in Perfectly Peach, $8 Free Image Hosting at

The cat’s meow

A classic cat eye is one that never goes out of style.  Skip the liquid liner and opt for a lightweight pencil in navy, grey or plum, lining the top lids from inner corner to outer edge.  Wing the ends with a slanted makeup brush, and top with mascara on top and bottom lashes.  Try a berry stain or tinted gloss on the lips to complete your look.

Fashionista pick:  Tarte EmphasEYES self sharpening eye pencil in Plum, $18 Free Image Hosting at

Recessionista pick:  L’Oreal Pencil Perfect self sharpening eyeliner in Paris Blue, $9 Free Image Hosting at

As any great artist knows, practice makes perfect.  The best canvas starts with radiant inner beauty.

-Karyn Polewaczyk

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