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Jewel tones enliven the perennially popular smoky eye look

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The holidays are a time when people pull out all stops. But before you reach for another sequined dress, remember there are more opportunities to shine by dressing up your eyes.

  Makeup artist Robert Hudson from Robert Hudson Makeup Studio says metallics are always in for the holiday season.

  "We've seen gold, just gold, but now you see silver, bronze and copper and every other metallic you can imagine incorporated into a smoky eye," Hudson says. He also sees colorful smoky eyes as a big trend this season.

  "I've worked out a smoky eye with a jewel tone, starting with a base shadow of dark gray and then adding the bright color over that," Hudson says. Layer shadow over a primer to give it staying power.

  Hudson says false eyelashes are the best way to make an over-the-top statement, and he stocks more than 100 varieties at his Uptown studio. The right eyelashes are all about personal preference, he says. Daring individuals can try feathered or moth eyelashes. However, he recommends starting out with single lashes.

  "Those fit right in between the hairs, so once they are on, you can't see them," Hudson says "Your lashes will be twice as big and twice as thick."

  There are several things to keep in mind when applying false eyelashes. First prep the lash before applying it. According to Hudson, the bigger the lash, the more it needs to be trimmed in width to fit the eye. Never trim the length or put mascara on the false lashes. Last, maintain lashes by grabbing the eyelid by the rim instead of the hair.

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