Prep Your Peepers for Springtime with These Gorge Eye Makeup Shades

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Three top pros share gorgeous eye makeup ideas that are perfect for spring—and you only need a single makeup palette for the daytime and nighttime looks they've created. We've taken the confusion out of finding the best look for you by utilizing neutral shades and bold colors—yep, even green eye shadow—that flatter porcelain pale, dark cocoa, and every skin tone in between.

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Day Look #1: Promo-Worthy Pink

"On its own, pink is tricky. So I mixed it with copper for a soft rose gold, which makes you look more awake," says makeup artist Kindra Mann.

Using E.L.F. Studio 22 Piece Mini On-the-Go Palette ($10, eyeslipsface.com):
1. Dust a matte pink eye shadow onto your lids from lash lines to creases, then top it with a pale copper shade. The shimmer brightens your eyes.
2. Dust golden-peach blush onto your apples, blending upward toward your temples.
3. Brush black mascara onto top and bottom lashes.
4. Apply rosy lip color.

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Night Look #1: Plum Rewards

"Dark lips are a sexy and unexpected addition to smoky eyes. And I love using lipstick on the cheeks to mimic the glowy effect of a cream blush," says makeup artist Joseph Carrillo.

Using E.L.F. Studio 22 Piece Mini On-the-Go Palette ($10, eyeslipsface.com): 
1. Brush vanilla shimmer shadow all over your lids from lash lines to creases.
2. Work iridescent plum shadow into your creases, blending well.
3. Brush black mascara onto top and bottom lashes.
4. Dip your finger into rosy lipstick, then dab it onto your apples.
5. Layer on a few coats of dark-plum lipstick with a lip brush.

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Day Look #2: Rosy Outlook

"Bronzer is better with blush. Here, I blended them both on the cheeks, because most women will have a hint of pink when they've been naturally sun-kissed. And bronzer on the eyes adds soft, subtle depth," says Carrillo.

Using pixi by Petra Palette Bronzette in Summer Glow ($28, target.com):
1. Brush the lightest eye-shadow shade onto upper lids.
2. Swirl your shadow brush into the bronzer and dust it over the highlighter and into your creases.
3. Apply a mix of the bronzer and the pink blush to your apples, blending up toward your temples.

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Night Look #2: Olive View

"Bronzed looks tend to be one-note—a bunch of takes on the same shade. Adding rich olive eye shadow gives an earthiness that's unbelievably sultry," says makeup artist Danielle Decker.

Using pixi by Petra Palette Bronzette in Summer Glow ($28, target.com):
1. Apply a light layer of the black powder eyeliner as shadow from lashes to creases.
2. Swirl your shadow brush into the olive-toned eyeliner, then into one of the brown shimmer shadows—and brush it on top of the black, from lash lines to creases and right under your lower lashes, too.
3. Sweep the bronzer onto your apples.
4. Top cheekbones with a light dusting of the luminizing powder.

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Day Look #3: Taupe of the Ladder

"A lot of women err on the side of too natural for work and their eyes practically disappear. These deeper neutrals give you just the right amount of definition," says Carrillo.

Using Clinique Wear Everywhere Greys All About Shadow 8-Pan Palette ($36, clinique.com):
1. On medium or dark skin, apply the satiny taupe all over the lids, from lash lines to creases. If you're fair, use a mix of beige and pearly white.
2. Brush the matte charcoal into creases for subtle shape. Pale skin? Go with the taupe.

 

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Night Look #3: Smoke Screen

"You can create so many eye looks with this palette, but I chose deep brown, since it looks great on everyone," says Mann.

Using Clinique Wear Everywhere Greys All About Shadow 8-Pan Palette ($36, clinique.com):
1. Sweep the dark-chocolate shade all over the lids, from lash lines to creases.
2. Directly on top, layer the satiny taupe for dimension. Run it along lower lashes for a sexy smudged-liner effect.
3. Dab the pearly-white hue onto the inner corner of the eyes. "The light-dark contrast brings the drama," says Mann.

 
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For three perfect step-by-step weekend makeup looks, and for more beauty and style tips, pick up the March 2015 issue of Women's Health, on newsstands now.

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