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Four eye shadow looks to try this season

From metallic glitters to the deepest of reds – these looks are guaranteed to put a twinkle in your eye

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Nothing brightens up the face more than a pop of colour around the eyes, but achieving that perfect blend with different shades is rarely as easy as it looks.

Several make-up brands have solved the problem by providing easy to combine colours within their eyeshadow palettes, allowing you to create an on-trend eye look in just a few simple steps.

So whether you prefer to go bold or keep it natural, here are four stress-free ways to spice up your eye make-up this winter.

1. The burgundy eye

Until recently, this was a look reserved solely for the more eccentric catwalk models, but the release of several red themed eye shadow palettes has seen it take off as an everyday trend.

To create the perfect burgundy eye, choose a dark red eye shadow without too much of a pinkish hue. Use a light hand to apply the colour into the crease, rather than on the lid, and blend to create a subtle blush around the eyes.

Alternatively, a dash of red in the waterline, as seen in the Ashley Graham lingerie runway of New York Fashion Week last month, can bring a flattering edge to any natural make-up look.

While Kylie Jenner's newly-released burgundy palette is ideal for this look, a burgundy eye can also be achieved using your everyday blush.

The Burgundy Palette, KYshadow

2. The metallic inner corner

A metallic shade is guaranteed to bring a spark to your everyday make-up, whether you opt for full lid coverage or not, but brightening up the inner corners of the eye with silver or gold is one of the quickest ways to look "done up" without having to put in much effort.

Versace make-up artist, Pat McGrath, brought this look to the catwalks in September, with Gigi Hadid, Naomi Campbell and other models wearing a pop of metallic silver in the inner-corner of their eyes, alongside a "no make-up" make-up look.

Urban Decay's Naked palettes include a convenient mixture of matte and shimmer textures – perfect for getting that understated inner corner spark.

Urban Decay Naked 

3. The brown eye

One advantage of wearing a brown eye is that it makes for an easily transitional make-up look.

The intensity can vary from a sultry natural look to a smouldering smoky eye, achieved by either wearing a shade close to your skin tone or going darker.

For a daytime look, brush a light brown shade, closest to your skin tone, over your lid and line with a dark brown liquid liner for a minimal smoky glow. To adapt this to an evening look, blend a darker toned brown around the outer corners of your lid, dragging slightly into the crease. Thicken or wing out the liquid liner, adding black mascara or lashes for the final touch.

Burberry's Mocha 02 is one of many brown-themed palettes that provide a gradient of dark-to-light shades – a pocket-sized must-have when it comes to this look.

Burberry – Mocha No.02 

4. The cut-crease

As the name suggests, the aim of this look is to enunciate the crease. A light colour is patted onto the lid, while a different colour is blended directly into the crease, creating a clear distinction between the two.This differs to a smoky eye, where the colours are blended into a subtle gradient. A cut crease is all about creating the illusion of depth. It draws inspiration from the likes of Twiggy and Edie Sedgwick, but can also be traced back to Ancient Egypt's Cleopatra.

The perfect cut-crease depends on the use of two different colours; which makes it the best look to play around with. For a reasonable selection of shades to work with, the About Last Night palette from Marc Jacobs provides a variety of matte colours to choose from.

Marc Jacobs About Last Night No. 20 

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