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Brush up
by Karen Tee

Too Faced Natural Eye Neutral Eye Shadow Collection $64, from Sephora

Every beauty junkie worth her salt knows there is nothing natural about the sexy natural eye look. This palette of nine neutral eyeshadow shades in matte, pearl and glitter finishes comes with instruction cards for three variation of the natiral eye so you can create the perfect look for yourself.

Benefit Smokin' Eyes $73

Master the art of sultry smokey eye with the American brand's eye kit. It contains three shades of eyeshadow, a highlighter, brow wax, eyeliner plus tweezers and a double-ended brush but is compact enough to fit into a clutch. Comes with a coloured step-by-step illustrated manual.

Maybelline Diamond Glow by Eyestudio $17.90, from Watsons and Guardian stores

For a cheap chic alternative to luxury brands, you cannot go wrong with Maybelline. This palette comes with an easy to understand eye diagram so you know exactly where to apply each shade for a fresh, wide-eyed look.

Clarins Eyebrow Kit "Pro" Palette $60

This is the one kit you will need to have for well -defined eyebrows - and more. Groom them with the nifty tweezers in the kit and set them in place with the stiff brow brush and wax. The kit also comes with three shades of eyebrow colour. THe brown and black brow colours can be used for contouring whilte the rosy beige eyeshadow works wonders at brightening your eyes.

Maquillage Face Creator $45 for palette and $28 for case, from Shiseido counters

Contouring your cheeks so they look perfectly sculpted has never been easier with this face palette containing five shades of complementary colours. Tip: Newbies can ask the beauty adviser at the counter for a brochure with more detailed instructions.

Pupa Rock Pop Kit $29.90, from SaSa

Adventurous souls will get a kick out of experimenting with this vibrant eye make-up kit which comes with a palette and eyeliner pencil. Follow the five-step instructions to create a gorgeous blue-hued look reminiscent of a bird of paradise, or stop at steps three or four for a more muted version.

Bareminerals Tutorials Eye Lining $75, from Sephora

Whether is it the retro wingtip or the dramatic smoky eye that you want, this tutorial kit shoes you how to use eyeliner to achieve your desired look. It comprises three mini brushes in a handy pouch and two shades of loose mineral eyeliner. The three illustrations on the box can also be detached to serve as a handy make-up guide.

This article was first published in Urban, The Straits Times.

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