We’ve always been told that accentuating the crease of the eyelid with a darker shadow beautifully defines the eyes—and in most cases, it does. But if you’re worried (like we are!) that your lids are starting to look a little droopy, contouring the crease can actually exacerbate the problem. The simple solution is to defy gravity by visually “softening” the crease. The easy how-to:
Apply a light, soft beige or taupe shadow that’s a shade darker than your complexion (like MAC Eyeshadow in Omega, $15, at MACCosmetics.com) over the lid and extend to just above the crease.
Sweep a lighter shimmer shadow (like CoverGirl Eye Enhancers in Bedazzled Biscotti, $4, at Walgreens.com) just under the eyebrow to highlight the angles of the brow bone.
Brush on a deep gray or black shadow (like Urban Decay Matte Eyeshadow in Perversion, on sale for $6, at UrbanDecay.com) along the upper lash line, then curl lashes and apply two coats of mascara.
Why this trick works: The neutral tone in the crease reduces the shadows cast by the droopy lid (making sagging less noticeable) while the extra definition at the lash line and brow bone opens up the eye and creates gorgeous definition.