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Few beauty looks are as tried and true as a smoky eye. But if you’re tired of the same ol’ browns and grays, take a cue from the ladies in Hollywood and swap in a burgundy eye shadow instead. Here, five tips to mastering the modern smoky eye.

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Use a Light Hand at First

Start with a pat of concealer over both eyelids to neutralize any discoloration (as any additional reddish tint can make things look blotchy). Next, sweep a warm plum shadow along the crease of your eyes and soften the edges so the color fades as it reaches your brow bone. Finish the look with a generous coat of mascara to gently frame your peepers.

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Keep the Rest of Your Makeup Simple

Feeling more comfortable with the sultry shade? Pump the color up a notch by bringing it underneath—so it skims the lower lash lines. Make sure to keep the rest of your makeup (like your blush and lipstick) in a similar color family (and on the light side) so it doesn’t compete with your eyes.

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Or Go Full Out

This is not to say that you can’t rock a smoky eye with a statement lip. (Just ask Lily here.) Our advice: Stick to a lipstick that’s a bit lighter and more berry-toned (so it complements the deeper shades on your eyes).

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Use Your Lipstick

Still not sure you want to shell out for a new shadow? Test the waters with one of your wine-colored lipsticks instead. Take a fine-tipped makeup brush and run it along the bullet to load it with pigment. Then neatly line your eyes—or blend the color all over your lids with your fingertip for a softer look.

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Deepen the Shade

And if things are still looking a little too pink or red for your comfort, mix in some darker hues to make a deeper plum (which is a more forgiving shade) and go heavy on the liner and mascara like Kristen here.

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