Drug Store Diaries: The Eyes Have It

Welcome to Beauty School!  Every Monday, JET experts will teach you how to preserve your sexy.  This week, make-up and hair expert Dre Brown offers insights on frugal foundation finds through her “Drugstore Diaries” series. 

Dre Brown

Beauty is in the eye of the bargain hunter! My dearest drug store divas, the cures for your smokey eye struggles and winged liner woes are at your fingertips. Here are some tips and tools for creating stunning eyes without shocking your wallet.
eye liner
Blurred Lines:
Not the savviest when it comes to shadow? Pop your peepers with a simple stroke of liner to define and dazzle. Colored liners like the Ultra Fine Liquid Liner by Milani can make a bold statement and amplify the brilliance of one’s natural eye color. Check out this waterproof option in “Sparkling Turquoise,” “Emerald Glisten,” or “Prismatic Purple.”

eye liner

L’Oreal also offers liner lovers the ease and control needed to create the trendy winged eye line in their Voluminous Eyeliner Mistake Proof Marker. The sturdy stylus is as simple to use as a Sharpie, and features a wide tip that can smoothly apply thick or thin definition.

eye shadow

Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire:
Once revered as makeup artists’ secret weapon, the “smokey eye” is now as easy as paint by number. Wet n’ Wild removes the guesswork with its Color Icon Shadow Collections. The “Blue Had Me At Hello” palette is a winner on brown skin with rich navy, teal, and sultry grey. And, its built-in imprints indicate where users can apply each shade for best results.

Mineral pigment powder

Please Be “The One”
When multicolor palettes prove intimidating or excessive, opt for an eye solution that packs multiple options in one. Gosh Cosmetics’ Mineral Colour Pigments are loose, lightweight, and versatile. Dust on your lids dry with a fluffy eye brush for a delicate shimmer or moisten and pat apply for intense color. Also try this powder as a liner shadow or brow highlight.


Batter UP!
Sometimes all a girl needs is a flutter-able lash to step up her eye game. Maybelline Volume Express “Falsies” Flared offers a spoon curler brush for length and volume with the flirty appearance of lash extensions. Try a single layer for day and double up after work for happy hour and beyond!

More About Dre:

Infusing each creative encounter with joy-inducing laughter, Dre Brown offers both something for the eye and the soul. Southern-born with big city savvy, this free spirit sees beauty as a vehicle through which she cultivates delight and empowerment. Dre currently calls Harlem NYC home, and splits her time between makeup artistry & hair design, writing, and entrepreneurship. Follow her @aDre_InTheLife.

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