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Multi Colours: How to Wear a Six-Shade Eye Shadow Palette, Part One

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My friend couldn't resist buying Guerlain's beautiful Champs-Élysées eye shadow palette ($90) the minute it hit counter. Can you blame her? It's gorgeous. Only thing is that now that she has the palette, she doesn't know what to do with it. So I asked a couple of makeup pros for their tips -- I love a variety of perspectives. This is the first of two posts on the subject:

Tips from celeb artist Andrea Claire
I love this palette. It's versatile for women of all skin tones, and you can do a dramatic or minimalist look. The trick is to isolate the colours - don't think of the palette as a whole. Decide what your main colour or focus is and work from there.

The purple is a "look at me" colour and my inspiration for this look:
1. Apply the purple over your lids as a base shade.
2. With your eyes open, use a crease brush with the dark carbon colour and sweep gently into your crease. (I prefer to find the crease with eyes open as sometimes you need to cheat where the crease should be and you cannot do this with a closed eye.)
3. Blend dark colour on the outer corners of your lids and into the inner corners of your lids. This is a very dramatic, but has amazing impact.
4. Balance with soft, neutral blush and low-key lip colour. You want to look chic, not garish.

Another look, inspired by the palette's shimmery peachy beige shade:
1. Keep your lids bare.
2. Apply the brown colour in your crease with a crease brush, and along your lower lashline with a small, pointed-tip brush.
3. Highlight your brow bone and your tear duct with the beach/beige colour. For an instant brow-lift, blend the same shade on your brow bone as well.
4. With a bent eyeliner brush and transforming gel, apply the purple along your upper lash line and wing out the corners (water will work but transforming gel has more staying power, and will give the eye shadow pigments a more concentrated hue).

More tips soon!

The Guerlain Fall collection, including the Champs-Élysées palette is available at Guerlain boutiques, Holt Renfrew and The Bay.