Eyes: The Next Contouring Frontier

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Just when you thought you knew all there was to know about contouring, Kat Von D interrupts the conversation to tell you, “Wait guys, there's more.” Because this is makeup, and with makeup there's always more. So today, we'll be discussing the wonderful world of eye contouring.

Chances are, you do a little bit of this already. Even the least willing of eye makeup users will cop to putting a little highlighter in the inner corners of their eyes or some bronzer in the crease to add depth. The Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette is the same concept, but amped up to the KVD Standards of Makeup Excellence. Not your standard contour-and-highlight pairing or even an eye quad—this baby's got 12 matte shades to choose from (or three quads, back to back to back). Nobody said she wasn't thorough.

But don't get overwhelmed quite yet. The theories here are surprisingly simple. The three quads (neutral, cool, warm) each have four shades (ones for base, contour, definition, and highlights) to play around with. However, if you're not the “I'll just mess around with these and see what happens' type, there's a user's manual. As demonstrated above, on the lovely Magda who's got eyes like saucers, there are three suggested looks. Balance does just that—it gives some symmetry to the eyes (because no one is truly symmetrical anyway) with a super-soft blend of warm colors. Lift is a cat eye (Kat eye for the pun-lovers out there) gone smoky and a tad more intense. Define emphasizes whatever eye shape you call your own, while adding a soupçon of dimension for good measure. All can be applied with her new double-ended brush (a tapered end and a rounded end that are both the perfect amount of firm), which is already a bestseller on Sephora.com. Blame it on the adorably tiny coffin that the brush comes housed in—or the fact that good, multi-tasking brushes are hard to find.

But even more simply, Shade + Light is just a damn fine neutral palette—all powder and matte in tones that naturally occur in skin. And who doesn't need one of those?

Magda Laguinge (NEXT) photographed by Tom Newton. Makeup by Moises Ramirez. Clothing by Luis Raul Solis. This post is in collaboration with Kat Von D.