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One-Shade Wonders

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Aqua Parios (Heroes) photographed by Tom Newton. Makeup by Katie Jane Hughes. Hair by Timothy Aylward. Styled by Carolina Orrico.

The idea of an eyeshadow “wash” is nice. Like you bathed your lids in something pretty and it came out colorful. Colorful, but in just one shade, so in no way is it overly complicated. Really, a wash is nothing new—just the basics—but its simplicity feels fresher and more modern than most eyeshadow situations. Eyeshadow quads are actually too confusing, right? Maybe one shade is enough—especially in the hands of Katie Jane Hughes (dewy skin aficionado, makeup artist to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, basically the creator of glossy lids). Here she used three different shades for three different looks: applying the product from the lash line all the way up to the brow bone, then layering along the way so the pigment really shows. It's easy—honestly. And in lavender, yellow, and orange, it almost feels like spring.

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"MAC in Zest Is Best to keep the eyes wide open and bright," Katie says. "I like the contrast of a bright yellow eye and then a cool-toned lip, so I used Mac Subculture Lip Pencil, but then balanced the warmth in it using a grey from the MAC Pro Eye Palette: The Dame."

Aqua wears a Woolfred turtleneck, Rachel Comey pants, Ralph Lauren belt, Isabel Marant Watch and Benheur earrings.


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"This look is an ethereal soft lavendar wash we created using a dusty lavender shade from Mehron—the Eye Cream in Light Purple" says Katie. "Skin was kept really fresh with Glossier Stretch Concealer and Charlotte Tilbury's The Retoucher in 3, and contoured with just a little bit of the Charlotte Tilbury Contour Stick."

Aqua wears Raquel Alegra pants, Creatures of Comfort top, orange Rachel Comey jacket, Nomia jacket, Keds sneakers and Lizzie Fortunato earrings.


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"The best trick for a seamless blend when you're using both a cream and a powder shadow is to put a little bit of a translucent powder—I used Wowder—over the cream before applying the shadow on top," Katie tells us. "Here I used Mac Paint Pot in Genuine Orange with a Nars shadow pressed over the top."

Aqua wear a Burberry trench, Anne Demeulemeester top, Ulla Johnson pant and Isabel Marant watch.