Color-Blocked Eyes That Pop

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Color-Blocked Eyes That Pop
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Color blocking -- wearing multiple chunks of solid color in a single outfit -- is nothing new in the fashion world. But the trend is popping up in fresh, fun and creative ways these days, including on nails, hair and, yes, even eyes. Whether it's with intense, bold hues or softer pastels, pairing two or more shades of complementary eye shadows can create a look that makes a powerful statement, as singer Katy Perry proves here.

All In
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All In

Color-blocked eyes aren't a trend to be subtle with, says Anna Phillips, a Dallas-based makeup expert and owner of The Lash Lounge. "Eye shadow should have a high color density, meaning a lot of 'pow' with just a little product," she explains. Prep lids with a primer to ensure flawless application and the richest color possible, like the look seen here on actress Amber Riley at an event in Los Angeles.

Star of the Show
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Star of the Show

Color-blocked eyes are sure to be the highlight of any outfit, so look out for colorful or patterned clothes and accessories that compete too much with the makeup style. "With so much emphasis on the eyes, it's best to pair this look with neutral accessories and attire," Phillips advises -- like model Barbara Palvin does here at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France.

Anna Phillips; Makeup expert and owner, The Lash Lounge; Dallas

Top to Bottom
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Top to Bottom

One of the simplest and safest ways to jump into the color-blocked eye trend is to add one shade to the entire lid, then line the bottom lash line or outside corner with a different, complementary color. "Green on top and purple on bottom is a great combination for this look," Phillips says, or you can also try a peach and light blue combo, like actress AnnaSophia Robb does here at an event in New York.

High Brow
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High Brow

Take the whole-lid-and-bottom-lash look and flip it on its head with a style like the one actress Scarlett Johansson wears here at the 2011 Academy Awards. With one color saturating the lid and another highlighting the brow bone, it creates a bold look that's perfect for date night or an evening cocktail party. Phillips says you can also try adding a third shade to the inner corner of the eye for a real knockout effect.

On the Flip Side
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On the Flip Side

Ready to get a little more experimental? Try applying two different hues to the top lid, side by side -- either horizontally or vertically. For a look like actress Elle Fanning's, seen here at the 2013 Met Gala in New York, blending isn't even necessary, Phillips says, and "colors close together on the color wheel usually work best for this style, such as pink and orange."

A Look That Works
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A Look That Works

You may fear rocking color-blocked eyes at the office, but Phillips says the style can work when done with softer colors like pink and green. "You can also apply one color to the eyelid and another along the lid crease to get the effect of color blocking, but still look appropriate for work," like actress Elizabeth Banks does here at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards.

Tough Textures
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Tough Textures

Though the color-blocking trend has an any-shade-goes philosophy, not every shadow texture works as well as the next one. Phillips suggests avoiding shadows with shimmer and high shine, as they can take the already bold look over the top. Instead, opt for flat or matte shadow shades, like the one Shaun Robinson pulls off here at an event in Los Angeles.

The Next Level
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The Next Level

Color-blocked eyes are playful and sexy, but they're not the only way you can pull off a color-blocked look with your makeup. Phillips says you can also pair a strong eye color with an equally strong lip shade, like the orange eyes and red lips actress January Jones shows off here at a movie premiere in Westwood, Calif.

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