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WATCH: A bright eye in 5-minutes by makeup artist Yen Hoang

If anyone knows the true meaning of glowing skin and eyes to mesmerise, it is Sydney-based makeup artist Yen Hoang, who has famously painted the faces of Australian golden girls Carissa Walford, Olympia Valance, and Zoë Foster Blake.

Having practically lived in no-makeup makeup for the best part of this year, we turned to Hoang to give the fresh, WFH-appropriate look a mood-boosting twist, incorporating a so-easy-it’s-almost-too-good-to-be-true bright eye. The culprit? A universally-flattering purple.

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With her base and skincare ready, the makeup artist shows us how to “accessorise” with makeup in five minutes flat. First, a brush of the brows with Hourglass’ Arch Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel in ‘Clear’, to give Hoang “an idea of any new or additional gaps” that she may have in her brows. Then, she fills in those gaps with Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Colour in ‘Medium’.

She curls her lashes for an “instant lift” before priming her eyes with Hourglass’ Veil Eye Primer. She applies the primer all over lid before gliding on Stila’s Suede Shade Liquid Eye Shadow in Violet Velvet, concentrating it at the lash line and blending it up and out into the crease with a fluffy brush. According to Hoang, light, circular motions are the way to go—“it’s quick, easy, and so effective!”

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To give her eyes extra definition and depth, Hoang applies a light coat of Kevin Aucoin’s The Volume Mascara to her top and bottom lashes, before giving her face a tad extra dimension with Westman Atelier’s Face Trace Contour Stick in ‘Biscuit’, using a medium-sized fluffy brush to enhance her natural angles.

Cream blush and glossy lips tie the look together, adding a soft, muted flush of colour on the cheeks and lips with Stila’s Convertible Lip and Cheek Cream in ‘Camellia’, and a slick of Kosas’ Wet Lip Oil in ‘Jellyfish’.

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