A Beauty Director’s Tips for an Ultra-Glam Look

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Carly Cardellino puts Ulta Beauty Collection’s products to the test in a new series.

Beauty director Carly Cardellino is definitely no shrinking violet (her Instagram profile reads ‘Height: 5″2, Personality: 5″9’ after all…), but when it comes to makeup, she tends to go bold on one feature at a time. In a new series, The YES Test, the discerning beauty addict puts a few fresh products from Ulta Beauty Collection—and a completely new-to-her look — to the test. First up: wearing an intense eye and lip together. Hear what Carly had to say:

On a typical night out, I usually go for a fresh-faced look with a subtle hint of blush, eyes that are lined on the upper and lower inner rim, mascara, and then a neutral or bold lip. However, I do love a smoky eye moment and want to experiment. So, when Ulta Beauty Collection challenged me to try a bolder look, I jumped. Here’s what I discovered:

1. Applying a smoky eye doesn’t have to be intimidating.

In fact, you can use your fingers to apply a cream shadow (which makes the pigment appear more intense, btw!), blending it in seconds. Keep the brushes for applying foundation and concealer, you’ll get a much more blended effect that way.

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