Ariana Finlayson, Associate Beauty Editor at RealBeauty.com
Ariana's beauty stats: Asian; early 20s; brown eyes, black wavy hair, medium complexion
Bright-eye tip: "I use a waterproof eyeliner and mascara to prevent my makeup from smearing and fading during the day. The staying power of waterproof formulas is amazing, plus waterproof mascara holds the curl in my lashes longer. Even though I have a hard time removing the look at night, it's totally worth it."
Shu Uemura Painting Liner in Black
"I used a pencil liner until I started experimenting with cream versions and now I'm totally devoted to this particular liner. The color stays put all day and has the intensity and manageability of a liquid. The waterproof formula smudges slightly only after a long night of dancing, which ends up coming off as a smoky eye. I like that I can wear this liner by itself for the days that I'm keeping makeup at a minimum by just drawing the top lash line a little thicker than usual."
Clinique Eye Definer Brush
"Mastering the art of lining with a brush isn't easy. My advice is to throw away the brush that comes with the cream liner — they're usually so small they're meant for American Girl Dolls. Invest in a brush with short, stiff bristles like this Clinique one. I dab it into the liner and run it along my lash lines with short strokes. Then I repeat the process for seamless results."
MAC Eye Shadows in Shale and Shroom
"I don't wear a ton of eye shadow during the day, and Shale is a subtle dusty purple color that makes me look awake but not overdone. I complement the look by dusting Shroom along my brow bone below my eyebrow. The neutral ivory shade is great for highlighting."
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
"This coveted curler is a beauty industry favorite and really does get every lash. I find it amusing when my boyfriend winces in pain as he watches me use it. I clamp down for a few seconds, release, and immediately apply my favorite waterproof mascara. I once tried blasting it with a blow-dryer for even more curl, but I almost torched my eyelid, so I don't recommend doing that!
Dior DiorShow Waterproof Mascara in Black
"This mascara was my first big beauty splurge and now I don't know what I'd do without it. I find that waterproof formulas hold a lash curl better, even though they're tougher to remove at night. I love the jumbo-sized brush and the volumizing formula. That alone makes it worth every penny."