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The Eye Shadow Steph Actually Looks Forward to Using

It's completely foolproof and takes about three seconds to apply.
Giorgio Armani Beauty Eye Tint Liquid Eye Shadow in 12 Golden Ashes, $39, available here. Photo: Courtesy of Giorgio Armani Beauty

Giorgio Armani Beauty Eye Tint Liquid Eye Shadow in 12 Golden Ashes, $39, available here. Photo: Courtesy of Giorgio Armani Beauty

I may be a beauty editor, but I've never been a big fan of eye shadow. I know, I know — sue me! Perhaps it's my naturally small eyes, but I typically find that any eye makeup besides a few coats of mascara is overpowering and makes them appear even tinier. But every so often a product comes along and changes my mind. 

I first encountered Giorgio Armani's Eye Tints — liquid eye shadows that you swipe on with a doe-foot applicator, just like a lip gloss — over the summer while on a press trip with the brand. I had a little extra time to get ready for dinner in my room, so I played around with the shimmery, creamy formulas for a bit. And I became obsessed.

Despite being called a "liquid," this formula is really more of a thin, spreadable cream, and it dries down to a soft powder after about 30 seconds. That means you can quickly (read: messily, with zero regard for precision) paint a layer across your lids, let it dry for a second or two, and then smudge it out with your finger for a diffused, hazy effect. Unlike so many other eye shadows, you don't need to use it over a primer, it doesn't require a single tool or brush and there's absolutely no glitter fallout you'll need to clean up afterwards. So on top of being foolproof, it's also an incredibly quick addition to a makeup routine. My favorite shade is Golden Ashes, a shimmery champagne that lights up my eyes and offers a tiny bit of glimmer without being disco-ball-like.

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Giorgio Armani Beauty Eye Tint Liquid Eye Shadow in 12 Golden Ashes, $39, available here.

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