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Question: What’s the secret to skipping mascara and still looking awake and wide-eyed?

Answer: Backstage, makeup artists skip mascara all the time—”it takes too long and it’s so fussy,” says Gucci Westman; in real life, it’s a product most women, especially those who lack naturally long, dark lashes, deem necessary in order to look pulled together. But it turns out, there are a few tricks for faking big eyes and lush lashes without it:

1) ​​Keep a lash curler in your bag for touch-ups. “It’s the new lipstick,” says Amber D, Lorde’s makeup artist. “The best is by Kevyn Aucoin.”

2) “Opt for long-wearing eyeliner or really thin liquid liner to make the base of lashes appear thicker,” says celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose, who recommends black for brunettes and chocolate brown for blondes and redheads. “Dot it along the lash lines and line the top, then blur it out with cotton swabs.”

3) “Use beige eyeliner inside the eye for when your eyes are slightly reddened or you’re tired and a little too pink. It takes away the fatigued look and widens eyes,” says Pat McGrath, who did just that at Stella McCartney’s Spring 2016 show.

4) “If you have dark lashes, especially on the bottom, add contrast and make eyes pop by tracing the lash lines with pencil in a pale golden champagne color,” says Barose.

5) “Use a small angled brush to press dark, matte shadow, like Laura Mercier in Truffle, right against the root of the lashes to define the eyes for evening,” says Amber D, who also swears by RevitaLash Eyelash Conditioner for full, thick lashes that don’t need mascara after curling.