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ESC: Carrie Underwood

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Carrie Underwood just dazzled us with an upgrade on her signature beauty look.

Melissa Schleicher, Carrie's go-to makeup artist and owner of Parlour3, told AOL she usually does a smoky eye on the country star, but for this year's CMA Awards Underwood "wanted Old Hollywood glam but a sleeker look—glam, but not over-the-top glam." This time, though, the country music queen deviated from her usual dark and stormy ways with a hint of metallic.

And with the holidays right around the corner, the singer's tinsel-like eye might just be the perfect way to make the classic look feel fresh—just in time for all those office (and extracurricular) parties.

Keep scrolling for the breakdown!

The Breakdown

Step 1: The artist used two of Almay's Intense i-Color Palettes (Evening Smoky for Hazel Eyes and Everyday Neutrals for Blue Eyes) to create the dramatic eye. A light silver shadow was applied all over her eyes then used bolder colors to create a dark crease.

Pro tip: If you get any metallic shadow wet (as long as it already has a sparkle to it) the look and color will be more intense. But note it doesn't work on matte eye shadows.

Step 2: To create a smoky finish, a smooth liner in dark brown was smudged across the lower lash line and used to draw a bold line across the upper lashes.

Step 3: Then two coats of black mascara were used on her lashes to finish off the ultimate red carpet (and holiday) look.

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