A winged eyeliner is a classic look loved by many, and surprisingly easy to do.
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are here, representing a massive change to the traditional Pokemon formula. While these open-world games bear some resemblance to Pokemon Legends: Arceus, it all takes place in a single contiguous world and lets you go just about anywhere you’d like after you’ve completed the tutorial. But before you make a beeline for the toughest gyms, here’s our recommendations for which order to take on the various challenges.
Scarlet and Violet actually have 18 badges in all–eight gym badges, five Team Star badges, and five Titan badges. Those are your rewards for the three distinct mission types in the game: Victory Road, Starfall Street, and Path of Legends. By the time the tutorial is done, you’ll have every mission for each of those three mission types marked on your map and you can wander freely. However, the game doesn’t tell you what level your opponents will be, so it’s easy to wander into a gym that’s too tough for you. Similarly, later Team Star bases and Titans will be set at much higher levels. As a rule of thumb, the further north you go, the harder the missions will be.
Since you need gym badges to get higher-level Pokemon to listen to you, you’ll probably need to do those roughly in order of the gyms themselves, so that you can have powerful monsters to match. Gyms in Scarlet and Violet often revolve around some non-battle activity, so you may not know how tough your Gym Leader opponent will be until you’re face-to-face with them in battle. See below for our recommended levels to take on certain gyms.
But tough battles aren’t the only way that Scarlet and Violet subtly gate your progress. The Path of Legends fights are how you’ll gain new traversal abilities, and some gyms are much easier to reach if you’ve unlocked particular ways of getting around. These unlocks are tied to particular Titans, which you can find below. You’ll need a High Jump or Glide to get across some chasms into the northern areas. The final ability, Climb, gives you essentially full access to any area, since you can scale cliffs. That’s especially helpful for reaching the Alfornada Gym, since it provides an easy shortcut instead of traversing through a maze-like cave. You also need the Surf ability to even reach the final Titan.
The Team Star battles are less necessary for gating content. They don’t provide you a boost to your Pokemon obedience level and they don’t give you new traversal options. The currency and TMs are helpful, but not strictly necessary. However, these do get progressively tougher, and the hardest Team Star base is one of the toughest fights in the game. So you’ll want to keep pace with your Team Star challenges by mostly taking on the bases nearest to other missions you’ve completed. One nice thing about the Team Star missions is that after you’ve run the gauntlet portion and drawn out the commander, you don’t need to repeat that part. If you fail to defeat the Team Star commander, you can simply come back and skip straight to the battle.
For more on Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, check out our starter evolutions guide and a bunch of things we wish we knew from the start. And while you’re at it, be sure to read our Pokemon Scarlet and Violet review.
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A winged eyeliner is a classic look loved by many, and surprisingly easy to do.
Here are a few easy steps, and tips, to help you get that perfect flick no matter your eye shape.
The first and most important step is to prep the eyelid with a smudge proof base. I’m using Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte — Eyes to Mesmerize in Nude Cashmere because it goes on smoothly, is long wearing and lasts up to 12 hours.
I used Smashbox — Always On Waterproof Gel Eyeliner in Fishnet to draw on my liner. tarting at the middle of my eyelid, I traced a thin line along my lash, which progressively grew thicker toward the outer corner of my eye. I then connected the line from the inner corner to the middle of the eye. The key to a perfect liner is to use short and clean strokes, a sharp eyeliner and a fine angled liner brush to extend the outer wing.
Tip: For hooded eyes try creating the outer wing where the hood starts first and work your way inward. For round eyes start from the outer corner of the eye and create a sharper angle toward the middle of the lid. For small eyes try keeping your liner and wing thin and short. Use a skin toned eyeliner to draw a line just below the wing and to tight line, making the eyes appear larger and brighter.
Curling the lashes and coating them with black mascara will enhance the look, as will filling in your eyebrows. I’m using Benefit Cosmetics — Roller Lash Curling Mascara in black and on my brows, I used Benefit — 24-Hour Brow Setter Clean Brow Gel with Benefit — Precisely My Brow Pencil in #4.
I lightly contoured my face with Tarte Amazonion Clay Waterproof Bronzing Powder, then swept a hint of Benefit Cosmetics — Dandelion blush on my cheeks. To pull the look together, I lined my lips with NYX — Suede Matte Lip Liner in Sandstorm then layered it with Glo Skin Beauty — Cream Glaze Crayon in Chiffon.
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Fortnite’s last map was quickly devoured by the invading Chrome in a small cutscene last night. The Herald led the Chrome, and despite the Fortnite, heroes making their last stand against him and shooting him down, which only led him to return supersized, the Chrome devoured the island along with The Herald making the island unstable and then finally disintegrating.
This was followed by a 30-minute event mode where the players were tasked to rebuild the island anew with a mix of known and fresh new locations that are set to appear in the New Chapter. At the end of the event, another cutscene appeared where Paradigm succeeds in her mission of fusing the island back as the game’s Zero Point puts together the chunks of the landscape together. The second half of the trailer features cameos from characters thought to appear in Chapter 4, such as Geralt from The Witcher, Hulk, YouTuber Mr. Beast, The Doomslayer and another Pickaxe item themed around All Might from My Hero Academia.
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After revealing a whack of character posters earlier this week for their upcoming adaptation of The Last of Us, HBO has unleashed the big one with the official trailer. Set to a-ha’s “Take On Me” (seriously), the new trailer sports almost entirely new footage, as well as recreating some iconic scenes from the first game.
Co-written and executive produced by Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin and Naughty Dog vice president Neil Druckmann, the series will cover the events of the first game, twenty years after modern civilization has been destroyed due to the Cordyceps infection. Joel, a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle Ellie, a 14-year-old girl who holds the cure for the infection, out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal, heartbreaking journey, as they both must traverse across the US and depend on each other for survival.
HBO‘s “The Last of Us” will premiere on January 15, 2023 on HBO Max, and stars Pedro Pascal (“The Mandalorian”) as Joel, and Bella Ramsey (“Game of Thrones”) as Ellie. Gabriel Luna (Terminator: Dark Fate) is playing Tommy, the brother of Pascal’s Joel. Storm Reid, Anna Torv, Jeffrey Pierce, Nick Offerman, Merle Dandridge, Nico Parker, Murray Bartlett and Con O’Neil will also star in the series.
Kantemir Balagov (Beanpole) directed the pilot episode of the series, with Jasmila Žbanić (Quo vadis, Aida) and Ali Abbasi (Border) also directing episodes.
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