politically correct eyeliner.

by ali hoffman

Kate Mara may play a political reporter on House of Cards, but she wasn't looking to uncover any scandals on her trip to Washington this weekend. Attending the 2013 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner on Saturday night, the actress stunned in a crisp white Prada gown, with her hair pulled back in a sleek a bun. But it's her slate-midnight blue smokey cat eye that takes the look from pretty and slightly predictable, to absolutely bewitching.

Here's exactly what you need to recreate the look:

COVER IT: Dior Hydra Life BB Eye Creme ($45) Under eye concealer works wonders on sleep-deprived, puffy eyes, but when faced with any flash photography, most leave you with a major case of raccoon eyes. But this BB Eye Creme is the perfect alternative--it conceals dark circles, lessens puffiness, and gives your eyes that fresh, "I just slept 12 hours" look. And it doesn't have any weird effects if you happen to have your picture taken.

LINE IT: Maybelline EyeStudio Master Duo Glossy Liquid Liner, Navy Gleam ($6.39) To get Mara's half-cat/half-smokey eye, use the thinner applicator to carefully line the top lid. Then, using the flat, wider applicator, slowly drag the pen alone the bottom lash line. Then, using a clean dome-shaped smudge brush, lightly dap along both lines.

SHADOW IT: Smashbox Limitless 15 Hour Wear Cream Eye Shadow, Sapphire ($19) Using a makeup sponge or your finger, dab this cream-based shadow lightly across your lid. Continue building the color one layer at a time, until you reach your ideal hue.