How to wear the celebrity-approved copper eye makeup trend

Eyes like a spring sunset

BEAUTYcrew Beauty Editor / September 01 2022

As far as the impending months of spring are concerned, we’re all about embracing makeup from a more natural landscape. 

Forget the futuristic channelings of the chrome nail trend for a moment, and cast away epic daydreams of a luxurious silk scarf for your sun-kissed, hair tan-coloured strands. 

When our eyelids aren’t enlivened with a rich shade of green eyeshadow, we’re dipping into copper and russet tones that put a modern spin on a classic smokey eye.  

PSA: It’s time to warm things up. This is how to master the celebrity-approved copper eye makeup trend…

How to wear copper eye makeup

We think we’ve been reintroduced to copper eye makeup a few dozen times in our lifetime, but there is something refreshing about the way we’re wearing it in 2022.

Picture a hazy blur of sunset copper colour on the lids, a slick of subtle mascara on the lashes and tactful placement of defining eyeliner. This trend is the wearable answer to traditional heavy smokey eye makeup.




It’s also customisable. Copper can morph into a multitude of tones depending on the colour of your complexion. A sheer shimmer of the stuff is enough to enhance glazed donut skin. A deeper hue becomes molten with a pigment-packed cream eyeshadow. No matter how you wear it, we encourage a focused hand when blending. Your eye makeup should blend seamlessly into your base and the negative space beneath your brows.  




Where to buy copper eyeshadow

Now that you’ve got a taste for the stuff, it’s time to try your hand at mastering the copper eye makeup trend. If you’re a beginner to eye makeup, we’d suggest sticking to emollient cream and liquid formulas that are more forgiving. 

If you’re feeling confident, layer a highlighting hue of eyeshadow (or cheek highlighter) at the centre of your eyelids and inner corner to create a multi-dimensional glow.

We recommend:

MECCA MAX Zoom Shadow Stick Copper ($19 at MECCA); Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerise Walk Of No Shame ($44 at Charlotte Tilbury); and Sisley Paris Ombre Eclat Liquide Copper ($65 at David Jones).

MECCA MAX Zoom Shadow Stick Copper

Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerise Walk Of No Shame

Sisley Paris Ombre Eclat Liquide Copper

If you’re rocking copper eye makeup, you need to embrace a radiance-enhancing base routine. Get your hands on one of these Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter dupes ASAP. 

Main image credit: @dualipa

Briar Clark got her start in the media industry in 2017, as an intern for Marie Claire and InStyle. Since then, her keen interest in fashion and beauty has landed her gigs as a Digital Content Producer and Beauty Editor with titles like Girlfriend, Refinery29, BEAUTYcrew and beautyheaven. She loves the way seemingly innocuous topics like skin care and style have the ability to put a smile on people’s faces or make them think about themselves a little differently. A big believer in self love and experimentation, Briar has made a point of becoming the Australian beauty industry’s unofficial guinea pig for unusual treatments and daring hair trends. When she’s not testing out the latest beauty launches, Briar is big on broadening her horizons, mostly in the form of food but she’s also partial to travelling to new destinations both near and far (and of course, allocating an extra bag to bring their best beauty offerings home with her).