Why should black and grey eye makeup have all the fun in the cooler months?!
It’s not just our style that gets a little comfortable in the cooler months, our makeup inspiration tends to go into hibernation, too. But colour has the power to perk up your mood, and look, on a dreary day so embrace it! Let us show you how it’s done.
A Splash Of Blue
Eye makeup has been in a blue period for a while, and this season the shade was deployed a number of ways, from the graphic to glittering.
Get the bold look: “To re-create the smoky mermaid eye at DVF’s Spring/Summer 2016 show, look for eyeshadows with a pearly texture, which are easier to blend,” says Sarah Lucero, Stila’s global executive director of creative artistry. Apply a wash of mint or pistachio eye makeup all over the lid, sky blue just along the lash line, then blend everything together with a fluffy brush.
Get the minimalist look: The vivid cobalt liner at Jonathan Saunders is how those of us who remember the 1980s should wear blue – sparingly. Trace eyeliner along the top lash line, but don’t draw a solid line along the lower lash; instead, “use the tip of the eyeliner to dot colour – this allows some light between lashes and won’t make eyes appear smaller,” explains Lucero.
This sweet shade has an ability to look both natural and grown-up. It’s everyday chic stepped up a few notches.
Get the look: For the monochromatic eye makeup seen at Christian Dior, “steer clear of eyeshadows that are too pink or rosy, and stay away from the brow bone; it’s easier to wear warm peachy pinks, almost tea-stain shades, concentrated on the lid and diffused outward,” advises Lucero.
Heavy Metal Shine
Forget multiple eyeshadows and liners: this glossy smoky eye at Roberto Cavalli Fall/Winter 2016 is simple, sexy and sophisticated – you need to copy it.
Get the look: Lucero likes using her fingers, but if you prefer tools, a flat concealer brush won’t soak up too much product. “Apply a sheer layer of eyeshadow all over the lid, then take a smaller brush and tap more colour around the lash line for intensity,” she says. To finish, Lucero recommends applying a shimmering champagne eyeshadow on the centre of the eyelid, almost like a stripe.
A beauty editor and vitamin C fanatic who has worked across a range of print and digital publications, including Stellar, marie claire, Gritty Pretty and Badlands Journal.