Trend to try: Glossy eyeshadow
There was plenty of beauty inspiration to be had at the recent Paris Fashion Week presentations. One of the most memorable looks had to be the glossy, coloured eyelids seen at the Nina Ricci show, where make-up artist Diane Kendal created lilac, turquoise or peach shades for each model.
To emulate the look, make-up artist Grace Fodor has shared some simple tips.
“Firstly, you need to ensure that the eyelid is as oil-free as possible. The natural oils in the skin will affect formulations and cause slippage, or wearing,” she told Cover Media. “Prime the eye with a nude toned base to ensure that the colour foundation is neutral and will provide a breakthrough barrier for oils.”
Grace then advises selecting an eyeshadow hue which contrasts with your natural eye colour for maximum impact. For instance, a deep purple like Laura Mercier’s Matte Eyeshadow in Plum Smoke is particularly effective on green or hazel eyes, while blue-eyed women suit rose gold hues such as Nars Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Rigel, a rosy copper.
But those with brown eyes should experiment with chocolate or golden tones, in order to enhance natural richness. Charlotte Tilbury’s Eyes To Mesmerise Long-Lasting Easy Cream Eyeshadow in Mona Lisa is a great option, as it has a cream-to-sheen formula and the wisteria-chocolate bronze colour is great on all skin tones.
Apply the pigment onto the eyelid with a brush, taking the colour to the crease, swiping it on in gently, fluid movements to build up layers.
And when opting for a pop of colour on the lids, it’s a good idea to keep the rest of your make-up minimal. Grace recommends preparing the skin with a primer before adding foundation that has a pro-ageing and nourishing formula, such as Studio 10's Age Repair Perfect Canvas SPF 30, to create a dewy and youthful look.
“Buff your base into the skin in semi-circles with a flat-topped brush for an even base and finish with concealer only where the skin needs it most,” she explained.
Finally, mist the face with Urban Decay’s All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, in order to give your glossy eyeshadow some serious staying power.