The makeup on the Oscars red carpet was surprisingly tame, with starlets sticking to mainly neutral tones. But the one sparkling shade that kept appearing on the lids of actress after actress was metallic bronze eye shadow. Catherine Zeta-Jones, Naomie Harris, and Kristen Stewart all wore the warm-hued trend, which made their complexions look lit from within.
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Cut the complexity out of your smoky eye look with the Trish McEvoy 24-Hour Eye Shadow & Liner ($32). This eye wonder comes in multiple hues including crystal gray and smokey quartz — two shades perfect for night-out makeup. This all-in-one shimmering stick is the only tool you'll need for a quick smoky eye. Just apply the color to the outer half of lids and along the lash line for a subtle smokiness. Then, you can use your blush or a highlighter to brighten up the inner corners of your eyes. It goes on soft, so you have plenty of time to smudge, but once it sets it stays put. The medium-sized stick allows you to wiggle into tight spots underneath the eye, and not to mention the stick is the ideal size to fit in clutches, laptop bags, and pencil holders. You no longer have a reason not to have the perfect eye makeup.
The standard eye shadow tips don't usually work well on Asian monolids. The lack of depth and crease can make typical shading techniques look far too garish on Asian eyes. Take a cue from Jaime Chung's flattering eye makeup by creating a gradient that goes from darkest at the lash line to the lightest shade under the brow. Jaime opted for shades of gray, peach, and champagne. She concentrated the dark gray shade at the base of the eyelid closest to her lashes. Next, she layered a neutral peach hue that complemented her warm skin tone. And finally, she went for a touch of highlight underneath her brows with a shimmering champagne tone. For extra definition, she lined her eyes with black eyeliner and finished the look with curled lashes and lots of mascara.
From the runways to the red carpet, exaggerated winged eye makeup has risen as the makeup look of the moment. And last night the trend made an appearance at the Les Misérables premiere in New York, thanks to Amanda Seyfried. She paired her embellished Alexander McQueen gown with an equally overstated eye look. Try this geometric shadow to elongate and lift the eye without appearing too weighed down.
The first step to mimicking this eye makeup is to draw a winged outline with an eye pencil. Draw a line from the middle of the lower lashes through the outer corner of the eye and upwards to meet the orbital bone. Draw another line from the midway of the top lash line and connect it with the other line coming from your lower lash line. Fill in the shape and clean up smudges using a Q-tip saturated with makeup remover. To intensify and set the color, go back over it with dark eye shadow. Finally, highlight with a golden shade. Apply underneath the eyes, in the inner corners, and up to the crease on the innermost lid.
Complement this high-flying eye makeup with subtle cheeks and lips. Amanda's slicked-back braid puts her eyes in the spotlight where they belong.
Looking to update your smoky eye? Go for grays, like swarms of celebrities have been doing lately. Garcelle Beauvais matched her shade with her slate-colored dress, while Alexa Chung added some serious sparkle to her shadow. And Kate Mara opted for an updated cat-eye swoop and loads of mascara. This shade is a subtle way to amp up your holiday look, but whose grayscale palette did you prefer?
Remember when you first learned to apply eye makeup: one eye shut with the other one serving to guide you? Well, it turns out that keeping both eyes open is key to achieving perfect results every time. Ensure your eyes are framed correctly, and easily, with these helpful tips when you read more.
Nothing gets more use in your makeup bag than the basics, which is why the Dolce & Gabbana Animalier Eyeshadow Quad in Desert ($67) is a beauty must have. The iconic Dolce & Gabbana leopard print makes this packaging even more chic, and the coordinating shadows, a nod to the outer design, are the perfect warm neutrals for everyday use. Featuring an assortment of matte powders, a shimmering gold accent provides a touch of the brand's glamorous roots. You can wear the darker shade as an eyeliner or use it to build more drama to a warm smoky eye. It's easy to get in touch with your wild side when the colors are just that easy to wear.