With Fall comes a new beauty season: we’ve transitioned from beachy, barely-there makeup to look-at-me eyes in a lineup of earthy, autumnal hues. A set of smoky eyes has come far from just the varying shades of gray and even the modern interpretation of the sooty-eyed look has introduced color. A metallic wash of color over the eyelids and right up to the brow (if you’re feeling brave) is the fastest way to add an editorial edge to your look.
The question is which shades of eyeshadow best suit your eye color?
Blair Patterson, Estée Lauder’s director of Global Makeup Artistry, offers his color codes:
Blue Eyes: Greens, browns, and plums
Brown Eyes: Purples, blues, and plums
Green/Hazel Eyes: Greens and plums
Apply the color as close to the iris as possible—this is what we call the “iris accent.”
Take a kohl liner in your chosen hue and trace it across the top lash line and line the inner, upper water rim for added depth.
For ink pot eyelids, roughly shade your colored liner over the eye socket and then blend with your eyeshadow brush.
Take your corresponding eyeshadow and press it into your kohl base. Then blend, blend, and blend to create a soft smoky wash of color.
If you are after light-reflective eyelids, you can add a touch of gloss or a mixing medium.
Finish with lashings of black mascara.