A smoky eye is one of the most universally favoured makeup looks there is thanks to its ability to flatter all skin tones and eye colours. This Christmas however, it’s time to ramp it up and give your go-to smoky eye a pop of metallic glitter. Whether you’re a makeup maestro or a complete novice, there’s no going wrong with these four simple steps…
1. Prime The Eyelids
For an eye look that lasts right through the night, a primer is a must. Much like a primer for your skin, an eyelid primer will lock in your look and prevent any unwanted creasing or smudging. Ilia’s Natural Brightening Eye Primer uses aloe vera and brightening mineral pigments to create a seamless base as well as illuminating the eye area. Simply dot a small amount onto each eyelid and blend with your ring finger into the crease, feathering out towards the brow.
2. Apply A Base Colour
Before creating depth and definition, apply a neutral colour over the whole eyelid. “NARS’ Velvet Shadow Stick in Dark Angel is such a great colour for this, and the stick enables you to create a classic, timeless round shape,” explains NARS’ senior makeup artist, Clayton Reid. “This product lasts really well and the creamy formula makes blending so easy.” Laura Mercier’s Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Cocoa is another good choice for both application and finish.
3. Add Glitter
At this stage, forgo your smoked shades that you might usually use to create a smoky finish on the outer edges of your eyes and instead, find a highly pigmented glitter. “Use your ring finger again to press the glitter on to your eye. Your finger will give a much more precise application and you will have more control over the product,” advises Clayton. “My favourite metallic eyeshadow is NARS’ Goldfinger or Guayaquil.
4. Finish With Mascara
No eye look is complete without coating lashes in a volumizing mascara to really elevate the eyes. Our go-to? Charlotte Tilbury’s Full Fat Lashes does exactly what it says – full, fat and dramatic lashes in just a few coats. The fine-tipped bristles really help to catch every lash and the buildable (yet non-clumpy) formula gives both lift and length.