The smoky eye is one of the festive season's most coveted eye shadow looks, but applying all that black shadow can get pretty ugly if you don't know what you're doing. For those of us (ahem . . . like me) who aren't so skilled with smoky eye application, Topshop has gifted us its Smoky Eye Kit (£22). The kit contains the brand's uber-luxe kohl liner, a full-sized tube of its 3D Curve Mascara, and a palette with four shadow shades. While I love the liner and the mascara, my favourite has to be palette, mostly because it does the work for you. Along with your typical black shadow, Topshop's Tuxedo palette houses burgundy, purple, and cream shades, making it easy to create a bunch of different looks. This may be the only kit you need to get you through party season. And as if that weren't enough, the entire kit comes tucked inside a fluorescent envelope clutch. Christmas has come early!
At the red carpet premiere of The Class of '92 in London on Sunday, Victoria Beckham was in full support of her husband David Beckham. And, coincidentally, we were in full support of her sexy gunmetal smoky eye. Victoria is usually one for neutral yet striking makeup looks, so we were more than excited to see her sporting this bold look. The timing couldn't be more perfect, either. Victoria's gunmetal shadow is perfect for the holidays, especially for ladies who aren't so keen on full-on sparkles. She finished the look off with some brushed-up brows and a pale, nude lip. Feeling inspired? Shop some similar shades below!
Eye shadow is the one area of makeup I still have trouble endorsing, because anything that requires different makeup brushes and numbered instructions to apply is just too high-maintenance for even my beauty-loving self. But then Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Colour (£21) changed all that. After sitting in the makeup chair for a POPSUGAR Live! segment, I was introduced the creamy shadow in Leather, and it's something I actually don't mind applying. You can use your fingers to dab the colour on lids, and the payoff is immediate yet subtle. This metallic mocha shade is the perfect daytime hue for darker skin tones, plus there's a range of shades, so there's an option for every skin tone. Just add a swipe of mascara, and you have an easy eye makeup look. Even a lazy beauty editor can do it!
Party season always brings out the big guns when it comes to limited-edition beauty buys, and Givenchy has knocked it out the park with this eyeshadow, which is your fast track to the perfect smoky eye. Blending black and gold shades, the aim of the Ondulations d'Or Bronze Précieux Collection (£39) is to give you a myriad of perfect bronze shadows from one compact. Simply sweep your (clean) brush in different directions to pick up different amounts of each colour, running the gamut from glistening gold through to charcoal. Concentrate the lighter shades on the inner corner and the darker on the outer edges and crease for the perfect party look, and don't forget false lashes for a final touch.
Can a girl have too many neutral eye shadows? It's a fair question, because loads of you are probably swooning over this gorgeous palette from Clarins (£35), despite knowing that you already have at least one Urban Decay Naked Palette sitting at home. But though the two are very similar, we like to think of this as the big sister to Naked, and as such, it's definitely worth adding to your collection. There's a similar mix of browns, beiges, and golden taupes, but the shades are softer and less sparkly. There's no dense silver-black or bold bronze; instead, the deeper shades have a touch of green to them for a softer look. They're also mineral-based, making them kind on sensitive eyes, without losing power of pigmentation. For daytime looks that emphasise your best features, you simply can't go wrong.
When you've got gorgeous eyes like Olivia Wilde, it's only natural that you'd want to show them off. The actress found her own way to make her bright eyes pop using blue eye shadow. Olivia opted for a cyan-hued smoky eye at the last two screenings of her new film, Drinking Buddies. For the Los Angeles premiere, she sported a smudged royal blue shadow with inky black liner, but the Brooklyn premiere saw her with a blend of turquoise and baby blue hues. Blue is an easy way to try out the coloured shadow and liner trends, but do you like Olivia's look?
Whether it's from sweat, humidity, tears, or just plain oily lids, eye makeup that runs and smudges throughout the day is far from flattering. But before you get completely frustrated, we have tips to help you before you even apply your makeup to ways to touch up on the go. So bat those lashes with confidence, and try out these helpful tips.
1. Start with clean skin. If your eyelids tend to great greasy as the day goes on, then make sure you're starting with a clean slate. Wash your face in the morning, but make sure to pay attention to your lids so you get any of the excess oils from the night before.
2. Apply an eye primer. After your skin is clean and moisturised (avoid eye cream actually on your lids), apply a primer specifically made for your eyes. Ones like Nars Smudge-Proof Eyeshadow Base (£19) and Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion (£15) are formulated to not only prep your lids, but also help your makeup apply smoothly and stay in place.
3. Use waterproof formulas. If your eye shape or oily lids constantly make standard eye makeup crease and smudge, then your best bet is to stick with waterproof and long-wear options. We love the product offerings in the MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear range. And CoverGirl LashBlast 24 Hour Mascara (pack of 3, £36) has some serious staying power.
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Summer eye palettes are filled with pastels and fluorescents, but now it's time to dim the brights for Fall. In addition to swapping your foundation and lipstick, give your eye makeup a changeup. Check out these eye-catching color pairings to update your shadow collection this season.
A cat eye is the easiest way to add instant glamour to any type of look. Although it takes a steady hand and a little practice, this winged look is one of the most flattering makeup trends. With the release of The Dark Knight Rises upon us, why not release your inner feline and test out some of these cat-eye looks? Click through to see five ways to wear a cat eye. We're pretty sure Catwoman herself hasn't even thought of some of these.
Metallic eye shadow shades like gold, copper, and silver were a lustrous trend on Spring 2012 runways. Radiant yet subtly hued, mineral-inspired colors highlighted eyes without overpowering the rest of the face. Check out how Ralph Lauren, Diane von Furstenberg, Phillip Lim, and other big-name designers made use of the look and get in on the trend ore-ly.