It’s time to deck the halls with a season filled of colourful greetings. A modern spin on the smoky eye, colour-blocked lids are the bright, fresh look sweeping across our social media feeds. As we’ve learned from The Beckermans, all you need is two complementary tones and a love of layering for the richest pigment that lasts from day to night.
With holiday parties around the corner, we’re splashing on a touch of rich ruby and glitzy gold for a festive feel. Here, we’ve outlined the 10 steps to have a full, colourful look.
1: With a colour-rich, multi-hued look like this, start with your eyes before you apply your foundation, since fallout from the eyeshadow powder might wind up on your cheeks. First, outline the waterline all around the eye to add depth, especially on the outer corners. Blend with a smudging brush; you don’t want to be left with any harsh lines.
Try: Lise Watier Waterproof Eyeliner in Très Noir
2: Create a base layer on the eyelid using a gold-tinted cream eyeshadow. This acts as a primer to help powder eyeshadows blend more seamlessly overtop, and provides a hint of radiance for even more dimension. You don’t need to apply it all over; start at the inner corner and blend outward to emphasize the centre point of the eyelid, just like how you might add highlighter to make certain facial features stand out.
3: Powder eyeshadows can be made more intense when you wet them. Dip the eye shadow brush into water or spray the tip of the brush before picking up the richer of your two hues (we chose a Bordeaux shade). Create a chevron shape starting at the outer corner, coming in to meet the gold base. Blend, and be sure to trace along the outer corner of the lower lashline for balance.
Try: Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palette in Ablaze
4: Intensify the lid by adding a powder eyeshadow in a closely matching hue over top. You can also play with one or two similar wine or burgundy shades in varying finishes to layer over the Bordeaux shade. This creates a tone-on-tone effect – and a deeper pop of colour!
5: Re-apply the black eyeliner, blending well for definition. You can also take a deep brown eyeshadow and, using a smudging brush, extend the liner to avoid an overly harsh effect.
6: Now you’re ready for foundation! Use a synthetic brush to apply, starting in the centre of the face and blending outward before it sets. Be sure to conceal any blemishes—a reddish undertone on eyes or lips will highlight any skin imperfections.
7: After you’ve perfected the base, go ahead and dress up the eyelashes with volumizing mascara. Start right at the lash line and wiggle your way up as you brush through lashes.
Try: Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara in Big is the New Black
8: Because it’s a dramatic eye look, amplify the brows so they don’t feel out of place (or if you’re brow-endowed enough, lightly fill in any sparse areas). Use a spooly to brush hairs upwards for a final bit of grooming.
Try: Benefit Cosmetics Foolproof Brow Powder
9: A rosy neutral blush adds a healthy overall glow – intense eyes on a blank canvas can wind up looking a little goth (unless you’re into that, which is cool too!). Smile slightly to emphasize the high points of your cheeks. Dab, then blend out to create a soft, pretty flush.
Try: Bourjois Paris Little Round Pot Powder Blush in Healthy Mix
10: Complete the look with a bold lip that’s in the same colour family as your chosen eye palette.
Try: Stila Stay All Day Vinyl Lip Gloss in Merlot Vinyl