With so many product and shade choices in the eye makeup category, it can definitely get confusing. I like to always work on the principle of using opposite shades to your skin and eye colour for greater focus and contrast, as well as product longevity. Any product can look great for an hour, but if it’s still rocking hours later, that’s a winner in my books.
Today’s trends of lived-in and unplaced makeup is a great way to look like you haven’t tried too hard – even though you may have – but it is also perfect for layering products for different effects and taking advantage of multi-use products. Using liner as shadow and shadow as liner, crazy right? But it can work wonders for the time poor.
Here are some ‘hot right now’ new products to look out for.
Guerlain Ombre Eclat 4 Colours Eyeshadow – Les Noirs
This luxury eye shadow palette is very generous in it’s colour offering, as well as a great balance between matte and metallic. Designed to be layered for high intensity, each shade has its own purpose on each area of the eye, but also works well together creating beautiful highlights and shades. Use the right shade as a base, the left as liner and for deeper sculpt and then use the bottom-centre as a metallic pop for the night on the mobile eyelid and the light for the inner eye lid for contrast. Sultry and daring all the way.
RRP $98 Available online at www.davidjones.com.au
Urban Decay Eye Shadow – Singles
This modern and punchy pigment brand is full steam ahead when it comes to colour choice and with 40 shades, I think you will be just fine in choosing a shade you love. With a great mix of matte and metallic finishes that glide effortlessly across the eyelid, these crease resistant singles can be a great colour wash across the eye lid and/or an eye catching colour pop for the eyelid – either way you will have a velvety smooth texture every time.
RRP $28 Exclusive to www.mecca.com.au
Tom Ford Soleil Collection Eye and Cheek Palette – Pink Glow
A stunning palette and so easy to use with shades to really uplift and brighten anyone feeling on the dull side. Three eyeshadows, all in uplifting hues, and one metallic for the mobile eyelid to jazz up your look from day to night, plus two blush shades – a great bonus that can even be used as base colours for the eyes for extra colour and lift. Mix it up and have a play, the luxury textures are worth it.
RRP $134 On Counter July 26th at David Jones www.davidjones.com.au
Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette – Dolce Vita
Makeup artist to the stars, Charlotte Tilbury is known for her trademark sultry eyes, and every woman in my opinion needs a great bronze eye palette. This palette works for all eye colours, as the warm copper tones contrast perfectly – even against brown eyes. Layer the two right shades for levels of depth, and use the metallic shade as a pop of glam for night – the perfect desk to date palette for an on-trend eye makeup.
RRP $78 Available online at www.charlottetilbury.com/au
Ciaté Precious Metal Prime and Pigment Duo Eye Shadow – Ocean Drive
I love a metallic, foil finish eye shadow, especially when placed on the mobile eyelid for a mirror pop. It brings focus and light to the area, while we keep our lash line and socket area matte for lifted shape. The four shades of long-wear, and high pigment shadows are a great add in to your daily makeup routine, adding more focus and a great quick fix for the night. The Ocean Drive palette has a slight plum undertone – a great lift to a bronze or smokey grey makeup – and with it’s gold undertone it’s great for both summer and winter.
RRP $36 Available at Mecca from 27th July at www.mecca.com.au
Sisley Phyto Eye Twist
These waterproof eye pigments, in eight shades, are great for quick and easy colour. Shaped like a pencil, but without the sharpening it’s perfect for lining the lash line and then smudging the shade into eye area for a fool proof smokey eye. Use alone or mixed with your daily eye makeup, it is great for the time poor and is small enough for your handbag or clutch – it really is the ultimate user friendly, long lasting product.
RRP $50 Available online at www.davidjones.com.au
Lash and Line
Benefit They’re Real! Push-Up Liner in Full Colour
The They’re Real! Push-up Liner in black is the eyeliner that all the industry professionals are using – the lash hugging, gel eyeliner pen equipped with an AccuFlex angled tip is the reason why. Now in four new matte shades – Beyond Brown, Beyond Blue, Beyond Purple and Beyond Green – this twist and click, easy application pen is the new best accessory for any eye occasion.
RRP $37 Available online at www.myer.com.au
Mirenesse Forbidden Ink Eyeliners
This eyeliner comes in 10 shades of ink like, semi matte, silky smooth goodness. With a super smooth application, the Mirenesse Forbidden Ink Eyeliner is super easy to blend and create a shadow effect, or create a bold yet modern look. Brighter shades are great on the lower lash line to produce a deeper smoker eye effect on the upper eyelid. This 100% humidity and waterproof must have will define and brighten any eye look you choose.
RRP $39.95 Available online at www.mirenesse.com
M.A.C Le Disko Collection Super Slick Liquid Liner
Add a bit of disco fever to your makeup with either the M.A.C. Le Disko Super Slick Liquid Liner in dazzling Silver or Gold to add a bit of wow factor to your eyes. Use alone in a sleek wing, or use over the top of a darker shade to create a full metallic effect – great for the inner area of the eye to create contrast from the outer depth shades.
RRP $37 Available online at www.maccosmetics.com.au
ModelCo Lash and Line Superlash Mascara + Liquid Liner
Why buy 2, when you can have 2 in 1? This great eye combo will be your best friend for eyes combining two beauty must-haves, giving you defined and sexy eyes every time. With one side housing a volume packed mascara wand, you can use the flat side to lengthen lashes, and the curved side to assist in lift, it really is a Superlash mascara. My tip: don’t zig-zag your wand application if you already have long lashes, as they tend to clump together. The thin liquid line applicator gives great feline flicks for a modern lift to the outer area of the eye and extra definition for bold eyes.
RRP $24 Available online at www.modelcocosmetics.com
Revlon PhotoReady Eye Art, Lid + Line + Lash
This is the perfect party companion, playful, flirty and fun for the eyes! Another great duo concept to have a smooth cream shadow on one side and complimenting sparkle on the other, for photo ready, dazzling eyes. The cream shadow glides on the eye effortlessly as either a full wash of colour, socket defined or just at the lash line. Add the sparkle over the top for full impact, or just at the lash line or on the lashes for eye flutter effect. Available in ten shades of rich and playful colour.
RRP $25.95 Available online at www.revlon.com
L’Oreal Infallible Smokissime Powder Eyeliner Pen
Smokey eyes are now a breeze. You can thank products such as this little gem from L’Oreal. The Infallible Smokissime Powder Eyeliner Pen looks like an eyeliner, yet gives a smokey eye effect – it’s all in the foam tip that makes application super easy. Lasting up to 14hrs, the gel-like powder formula can line the eyes, smoke up your look and be layered to create extra smokey depth. Taupe Smoke and Brown smoke mixed together for layered texture works a treat.
RRP $8.99 Available online at www.target.com
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