Every week, we’ll be focussing on a key beauty trend that’s inspired by the runway or red carpet. As autumn is fast approaching, we’re beginning with some of the key makeup looks seen on the AW15 catwalks, and we’ve decided to kick things off with the smoky eye. The runways revealed plenty of modern new twists on this classic look – from Pat McGrath’s reverse smoky eye at DVF to Lynsey Alexander’s smudgy brown eyes at Just Cavalli and Tom Pecheux’s feline flicks at Chanel. The look we’ve created today takes its cues from the Chanel girls. It’s a really feminine look that can be adapted easily by building up the colour in stages – you can even experiment with other shades such as purple or navy once you’ve nailed the basics. Remember, you can refer to our earlier how-to guide on applying liquid eyeliner for a more detailed explanation of creating step 1. Good luck!
Step 1: Begin the base of the look with a flick of black eyeliner. See how to create this in our old post here.
Step 2: Apply Sisley’s Phyto-Eye Twist all over the eyelid, not going higher than the eye crease. These twist sticks deliver a great pigment and are super easy to apply. You can build the colour up in stages.
Step 3: Use Mac’s pencil blender brush to smooth the edge of the shadow into the crease of the eyelid. This kind of brush helps create precise shading and is perfect for the smoky eye look. (It’s not actually a pencil but has a pencil-shaped brush at the tip).
Step 4: Use any excess shadow left on the pencil brush to brush along the lower lash line – this enhances the smoky effect.
Step 5: Add more of Sisley’s Phyto-Eye Twist shadow as you feel necessary. This is where you get to experiment and go as understated or as bold as you like.
Step 6: Apply two to three coats of dark-black mascara to complete the look. We currently love Chantecaille’s Faux Cils mascara in black as it highlights every lash and doesn’t crumble as the day goes on.
Step 7: Clean up any smudges or imperfections with a makeup remover-soaked cue tip. This look is all about precision.
Don’t forget to check out our full tutorial on mastering the cat-eye flick for further help on creating this look.