3 ways to update your eye makeup routine


Get the lowdown on summer’s latest trends.

If you want to go one step further than a natural look, but don’t fancy a full-blown smokey eye, the sunken-eye is the one for you. It’s surprisingly easy to pull off, thanks to the use of mushroom-brown tones that suit most complexions. You will, however, need a nice blender brush to get right into the sockets and buff out the edges properly. The goal is a soft wash of earthy-toned eyeshadow along the top lid and up to the brow bone, plus under the eye. Apply over the entire top lid with a windscreen wiper motion and go as high as you want to the brow. Under the eye, just follow the lash line. Blend so there aren’t any harsh lines anywhere. The sunken-eye is not only a fashion-forward, undone look, but it also gives an utterly chic vibe. Just make sure to apply the same kind of softness to your other features – neutral lips with maybe a hint of gloss and velvety skin, for example.

Have we been stuck in a mascara application rut all this time without realising it? More often than not, we dutifully wiggle the wand to coat our lashes and simply move on. But those in-the-know (aka, makeup artists) change up their application techniques to achieve dramatically different effects. For the false lash effect, curl your top lashes then zig-zag the mascara wand from root to tip on the top and bottom lashes. Then apply on the top of your upper lashes for a real 360-degree coating. For a feathery look, apply mascara with an outward sweeping motion to fan the lashes out. Use a lash comb if necessary to separate any clumps. For the illusion of a feline flick, focus mascara application away from the inner corner of your eye. Instead, work more product in the middle part of the eye and the outer corners.

Move along gold. Step aside silver. Because copper is the new metallic of the season. It not only makes blue and green eyes pop and brown eyes smoulder, but it also suits an array of skin tones. Plus, it goes with whatever you’re wearing, from bright colours to summer whites. For deeper skin tones, a brighter copper with more red or orange undertones is best, while a more subtle or lighter copper shade will look great on fair skin. Apply over the entire lid or just use it lightly on the centre of the lid as an accent colour. The copper will be more noticeable and striking if you don't use too many black accents such as black eyeshadow or liner. So just keep your complexion fresh and dewy, ramp up the mascara application for some definition and you’re good to go! 

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