8 months ago
Neutral eyes are a look that stand apart from seasonal makeup trends, but that’s no reason to shy away from an updated neutral look. Last spring, we saw a gorgeous mix of textures and just-off-centre colours backstage at Joy Cioci Autumn/Winter 2012, with shimmery, yellow-gold lids and warm, matte creases. Keep reading to get this new-neutrals look at home.
Get the Eyes
For long-wearing eye makeup, start by putting down an eye base. Try a matte, skin-toned cream eyeshadow (think MAC Painterly Paint Pot) for a uniform base, then add colour with a matte camel-toned eyeshadow. Featured here is Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow in Camel, which is great for both light and dark skintones — if you have to choose, though, try a darker grey-brown for deeper skintones, and a brighter, warmer brown for lighter ones.
Next, add a yellow-gold shimmer to the look by patting on a loose pigment (think MAC Pigment in Blonde’s Gold, as used here) just to the centre of the lid. To blend it out without generating a lot of fall-out, use the same brush to pat the edges of where you’ve placed it, sheering out the product and creating a diffuse line where it meets the matte base. — the MAC 239 Eyeshadow Brush is great for this.
Finally, run a creamy black pencil eyeliner along your upper lashline, getting thicker toward the outer edge of the eye. Pull the same liner through your upper lashes and along both your waterlines, then use a soft eyeliner brush to pull the colour from your lower waterline softly into the area just below your eye — past your lashline but not into your under-eye circles.
Finish the eyes by curling your lashes and adding mascara, and fill your brows softly with a neutral-warm brown eyebrow pencil, going a bit lighter or darker depending on your skintone and hair colour.
Get The Skin
Pull the look together with a moist, medium-coverage foundation, being sure to clean up your under-eye area with a cotton bud soaked in oil-free makeup remover (in case of any pigment fallout) beforehand. Pair with concealer and corrector as needed, choosing an intensely-pigmented product for blemishes (MAC Studio Select Concealer SPF 35 is a favourite at She Said Beauty) and something thinner and luminous for the undereye (like Yves Saint Laurent’s iconic Touche Éclat.)
Contour cheeks with a matte powder or cream, then add a light-reflective illuminator to give your skin a gorgeous fall glow — we used MAC Cream Colour Base in Pearl for this look. Finally, dust on a pressed powder only in the areas where you tend to get oily (typically the t-zone), and keep it on-hand for touchups throughout the day or night.
Get The Lips
To keep the focus on super-natural eyes and luminous skin, pick a flesh-toned nude lip colour, preferably in a cream finish. Products that come in stick form are great, because they make it easy to touch up your look during the day — try Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Colour in a shade like Honeysuckle, and blend with concealer to get your skin’s perfect match.
Will you be wearing this amped-up neutral eye look this fall? Let us know @SheSaidBeauty with #AutumnJoy