Nothing can chase away the January blues quite like a pop of colour, and this season we’ll be putting it all over our eyelids. Bold, bright eye shadow was the look du jour on the Spring 2011 runways, and we’ve found the best products to make this beauty statement come to life.
Christian Dior’s Pop Art makeup is one of the most striking looks of SS11, with makeup legend Pat McGrath tipping Bettie Page as his beauty inspiration. A ‘technicolour’ Bettie Page, to be precise.
TOPSHOP MATTE EYES IN ‘PAINTED’
To create the Christian Dior look, apply this high-pigment pinky-red over the entire lid, right into the crease. Layer up for intensity and finish off with a flick of black liquid liner.
MAC makeup artist, James O’Riley, said of the look he created: “This is playful makeup… nothing serious! I took inspiration from Louise’s collection and from my own travels, art and memories. It’s fun makeup that’s become hot and shifted slightly.”
MAC EYESHADOW IN ‘ATLANTIC BLUE’
Wet your brush before lining eyes with this vibrant blue. If you’re slightly less daring, stick to the eyelids only for a striking shot of colour.
Loewe’s grass green eyeshadow was a pretty take on Spring’s bold look, showing that even the scariest of shades can be made wearable.
NARS SOFT TOUCH SHADOW PENCIL IN ‘CELEBRATE’
One of Nars’ newest releases, this pencil allows you to recreate the Loewe look with ultimate precision, so you can even perfect the winged effect.
MAC makeup artist Tom Pecheux took the iconic 60s liner look to another level when he swapped classic black for bright yellow at Peter Som.
ILLAMASQUA MEDIUM PENCIL IN ‘PAINT’
This one is pretty simple! Use this pencil in place of your usual black and line the upper lid with an outer corner flick.
The Damir Doma look was nothing short of dramatic with a beautiful wash of sunshine orange across lids, under eyes, and along the cheekbone.
SMASHBOX EYESHADOW IN ‘TORCH’
To make Damir Doma’s orange eyes more wearable, sweep this shadow across lids and into the crease with a touch of highlighter in the inner corner. Top off with a clear gloss to really make it pop.