Look #1: A Touch Of Champagne
If you’re taking this chance to experiment with glitter and metallic eyeshadows, start with this subtle approach. Start by applying eyeshadow and eyeliner as you normally would, and don’t forget to prep your lids first with an eyeshadow primer like Marc Jacobs Beauty Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Eye Primer, $40. It smoothes skin surface so ensure seamless application and long-lasting wear. And as a finishing touch, dab a champagne eyeshadow in a glittery finish at the inner corners of your eyes and blend. We like Marc Jacobs Beauty See-Quins Glam Glitter Eyeshadow in Flashlight 80, $38. This application technique also helps brighten your eyes and make them appear bigger and well-rested. Plus, it goes with any eyeshadow and eyeliner colours, and suits all skin tones, making it perfect for beginners.
Look #2: Glitzy Grey
Before you feel intimidated by wearing bold textures like glitter and metallics, did you know that compared to matte eyeshadows, these dazzling textures are actually easier to blend? Due to their extreme light-reflecting properties, any unevenness in application becomes harder to notice. If you’re still apprehensive, try something in a grey shade instead of a bright jewel tone, which is subtle enough but yet pops against your skin tone. We like Marc Jacobs Beauty See-Quins Glam Glitter Eyeshadow in Glam Noir 84, $38, and Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pot in Steel The Show, $32. Start as close to the lash line as possible and blend towards the crease. Finish with lashings of lengthening mascara.
Look #3: A Melange Of Burnished Tones
Feeling adventurous? Go ahead and experiment with red-based shadows in various textures to define your eyes. Start with a matte shade as the base to even out any discolourations and apply a deeper shade at the outer corners to add depth. For a three-dimensional effect, top off with a glittery shade on the centre of the lids and at the inner corners to illuminate your eyes. We like the Stila Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Pigalle, $35, a super pigmented cream eye shadow that blends out like a dream, giving dimension to your eye lids with just one colour.
Look #4: Pearlescent Lids
Any beauty junkie scrolling through her Instagram newsfeed will easily come across glossy eyelids multiple times. While it looks utterly gorgeous, the high-impact look might not be the most practical for real life, especially in hot and humid Singapore. But if you’re obsessed with the effect, try using a cream eyeshadow that has a pearlescent finish. We like the Butter London Glazen Eye Gloss in Oil Slick, $35, which is formulated with a unique pearl suspension to give a wet-look shine without actually feeling wet. Moreover, this shade has a slight holographic effect, which reflects light differently at varying angles. It applies like a gel, feels lightweight, doesn’t crease and is easily buildable so you can either wear it sheer or layer on more for an intense effect.
Look #5 Smoky Auburn
Create an intense, smouldering effect by opting for a deep auburn shade in a metallic finish like Chanel Ombre Première Powder in 907 Cuivre Lamé, $56. After prepping lids with an eye primer, apply eyeshadow all over your lids, from the lash line to the creases. Extend the ends out to form a wing and smudge out the edges for a soft, smoky look. Follow with black eyeliner and multiple coats of mascara for a come-hither gaze.
Text: Joyce Cheo / Additional reporting: Arissa Ha