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It’s easy to get stuck in a makeup rut — when it works, it works. Even as beauty editors, we often find ourselves sticking to the same old beauty conventions and never stepping outside of the box to try something new.
May is all about transitioning your beauty as the weather cools down, which means it’s also the perfect opportunity to try new things and challenge the norm with some innovative, high fashion eye makeup looks.
Even if you’re not a pro MUA or skilled beauty addict, it’s important to switch things up and have fun with your makeup. After all, makeup is about expression! We’ve rounded up five gorgeous high fashion eye makeup looks that we dare each and every one of you to try in the month of May.
Keep on reading to discover them, in addition to some handy hints and product recommendations that’ll make recreating them a total breeze.
Graphic eyeliner is one of the hottest eye makeup looks in the high fashion world. Spotted on magazine covers and runways around the world, this edgy yet simple to execute look makes a huge impact. Prepare to turn heads with this one!
To recreate it, you’ll need an eyeliner formula of your choice — we recommend a liner pen, as this will give you both precision and intense pigment. If you then want to smoke out the graphic line a little, go in with an eyeliner pencil, or simply diffuse with a small, fluffy brush.
Feeling daring? Amp your graphic liner look up a little by choosing a bold shade, rather than black. There’s two ways to do this — either grab a coloured eyeliner, or take your favourite eyeshadow and get to adapting it. Any hue is an eyeliner when mixed with the Illamasqua Sealing Gel, a unique product that turns powder formulas to manipulable, pigmented gels.
Sunset eyes are a growing trend, and understandably so — who wouldn’t be inspired by the gorgeous, natural beauty of a sunset? The popularity of these hot eye makeup looks mean you can whip out those bright, bold shades you’ve been a little too scared to try ’til now. Oranges, purples, pinks and yellows blend together beautifully in this softly diffused, halo style look.
One amazing part of a sunset eyeshadow look is that it’s truly up to you, when it comes to colour choice, placement and overall look and feel. Pick up some single eyeshadows or a comprehensive palette, grab your favourite brushes (blenders non-negotiable!) and get to work. Make sure to dip your brush in water if you want a more intense pigment from your shadows.
Head out of this world by adopting the ultra-high fashion cosmic eye trend, which essentially involves eyeshadow in a pigmented halo, topped with glitter and optional mini stars (we say optional, but remember, this is a dare to get out of your comfort zone…). Looks like this are perfect for festivals or parties, so make sure you note ’em down as a Splendour makeup option!
Grab your shade of choice and start packing it onto the lid, concentrating the colour and then fanning out into a halo eye with your blending brush. Add other shades or more pigment as you desire. When you’re ready to go wild with the glitter, we recommend a cream or powder eye shadow that will stick without glue. Dab a little in the inner corner and on the outer V, or simply coat yourself in glitter — we won’t judge. Finally, tack on any chunkier glitter using eyelash glue.
We’ve already sung the praises of the editorial-worthy glossy eye, so are you surprised that it’s making another appearance in this post? You shouldn’t be, because we’re resolutely obsessed. Not only is it a subtle way to try something new, but it’s also universally flattering and open to interpretation.
Step one is to pick your favourite shadow colour, whether that be a startlingly bold blue or green, or something simpler like a pink or champagne colour. Then, all you’ll need to do is go in with a gloss over the top — the Lanolips 101 Ointment is hands-down our favourite product for that high-shine look. Finally, as this look is quite stark otherwise, brush on your favourite volumising mascara as the finishing touch.
This one’s not for the faint of heart. Bold brows are obviously here to stay, but coloured brows are a whole ‘nother ball game that takes this trend to a very out-there level. If you’re game, be prepared to make a statement that’ll have everyone staring — in a good way, of course, at your super unique eye makeup look.
Start out by grabbing your shadow colour of choice and mixing it with the Illamasqua Sealing Gel, once again. Take an angled brow brush and dip it into your little mixture, brushing through the brows in a structured shape as you usually would. Make sure you’re coating all of the hairs so none of your hair colour shows through. Finally, once it’s dry, run a clear brow gel through to redefine the hairs and keep the colour locked in place. Pair with an equally as daring eye makeup look, or go simple — it’s up to you!
Will you be taking our challenge to try these high fashion eye makeup looks in May? Let us know over on Facebook or Twitter!
I'm a journalism grad and avid makeup fan with an unhealthy addiction to buying nude lipsticks, no matter how similar they all may seem. I love chatting to anyone who will listen about my new favourite products, skincare dos and don'ts and practically any other beauty-related topic under the sun. That doesn't mean I'm frivolous with my recommendations, though--you can count on me to give you the nitty gritty on all your wishlist products. In my spare time, you'll find me binge-watching old episodes of Gilmore Girls or at brunch with a large iced coffee in my hand.
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