Summer is not even technically here yet and it is HOT here in NYC. It is August hot. It was over 90 degrees just the other day. When it gets like this, ain't nobody got time for dark heavy makeup. Don't you just look at a black smokey eye in this heat and say no thank you! I don't want to put it on someone else, never-mind myself. But that does not mean I want to give up the drama. I want a smoldering look but I don't want the density of a black smokey eye. My solution is Bronze baby! Why is it perfect for a summer smokey eye? Because, it makes a statement without being too heavy. It's sexy and smoldering without feeling like Winter or Fall.
It's time to substitute blacks and silvers for bronze, browns and golden colors. Bronze is easy and flattering to literally ANY skin tone. It's also perfect for any eye shape. It opens the eye up. It also fades gracefully. All you need is a good shadow palette, (I love the Urban Decay Naked 2 pallet) some black mascara, and a good blending brush.
With such a wide array of colors options out there, I leave the combinations of shades up to your imagination ...Here is the great thing... Bronze is an equal opportunity glowing color. Personally, I prefer to stick with more of satin formula eye shadows to big shimmery shades, especially for a more mature woman. But when used with a delicate hand this gilded look is safe for most any age.
Preparation: Prep lids with concealer to even out any discoloration and give shadow a base to stick to, then sweep a wash of purple from lash line to crease.
Step 1 and 2. Press a medium bronze shadow from lash line to crease and softly blend the edges. Then, apply the same color underneath the lash line in a thick swipe.
Step 3 and 4. Eye shadows stay longer when applied with a damp brush. Dampen an eyeliner brush to apply a brown shadow liner and blend upward. Then, use the same brown shadow underneath the lash line in a thin swipe.
Step 5 and 6. Make your eyes pop. Darken the lash line more with a black shadow liner and blend upward using the same damp brush. Be sure to do the same on the underneath lash line. For a nice contrast apply a color like Laura Mercier Kohl Pencil in Brown Copper ($24; Laura Mercier) on the corner of the eye.
Step 7. Lightly add a shimmery shadow. Dab a copper shadow, a few shades lighter than the bronze one, across the lid to soften the look and add dimension.
Step 8. Very lightly trace your eye and blend in a dark brown or black eyeliner, fix with a matte dark brown shadow. Outline starting from the inner corner going all the way around the entire eye. This creates more depth and really plays up the smokiness of the look.
Step 9. Highlight the inner corner of your eye. Apply a shade like Laura Mercier Caviar eye sticks in Gilded Gold. ($28; Laura Mercier) just inside the inner corner of the eye for contrast.
Step 10. Apply two coats of your favorite black mascara.
There are so many variations on this look and they are all sexy! No matter which trend you go for, keep the rest of your makeup to a minimum for the most natural—and no-hassle—look. Also, the darker your skin, the more the bronze will contrast with your complexion, making it perfect for nighttime looks. Play, have fun! A bronze smokey eye is such a wonderful sexy summer look!
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