I came across this beautiful bronze and contoured look when I was looking at the work MAC did for the Just Cavalli show during Italian Fashion Week. Believe it or not, I actually think this look is completely doable for both the day and for night with just a change of the lip color. It’s similar to the previous gold lid look that i posted a few weeks ago, but much more rich and sultry. I can attest to the fact that it’s doable because I’ve been wearing this look a few days a week for the past month. I’ll link the products that I use and would recommend for this look below.
The photo just below is makeup from Emilio Pucci’s Italian Fashion Week show, which also shows a bronze lid look. The eyeshadow here has more of a satin finish, rather than the glittery effect created by the makeup artists at the Just Cavalli runway show. I think either option is great, it really just depends on what your preferences are and how much time you have to play with your makeup.
My number one priority in the morning is to get ready as quickly and efficiently as possible because I love sleep, and unfortunately like most of the population I most definitely do not get enough of it. So … my tips will always be about how best to do makeup beautifully without having to spend half of your life in front of a mirror because none of us have time for that (unless it’s for a special occasion of course). Below I have tips for how to achieve this look with both powder eyeshadow as well as with cream eyeshadow, and complimentary lipstick colors for corresponding day and night options.
With powder shadows:
1. Apply an eye primer all around the eye from the eyelid to both corners of the eye and on the lower lid as well – for example: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden (this is the one I use on a daily basis)
2. Pile a bronze-colored eyeshadow (MAC Bronze $11.50) onto the upper lid from the lash line all the way up to (a) the crease if you have one, or (b) the hollow part between your eyeball and eye socket if you don’t. Then just blend the edges out and up with either the same brush used for placing the color (MAC 513 Fluff Brush $22) on the lid or a blending brush (MAC 217 Blending Brush $22).
*side note – if you have small lids like me then you should definitely try out the Nars Small Dome Eye Brush ($27) for blending out color, it’s made such a difference for eyeshadow application for me because I have a pretty small lid space so precision application is crucial.
3. Connect the bronze color on the upper lid with a bit of the bronze color on the lower lid, concentrating on the outer corner. Use a smaller shadow brush (Nars Eye Contour Brush $28) for this process because it’ll give you more control over where the color is applied. Then just blend it out with a small blending brush, such as the Nars Small Dome Eye Brush noted in step 2.
4. (optional) Apply black or dark brown eyeliner of your choice to either (a) the upper waterline if you have large eyes, or (b) to both the upper waterline as well as above the lashes to create the illusion of more open eyes if you have smaller eyes like I do.
5. Fill in eyebrows with a powder eyeshadow that is at least three shades lighter than your hair color. Don’t use black or dark brown because it will look too severe, we want defined brows, not ones that look like they’ve been drawn with a sharpie. Apply it with a brush like the MAC 208 Angled Brow Brush $19.50.
6. Apply Mascara! I suggest checking out the awesome tips provided by Gossmakeupartist:
With cream eyeshadows:
1. Same as #1 above – apply an eyeshadow primer.
2. Sweep a cream eyeshadow over the entire lid with your ring finger, concentrate on the lid and not too much above the eye socket. Also apply it to the outer corner of the lower lid as well. You can build up the color as desired.
3. same as above #4 – #6.
Day – keep it simple with a beautiful nude lip. You can use any formula that you prefer, just keep it on the sheer side because we want the beautiful bronze eye to be the focus of the look. Make sure the nude shade is sheer and shiny, not matte and cakey for maximum appeal.
Light Skin Tone try: a peach or pink nude like Benefit Silky Finish Lipstick in Skinny Dip ($18).
Medium Skin Tone try: a pink or mauve-toned nude like YSL Rouge Volupte in Nude Beige ($34).
Deep Skin Tone try: caramel toned nudes like NARS Honolulu Honey Lipstick ($24).
Night – for the fall, go for a rich berry or burgundy lip color. It will compliment the bronze eye perfectly.Below I’ve categorized methods to use based on experience/amount of time to get ready:
Beginner/no time – apply a deep toned lip balm on the lips, either alone or over a lip stain.
Lip Balm try – Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss in Black Honey ($14) or Korres Lip Butter in Wild Rose ($12 – this stuff is AMAZING)
Lip Stain try – Stila Lip and Cheek Stain in Pomegranate Crush ($24)
Medium/a few minutes to spare – use a lip marker to line and fill in the lips. Reapply as needed to get the desired opacity. Apply a similar toned lipstick over the lip marker. Blot the lips and reapply the lipstick for increased longevity.
Lip Marker try – Josie Maran Magic Marker Lip and Cheek Stain in Quickstep ($19)
Lipstick try – NARS Satin Lipstick in Russian Doll ($24)
Advanced/a lot of time – layer concealer over well moisturized lips, then apply lipliner and lipstick in similar tones. Blot the lips with 1-ply tissue paper (just pull a tissue apart, most tissues are 2 or 3 ply) to get rid of excess lipstick, then dust a bit of translucent power of the lips. Apply lipstick over the power for amazing lasting power. If you really want you can also apply a bit of transparent gloss (MAC Clear Lipglass $14.50 = MY FAV!) to the center of the top and bottom lip for added volume and impact.
Lip liner try – Makeup Forever Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil in matte dark plum or burgundy ($18)
Excited for everyone to try this look!! I love buying darker toned lip products but never get a chance to wear them normally, I’m most definitely going to take my own advice and start integrating richer berry tones into my lip color routine for this fall!
Have a good friday everyone!