Styled by Carla Engler; Written by Erica Metzger
While the expression "smoky eye" typically describes a palette of charcoals and grays, there's no reason not to create this super-glamorous look with other hues. In fact, we're certain you'll love the eye-brightening effects of gold, copper, and bronze shades -- all done up in the traditional smoky manner, of course. "These colors have light-diffusing properties that cast a golden glow," says Perdis, adding that they're also more youthful and modern than the conventional version. Just remember the golden rule of shimmer: Too much of it accentuates flaws, so you'll need to tailor the texture according to the condition of your lids. Younger, taut lids can handle more shimmer, while mature, crepey lids require less.
How to Do It
Step 1: With a shadow brush, lightly tap a highlighter color, such as a pale gold, on the brow bone.
Step 2: Next dab a contour color, such as a deep gold or bronze shadow, along the crease. Mature lids look better with a matte shadow instead of one with shimmer. "It's more forgiving," says Jasper.
Step 3: Run the darkest color, such as a rich copper, along the upper lash line with a smudge brush, whose dense bristles create the perfect line.
Step 4: Time to blend! The goal, notes Jasper, is that "every color should meet and slightly overlap." Dust off your shadow brush or use a clean smudge brush to smooth the darkest color over the lid, blending it into the crease color. Dust off the brush again and blend the color from the crease to the brow bone.
Step 5: Run a bronze eyeliner pencil all around the eye. "Apply it as close as possible to the lash line to create a final layer of intensity," suggests Perdis. Soften the line with a smudge brush and then sweep it along the lower lash line.
Step 6: Finally, end with a few coats of mascara to show it all off!