Fall/Winter 2013 season featured lots of dramatic eyes, but one of the looks that really stood out was eyeshadow in shades of russet, cranberry, and garnet, as seen on the runways of Gucci, Cynthia Rowley, Anthony Vaccarello, and Altuzarra. Rich, daring, and autumnal, this look can be as intimidating, as it is glamorous. So here are a few tips to make this look work for you!
Keep the rest of the face neutral
Since having shimmery russet shadow is going to be a scene-stealer in itself, keeping the rest of the face pared back is key to pulling off the trend without looking like you’ve gone all clown-like with your makeup. Less is more in this case! A nude blush or bronzer, paired with natural lips, complements this look perfectly. Try Laqa & Co.’s Fat Lip Pencil in Wolfman for a barely-there pink pout, or Jelly Pong Pong’s Brazilian Sun Bronzer for healthy-looking skin without overt colour.
Complete your eye look
On the runways, some designers like Gucci bleached the brows to really make their russet eyeshadow pop for dramatic contrast, but if you’re going to translate this look into everyday life, you’ll need to work differently. Since your eyes are going to be the fixture of your face, the eye makeup needs to be complete. So yes, do bust out your eyebrow, eyeliner, and lash products when you reach for your russet shades. For brows and lashes that stay on all day, try Benefit Cosmetic’s Gimme Brow or Bobbi Brown’s No Smudge Mascara to keep your peepers glam all day long! We also love Bobbi Brown’s Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink to really add definition to your eye, too.
Pick the most flattering shade of red
The autumnal trends featured reds of all kinds, so there’s a shade for everyone. If you’re warm-toned, a russet or cranberry with gold tones is perfect for you, like M.A.C Cranberry Eye Shadow, while if your undertones are cool, a garnet or raspberry shade works well, like MUFE’s Powder Eyeshadow in Dark Raspberry 58. But regardless of your undertone, don’t forget to rock your shade with confidence!
Jerlene lives a triple life as a caffein-consuming zombie in the morning, a hardworking multi-faceted office employee in the day, and a passionate beauty writer at night. Since its inception in 2009, her beauty blog, Of Faces and Fingers, has been featured in various print and online publications, including Allure Korea, Fabulous Magazine, Her World, and Edgars Club Magazine. You can also find her on Google Plus, Twitter as @musicalhouses, and Facebook.