Red carpet makeup is typically of the tried-and-tested glamourous variety that shows off a hyper-groomed and polished version of actresses and celebrities. Gorgeous yes, but dare we say it, a little safe?
At this year's 88th Academy Awards, we were pleased to notice a beauty look that was more playful and slightly more daring. We're talking about a new take on the statement eye using standout colours like emerald, silver and shimmery taupe. Paired with a matte lip, up-and-coming actresses Rachel McAdams, Sophie Turner and Saoirse Ronan showed off the best examples of this beauty trend.
Perfect for a special occasion or a girls' night out, here our Beauty Style Advisors show us how to create the perfect smokey eye:
- Start with an eye primer and apply on clean skin to create a perfect long lasting base. We like Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Wheat, which is a great nude base primer that sets itself. Apply with applicator directly onto eyelid and pat in with your finger all the way up to your brow bone.
- To achieve the smokey, Oscars-inspired look, start with sweeping the light nude shadow from Laura Mercier's Paris After the Rain Eye Shadow Palette all the way up to the brow bone. Then use a medium toned shadow all over the lid, slightly blending in the crease with a blending brush.
- Line the lash line with a kohl pencil; we recommend Guerlain's Eye Pencil in Black Jack. Smudge the pencil along the lash line of your top and bottom lashes.
- To set the kohl pencil, choose any of the dark shimmery tones. The deep blue will make any eye colour pop by smudging it with a pointy smokey eye brush along the lashes. Build it up slowly until your eyes are smouldering but well blended.
- A true smokey eye needs liner in the water line; apply evenly on both the top and bottom water lines.
- Finish with a false lash-effect mascara, like Estee Lauder's new Sumptuous Knockout Defining Lift and Fan Mascara, for a feathery lash to enhance the smokey look, spending time zig-zagging the wand at the root of the lash for the ultimate full lash effect.