"This season, it's all about glam eyes," says Liz Pugh, international makeup artist and spokesperson for Rimmel London. At Oscar de la Renta and Versace, glimmering shadows offset clothes of a more conservative nature. But two things are new about this fall's metallics: texture and colour. "They're not so much shimmery as they are high-shine and very molten-looking," says Pugh. And don't just stick to charcoal hues; any shade goes, from violet to pewter to bronze.
Your skin should look healthy and luminous, says Pugh, so avoid heavy foundations and powders. Even out your skin tone with a tinted moisturizer or light, mineral-based foundation, and use pressed powder to absorb any excess
shine in your T-zone.
Diorshow Loose Powder in Spotlight Peach ($46)
Using a brown, black or charcoal eyeliner, rim the upper and lower lash lines and smudge with your fingertip or a small brush. For more staying power, apply a powder eyeshadow in the same shade overtop, blending upward and outward. Sweep a pale metallic eyeshadow-in a cream or powder format-across the entire lid, and add a light shimmer to the corner of the eye and directly above the pupil "to really open up the eye," says Pugh. Finish with two coats of black mascara and, for added drama, false lashes.
Thierry Mugler Flash On Lashes Lash Designer Mascara in Black ($32)
Matte lipsticks in pale-pink or nude shades pair best with iridescent eyes. But make sure that your application technique isn't too precise. "If you're using a darker shade, apply it with your finger for a worn-in look," says Pugh.
Maybelline New York Mineral Power Lipstick in Nude Shell ($9)
"I love graphic eyes," says Angie Semple, makeup artist and Canadian education and artistry manager for Dior. This season's interpretation-as seen at Etro and Bottega Veneta-is a fresh take on '60s-style liner and just as dramatic. "It defines the eye shape right at the base of the lashes," explains Semple. Flawless skin and pink or peach lipstick ensure that the effect is more pretty than punk.
Give your skin a velvety finish with a slightly matte foundation that has luminous properties. "If your foundation is dewy, use some loose powder to mattify your forehead and chin," says Semple.
L'Oréal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Blush in Precious Peach ($13.95)
Apply a creaseproof eyeshadow in a neutral shade across the entire eyelid. Using short strokes, line the upper and lower lashes with a waterproof eyeliner in black, charcoal, chocolate or navy. Using a damp, rounded eyeliner brush, trace the line with powder eyeshadow in the same shade, smudging it inward toward your lashes to define the shape of your eye. Complete the look with two coats of extra-black volumizing mascara.
Laura Mercier Full Faux Lashes ($20)
"This eye looks more polished with defined brows," says Semple. Use a brow pencil or a tinted brow gel that is one shade lighter than
your hair colour.
Clinique Colour Surge Eyeshadow Stay Matte in Midnight ($17.50)
Lips "This look definitely needs some colour on the lips," says Semple. A sheer, glossy lipstick in pink or peach keeps it fresh.
Red lips are timeless, but this year's version features a new colour palette and texture, says Joe Costa, key makeup artist with Yves Saint Laurent. "Lips aren't flat," he says. "They have more dimension, like incredible fabrics." So, toss your lip brush and use your fingertips for a stained effect. Cool reds, like the berry and merlot shades at DSquared2 and Rodarte, look freshest. Pair them with strong brows and minimal eye makeup.
Cover under-eye circles and any imperfections with a creamy concealer; remember to warm it between your fingertips before applying and gently tap it in place. For a velvety finish, use your fingertips to smooth on a medium-coverage, matte foundation, blending it out from the centre of your face. A tinted illuminating moisturizer will give you a dewier look. Eliminate any shine with a light dusting of translucent powder.
Estée Lauder Shimmering Jewel Powder ($37)
Use a black eyeliner pencil to line the upper lash line. "Leave the lower lash line clean to keep your eyes subtle," says Costa. Add dimension by applying a soft taupe or grey eyeshadow in the crease. Curl your lashes and brush on a coat of black volumizing mascara.
CoverGirl LashBlast Mascara in Black ($9.50)
Choose a brow powder or pencil within a shade or two of your hair colour and apply it in light, short strokes using a flat, angled brush.
Lips Fill in your lips with a lipliner in the same shade as your lipstick. "Dab a creamy merlot or berry shade of lipstick on your lips with your fingertips to create a natural, blurred effect," says Costa.
YSL Lip Liner in 10 ($26)