Smulty—think smouldering meets sultry—eyes glistened all over the fall runways: in beautiful turquoise at Chanel and iridescent plum at Gucci. “I think black is, as far as smoky eye goes, it’s not really what I think you’ll be seeing for fall,” says Nico Guilis, a celebrity makeup artist who splits her time between New York and Los Angeles. “As we move into the holidays, what is really coming through is this smultry, monochromatic, one-colour look.”

We’re all about replacing the traditional black smoky eye with a metallic blue or a red-based brown eye shadow, so we asked Guilis to share her expert tips on testing out this fall beauty trend.

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“I think you’ll be seeing a warmer look, something with a little bit more of a ’30s feeling to it,” she adds. Think a haze of colour billowing all around the lid, even to the under-eye, for a vampy look. “I always tell people to buy in palettes, unless there’s one very rare colour,” says Guilis. Try Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage Eye Color Quad in Golden Mink. “If you do a day palette and night palette every season, it just makes sense, and you can travel with it.”

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Beautifully complement your metallic eye shadow with an overall velvety, flawless complexion. “I think you’re going to see matte skin coming in a lot more in the next few months than we have, because everything’s been so dewy and fresh in the last few years.”

Get the metallic look

Adding shimmery eye makeup to your daytime look can totally create a sophisticated and glamorous finish. “I think it depends on how heavy you want the look,” says Guilis. “To use a metallic eye pencil over a matte shadow, it tends to brighten it up, and actually it gives it a really cool look.” Try Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes eyeliner in Burgundy over a neutral eye shadow.

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For a softer and less severe effect, take a metallic eye pencil and finely trace along the lash line—not the water line, but just underneath the lashes. Add a thin line on top, “And then just smudge it out a little bit so you have the essence of but you don’t have to go for a full smoky eye,” Guilis explains. “I think that will give you that pop of colour, you’ll see the metallic sheen on it.” Keep lashes really wispy, and apply a thin coat of mascara from corner to corner.

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“I think for a party you can go more intense,” says Guilis about amping up your fall beauty look this season. Try a beautiful aquamarine eye shadow and use metallic blue eyeliner overtop. “You can smudge the two together,” she suggests. “With metallics, I think it’s about layering with a pencil.” And with a metallic eye pencil, you avoid spilling sparkly powder on the rest of the face, which tends to happen when smudging out eye shadow.

“The way metallic eye shadows mix with your oil of your skin, it kind of gets that past-dewy look. A lot of times, the pencil will stay really nice.” To hold the look in place, add a liquid bronzer, like Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel, as a base underneath eye shadow on the lid.

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For a smoking plum look, take a richly pigmented red eye shadow and a more sultry eye pencil—try Nars Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Via De’Martelli—and draw along the lash line. Then take take a small brush and smudge over it. “It will give you that really intense metallic kick that you’re looking for,” she says. “And it also holds it in.”

And balance out a brightly feathered-out eye shadow with a light, glossy and iridescent lip lacquer. “It’s very 1950s,” she says.

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