[Clockwise from top: Stella McCartney SS14, Gucci, Jason Wu & Tom Ford AW13-14]
Bronze eyes are a look for this season and beyond. They are the perfect neutral shade for darker skin tones and add luminescence to sunkissed skin. Bronze eyes are also the perfect day-to-night accessory, easily dressed up with an extra layer, a touch of chocolate or a shimmer stick for evening intensity.
The bronze eye has grown up a lot, usurping the grey/black combination as the smokey eye of choice. Multi-tones from gold to chocolate soften every complexion so it’s really just about picking a shade that suits you.
At Jason Wu, a gold based metallic was order of the day, whilst at Gucci, Pat McGrath opted for an intense copper, to give models an otherworldly edge, which will also carry perfectly through to summer. At Tom Ford, Charlotte Tilbury created a more chocolate based bronze eye, working in perfect harmony with highlighted cheekbones and bushy brows.
At Stella McCartney Pat McGrath used brown eyeliner to create an understated but visible cat eye. However brown pencil has also become the go-to product for creating the ubiquitous invisible liner, perfect for the pared back make-up looks for Spring Summer 14.
The beauty of buying into browns, bronzes and gold flecked chocolates, is that they are so versatile, allowing you to create an effortless, yet still alluring look for day or night.
Here are Blush’s must-haves:
The Liner – Chanel
Chanel’s Stylo Yeux Waterproof in Espresso, is the perfect natural looking brown. The retractable pencil is smooth and precise, it is also great for using on the move as you’ll never need to sharpen it.
It is the perfect shade for making eyes look bigger when used on the lower rim and corners, and when used on your upper lash line, creates the illusion of invisible liner.
Not only does the rounded tip allow for multiple applications without irritation, it’s waterproof and it’s Chanel.
Chanel, Stylo Yeux Waterproof, Espresso, £19. Available at all Chanel counters and Boots.com
The Creme Liner- Laura Mercier
Laura Mercier‘s Creme Liner, glides on like a gel and is as precise as a liquid liner.
I’ve already got Laura Mercier’s Creme liners in Canard and Cobalt, which are great for creating a striking one-off look, but it is the Espresso that I use every day.
I’ve actually used it every day for about 4 months, which isn’t very bold for a beauty writer, but when you have a product that works as well as this, what can you do.
The Espresso creme liner is silky smooth and doesn’t dry out like cheaper gel and liquid liners, meaning you never have any flaky residue. Having darker skin, I use golds and bronze every day on my lids as it just gives them a subtle lift. Black liner can look too disparate and make the look a lot dressier or more severe than I’d want, so this brown is perfect for lining my lids in a natural finish. It’s my hero product.
Laura Mercier, Creme Eyeliner, Espresso, £19.
Available at all Laura Mercier counters and SpaceNK
The Shadow- Nars
I’ve used Urban Decay’s Naked Palette and I like it, mainly because it’s so huge, but if you’ve ever tried a Nars eyeshadow, then like me you won’t really understand what all the fuss is about. When it comes to powder eyeshadows, I’m afraid no one comes remotely close to Nars.
The pigment is always rich, it lasts all day and the colour range is vast. Nars’ single eyeshadow in Galapagos is my go to for creating a natural look with a touch of shimmer. It is a colour that looks great on all skin tones and has lasted me well over a year. I still have a good few months left in it, but I’ve recently switched to the Guy Bourdin Crime of Passion palette (which I reviewed for CR Fashion Book earlier this year).
Although the whole double decker palette is a dream, the middle shade -a copper bronze- which comes from their Jezebel duo, is my perfect shade for right now, taking the Galapagos up a level to a more Gucci-inspired bronze.
Unfortunately the palette has sold out, but if you can get your hands on it or don’t mind buying the jezebel duo, then it is really worth it. If however you’re looking for a new copper, the punchier and much more coral based, Cambodia, also from the Guy Bourdin collection, is one to try.
Nars, Single Eyeshadow, Galapagos, £18, from SpaceNK.
Nars, Guy Bourdin Cinematic Eyeshadow, Cambodia, £18, from SpaceNK.