Pair a nude lip with a smoky eye and you’ll be on trend for the cooler months, according to Kate Squires, Napoleon’s VP of Creative, and the source of those head-turning looks on the recent DJ’s catwalk. Inspired by the unpredictable Australian winter – cold one minute, warm the next – this versatile look allows you to customise it to suit your mood or occasion by changing the intensity of the eye.
“Smoke It! is a choose-your-own-intensity smokey eye that incorporates both cool and warm hues allowing you to customise the shape and design to your eyes and mood,” Kate says. “Keep it crisp and rimmed closely to the lash lines, apply it as a soft wash of colour or go bold and wing it out.”
The three key looks are start with the same base – natural matte skin, warm, glowing highlights and a nude lip – but the definition of the eye is changed.
To get the look, all you need is a navy or black gel liner and eyeshadows in steely charcoal and rust. From there you can be as creative as you like.
If you’re going for the dramatic look, Kate says, “define and smoke the lash lines with a smudge of the gel liner, then fuse out the intensity with the charcoal and finally warm up the eye with a sweep of rust either through the socket or all over the eye.
If you prefer something softer, sweep the rust shadow along the lower lash line and through the socket of the eye then fuse the charcoal over the mobile lid and all over the rust shadow to create the smoke; applying the rust first allows a softer build-up of the charcoal and in turn an easier application.”
Look 1: “Be sure to tight line the eye for that piercing effect.”
Look 2: “Blend, blend, blend! After applying your shadows, use a clean, soft fluffy brush to blend and fuse the colours together for a seamless finish.”
Look 3: Like with Look 2, the key is to blend. “Use gentle, small circular motions working inwards until you get the perfect blend”