More dramatic than the usual suspects, the latest crop of creamy, metallic eyeshadows feel, all at once, smudgy, sophisticated, and a little seductive. Not to mention the reflective, smoky eye was all over the fall runways—from soft and silvery at Chanel to dark and dramatic at Vera Wang. And the best part? Getting the look is easier than you think: One sweep of color can make a delicately gorgeous impact. Or, go for a more intense layering of shades and create a striking glint across the lids. Ready to get an eyeful? We're offering up four stunning metallic eyeshadow looks to help cool things down, just in time for fall.
Chrome Detailing—At Chanel's fall '11 show, Chanel Creative Director of Makeup, Peter Philips, whipped up a silky, silver eye that was effortlessly elegant. If you want keep things smoky and angular like at Altuzarra's fall show, take a cue from makeup artist Tom Pecheux and keep the silver in the inner-corners of the eye.
From left: Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Epatant and Fantasme, $36 each, available at Chanel; Chanel fall '11 image courtesy of Chanel; Altuzarra fall '11 image by Luca Cannonieri.
Life Of The Party Purple—Add some elegance to a smoky eye by layering on lavender and purple shades, like at Catherine Malandrino's fall show. Perfect for a sexy night out.
From left: Catherine Malandrino fall '11 image courtesy of CND; Bare Escentuals Prime Time Primer Shadow in Chroma Violet, $18, available at Sephora; Maybelline Eye Studio Color Explosion Lumizing Eyeshadow in Amethyst Ablazed, $10.99, available at Walgreens; Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Dab, $24, available at Sephora.
In The Navy—Giving a mysterious iridescence to a smoky eye, makeup artist Lucia Pieroni, Color Creator for Clé de Peau Beauté, started with either black or brown cream shadow, then defined each look by layering on a shimmering blue/grey shade called Night Brown. Brush the shadow on the lid toward the brow and along the lower lash-line for extra intensity.
From left: Vera Wang fall '11 images courtesy of Clé de Peau Beauté. Clé de Peau Beauté Satin Eye Color in Chocolate Gold, $45, available at Neiman Marcus; MAC Big Bounce Shadow in Black Diamond, $16.50, available at MAC; Clé de Peau Beauté Limited Edition Cream Eye Color in Night Brown, $45, available in September at Neiman Marcus.
Bronzed Beauties—The look at Roberto Cavalli's fall '11 show was decidedly damp with wet locks, dewy skin, and dark-and-stormy eyes. The addition of shimmery bronze shadow to the lids lightened up the look. To make it wearable, softly line the eye with black liner, smudge, and then sweep on a bronze cream shadow and dot beige or gold in the inner corners of the eye.