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How To Do The Season’s Jewel-Tone Eyes

The only kind of red eye you'll want to have. Jane Richardson, International Lead Stylist at NARS, tells us how the on-trend look is done.

If we had to pick one major beauty trend this season, it’ll have to be jewel-tone eyes. An alternative to the classic smoky eye, the jewel-tone eye – in red – is a favourite of Kristen Stewart, Soko and most recently Olivia Wilde. When we spotted the look from Anna Sui to Kenzo at fashion week, the indication was clear – the jewel-tone eye is the beauty trick to master before party season arrives. It is the only kind of red eye we want to spot.

Jewel-tone eyes were also the look of the night at Exhibit’s Fall/Winter 2016 show at Singapore Fashion Week. Created in collaboration with NARS, the models walked the runway with smoky eyes in red, purple and copper, a subtle nod to the colour palette of the collection. But just how complicated is the process behind the perfect jewel-tone eye? Jane Richardson, International Lead Stylist at NARS, breaks it down for us.

“Basically, I just put them on in a very light smoke and then gradually intensify it. The focus really is on the eyes,” says Jane. For the red eyes – our personal favourite of the lot – Richardson uses a clever blend of eyeshadow in Mekong and blushes in Outlaw and Mata Hari to create an eye-popping red. For the purple, blushes in Mata Hari and Angelika work in place of eyeshadows.

While it doesn’t look it, the most complex of the lot are the copper lids, created using a total of four products and six colours – the Altai Matte Multiple Stick, Surabaya and Isolde Duo Eyeshadows, and the Coconut Grove Eyeshadow. Contouring products and blushes doubling as eyeshadows? That’s a beauty cheat we can definitely get behind.

With such intense, look-at-me eyes, leaving the rest of the face simple is crucial to the look. “We’re keeping the skin very raw, just concealing where it is needed and bringing in the light and natural highlights. There is no blush, no lips,” Jane explains. NARSskin’s Luminous Moisture Cream and Total Replenishing Eye Cream are used to rejuvenate the skin, while the Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser provides the uncomplicated base. The Stick ConcealerRadiant Creamy Concealer, Hot Sand Illuminator on the cheeks and just a touch of gloss in Triple X on the lips round things off.

“Because the eyes are so intense, you capture that haunting side of things, it’s very beautiful.” We couldn’t agree more, Jane. Excuse us as we attempt to recreate those eyes and not make a mess while at it. Party season, here we come!


Photos: YOYOKULALA.com, NARS Cosmetics

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