The Black Eye: a boss new makeup trend coming to you!
“Extreme glamour” is trending in makeup this season. So extreme, in fact, it may just have you reaching for the phone to call the police or the domestic abuse hotline. Yes, ladies, the “smoky eye” is back and it’s a complete hit. Eternally sexy, it has been bashed out many times before, but due to make up being elevated to the level of art over the last few years, the effect has reached a new milestone: more real than real.
The good news is that the variety of gorgeous hues that are packing a wallop at the moment are so broad that any stage of the life cycle of a bruise can be evoked in this very “now” look. Attack your makeup kit and bust this fad wide open …
Here’s how we achieve this knock out style:
Start with a thumping great smack of the dark and dramatic on the centre on your eyelid (black-or-blue or fresh punch rouge are excellent options), highlighted with a pop of purple and accented with welt flush russet, bone white, mottled skin-brown, raw skin-pink or three-week-old-bruise champagne. An off-bruise green is a perfect twist for the adventurous — Vogue describes the work of make-up artist Tom Pecheux “… punching up each girl’s fresh-faced skin and groomed brows with swathes of shimmery jade green shadow.” That’s pure poetry.
Build up layers of bold colour for a standout look — thin layers are best for creating textural detail for the grazed effect. Don’t be afraid to spread your eyeshadow to the very edges of your eye socket and, remember girls: blend, blend, blend!
The crowning glory, a tear sparkle, can be added for a touch of real life shimmer to almost any area of the eyelid. A lightened eyebrow can really bring the glam-slam look to the fore by increasing the contrast between a sick pale foundation and a fresh bash smudged kohl eye. Similarly, a smack of contusion red lipstick can provide an underscore to the overall look.
Shine or matte? Both approaches can achieve this rad look, although a silver shiner can give an extra eye-catching highlight. Generally, the wetter the look, the fresher the bruise effect looks — a bit of added oozing (see top image) caps the drama off nicely. An iridescent grazed sheen can also be alluring. But mixing it up can be very effective too.
One of the many benefits of the “black eye” is that you don’t have to worry about under eye circles, smudges or your mascara bleeding — that’s all part of the look. This smashing style is adaptable to most environments, including sweaty nightclubs and your favourite hotspot at the beach. You can rock your new look everywhere you go. In addition, you won’t have to go far out of your way for Halloween — sporting this look, you’re already halfway there!
Now, while it’s true that the product may get into your eyes and cause inflammation and infections, this only enhances the look you’ve strived so hard for (think of it as a perk!).
The line between haute couture makeup and a mug shot in today’s fun fad is one that some may have trouble navigating — the dilemma being discussed at length on a many a beauty forum. It can be quite a blow when you are unable to master the latest makeup craze. Indeed, once perfected, you might want to consider permanent makeup tattoos — it is a difficult look to pull off and this way you get around the time, effort and expense of getting yourself a black eye every day.
Want to go that step further, without actually being beaten to a pulp? Follow one of these tutorials to create a truer than life black eye — make your mark and stand out in the crowd. If, on the other hand, you are sporting the real thing, you can tone it back down to a smoky eye by following these handy tips.
But covering up is not the only option for you — the good news is you don’t have to cover up at all. The fashion world says: Black Eyes Are Hot This Year! Fashion has your back.
Major brands and mega-influencers the world over are tapping into this slamm’n look:
Best example: 2018 Instagram
And this is definitely something to aim for next season: 2018 Instagram