Beauty Decoder: The Colour-Blocked Eye

Guest blogger Hannah Johnson tries out the art-inspired eye make-up as seen at Altuzarra and the MET Gala

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Our guest blogger with a piece by Joe Fleming at General Hardware Contemporary, Toronto. Photography by Norman Wong.

My most inspiring occasion to dress up is approaching—not Halloween, but rather, Nuit Blanche. Lately the runway and red carpet seem to be taking cues from mid century, abstract expressionists such as Mark Rothko, whose bright colour blocks shook the conventional art world. At Altuzarra, upper and lower lids showed o­ so wrong-it’s-right shade combinations. Even Elle Fanning colour-clashed at last spring’s Met Gala, where she stacked turquoise above cranberry-rust— to very cool, eye-brightening e­ ect. For the tint-timid, pair a metallic (like jewellery, they’re neutrals) with a rich matte hue (but too dark strays from the artsy). Don’t blend, makeup 101–style, but let paint-like creams barely brush one another, and keep the rest of your face to a nude whisper. When you find yourself in a Queen West gallery at 2 a.m. examining the mysterious works of the modern, modern artists, all eyes will be on the masterpiece that is you.

Photo, left: Anthea Simms; Right: Getty Images

Photo, left: Anthea Simms; Right: Getty Images

Hannah Shows You How, Step By Step in Pictures and Video, Below:

Dab an eyelid primer such as Clinique All About Shadow Primer for Eyes, $23, onto your upper lid and along the lower lash line to ensure colour adheres. Photography by Norman Wong.

Photography by Norman Wong

Dab an eyelid primer such as Clinique All About Shadow Primer for Eyes, $23, onto your upper lid and along the lower lash line to ensure colour adheres.

Photography by Norman Wong

Photography by Norman Wong

Use your ring finger to apply a metallic cream shadow in a slightly upward, rectangular shape, softening the line between your crease and your brow bone.

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Photography by Norman Wong

 

Use a sharp angled brush to apply a contrasting matte pigment along the outer two thirds of your lower lash line, using a cotton bud to expand to quarter-inch thickness.

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