Eye Makeup

Beauty Test Drive: The Jewel-Toned Smoky Eye

With new loose pigments, metallic liners and volumizing mascaras on the market, a lush smokey eye has never been easier

From left: Gucci, Jeremy Scott and Gianfranco Ferré Spring 2013; Photos by Anthea Simms

From left: Gucci, Jeremy Scott and Gianfranco Ferré Spring 2013; Photos by Anthea Simms

Seen at Gucci, Jeremy Scott and Gianfranco Ferré for Spring 2013, the jewel-toned smoky eye is a rich riff on a classic look. Colour palette is entirely personal preference, but if you need a little more direction, choose burgundy or bronze shadows for blue eyes, navy or gold for brown eyes, and eggplant for green. Finish off the look with several coats of black volumizing mascara for thick lashes that can compete with look-at-me colour.


From left: Golden Ink, Silver Ink and Aquamarine Ink

CoverGirl Ink It! By Perfect Point Plus self-sharpening eyeliner, $10, at mass market retailers in June.

Part of CoverGirl’s new summer line of bright beauty products, these pretty retractable liners will not budge once dry, so they’re perfect for a hot summer evening. The liner works best on a bare lid, so apply it before shadow for the strongest, smoothest colour, adding a little wing at the outer corners of the eye to act as a guide for your shadow application. Ink It! comes in six shades—Black, Golden, Aquamarine, Charcoal, Silver and Cocoa—but we’re partial to the gold hue for its glint factor.


Clockwise from top left: Downtown Brown, Never Fade Jade and Pink Rebel

Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigments by EyeStudio, $9, at mass market retailers.

The newest addition to Maybelline’s Color Tattoo family, these loose pigments are bright, daring and oh-so sultry. Though they’re a little on the messy side, which means you’ll have to apply them while holding a tissue beneath the eye as pigment catcher (or wwhisk away with a brush after application), they’re also hard to beat in terms of intense colour and staying power. While most shadows work best over top of a primer, use these hues on their own for the smoothest application, blending a lighter hue on the lid with a deeper shade in the crease and along the lash line. You can also use a single pigment with your regular shadow for added pop. The pigment is available in 10 lush shades from Never Fade Jade to Brash Blue to Potent Purple (with a few neutral options such as Buff & Tuff and Barely Brazen thrown in for good measure).

Lise Watier Mascara

Lise Watier Dramatique Intense 3D Volume Mascara, $24, lisewatier.com.

This black mascara adds both volume and length to lashes, with the tapered brush applying extra product to the outer eye for a bit of a winged effect. Though it promises to curl lashes with its ceramide-rich formula, a lash curler is an unmatched tool in the fight for that false eyelash look, no glue necessary.