Every season we see a variation of the smoky eye, however, most summer trends tend to look much softer then their extreme winter counterparts. Not so for Spring & Summer 2012 as we see a continuation of sooty peepers well in to the New Year.
Undeniably the king of them all was the extreme smoky eye at Gucci. Pat McGrath initially used cream products to create a dense, greasy black base then softened the edges with a powder shadow. Top and bottom waterlines were heavily laden with inky kohl pencil. Brows were bleached, allowing the eye to spill higher to the brow bone and giving main focus to the exact center of the eye.
Skin was honey-tanned and dewy with highlight added to the cheekbones and through the center of the face. Cheekbones were carved out with caramel shades and lips and nails were left nude.
In Rodarte and Pucci eyes kept the greasy texture, though more understated. Cream products in grey, navy blue and of course black were commonly used as a base or patted on top to ‘smear’ and aided in ‘breaking up’ the intensity of the eye. Using metallic grey, bronze and gold artists were able to bring looks in line with common expectations for Spring and Summer.
Charlotte Tilbury took the use of metallics one step further with her use of glitter to achieve more of a glam-rock effect for DSquared2. Intense black pencil was used to line eyes then smudged outwards with fingertips. Cream shadow was blended on top right up to the brow; gold or silver glitter was pressed into the cream shadow and allowed to spill on to the cheeks.
So, for those of you who dare to be bold in the hotter months, remember to go as strong as you like with your eyes, keep your skin and lips looking fresh and natural and wear it with confidence!