Eye Candy | Suzanne Smith

picture-13In Autumn 2008, the Christian Dior runway offered what John Galliano named the “optimism and opulence” of the sixties – lashings of palette embroidery, revved up to the max with bright colours and Western hats.

However, it was the ‘Valley of the Dolls’ inspired eye make-up that stole the show rather than Dior’s outfits on this occasion. In true Galliano style the makeup was hugely flamboyant, yet there is something undeniably fantastic about a bright injection of colour on the eyelids.Even Bobbi Brown – usually standing for every-day, natural makeup – have brought out a limited edition eye palette called ‘Bobbi Brights’, including bright, vibrant shades such as Electric Pink, Ultra Violet and Blue Iris.

Spring 2009’s bold make-up trend is catching on and the striking metalics, tropical hues and popping neons ensure this is one trend that doesn’t go unnoticed. If you don’t have Pat McGrath on-call, consider creating your own bright eyes at home. It’s not a look to be left on the catwalk – colour is a great way to bring attention to the eyes. People focus on bright colours and where better to draw that focus to but your eyes?

Opt for a playful shade of liner such as Urban Decay’s waterproof 24/7 Glide-on eye pencil or a coloured mascara such as Barry M’s Electric Purple for daytime. Apply more colour for a full artistic effect, painting strong blocks or shapes or choose a multi-hued effect for eyes that will stand out in a club.

If you want to push the look to the limit and opt for neon colours, use a high pigment cream such as MAC’s Paint Pot. Keep your skin and lips natural and wear neutral colours to create edge and strong contrast. If it’s romance you’re looking for, lilac is the best call for creating a flirty and playful look this Spring. Lilac eye shadow is a winning trend for the year, and you can complete it with a flash of silver or white eyeliner for a complimentary twist. For irresistible bohemian smoulder, try greens. Another strong catwalk favourite, Chanel used a shimmering green across the eyes, teamed with porcelain skin and nude lips and cheeks. But beware – do not try to match eyes to your outfit! Instead make greens work alone so they make your eyes pop. With metallics, you have more liberty – they take on different hues depending on the light.

Most people usually treat blue with caution since the 80s – there are some looks that are best not revisited – but in 2009 electric blues are making a comeback in bold and interesting ways. Again, the rest of your face should be left nude – toned down lips and cheekbones – to let your eyes do the talking and avoid the ‘clown’ look. It takes next to no effort to stick to your usual everyday makeup routine but why would you want that if you could paint from lash to brow in hot pink or acid green?

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