Individual eyelashes are integral to this look. They open the eyes and take off the years. I start with a light, creamy eyeshadow shade blended over the lid and up toward the brow, occasionally defining the crease with a deeper hue. It’s about highlighting and opening the eyes rather than contouring, as the definition here is in the lashes. Then, I apply a row of individual lashes along the lashline with tweezers. If individual lashes are tricky, try a strip iteration. Brush on mascara the way you normally would, from root to tip to bond your real lashes and the false ones together. Once I’ve applied lashes and mascara, I assess the look and if it calls for further definition, I draw a thin line of black liquid eyeliner along the upper lash line. The result is young, fresh and modern, without looking too “done.”
For a sun-kissed contour look, I sweep Bronze Goddess Powder Bronzer just below the cheekbone for definition. Then, I blend it outward toward the hairline using a large, soft brush. Apply with a light hand to avoid a stripy result. Next, I bronze the temples for a pretty, natural look. Occasionally, I shade the nose on both sides all the way down, but note that a little product goes a long way. I finish with an apricot or pink blush on the apples of the cheeks and I dab highlighter along the upper cheekbone and the inner corners of the eyes.
Cultivate Coloured Shadow
Don’t fear coloured shadow! If everything else is kept simple, it’s modern and flattering, especially with natural, luminous skin. Any colour will do, but I tend toward purples, greens and blues. To create my favourite eye look for Carolyn Murphy, I use a purple eyeshadow topped with a hint of lip balm for a glistening effect. I then line her eyes with black eyeliner pencil and finish with lots of black mascara. I always pair it with a nude lip to maintain the focus on the eyes.