Beauty DIY: 3 perfect smoky eyes for fall

Updated on January 29 2014

Just like the LBD (you know, little black dress), the smoky eye never goes out of style. Learn how to create three different variations of it for this coming fall/winter season with new makeup from Bobbi Brown, Tom Ford and Benefit in Hong Kong.

Dark and smoldering smoky eyes

Warm, smoky eyes at Altuzarra and Oscar de la Renta F/W 2013.

The look: Autumn, of course, calls for some darker, smoky colours. As seen on many Fall/Winter 2013 runways like Altuzarra and Oscar de la Renta, shades of browns were smudged around the eyes for a smouldering, smoky look that is intense and grungy, but softer than black. This is perfect for when you want to show a fiercer side, like on nights out or concerts. (Clockenflap, anyone?)

How to achieve it: Bobbi Brown’s Rich Chocolate Palette (HK$510) is part of the brand’s autumn collection, and contains all the colours you’ll need to sculpt the perfect chocolate eyes. The key to a smouldering glare is lining the upper and lower lids heavily with dark colours.

Use ‘Caramel Sparkle’ or ‘Cocoa’ to add colour and shape, then a deep colour like ‘Rich Chocolate’ to line the lashes. For a more modern, sexy look, tapering out at the upper corners will elongate the eyes. You can also only line lower lashes halfway, as they did at Altuzarra, and highlight inner corners with a highlighter like ‘Bone’.

Bobbi Brown, Shop 1085, ifc Mall, Central, +852 2111 3912,

Next page: Soft and smoky eyes

Soft and smoky eyes

The girls at Giles and Nanette Lapore kept their looks romantic and soft.

The look: For the day or romantic events like dates and weddings, a softer smoky eye is suitable. As seen on the Fall/Winter 2013 runways of Nanette Lepore and Giles, lilac and taupe colours were all the rage — sultry without going overboard.

How to achieve it: Tom Ford’s Eye Colour Quad in Orchid Haze (HK$550) has the perfect balance of hazy purples, pinks and taupe. As with traditional smoky eyes, the same theories apply–medium colours to fill in lids and contour hollows of the eyes, while darkest colours go thinly along the lash line. Highlighting is essential for this look, so add generously to inner corners and a little on the brow bones.

Tom Ford Beauty, Shop 2049, ifc mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2234 7802,

Next page: Colourful and smoky eyes

Colourful and smoky eyes

Glossy teal at Aquilano Rimondi and bright purple with eyeliner at Jason Wu.

The look: There were plenty of colourful ’60s and ’70s elements going on in the Fall/Winter 2013 runways. Some expressed it in their clothes (for example, Anna Sui) while others did it in the form of bright colours and doll-like lashes in makeup. Models on the Aquilano Rimondi runway, for instance, matched bold prints with shiny, teal eyes, while the Jason Wu girls donned purple.

How to achieve it: For eye colours to really pop, cream shadows are the best. As if here to answer all our wishes, Benefit cosmetics recently revealed a new collection called ‘Colour…by Benefit’, 10 new shades of creaseless cream shadow included. At HK$200 each, these will help you create the perfect candy coloured eyes. Put it all over the lid as it is if you’re feeling frisky, but if you want to stay safe, adding some black liquid liner will pretty up your eyes without hiding the pop.

Benefit, Lane Crawford, Pacific Place, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 2118 2986,

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