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How to get a shimmery summer eye

Take inspiration from the S/S15 Julien Macdonald shows and create a subtle metallic eye using summery golden shimmer

Sonam Basantani
13 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
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Ace your base

Start by creating a smooth foundation for your eyeshadow using a creamy base, which acts like a glue for the shadow and helps it stay longer.

Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-2

Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-2, Dh110, Bloomingdale’s

Get your shimmer on

Achieve that lovely, low-key sparkle by using a cream eye pencil, lining your lid all the way from just above the lash line to the crease of your eye socket. Use your fingers, or a fluffy shadow brush, and blend it all over, but stop before the crease.

Sephora Jumbo Shadow Colourful Liner in Gold

Sephora Jumbo Shadow Colourful Liner in Gold, Dh61

Find your staying power

Just as you might set liquid foundation with powder, you can do the same on your eyes for a longer-lasting finish. Use a similar shade of gold eyeshadow to set the creamy pencil formula. Pat on the colour with a flat brush. Then, to recreate the runway look, apply a brown eyeshadow in the crease of the eye socket with a fluffy brush, going along the crease in a windscreen-wiper motion. Finish with a swipe of dark brown eyeliner along the bottom lash line and a slick of mascara.

Isadora Eye Shadow Palette in Mesmerize

Isadora Eye Shadow Palette in Mesmerize, Dh126, Lifestyle

Clean up

If you’re playing around with shimmery shades you are bound to have some eyeshadow fallout right under your eyes – fear not, simply use a highlighting concealer to clean up any mess.

YSL Touche Éclat

YSL Touche Éclat, Dh205, Paris Gallery

How do you intensify a shimmery eyeshadow?

Make-up artist to Lupita Nyong’o, Nick Barose, recommends wetting an eyeshadow brush to give it that extra metallic oomph.

Sonam Basantani

By Sonam Basantani