Top 10 Eye Makeup Looks for 2016
Turn up the heat with one of these 10 stunning sexy eye makeup looks-they're guaranteed to be a hit.
1. Cobalt Liner
Out of the million different ways makeup artists applied blue this season, our favorite version was the major liner look at Jonathan Saunders. Lining the inner rims of the eyes, then tracing the top and bottom lash lines, added extra oomph by smooshing a bit of cobalt cream shadow into the roots of the lashes. By having the vivid blue shade both along the waterline and the lash line, the models' eyes looked much brighter and more defined.
2. Quilted Eye Shadow
Gigi Hadid gave major makeup goals with quilted eye shadow, representative of the Chanel's iconic handbags. CHIC. Easy to replicate using a snipping of plastic mesh as a template (save that old lemon bag in your kitchen), the look was simply paired with thick mascara and soft pink lips. Hair, can be described as "clean, unbrushed 'morning' hair" - another easy steal.
3. Graphic Cat Eye
When a basic cat eye just won't do, give this graphic version the old college try, with plenty of eye makeup remover on hand, to be safe. Put a twist on the classic cat eye by extending it way past the outer corners and blending a bit of a metallic beige shadow on top for dimension. A touch of pearly shimmer in the inner corners brightens up the whole look. A retro graphic eye look with shadow placed above the lid at the crease rather than on it creates depth and creates the illusion of bigger eyes.
4. Brilliant Gold Shadow
Makeup artist Pat McGrath shook up the beauty world when she launched her first-ever eponymous product-Gold 001-on Instagram with an impromptu makeup session in the Tuileries Garden in Paris. She also got everyone obsessing over gold. If you weren't one of the lucky few to nab the limited-edition pigment, it doesn't mean you can't jump on the trend. Grab the shiniest, shimmer-packed gold shadow or liner you can find and dress up your eyes as subtly or as outrageously as you like.
5. Smudgy Silver Shadow
Our obsession with all things metallic includes silver-especially when it's all lived-in and smudgy, like Zoe Kravitz's shadow. Line the inner rims of your eyes with a black liner to help define the shape of the eyes. Then define the creases of your eyes with a matte nude shadow that's a shade darker than your natural skin tone. Now you're ready to go in with the silver. For this look, you want a powder shadow with a ton of sparkles that you will blend all over your lids, around the inner corners, and all along the lower lashes (dampen your brush for an extra sparkly effect). To ensure this look stays more sex kitten than space-age, go back with your black pencil and line the outer half of your top and bottom lashes.
6. Cranberry Shadow
With a hint of brown, red shadow becomes sultry, elegant, and supremely flattering. To enhance the shape of the eyes, line top and bottom lashes with Khol, smudging the pigment into the roots of the lashes and darkening the line at the outer corners. Next, take The Eyeshadow Duo in Bloodroses, a deep bordeaux shade, and brush it over the liner and up toward the creases. Then take a second, clean shadow brush to blur the edges and fade the shadow at the inner corners. And you're ready to rock!
7. Glitter Tears
Glitter is the eye-trend of this year! If Coachella was any indication, glitter is hotter than ever. Be it a light dusting or a statement-making stack of sparkle, covering up your dark circles with has never been more fun. All you need is sparkles to create your "tears of joy" and moisturizer to make 'em stick.
8. Grungy Black Sparkle
At Chanel's pre-fall show, models walked down the runway with black shadow smudged low under their eyes. Except it wasn't black shadow at all-it was loads of black glitter. Apply matte black shadow all around your eyes in a clean almond shape, and add a touch of silver on the center of the lids and inner corners of the eyes. Next, dip a brush in a waterproofing agent, then into loose black glitter to apply the flecks (to make sure it doesn't fly everywhere). Concentrate the glitter close to the lash line, then disperse them as you go down to the under-eye area and around the outer corners.
9. Sparkly Wings
To wear this look without looking insane, you need to anchor the glitter with black liner. Trace a thick line along your top lashes and a thin one along the bottom, and add mascara top and bottom. Pick a loose glitter in a a color of your choice, and make sure to have a waterproofing gel. Dip your brush in the gel, then in the loose glitter, and begin tapping it onto the outer corners of the eyes, gradually bringing it out to the temples. You may need to repeat that step a second time to get the amount of glitter you want, but once that's done, take whatever's left on your brush and apply it along the top and bottom lash lines.
10. Negative Space Eye Liner
With similar streamlined appeal to negative space nails, the eyeliner iteration of the technique is sleek, graphic, and kind of retro. It's as simple as drawing lines in the crease of the lids or even just tracing the outlines of cat eye. It's all about the cut out effect, which means your lines need to be precise and stay in tact. Make sure you us a shadow primer and long-lasting, budge-proof liquid liner.
Don't miss the chance to be more creative with your eye make-up