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A/W 2010 Catwalk Trend- Create a Blended Soft Brown Eye

Soft, smoky brown eye make-up was huge on the A/W catwalks. This trend is so easy to replicate at home.

I’m happy to see brown replacing black for creating a smoky eye this autumn/winter. This is easier to wear, softer, more natural but best of all it’s much more forgiving mistake wise.

Alexander Wang had greasy reddish brown eyes that added intensity. Amazing for catwalk but a little harder to wear on the ground.

At Julien Macdonald artists applied peach cheeks with chestnut circled eyes. We also saw toffee shades at Anna Sui, mutted brown stained eyes at Pringle and deep chocolate shades at Cavalli.

Re create the look at home:

For the eyes, choose three matte brown shades ranging from light to dark. Those with a tinge or red will keep the trend. A chestnut shade would be perfect. The key to this look is blending. It may take more time but it will be worth it.

  • Apply a warm medium brown shade over the entire lid, wing it out and up. Bring it to the inner eye too. Then blend three quarters of the way under the eye, keeping close to the lash-line.
  • Apply the mid tone shade into the crease and blend upwards almost to the brow bone. Also blend into inner part of eye up to start of brow. With a clean fluffy brush blend away all edges until you get a smoky effect.
  • Apply the darkest shade, a bitter chocolate or rich dark brown (matte), into the crease and outer corner of the eye. Focus on blending once again. Add a little to the outer half of the lower lid close to the lash-line.

Keep the rest of the face quite bare looking. Focus on creating a flawless base. Go easy on the blush and add a slick of lipbalm or a nude pink shade to the lips. Avoid lip liner and dab colour on with your finger.

Use the browns you have in your make-up collection already. For the MAC addicts here are some shades would be suitable to create this look – Embark, Soft Brown, Texture, Corduroy, Wedge, Espresso, Swiss Chocolate. These are all matte shades, you can of course experiment with some different finishes for fun.

Easy peasy. Blend, blend and more blending.

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  • Ciara

    I love browns and nudes. Love the look of the Urban Decay Naked palette. It has my name on it for Christmas :)
    If you get your hands on it Amy, be sure to do a review!
    Thanks! xoxo

  • Jackie

    I’m excited that I JUST bought some nice browns at MAC a couple weeks ago to use for a smoky look. :) I didn’t know I’d be on trend, just got them since I’m not brave enough to wear the really dark blacks and blues.

    • http://www.makeupandbeauty.ie Amy

      Well there you go, you’ll be right on trend by accident :) It’s a great trend for girls who love neutrals. Have fun experimenting!

      • Skye

        soft brown isn’t on the mac website, is it d/c or something in the uk?

        • http://www.makeupandbeauty.ie Amy

          Weird! I just had a look, it’s still on US site and it’s not a pro product. I’ll have to ask them. That’s a shame, it’s a great staple!

  • KellyWelly

    Gorgeous!!!

  • Louise Brady

    Cool post, you should do more of these since you can tell us how to do it. Thanks Amy x x

    • http://www.makeupandbeauty.ie Amy

      Thanks Louise, I’ll keep them coming :)

  • Alanya

    Looks gorgeous! Perfect for Autumn. Can’t wait to try!

    • http://www.makeupandbeauty.ie Amy

      That’s what I thought. Great transition between summer and autumn

  • Lorna

    Love it!!! I wouldn’t have know how to even attempt this myself. You make it sound achievable although I’ll probably still make a mess hee hee

    • http://www.makeupandbeauty.ie Amy

      The good thing about this look is that mess works haha

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