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Eye Contouring: From Day To Night In 5 Steps

The contouring trend is still going strong and although strobing is making its name when it comes to enhancing your complexion, contouring with eyeshadow is a fail-safe way to define and magnify your eyes.

Use a palette with a good mix of easily blendable shades, like MAC’s Eye Shadow X9: Amber Times Nine, £30, to create your day and night look.

Day Look



Step 1: Start by applying an eye primer to the eyelid and blend up to the brow. You can also use a concealer or eye-brightening product to help create an even base. Tip: Apply and blend a highlighter or light concealer along the brow bone.

Step 2: Apply a neutral matte shadow that compliments your skin tone as a base, we like MAC’s Ricepaper. Press the colour onto your eyelid with a shadow brush and blend up into the crease of your eye. Tip: try using a shade that enhances your eye colour such as pink tones for hazel/green eyes, honey and golds for brown and greys for blue.

Step 3: Create more intense definition to your eye. Using a soft blending brush like the 217 by MAC, push a slightly darker eye shadow along the deep hollow of the crease of your eye and blend.
We’ve used Cork, but you can use another matte shadow 2 shades darker than your base colour. Thoroughly blend the colour down into your lash line. With a small tapered brush blend the same colour along your lower lash line.
Complete the look with a coat of mascara.

Evening Look




Step 4: To take the look from day to night, build up from your existing look. Adding a shimmering shade instantly brightens the eyes and adds intensity to a sultry defined smoky eye. We’ve taken the shade Aromatic from MAC’s palette and have applied the colour to the inner eyelid with the 201 Pointed Crease Brush from the Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection and blended into the crease of my eye. A makeup artist’s top tip is to always blend outwards to make the eyes look wider.

Step 5: Use another dark matte shadow and blend into the outer crease of your eye and run across your lower lash line. Finish of with lashings of mascara to your upper and lower lashes.

Sophie C