We’re still swooning over all the looks from last week’s Met Gala, where the hair and makeup was just as bold as the gowns. Those fashion-forward styles definitely have a place and time, unlike this last look we just can’t get out of our heads: the metallic smokey eye we saw on Katy Perry, Jennifer Lawrence and Solange. This mixed-metal version of the classically sexy eye look is just the twist it needed to feel fresh for spring. Whether it’s a bare-bones smudge for work or smoldering layers for your big date, make this five-step style your go-to spring smokey eye.
Prep: Lightly Contoured + Mauve Lip
When you’re playing up your eyes, you can go easy on makeup on the rest of your face. For this look, gently enhance your base makeup with just a touch of a neutral matte bronzer and a blush that brings out your natural flush. On your lips, go for a slightly deeper hue than your natural color — I swiped on a mauve lip gloss.
Step 1: Highlight Your Eyes
Use a flat brush to apply a shimmering champagne eyeshadow. I mixed together Virgin + Sin from the Urban Decay Naked Palette ($54). Apply this to your brow bones, inside corners of your eyes and slightly onto your eyelids.
Step 2: Define Crease
Use a light neutral brown like Naked from the Urban Decay Naked Palette ($54) to contour your eyes. Add depth by sweeping the shadow along your creases and slightly outside the outer corners of your eyes.
Step 3: Break Out The Gunmetal
If you are using the Urban Decay Naked Palette (which I highly recommend investing in), you are now going to use Gunmetal — or another metallic gray — directly over the light brown you applied and to fill in the outer corners of your creases along your lids, lash line and slightly outside the outer corners. This is going to be the underlying pigment that really gives you that cool-toned silvery finish.
Step 4: Shift The Hue
Now apply a glittery copper shadow like Sidecar from the Urban Decay Naked Palette ($54) over your entire eyelid. This will shift the entire look from that blue-ish gray to a shimmering, mixed-metal effect.
Step 5: Add Eyeliner + Mascara
Tightline your upper lashline with a black liner, then apply a beige or white eyeliner to your lower waterline. This will brighten your eyes and help to soften the otherwise really dramatic look. Top it off with a few coats of your favorite lengthening mascara.
Now bat those lashes for the ultimate sexy shimmer.
What was your favorite makeup look from the red carpet last week? Are you excited for Cannes or WHAT?!
(Photos via Larry Busacca, Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty)