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How-To: Wear Eye Colour

From red carpet to runway, this season’s eye look is all about vivid colour. Whether bold and bright, or subtle and shaded, it’s time to get creative at your vanity table. Nariman Pouranpir, Shu Uemura’s Senior Make-up Artist, showed us how to create four different eye looks, using Shu Uemura’s new Drawing Pencils.

“It’s every make-up artist’s dream to work with these types of textures,” says Nariman on using the Drawing Pencils. Exclusive to Harrods, these soft eye crayons come in 18 shades and four different textures, making them versatile enough to use for all four different eye looks.

How-To: Wear Eye Colour Credit: Lupita Nyong'o. Image courtesy of Getty
  1. 1

    Look 1 Nude eye make-up
    Shu Uemura Drawing Pencils

    Wearing colour on the eyes doesn’t have to mean bright shades. Start with M Earthy Brown and blend all over the eye lid before adding M Brick Brown to the eye socket for subtle definition. Line the inner lid with M White to open up the eyes and finish with G Silver at the brow bone. The understated shading is perfect for daytime.

  2. 2

    Look 2 Bright Eye Make-up
    Shu Uemura Drawing Pencils

    Go bold with your colour for a daring after-dark look. Begin by applying ME Pink along the lash line directly from the pencil - it’s soft and won’t drag the skin. Follow with M Red Purple at the outer corners of the eye and ME Purple over the lid before blending. Finish with M Purple Black at the water line and Mini Indigo Lashes .

  3. 3

    Look 3 colour eyeliner
    Shu Uemura Drawing Pencils

    Start by powdering your eyelid to avoid smudges, and then draw ME Navy from the inner eye halfway along the lid. Continue with M Black and flick out at the corners. Repeat this technique on the lower lash line using ME Green and ME Green Black. Top tip: Cotton buds dipped in cream will help you to create a precise line.

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    Look 4 how to create a smoky eye
    Shu Uemura Drawing Pencils

    Drawing Pencils are perfect for creating a traditional smoky eye. Use M Grey as a base for the lid and lash line, and follow with M Black inside the eye, both bottom and top of lashes. The secret to this look is to use good brushes and blend until there are no hard lines. Finish with glossy P Black all over the lid and Farfallina lashes.

Final Result

The Drawing Pencil is your one-stop product for all techniques from lining, to shading, and even highlighting. Each of our tried-and-tested looks requires four shades, but these can be mixed and matched as you choose to suit mood and occasion.

Create your own colour look with our eye essentials below.

Credit: Natasha Corne
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