There are some cosmetics trends that we’re glad to see the back of (drawn on eyebrows, anyone?), but then along come trends that we instantly adore and secretly hope will stick around for decades to come. Ombré has been everywhere in the past couple of years. If you’re out of the loop, ombré is simply a posh word for a gradient of shade or colour, changing from light to dark. You’ll have seen the term used in many different areas of beauty, but today we’re going to take a look at ombré eyes. There are hundreds of different ombré eye looks out there, but we’re going to talk about our favourite – metallic ombré eyes. Here at Direct Cosmetics, we adore metallics – and we’re delighted to see that they’re on trend once more. Metallic ombré eyes are a classy and sophisticated way to use metallics – and it’s a look that can be achieved at minimal expense!
Ombré Metallic Eyeshadow
This look involves a gradient from a metallic eyeshadow to a dark, matte eyeshadow – or, if you’re feeling braver, from one metallic shade to another. The key components of this look are a smooth base, an equally smooth colour gradient and a colour combination that works for you.
1. Primer – Apply eye primer all over your lids. This creates a flawless canvas for you to work on, making it easier for you to blend shades and reducing the chance of pesky creases developing.
2. Liner – Line your top lashes and the outer third of your lower lashes with an eyeliner of your choice. Ensure that the liner is most concentrated on the outer part of your upper lashes. Add a small wing, if you like.
3. Apply your base eye shadow – If you want to go for the metallic look, this could be silver, gold, bronze or a shimmery shade of your favourite colour. Concentrate the colour closest to your lashes, and fade out towards the brow.
4. Second shade – Now it’s time to apply your second shade. Again, you’re free to choose whichever colour you like. For a more sophisticated result, use darker matte colours. If you’re testing out this look for a party or an everyday look, you may wish to experiment with a second metallic eyeshadow. Apply the colour to the outer corner of your eyelid.
5. Blend – Blend carefully to create a smooth gradient between the shades.
6. Finish – If you have a third, lighter shade in the gradient, you may wish to apply this to the inner corner of your eye and blend with the middle shade to highlight the corner of your eye and accentuate the ombré. Finish with mascara.
If you’d prefer to take a more subtle approach to the trend, why not try out ombré eyeliner? Again, there are plenty of colour combinations to choose between. All you need for this look are two metallic eyeliners that are on the same colour gradient, and a contrasting liner for your lower lashes.
1. Prep and prime your lids – Apply a neutral eyeshadow if you’d like to.
2. Wing – Choose your darkest metallic shade to form a small wing from the outer corner of your eye. Use the same colour to define your upper lashes. Build colour from the centre of the eye outwards to create a thicker wing.
3. Lower lashes – Use a neutral colour to define the outer portion of your lower lashes. The two colours should connect at the outer corner of your eye.
4. Second metallic shade – Use the lighter metallic eyeliner and draw a thin line along your lashes from the inner corner to the centre. Gradually thicken the line as you reach the middle of the eye.
5. Blend and finish – To create the gradient, blend the two metallic shades together. Finish with a couple of coats of mascara.
Want to try out ombré eyes yourself? Head over to the Direct Cosmetics store and buy all the cosmetics you need for the look online.