Bright eyes

On Friday I promised you optimistic make-up à la Marc Jacobs a/w 09, without looking like you’re in a Culture Club tribute band.


M.A.C. make-up artist Lesley Keane talked me through this sunny, wearable look:

‘Start with fresh, polished skin, then using a soft fluffy brush, blend M.A.C. Paint Pot in Groundwork, £11.74 – a glossy, caramel-brown – over your eyelids and into the socket line. I won’t go backstage without this product – it helps give eyelids a flattering, airbrushed effect and provides the perfect base for blending bright colours in a professional, polished way.’


‘Bring it underneath the eye in a smooth, semicircular line, keeping close to the lash line.’

‘Next, choose a bright eye shadow, such as violet, coral-bronze or yellow to blend over the top. A glittery eye shadow will add extra drama but keep it on the lid only.’

‘Curl your lashes and use a coat of brown mascara top and bottom.’

‘Keep cheeks sweet by bossing a little cream blush, such as M.A.C. Blushcreme in Posey, £14.68, in to the apples only. Use a foundation brush to really work it in and get a natural-looking flush that still adds definition.’

‘Use a pretty pink stain or balm on your lips. If you’ve gone for a matte colour on your eyes, you can afford to add a slick of clear gloss over the top – otherwise keep it simple.’

I’m going to try the look with yellow eye shadow – it’ll give a lovely, warm ochre effect when blended over the base. Which bright colour will you choose?

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