orange eye makeup trend
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From soft peach to deep rust hues, this “sunset eye” look is heating up just like the weather.

According to makeup artist, Larry Yeo, this trend isn’t new. The warm/pink/red eyes have been seen as early as the 1980s and again in 2005, which was a more toned down version. The latest iteration is more orange-tined, hence the name “sunset”, so think shades of orange, peach, coral and rust (red-browns). So how do you wear this trend without looking like you’ve been crying or have puffy lids?

Larry shares 5 easy tips:

Tip #1: As these sunset shades can make the eyes look puffy, line the eyes with a black eyeliner to add definition and separate the colour from the lids and the eyes. “This point of disconnection allows the colours to look distinctive and not part of the eyes that might make them appear swollen,” says Larry. Keep the overall look soft by using a gel liner like the Mamonde Easy Drawing Gel Liner in No. 01, $20, that not only perfectly defines but also won’t budge so it will last in this humidity.

orange eye makeup trend

Tip #2: If liner is not needed — perhaps the shades you’ve chosen to use are more rust (red-brown tones) than orange, Larry advises to use plenty of mascara on the lashes instead. He recommends using a dark blue mascara as while it is deep enough to give the definition you need, the blue tinge can also help brighten the eyes at the same time. Alternatively, amp up your black mascara by adding a coat or two of the YSL Vinyl Couture Mascara in 05 I’m The Trouble — an electric blue hue that will tint the lashes out.

Tip #3: The flushed eyeshadow colours might not work if you have naturally pink or reddish toned eyelids. To ensure that the “sunset” colours look good, even out the skin on the lids with a flesh tone eye primer like the Laura Mercier Eye Basics Eye Primer in Flax, Linen, Buff and Wheat, $45 each, before makeup application.

orange eye makeup trend

Tip #4. To further prevent any trace of puffiness or redness and to make the eyes look brighter, use a skin toned eyeliner on the waterline. Larry recommends Sephora 12hr Contour Eye Pencil in 06 Blonde Ambition, $14. When it comes to choosing colours that will work for different Asian skin tones, Larry recommends the following: A pink with golden undertone works well for fairer skin tones while a reddish pink works better for tanned skins.

Tip #5: A rust shade suits all skin tones and should be blended and buffed into the skin so it appears like a wash of colour. If your skin tone is cool, avoid a shade that is too orange as it can make skin appear sallow. Two eyeshadow palettes to try: Chanel Les 4 Ombres Eclat Enigmatique, $96, and Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette, $83.

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