Summer neutrals might seem a little ho-hum, but they're a vital part of anyone's seasonal makeup kit — especially a sparkling brown eyeshadow. But instead of just smudging it across your lids and calling it a day, why not use these five celebrities as inspiration? Zoe Saldana (above) is obviously a fan of metallic chocolate, which adds a flattering sheen to the neutral hue, and the shimmering shade seems to be the popular choice amongst other Hollywood stars. Need some more inspiration? Keep scrolling for more celebrities who are nuts over neutrals.
For Fall 2013, the makeup (and clothes) at J. Mendel were conjured up with the average girl in mind. Revlon Global Artistic Director Gucci Westman created a bronze eye that was high on shine and low on steps. A sleek, textured ponytail completed the look.
The look: Bronze eyeshadow, low ponytails, and nude nails.
Key tips: Use a paddle brush to blow-dry hair instead of a round brush, and then finish with a rounded flat iron for curl.
Overheard backstage: Westman selected the playlist for backstage, including The Beatles, Radiohead, and a little Jay-Z to finish.
Kristen Stewart's really been knocking it out of the park lately. Paired with what has become her signature hair look, her cat-eye liner couldn't have been more lovely — the jet-black lines accentuated her pretty green eyes beautifully in one of our favourite beauty looks this week. Of course, it wasn't just Kristen who wowed us! Other easy-on-the-eye stars like Amanda Seyfried, Doutzen Kroes and Kim Kardashian made us want to pick up some new beauty tricks quick-smart, while one singing superstar in particular has the red-lip look nailed like no other. Click through the gallery to check out all the gorgeous looks that caught our attention this week!
We might be dipping our bare toe nails into all things bright and Spring-like, but browns, bronze and taupe are three strong Autumnal colours we're going to carry with us as we head into Summer. Taupe eyeshadow, along with cream-based eye products were all the buzz at New York fashion week with designers including Charlotte Ronson and Rebecca Taylor bringing earthy, tonal looks to the eyes. And while nail polish is taking us all the way to the fun side of the colour wheel with neon, we're also seeing a push towards bronze and brown shades, most notably from Orly, Sally Hansen and Mr Tom Ford (and when he talks, we listen!). So if you want to get all earthy, bronzed, brazen goddess on your bad self, let's do this.
Brown isn't necessarily the most exciting hue in your makeup palette, but this Spring the somewhat drab colour has received a burst of new life. From rich caramel to shimmering coffee, this toasty tone was first spotted on the top Autumn/Winter fashion runways ranging from Dior to Rodarte. This neutral hue has replaced black as the smoky eye mainstay. Plus, it is a perfect update to your favourite neutral polishes. Café mocha, anyone?
Metallic makeup may have been all over the runways last season but that doesn't mean to say it's old news now. It's a modern classic that's here to stay as celebrities are showing us on red carpets all around the globe. And even though bronze is the most wearable colour for all skin tones according to Lara Bingle's makeup artist, Max May, there are plenty of other colours for you to play around with. Step right this way to see how that stars are wearing their precious metals and shop some of your favourite shades now.
Modern Family star Sarah Hyland was one of the first to hit the Oscars red carpet, teaming her mauve gown with bronze sparkling shadow — it's an early call, but bronze definitely seems to be the shadow choice of the awards so far — and black liner rimming the upper and lower lashes. A pink gloss with subtle shimmer finishes the makeup palette nicely. Hair-wise, Sarah's gone for a classic up 'do with a few curled tendrils hanging loose to frame the face.
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We headed backstage at Bec & Bridge where one of the biggest trends from the recent international runways — the '70s — was out in full force. Lead makeup artist Max May, working for MAC, shared with me that his bestie Lara Bingle is doing great in training for Dancing With the Stars and is also a big fan of BellaSugar! Max created a bronze metallic eye — a tone he says works on all skin tones — and left skin raw, applying no foundation to models' skin. Clive Allwright, KMS California hair director, continued the '70s feel throughout the hair, giving models a centre part with lots of body in the ends.
- Makeup: Max May for MAC
- Look: 1970s
- Colours: Bronzed metallics
- Hair: Clive Allwright for KMS California
Katy Perry never looked bad before she was Mrs Russell Brand, but now she looks totally freakin' amazing. Her skin is GLOWING. Her eyes are BRIGHT. And her makeup's sitting PERFECTLY. We love the wash of bronze around the eye, teamed with a baby pink lip. The only thing slightly letting her look down is that her hair looks a little flat. Can easily be fixed with these quick tips though. Whaddya think of the singer-turned-scent-maker's look: purrrrfect or pur-lease, could try harder?
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When it comes to the red carpet, celebs do one of two things: try something totally new and different (to mixed response) or stick with their signature style (to mixed response). Taylor Momsen does the latter. Save for some red eyeshadow, I've never seen Little J wear anything other than black shadow that covers her entire socket, blood red lipstick and the LONGEST hair extensions in the world. Last night's award ceremony was no different, though she did add a little bronze shadow into the mix to lighten things up. Despite the length, her hair did look in good condition and hair streaks were spotted on the runway at Cynthia Rowley so Taylz's ones could be considered fashion-forward, no? Do you like Tay-Tay's EMAs look?
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