How to Beauty: Rainbow Smoky Eye Shadow

Frida Aasen rocks our fantasy shadow look.

By: Katie Becker
Styling: Daniella Deutsch, Meagan Wilson
Photography: Jake Rosenberg
Director: Jake Rosenberg
Makeup: Andriani Vasiliou, Hair: William Blair
DP: Gabe Harden

When we handed makeup artist Andriani Vasiliou the latest eye shadows in a rainbow of shades, and then brought in Norwegian-born supermodel Frida Aasen, we simply said: Have at it! The end result is a kaleidoscopic smoky eye of pink, turquoise, indigo, olive green, and gold on glowing skin.

What we particularly love about this look is that it’s dramatic and colorful, but totally grown-up. With the perfected skin and a bare lip, all the color and attention is on the eyes. They appear almost like a glass marble that changes color as it turns, and the deep jewel-like tones will make any gown (or even a chic denim look, for that matter) look instantly luxe. Fortunately, we’ve broken down the steps to make what looks faintly magical totally possible. Just follow the video and the steps below.

 

glossier lidstar

 

START WITH A BASE TONE

Cover the entire upper lid from corner to corner and into (but not above) the crease with a sheer creamy shadow in moss green. Use a flat synthetic eyeshadow brush to blend it out evenly. The shade adds a hint of depth, and once it dries down it also acts as a primer.

 

GLOSSIER LIDSTAR IN HERB

It’s silky and sheer and one of our favorite no-brainer eyeshadows to use. This olive green borders on bronzy to make it easily wearable.

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dior 5 couleurs cool down eyeshadow palette

 

TWO BLUES IN THE CREASE

With a small fluffy powder brush, apply turquoise shadow (the upper left color in this Dior palette) to the inner upper crease, stopping at the centerpoint. Next apply the dark indigo shade (lower right) to the outer upper crease, flaring it out slightly over the orbital bone. Blend the colors onto the lid, but not down to the lash line.

 

DIOR 5-COULEURS PALETTE IN COOL DOWN

While this palette is limited-edition for summer 2018, you can still scoop it up today or find a similar turquoise blue and indigo or navy.

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tom ford shadow extreme in pink

 

CONNECT WITH FUCHSIA

Between the two blues on the crease, use a small compact shadow brush to add a bright fuchsia pink to the center of the crease. Use your small fluffy brush to gently blend them together so they seem to morph into one another.

 

TOM FORD SHADOW EXTREME TFX3 FUCHSIA

These new single eyeshadows were created with Isamaya Ffrench and come in a huge range of brilliant bold colors, including this pink.

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sigma beauty e32 exact blend brush

 

MIRROR ON THE LOWER LASHLINE

With a small eyeshadow brush such as a pencil brush or small blender brush, mirror the navy, fuschia, and turquoise trio on the lower lash line from the outer corner to the inner corner, respectively.

 

SIGMA E32 EXACT BLEND BRUSH

We like that this brush isn’t too soft and fluffy so you can control the color placement precisely.

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tom ford shadow extreme in gold

 

GO GOLD IN THE CORNER

We love that eye-brightening trick of placing a highlighter in the inner corner of the eye, so take it up a notch for your rainbow eye and use gold that straight-up looks like 24K. Use your small precise brush and dab two tiny dots right near the tear ducts.

 

TOM FORD SHADOW EXTREME TFX20 GOLD

This metallic looks exactly like foil on the skin. [Insert star-eye emoji here.]

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Final Look

 

Model: Frida Aasen

Fashion Credits: Earrings, Beck Jewels ; Denim Jacket, Frame

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