As much as it’s about the couture, the International fashion runways have become a platform to showcase some really interesting and trendsetting makeup. This year’s fall and spring trends for women have been largely affected by feminism and women empowerment, so it wasn’t much of a surprise when vivid colours, daring styles and out-of-the-box makeup trends overshadowed numerous shows. The eye makeup has seen a major uphaul since the past year. From cut crease to smoky eyes, bright eyeliners and eyeshadows to power lips, there has not been a dull moment on the catwalks.
And if there’s one trend that has gotten us truly excited, it’s the metallic eye. The 2000 trend has made a major comeback for the fall season in an all grown up avatar. Models at the Marc Jacobs and Ulla Johnson shows were seen flaunting glistening-wet foil and metallic eyeshadows with eye makeup laced with loads of glitter and sparkle. You don’t need glasses to see that the textured shadow is having a moment.
While gilded shadows in gold, copper, bronze, and silver are a forever favourite, unconventional colours like cobalt blue, deep aubergine, steel grey, and gunmetal were also rampant on the runways.
When it comes to high-impact makeup, nothing delivers like the metallic makeup. The latest in this category is the foil eyeshadow. A product that literally gives the feel and looks of foil on your eyes with a high-shine finish.
It was spotted it on the runway at Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet for Fall 2013 and has only become popular ever since.
Supermodel Gisele Bundchen rocked gold foil shadow at one of the events and we love how she has kept her makeup neutral, drawing attention to her gorgeous gold-gilded eyes.
What is foil eyeshadow exactly?
Foil eye shadow is eyeshadow that can be used in both wet and dry form but works best when used wet before application. It gives an insane shiny, metallic look with some texture that makes the shadow stand out. Th foil shadow, when applied right can give a molten liquid-like shine to your eyelids. The texture is truly luxurious, with smooth application and one-swipe rich pay off. It can be great for events like weddings and parties with its out-of-the-world glittering effect. If you are wondering about the colours, gold, bronze, copper and silver are definitely must-haves.
Manish Malhotra 9 in 1 eyeshadow palette in Rendezvous is a palette of smoky mattes, gold foil and creamy metallics.
The right start with the right product
Whether you like trying out new trends or are looking for something amazing for your friend’s wedding, the foil eyeshadow perfectly fits the bill.
The Manish Malhotra 9 in 1 Eyeshadow palette in Rendezvous, 4 in 1 Eyeshadow palettes in After 8 & Vice have foil shadows along with a mix of mattes & metallics. The formula is really amazing. On application, the eyeshadows feel light, like smooth cream. The foil shadows have a unique texture that makes the colours stand out. When mixed with a small amount of water, it emulsifies into a liquid metal texture and appearance and sets for a long time, without budging or flaking. Also, the dense pigmentation gives opaque coverage in one swipe. You may be a beginner or an expert, it is essential for the party season.
Watch renowned makeup artist Daniel Bauer create an ultra-glam look using the foil shadow from Manish Malhotra Eyeshadow palettes
How to apply foil shadows?
The foil shadows are not your regular shadows so it’s always a good idea to prepare your lids for best results. Clean the lids of oil or sweaty residue and use an eye primer. Using the primer provides a base for the eyeshadow to adhere to, hence making it stick around for longer and makes the colour pop on your eyes.
While applying the eyeshadow, use a padded brush to press down rather than sweep across to hold it in place. Dabbing the shadow gently onto the lids gives a better payoff. You may also use your finger for application.
The foil eyeshadows can be applied alone, or on top of your regular eyeshadow. As it is quite pigmented, it’s best to use it sparingly and build on as per the requirement. As mentioned earlier, when applied wet (with a wet brush), the pigmentation and shine is the best.