Watercolour Eyes

Watercolour Eyes

On the set of our fashion shoot,
make-up artist Michelle Dacillo gave a contemporary twist to high-octane glamour

’Tis the season to shine, but that doesn’t have to mean reaching for the pot of glitter. The freshest way to achieve show-stopping eyes is by going glossy, not sparkly, and creating a look that’s all about creativity rather than precision. Which is perfect for party season when, hopefully, you’ll be too busy dancing to worry about whether your make-up has slipped.

“Glossy eyes have a fresh, modern vibe, and the look is quick and simple to achieve because it doesn’t require either tools or a lot of precision,” says Dacillo. “I used Kryolan Supracolor, shade 482, mixed with Make Up For Ever Mixing Gloss in a ratio of about 1:3 for a translucent finish,” she reveals. “To recreate this look at home, I would apply a cream shadow onto the lid, patting and blending with a finger. For the glossy finish, dab and smooth a layer of clear gloss over the top – no brushes or mixing required."

The beauty of this glistening finish is that it allows you to experiment. “Adding gloss will turn down the pigment’s intensity, so you can use this technique to play around with colours that, ordinarily, you may be scared to try,” says Dacillo. Despite their soft and subtle reputation, those delicate sorbet shades can pack quite a punch – just ask anyone with an inclination for the 80s and the era’s infamous baby blue shadow. As Dacillo explains, “Pastels are super pretty, but can look unexpectedly bold on the skin as they contain a lot of white pigment.” But, she says, mixing with gloss will take the edge off: “By making the colour sheer, they are much easier to wear.”

But what else goes into this fresh-faced and party-ready finish? “The eye is what makes this look pop, but it’s amped up with a creamy, fresh complexion,” adds Dacillo. The key is to keep the base as sheer, glowing and natural looking as possible. “I used a creamy concealer to even out the complexion, an illuminating fluid for an undetectable glow and a cream blush for a natural flush.”

So your skin is glowing and your eyes are popping. Any final thoughts before you head out to the party? “Because the texture is wet and doesn’t set, it will crease and move a bit throughout the evening,” explains Dacillo. “I quite like this, but to freshen up the look and smooth out the creases just pat over your eyelids with a finger.”

1. Milk Makeup Flex Concealer £23.75

2. Kryolan Supracolor – 482 £16.30

3. Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base – Nude Radiance £34

4. Make Up For Ever Mixing Gloss £18

5. Stila Convertible Color Dual Lip & Cheek Cream – Camellia £18

  • Photography: Makiyo Lio

  • Beauty: Michelle Dacillo

  • Fashion: Amii McIntosh

  • Words: Miriam Bouteba