If you’re after the perfect makeup solution to offset bronzed skin this summer, snap up shimmering shadows in flattering nude, brown, bronze and gold tones. Whether you’re rocking a light glow or a deeper tan, glistening earthy tones will give you a glamorous yet understated effect.
Ideal for the evening, you can layer and blend to achieve this season’s sandy, smokey eye (seen all over the SS15 catwalks at the likes of Roberto Cavalli and Giorgio Armani), which delivers a subtle and eye-brightening finish, perfect with pared-back lips and bronzer. Or keep things super simple with a wash of shimmering colour over your lids, lashings of black mascara and a slick of summer-ready coral lipstick.
We’ve rounded up our pick of the best shadows around and spoken to our expert beauty panel to find out how you can nail the trend at home:
Which colours will suit me?
“There are no specific rules about which colours you should use depending on the depth of your tan. However, those with fairer skin tones should avoid very dark shades as they will look too heavy and unflattering. Against a tan, shimmery bronze, brown, khaki, and rose colours look gorgeous.
"If you’re worried about looking too over-the-top, the general rule of thumb for eye colour is: blue eyes are generally enhanced by warm brown/golden-bronzed tones and green and brown eyes look great with red/purple-bronzed tones.” – Jenny Coombs, Makeup Artist
How can I use shimmery shadows to open up my eyes?
“With regards to shimmering eyeshadows I always prefer something reflective rather than too glittery, and shadows tend to work best when the product is applied to the lid rather than all around the eye – a little goes a long way! You can also add a lighter, creamy shimmer to the inner corners of your eyes to open them up even more.” – Antonia Rudebeck, Makeup Artist
How should I apply shimmer eyeshadows?
“If you prefer a more subtle look, cream eyeshadows work well, as they are so easy to use. You can either apply with your fingers or use a brush to create a subtle, sheer shadow or build it up for a more intense look. No matter what texture of product you’re using, I would recommend using a fluffy eyeshadow brush, which will allow you to soften the edges and blend properly.” – Jenny Coombs, Makeup Artist
Can the look also work for daytime?
“You can certainly wear a shimmery eyeshadow day or night, but I would recommend applying a lighter wash of it during the day and leave the smokey-eyed look for the evening. Come dusk, you can have a bit more fun and pump up the look – eyeshadow palettes allow you to play with colour and create a variety of looks by simply adding more or less.” Jenny Coombs, Makeup Artist