‘Tis the season for photos, photos, and more photos. Winter is coming, which means makeup has to be on-point for a packed social calendar. During the busiest time of the year, it’s hard to keep up with beauty trends. Luckily, ELLE.com spoke to Sofia Schwarzkopf-Tilbury, niece of the Charlotte Tilbury and brand makeup artist, who told us this season is “all about the eyes.”
Ahead, Schwarzkopf-Tilbury breaks down two of her favorite winter beauty looks.
“[Eyes] are a big focus of beauty looks this season,” Schwarzkopf-Tilbury says. “I love making them look bigger and brighter. My top tip? Create a contoured eye look–it’s quick and easy and everyone can recreate it at home.”
Step 1: Start with a halo.
"To start, create a halo effect around the middle of the lid by blending a really light cream or pearl shadow softly into the crease," Schwarzkopf-Tilbury explains. "Apply a brighter pearlescent shade like champagne or oyster to the center of the lid to lift and open the appearance of the eyes."
Step 2: Contour your lids.
Contour around the eye lid with a slightly darker shade for a shadowed effect. "Taupes, bronzes and browns look incredible on every eye color and really enhance the natural skin tone," she says. "The matte shadows in The Sophisticate Palette are perfect for this look. Apply the shadow outwards towards the corner."
Step 3: Elongate the eye.
To finish, sweep on a lengthening mascara. "Focus on pulling upwards at the outer lashes to give a fanned-out, elongated finish."
“Another big trend for eyes next season is high liner," Schwarzkopf-Tilbury says. "It has a graphic feel that's super wearable."
Step 1: Start with a classic cat eye.
"Start by creating an elongated, glossy black feline flick," she explains. "Apply tightly along the lash line and sweep out into a clean upwards tick at the outer corners."
Step 2: Pick your pop of color.
Winter eyes don't have to be boring. "I love using eye shadow to create the high liner look—you can choose any shade you want, from pops of pink to mesmeric blues or sparkling silvers."
Step 3: Use an eyeliner brush to draw clean lines.
This part may take some practice: "For perfect precision, use a thin, tapered eyeliner brush and apply your chosen shadow just above the crease of the eye lid," Schwarzkopf-Tilbury says. "Start from the inner corner of the eye and apply in a curved line across to the outer corner. This look really frames the eyes but gives a modern, cool twist to the classic feline flick."
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