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As much as we’d rather not acknowledge it, August is nearly halfway through, but rather than lament the end of summer, we’re looking forward to finally testing out some of the gorgeous autumnal beauty looks we saw on the Fall 2015 runways. Chief among them is bronze eyeshadow, which is both universally flattering and appropriate for nearly any occasion.
The metallic shade is also the perfect way to transition summer’s fresh-faced makeup into the richer hues that have become synonymous with fall beauty. As Fashion Week demonstrated, there’s more than one way to execute the bronze eyeshadow look. Take a look at how designers incorporated bronze eyeshadow in their Fall 2015 shows, then grab your nearest neutral palette and get blending.
Elie Saab took the cat-eye in a bronze direction, softening the lines with a near-smoky metallic blend of dark and golden bronze makeup. It looks great with the models’ otherwise bare faces and loosely waved hair, but we’re betting this bronzed cat-eye would also look killer paired with a brick red lip for a dramatic nighttime look.
If you’re looking for a reason to mix eye shadow colors, here’s a pretty dreamy argument. The desert-dweller look at Mara Hoffman‘s Fall 2015 show paired Maybelline Color Tattoo cream eye shadow in ‘Bad to the Bronze’ with a gray shadow to create this multi-dimensional look.
The bronze eyes at Reem Acra took more of a purist approach, blending gold into bronze and skipping mascara and liner. Not only does that make this look super easy and quick to do, it utilizes the best trait of metallic makeup, which is its ability to reflect light and create dimension. Talk about high impact with little effort.
Taking bronze to a deeper level, the eyes at Cividini were all about drama, and perfectly paired with the goth-couture look of the show. Blended softly into and above the crease as well as along the lower lash line, the gleaming look reads more glamorous than sunken.
Jasper Conran proved a wash of bronze eye shadow doesn’t have to be all about drama. If you choose a shade that’s slightly darker than your skin tone and blend it all over the eye in a translucent wash, it creates this soft and hazy look—perfect for daytime.
Look closely or you might miss it—the bronze liner blended into the lash lines at Narcisco Rodriguez are a soft and pretty alternative to black eyeliner, or even mascara in this case. All it takes is a bit of bronze liner to give your eyes a softly defined, bright look.
Metallic eye makeup doesn’t get more high-impact than this: Zac Posen‘s models wore a super-reflective bronze color over their lids. A defined swipe of thick black liquid liner provided dramatic contrast.
The soft bronzed metallic eye with deep plum lipstick at Luisa Beccaria is pretty much the epitome of fall makeup. The well-balanced look screams brooding romantic, so you’ll want to bust this one out on your next date night.