4 Eyeshadow Ideas That Were Made for Summer

Who doesn’t love a new eye makeup look for summer? It’s the perfect time to get experimental with eyeshadow ideas, when skin is sun-kissed and your colourful summer wardrobe is out in force. So, whether you’re looking to try bold block colour or nail bronzed, beach-ready makeup once and for all, we’ve rounded up four summer eyeshadow ideas to suit every style and occasion…

1. Go Nude in No-Makeup Makeup

Embrace no-makeup makeup and opt for a barely-there nude eyeshadow this summer. The suits-all Masterpiece Nude Eyeshadow Palette comes in a range of neutral colourways, featuring velvety-soft, easy-to-blend nude eyeshadows to lift and illuminate eyes. Find the shade to suit your skin tone and sweep over lids for an instant wide-awake look.

To finish your new goes-with-everything eyeshadow look, add a few coats of brown mascara

Model applying nude eyeshadow. Look created by Max Factor.
Model wearing nude eyeshadow with blue eyeliner. Look by Max Factor.

2. Sweep on a Contrasting Eyeliner

Here’s an easy way to sweep on a pop of colour this summer: a contrasting eyeliner. If you’re new to wearing bolder shades, try matching a nude eyeshadow with a colourful eyeliner to make a summer statement.

Start by buffing a neutral shimmering eyeshadow, like a bronze or gold from the cult-classic Smokey Eye Drama KitMasterpiece High Precision Liquid Eyeliner in Azure, sweeping across the upper lash line for a hint of summer colour. Easy.

3. Experiment with a Bold Colour

If you’re normally a little colour shy when it comes to your eye makeup, have a summer romance with a bolder hue. Vibrant colours always look great with a holiday glow, taking that golden tan from wonderfully warm to sizzling hot.

To dip your toe into the colourful eyeshadow pool, try adding a vibrant purple to your beauty bag. We know it may sound like a bold starting point, but purple is actually more wearable than you may think. Known for its eye colour-enhancing magic, purple is said to brighten blue and green irises, while adding depth and richness to brown and hazel eyes.

Buff the middle shades from the Smokey Eye Drama Kit in Luxe Lilacs onto eyelids, blending up into the crease and finishing at the brow bone for a smooth, silky wash of colour. Finish by gliding your favourite volume mascara through lashes to frame eyes. MUA tip: Use with Miracle Prep Eyeshadow Primer for extra staying power to beat the summer heat.

Model applying purple eyeshadow by Max Factor.
Model wearing bronze smokey eyeshadow look by Max Factor.

4. Match Your Eyeshadow to Your Bronzer

Nothing says ‘summer’ like a beachy, bronzed makeup look. Use shimmering metallic shades to warm up a sun-kissed complexion, add luminosity to eyes or create a fresh, natural-looking pre-holiday glow. They’ll never know it’s faux...

Start by lightly contouring your base with Crème Bronzer; a shimmering baked powder featuring flecks of gold to warm up your skin. Apply under cheekbones, around the sides of the forehead and under the jawline, catching all the areas where the sun naturally hits. Next, apply your matching metallic eyeshadow to look like the ultimate bronzed goddess. Use a tapered brush to tap and blend Wild Shadow Pot in Auburn Envy onto eyelids, smoking out to the crease for a seamless finish. To define eyes even more, use an eyeliner brush to apply eyeshadow along the upper and lower lash lines, leaving a smokey bronzed finish.

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