Dramatic winged eyeliner and glamorous smoky eyes may be the standouts of your beauty repertoire, but we can’t forget about the natural look! To achieve flawless natural eyeshadow, we asked Sir John, L’Oréal Paris Celebrity Makeup Artist and the go-to guy for flawless-skinned stars such as Beyoncé, to open up his bag of beauty tricks.
“The good thing about a natural eye look is it’s super easy, and anyone can do it,” says Sir John. “We’re totally in a selfie time, so rocking a natural eye look is awesome when taking pictures—it only helps to increase natural vibes and even gives a throwback vibes to ’90s makeup.” He’s actually a fan of a total monochromatic look from eyes to lips. “This is a trend I know is going to be hot in fall and winter,” says Sir John, who enthusiastically encourages mixing matte and shimmer textures on the lids. “For sure,” he says. “I love to use different textures whenever I do makeup—whether it’s on the eyes or matte face with shimmer highlights, for example.” To create an au naturel eyeshadow look, simply follow the steps listed below!
How to Do Natural Eyeshadow—If Your Skin Is Fair
Step 1: Go for taupe and gray.
According to Sir John, taupe and gray colors such as L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Mono Eyeshadows in Mix and Matte and Pain Au Chocolat are great for lighter skin tones. Swipe your chosen color across lids from lashline to crease.
You guessed it: lots of L'Oréal Paris Lash Paradise Mascara in Black. “I am a huge proponent of fluffy, feathery lashes,” Sir John says. “The new Lash Paradise Mascara is the holy grail for this—literally if someone asked what one product I can’t live without in my kit right now, it would hands down be Lash Paradise."
Lip Bonus! What to wear with your natural eye?
As mentioned above, monochromatic makeup is super hot. “For this, match your lip color as closely as you can to your shadow,” he says. “This doesn’t necessarily mean they need to be the same shade, but as long as they are in the same family, you can make it work!” If you’re doing a totally matte eye, Sir John suggests opting for a shimmery, metallic lip and vice versa.