Copper Is the New Black When It Comes to a Smoky Eye — Here’s Proof

February 16, 2021
Samantha Holender
By: Samantha Holender | Makeup.com by L'Oréal

A black smoky eye definitely brings the drama for a night out, but it can be daytime-appropriate too. Just reach for copper, brown and nude tones that feel soft and subdued. After spotting a stunning copper eye blended to perfection on makeup artist Raluka, we had to figure out how to get the sparkly, sultry eye makeup look for ourselves. To break it down step by step, we turned to makeup artist Jonet Williamson. After getting the lowdown on this look, you’ll be convinced that copper is the new black. 


  • STEP 1:

    Start With the Crease

    The base of this smoky eye is going to be composed of warm brown shadows. Using the NYX Professional Makeup Diamonds & Ice, Please Shadow Palette in Jeweled N Jaded, Williamson applied the lighter brown shade into her crease and the inner corner of the eye. “Think of it like you’re drawing an ‘n’ from the inner corner of the crease through the outer corner and down the lash line,” she says. 


  • STEP 2:

    Add Depth

    “Use a precise smudger brush to add depth using the dark brown shade in the palette,” says Williamson. “Add it to the outer corner and the inner corner, but keep the middle of the crease as is.” This darker shade will add dimension to your look and really amp up the smoky factor. 


  • STEP 3:

    Add Some Sparkle

    Next, coat your pointer finger in the shimmery, copper colored eyeshadow from the palette. “Apply it across the center of the lid, bring it up the center and then out towards the tail of the brow,” says Williamson. If you want to increase the intensity of your look, feel free to layer on more glitter for a higher color payoff. 


  • STEP 4:

    Now, More Shimmer

    To up the ante on this look, Williamson used the NYX Professional Makeup Glitter Pigment in Beauty Beam to add a holographic finish to her copper eye. “Apply the pigment with your finger down the center of the copper shadow to create a little highlight,” she says. This step will lighten up the eye and give a lifted look. 


  • STEP 5:

    Add Final Touches

    Now that your copper smoky eye is complete, it’s time to finish the rest of your makeup. Williamson recommends tightlining your eyeliner and applying false lashes for a more dramatic look. Keep your complexion and lip neutral to really let the eyes shine. 


Photography and Makeup: Jonet Williamson

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