Issue 87
Copper Eyes
New York-based make up artist Colleen Runné
shares her professional tips on how to re-create this season’s shimmering show-stopping copper eye make up.
My favorite copper eyes this season were by James Kaliardos for Rodarte and Dick Page for J.Mendel. I loved the intense metallic rose or copper eye with metallic lip combination at Rodarte. J.Mendel’s bronzey copper eye with minimal lip was clean and chic.

Copper shadows can range from intense metallic to soft matte shades which usually fall in the warm reddish or golden or apricot hues but can also go into pinker hues as well. Coppers work well with most skins tones. It is, however, better to stay away from overly metallic copper shades for the day. Or if you want to play up the eye for the day, apply a thin line on the upper lash line, curl lashes and apply black mascara.

Blending is always the key to a beautiful eye especially when using a range of copper shades. A simple copper eye is MAC Paint Pot in ‘Rubenesque’. Apply it to the lid and along the lower lash line as well as the inner corner of the eye. Curl lashes and apply lots of black mascara on upper and lower lashes. To increase intensity, apply a rich brown pencil line or deeper toned copper, upper and lower lash line blending over the Rubenesque - blend and diffuse. Another tip is to take a highly metallic copper and just use it in the inner "v" of the eye for a flash of color.

My favorite copper eyeshadows are: Tom Ford Beauty’s Cognac Sable Quad to create a simple to intense smokey copper eye; Shiseido Into the Woods Trio to create a softer copper eye; MAC Paint Pot “Rubenesque” is a beautiful apricot - copper cream; NARS duo in Isolde is a soft amber and rich amber shadow perfect for redheads.

I love a bit of weight to the brow to create a frame for the eye. You can have fun with the lip with a sheer copper lip shade to a pale apricot or coral to a simple nude shade that compliments your skin tone. Keep the cheeks minimal with a slight pop of color on the cheek to create a glow.

Photography by Stella Asia Consonni; styling by Joanna Valmai Wills; hair by Fumi Maehara using Bumble and Bumble; make-up by Mai Kodama; model: Jade Mezard / Elite Model Management; photo assistant: Lynsie Roberts. The story was shot at Studio House, London.
Words by Carrie Lau

To rock the show-stopping trend, make up artist
Colleen Runné recommends using a primer, and
blend, blend, and blend the shadows for a longer lasting look.