The Eyes Have It: A Brief Guide to the Great Products for the Orbital Area
May 25, 2016
They are generally the first thing that people notice. In an instant, they can convey a loving glance or a fierce gaze. Considered the windows to the soul, they reveal wisdom, honesty, and a zest for life. Without a doubt, the eyes possess a mesmerizing power. So, it is essential to maximize their potential with the most flattering and high-performance eye products available. Here is a brief guide to some of my favorite options for the orbital area.
Taking pristine care of the delicate eye area, both day and night, will better ensure that all subsequently applied makeup products look and perform at their optimum. In the AM, try the Clé de Peau Beauté Concentrated Brightening Eye Serum, which delivers hydration and an illuminating glow that mimics the look of eight hours of sleep. For long days in the sun, the Supergoop! Advanced Antioxidant-Infused Anti-Aging Eye Cream with Oat Peptide SPF 37 provides impressive mineral UVA and UVB sunscreen protection. It also contains ingredients that boost collagen and reduce the appearance of dark circles. In the PM, opt for extreme moisture and take advantage of the restorative potential of peptides with the Omorovicza Blue Diamond Eye Cream, which encourages more youthful-looking skin. For those who prefer a time-honored option, consider the perennially lauded La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Eye Lift Cream. This cult favorite does it all! From smoothing fine lines and wrinkles to firming, lifting, and reducing dark circles and puffiness, the proprietary blend (which includes actual caviar extract) masterfully tends to the orbital zone.
Powders and Palettes:
Eyeshadow enthusiasts often prefer powder options due to their ease of application and blendability. To effortlessly even the skin tone on the lid, use a buttery smooth buff shade like Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Defining Wet/Dry Eyeshadow in Flawless, which looks immediately fresh and provides a base should you desire to follow with additional color. When a neutral eye is is on the agenda, embrace the mélange of matte and satin finish options in the Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye-Con No. 7 The Social Butterfly (a Neiman Marcus exclusive). With seven lush and universally flattering shades, the possibilities are endless. For moments that call for additional gleam, the Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad Disco Dust is entirely apropos. The warm nudes, shimmering champagne, and rich dark purple work together to create stunning day and evening looks. You’ll want to snap up this worthy splurge quite quickly!
Creams and Liquids:
Those who appreciate an unconventional approach to eyeshadow have a host of textural innovations at their disposal. For example, the recently released Chantecaille Mermaid Eye Color boasts a creamy formula that dries down to an indelible powder finish and stays in place for hours. The dark teal Lagoon and pale taupe Triton are especially pretty and on-trend for the warmer months. Another long-lasting option with immense pigmentation is the Sisley-Paris Phyto Eye Twist All in One Eyeshadow, Pencil & Eyeliner. Wider than an eyeliner but more slender than a crayon, the retractable bullet can be used on all areas for a pop of color that doesn’t budge. When a subtle and weightless effect is desired, consider the wealth of innovative fluid formulas available. The Le Métier de Beauté Indelible Eye Prism in Ultra Suede provides a resplendent veil of golden beige color and also doubles as a highlighter. Similarly, the gorgeous Giorgio Armani Eye Tints, available in an array of shades, can be applied sheerly or built up to full opacity when the mood strikes. Finally, no eye look is complete without a touch of black liner. Brilliantly versatile, the award-winning Lancôme Paris Le Crayon Khol EyeLiner in Black Ebony can be applied precisely along the waterline and smudged out for a sultry, smoky effect. A modern classic, the timeless look of liquid liner is artfully achieved with the Gucci Makeup Gucci Power Liquid Liner in Iconic Black. Quick tip: Try drawing the tail of the wing first, and then sweep the line towards the inner corner of the eye for perfect flicks every single time.