As Olivia Wilde tours the country promoting her newest film, Drinking Buddies, we’ve become captivated by her consistenly awesome, but always varying smoky eyes. At a Los Angeles screening last week, makeup artist Melanie Inglessis used Wilde’s vintage Bruce Springsteen t-shirt as a guide. “She’s a big fan of the smoky eye,” Inglessis says of Wilde. “So I thought let’s go with a really black, rock ‘n roll version to complement the outfit.” She started by rimming the eye with Revlon’s PhotoReady Kajal Intense Eye Liner ($8) “Don’t worry about the line being perfect, just make sure there’s no skin showing between the lashline and the lid,” she says. Then she used Chanel’s Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Shadow ($36) in Illusoire, a smoky grey, to blend the black “back and forth, back and forth, to soften the line.” Whether you’re using black, burgundy, or blue, Inglessis says the key is to stick within one palette. “The darker colour stays in the outer corner and the inner corner of the eye stays light,” she says. Then Inglessis uses a small flat brush to draw a sort of u-shape on the outer corner of the eye to connect the pigment on the top and bottom for super seamless colour. To finish, she lined the waterline with the same kohl pencil, a very important step, she says, “because it closes the gap between the lashes and the colour.”
Then, in New York last night, for a Brooklyn screening of the film and an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, makeup artist Katey Denno played with colour on Wilde’s eyes. An iridescent green matched the actress’ dress at the former, while a shimmering white highlighter popped against the white Wilde wore to the latter. (Try Revlon’s Illuminance Crème Shadow ($6) in Seashells for that same radiance.) Whatever colour you choose just remember: it should get progressively darker toward the outter corners of the eye!