Jun 28, 2022
4 Eye Makeup Styles for Formal Occasions
The eyes are the windows to your soul. Certainly, the look of your irises alone can convey confidence, calmness, determination or focus.
So, if you’re dressing up for a formal occasion, it’s important to pay close attention to your eye makeup. Eyeshadow on its own can be extremely transformative and, when applied correctly, can significantly enhance your outfit.
In this blog, we’re going to discuss four different formal makeup styles that you can try.
- Soft brown and gold
To start off with, we’re going to look at an understated yet powerful style. The soft brown and gold makeup is perfect if you want a little bit of glamour without standing out too much.
As the name suggests, this style involves applying brown eyeshadow on both ends of the eyelids and then blending it with gold eyeshadow at the centre. The gold provides a little sparkle while the brown subdues and anchors everything down, giving the eyes a more natural look.
- Smoky eyes
If the event is going to be in the evening, why not try the smoky eyes aesthetic. This look is perfect if you’re going for a more confident and sultrier look.
To achieve this style, you need to first line your upper and lower waterline with a black eyeliner. Afterwards, use a soft brown eyeshadow and begin covering your entire upper lids as well as a good portion of your lower eyelids. Once the brown foundation has been laid out, take your black eyeshadow and begin blending it in. To enhance the look further, you can also use magnetic lashes for a stronger and fuller aesthetic.
The finished result should be a band of black eyeshadow around the eye (highlighting the irises and the whites of the eyes) and a brown haze around the outer edges.
- Cat eye
The cat eye is a classic style that has been gracing TV and silver screens for decades. Celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe have the cat eye into an iconic look. Despite its simplicity, it has an undeniable charm that appeals to both young and old audiences.
To start with, cover your eyelids with a soft, neutral eye shadow. You can use a simple beige or something with a little bit of sparkle in it.
Afterwards, line your upper waterline with a black liquid eyeliner, finishing with a sharp upwards swoop by the outer lid. As to how long or high the swoop should be, it’s entirely up to you. Even a subtler swoop can be appealing if done correctly.
- Natural look
If you want to play it safe, it’s best to go with the natural look. This style is clean enough to be worn during formal events but it’s also subtle enough so that it can be worn at work or during your weekend outings.
First, cover your eyelids with a nude shimmer. This will give your eyes a little shine but not to the point of being a distraction. Next, use a soft brown eyeshadow on your upper and lower lash lines and blend it in with the neutral shimmer that you applied beforehand.
Hopefully, this inspired you to experiment with different makeup styles. Of course, like with anything involving aesthetics, there are no hard rules. So, if you feel like mixing and modifying some of these looks, feel free to do so.