Eye Makeup

How to Wear Copper Eyeshadow

Whereas you might be more likely to wear brightly colored eye shadow during the summer months, you may find yourself wanting to switch to sultrier shades, like copper eyeshadow, come winter. This metallic brown shade can add just enough warmth and definition to your lids. Not to mention, it’s flattering on every eye color. You can use copper eyeshadow to create everything from a neutral everyday eye makeup look to a more dramatic look that's suitable for a night out. So, if you’ve been searching for a way to switch up your makeup routine now that the temperatures are dropping, it’s time to say hello to copper shadow—with help from one of the four makeup tutorials below.

COPPER EYE SHADOW IDEA #1: GILDED UNDER-EYES

Not much of an eye makeup babe but still want to get in on the copper eye shadow trend? Branch out with this gilded lower lash line look.

What you’ll need:

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Lock Makeup Primer

Eyeliner brush

Small tapered eyeshadow brush

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner in Bronze

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Metallics Eye Shadow in Brass Knuckles

L’Oréal Paris Bambi Eye Washable Mascara, Lasting Volume

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Apply eyeliner on your upper lid

Your copper under-eyes should be the focus of your face. So, keep the rest of your makeup simple by using a complementary bronze eyeliner instead of a bolder shade.

Step 2: Prime your under-eye area

Before jazzing up your under-eye area, use a little bit of a matte primer to help create a smooth canvas for your metallic shadow. Squeeze a small amount of primer onto an eyeliner brush and carefully apply it to your lower lash line and just beyond.

Step 3: Coat your under-eye area in copper eye shadow

Swirl your small tapered eyeshadow brush into the metallic copper eye shadow that defines this look and dust it onto your lower lash line, smudging it just beyond the edges for a lived-in, edgy eye makeup look.

Step 4: Apply mascara

No eye makeup look is complete without mascara. Reach for a volumizing mascara to help create the appearance of thicker lashes.

COPPER EYE SHADOW IDEA #2: GLOSSY LIDS

What started as a runway makeup look has made its way to the mainstream. And what better way to try a glossy eye makeup look than with a shimmery copper eye shadow? While the end makeup look is positively red carpet-worthy, the technique is as easy as 1-2-3-4.

What you’ll need:

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Lock Makeup Primer

Fluffy eyeshadow brush

L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Amber Rush

Clear lip gloss

L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Washable Mascara

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Prime your lids

Since you’re going for a glossy eye makeup look, prime your lids with a radiant finish primer. This will help set the base for your copper eye shadow.

Step 2: Apply copper eye shadow

Swirl your fluffy eyeshadow brush into the copper eye shadow and dust it all over your lids, extending the shadow just beyond your crease but not all the way up to your brows.

Step 3: Add lip gloss

Apply a teeny bit of clear lip gloss directly on top of the copper eye shadow to bring your glossy eye makeup look to life. Told you it was easy!

Step 4: Finish with mascara

Skip the eyeliner and top off your glossy eye makeup look with a few coats of mascara.

COPPER EYE SHADOW IDEA #3: SMOKY EYE

Next, we have the smoky eye—one of the most classic makeup looks there is. While this updated take on the smoky eye uses the same technique you’re likely used to, this time, we’re using copper eye shadow for a pretty winter makeup look.

What you’ll need:

Primer

L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Eternal Sunshine

Fluffy eyeshadow brush

Crease brush

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Noir Cest Noir

L’Oréal Paris Matte Signature Liquid Dip Eyeliner, Waterproof

L’Oréal Paris Unlimited Lash Lifting and Lengthening Washable Mascara

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Prime your lids

Apply a small amount of eye shadow primer to your lids to help create a smooth canvas for your copper eye shadow application.

Step 2: Apply copper eye shadow

Next, use a fluffy eyeshadow brush to apply the metallic shadow from your lash line to just past your crease. By extending a little beyond your crease, you’ll give your next eye shadow shade something to be blended with, which can help prevent things from getting muddy.

Step 3: Create your smoky eye

Use a crease brush to dust some of your darker eye shadow shade into your crease. Work in small circular motions to blend the black hue with your previously applied copper eye shadow, creating a gradual ombré effect that's free of harsh lines.

Step 4: Draw wing tips

Smoky eyes go perfectly with razor-sharp winged eyeliner, so pop the cap off your black liquid eyeliner and wing it, starting at your inner corner and working your way out.

Step 5: Finish with mascara

One, two, or three coats—you choose!

COPPER EYE SHADOW IDEA #4: COMPLEMENTARY UNDER EYES

Last but not least, consider playing with color in addition to your copper eyeshadow. Like we mentioned earlier, copper makeup looks particularly stunning on those with green or blue eyes, which is why it should come as no surprise that incorporating a teal shade into your copper look is simply stunning.

What you’ll need:

Primer

L’Oréal Paris Brilliant Eyes Shimmer Liquid Eye Shadow Makeup in Precious Lava

Fluffy eyeshadow brush

L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Endless Sea

Small tapered eyeshadow brush

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Flash Cat Eye Waterproof Brush Tip Liquid Eyeliner

L’Oréal Paris Telescopic Original Waterproof Lengthening Mascara

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Prime your eyes

You know what to do—apply a small amount of primer onto your lids to prep for the rest of your eye makeup look.

Step 2: Coat your lids

Use the doe-foot applicator of your copper eye shadow to apply the liquid formula to your lids. Then use a fluffy eyeshadow brush to blend and spread the color seamlessly into your crease.

Step 3: Color your lower lash line

Take a bit of teal eyeshadow on a small tapered eyeshadow brush, and drag the brush along your lower lash line, gently smudging as you go for a softer look.

Step 4: Line your eyes

Grab a black liquid eyeliner and create a sharp, precise wing along your upper lash line to add a bit of cattitude to the look.

Step 5: Apply mascara

We’re sure you’ve got this step down pat. Swipe on a few coats of mascara, and your copper eye shadow look is complete!

WHAT LIPSTICK GOES WITH COPPER EYESHADOW?

With so much attention on your eyes, you may be wondering what lipstick color would go best with your copper eyeshadow. If you want to wear copper eyeshadow as part of a daytime makeup look, try swiping on a mauve lipstick, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Les Macarons Scented Liquid Lipstick in Mon Caramel. Wearing copper eyeshadow for a night out? Pop on a vibrant red shade, like the L’Oréal Paris Rouge Signature Lightweight Matte Colored Ink, High Pigment in Empowered.

If you love the look of copper eye shadow, you’ll likely love metallic makeup in general. To learn more about shimmering metal-inspired shades, check out our article, How to Rock Metallic Makeup.