Spring Summer 2017 makeup trends on a budget: The colour wash eyes look

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Colour wash eyes were one of the strongest catwalk makeup looks in the Spring Summer 2017 collections, seen at Marc Jacobs, Victoria Beckham, Balmain, Ann Sui and more. Here’s how to recreate this designer look on a non-designer budget.

The look has an emphasis on a big sweep of colour over the eyes, with other makeup kept subtle. Finishes can be glossy, sheer or intense, metallic, or messy and ‘slept in’. Shades include pink, blush, reds, ochre, sepia and bronze, rubbed out rock chick greys and blacks, pastels, and navy. It’s mostly single shades, but you can also add a touch of gold or silver at the inner corners to create a wide-eyed look.

It’s not all that easy to find amazing quality eyeshadows at rock bottom prices in your local high street chemist, but here are some top picks.


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Eye palettes: Above, left to right. To get a few options for this season’s eyes, Makeup Revolution has an excellent £8 Love The Revolution eyeshadow palette with six interesting shades, including gold and a deep pink-red, plus a highlighter shade,  and the I Heart Makeup Chocolate & Peaches palette is pretty for spring. MUA has the romantic 10-shade Elysium eyeshadow palette with highlighter and kohl pencils included for £6.00. Push the boat out for Makeup Revolution’s Fortune Favours the Brave, £9.99, or save with a £3.50 MUA 6-shadow palette.


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Single eyeshadows: Above, left to right. If you only want one new eye colour this season, pick up a long lasting Maybelline Color Tattoo 24hr Eyeshadow for £4.99, a chic NYX Lid Lingerie Eye Tint for £6.00 or Prismatic Eyeshadow for £5.50, a festival favourite Barry M Dazzle Dust, £4.59, or for a real budget buy grab an MUA Mono Eyeshadow for just £1.

New looks from old: To make new looks from shadows you already own, try the NYX Multitasker Mixing Medium (£8.00) to change their texture and finish, or pick up one of their many eyeshadow primers. Or head to ELF for their Lock & Seal, £4.50, or the sheer Shadow Lock Primer, £3.00.

For the rest of the face there’s dewy skin, nude lips and low key mascara (as seen with the Fresh Faced no-makeup look mentioned in the previous article), and cheeks have a little bronzer or a slight rosy pink glow.

Balmain did a slightly different rock chick take on the colour wash eyes look, using smudged bronze or gunmetal shadow, lots of messy black eyeliner, bronzer and peach lipgloss. At Anna Sui, semi-sheer lipgloss was matched to the eye colours in tones of brown and burgundy.


Will you be refreshing your makeup bag with anything new this season? Do you have any favourite picks from the pictures above, or bargain makeup tips of your own to share? Let us know.


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