How To Upgrade Your Smoky Eye and Winged Liner With Dior Beauty

From Julia Fox at Paris couture week to Euphoria and beyond, decadently smoked eyes have never been more popular

Photography: Simon McGuigan, Make-Up: James Molloy for Dior Beauty

by Joely Walker |

For a sultry smoulder...

The new smoky eye is easy to nail. 'Using just one soft-matte eyeshadow makes it feel lighter and more wearable,' says James Malloy, the pro behind the looks here. If it's not picture perfect, don't worry: 'that's what makes it modern.' Finish with a slick of mascara, like Diorshow Iconic Overcurl 090, £29.

Simon McGuigan, James Molloy for Dior Beauty
Jumpsuit, Milo Maria, price on request; Earrings, £5,100, Tasaki ©Photography: Simon McGuigan, Make-Up: James Molloy for Dior Beauty

For a luxe lacquer...

Glossed eyes are cool, but can they ever be wearable? James advises starting slow and building up to full lacquered lids. ‘Use gloss sparingly at first, either on the inner corners or tapped in the middle of the eye for a glossy highlight.’ Want to go full-throttle? Invest in a dedicated eye gloss to layer over your eyeshadow.

Photography: Simon McGuigan, Make-Up: James Molloy for Dior Beauty
©Photography: Simon McGuigan, Make-Up: James Molloy for Dior Beauty

For a modern metallic...

Silver is going to be big this season. To ease your way in, swap your go-to black for a slick of silver or, to go all out, opt for this block of shadow that slopes down at the edges. ‘I was going for glam rock meets retro 60s,’ says James. ‘Try a wash of silver, or, for more intensity, spray your brush with water first before patting over your lids.' To keep focus on the eyes, swap lipstick in favour of Dior’s Rouge Dior Natural Balms, £33.

Photography: Simon McGuigan, Make-Up: James Molloy for Dior Beauty
©Photography: Simon McGuigan, Make-Up: James Molloy for Dior Beauty

For a graphic liner...

‘For a modern take on floating liner,' advises James, 'draw an angle at the outer corner instead of a winged shape, applying just above the natural crease of your eyelid so that your statement liner doesn't disappear when you open your eyes.'

For a glowing base to complement statement lids, prep skin with Dior Hydra Life Fresh Hydration Sorbet Crème, £49, before dotting on the new Dior Forever Skin Glow Foundation, £40, over key areas and blending in.

Photography: Simon McGuigan, Make-Up: James Molloy for Dior Beauty
Top, £1,250, Balmain; Stud Earrings, £49, Missoma; Hoop Earrings, £300.34, Maria Tash ©Photography: Simon McGuigan, Make-Up: James Molloy for Dior Beauty

For dialled up drama...

Love a feline flick, but want to mix it up? 'Play with texture - use a liquid liner pen for the top flick, then smoke out the lower lash line with a matte black shadow, which gives softness against the more reflective liner.' For an advanced look, 'Embellishment looks best when delicate - tiny beads, gems or cut-outs of craft paper.'

As for kit essentials: ‘I always carry micro-fine Q-tips dipped in micellar water to easily correct smudges and sharpen edges.’

Photography: Simon McGuigan, Make-Up: James Molloy for Dior Beauty
Top, £905, Alberta Ferretti ©Photography: Simon McGuigan, Make-Up: James Molloy for Dior Beauty

For an avant-garde eye...

Rejoice: haphazard make-up is in. ‘Offset detailed eyeliner with slapdash eyeshadow for an interesting combo that pleasingly masks any mistakes,’ says James. ‘Circle the top and bottom lash line for definition before pressing either metallic pigment or eyeshadow haphazardly over the top.’ Sign. Us. Up.

Photography: Simon McGuigan, Make-Up: James Molloy for Dior Beauty
©Photography: Simon McGuigan, Make-Up: James Molloy for Dior Beauty

SHOP: The Products To Create An Upgraded Smokey Eye and Liner

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SHOP: The Products To Create An Upgraded Smokey Eye and Liner

Dior 5 Couleurs Couture Palette, Black Bow, £48
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Your do-it-all palette.

MyKitCo Soft Blender Brush 1.27, £15.50
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This soft blending brush seamlessly buffs in shadows.

Dior Forever Skin Glow Foundation, £40
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Dior's latest foundation launch dishes out the ideal coverage.

Dior Rouge Satin Balm, £33
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A satin lip balm that leaves lips feeling soft.

Hourglass Vanish Airbrush Primer, £50
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A new-gen primer that helps your make-up go the distance.

Dior Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara 090, £29
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Layer this up for lengthy lashes.

Dior Mono Colour Couture Pearl Star, £27.50
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Tap this shadow on to the centre of the lids.

Victoria Beckham Beauty Lid Lustre, Mirror, £30
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Pat over lids for a shot of shimmer.

Dior Diorshow On Stage Liner 091 Matte Black, £28
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Use this felt-tip liner for a foolproof flick.

Linda Hallberg Infinity Glass, £23
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Apply this over shadow for a glossy finish.

Shoot credits: Photographs: Simon McGuigan; Make-Up: James Molloy at The Wall Group for Dior Beauty, using Dior Forever Foundation and Rouge Dior Natural Balm; Beauty Direction and Words: Joely Walker; Styling: Molly Haylor; Hair: Hair by Josh Knight at Caren using got2b; Manicurist: Michelle Class at LMC using using Dior Manicure Collection and Miss Dior Hand Cream; Model: Sofie L @ Boundary London; Casting and Production: Jessica Harrison; Fashion and Beauty Assistant: Remy Farrell; Lighting Assistant: Jamie Hubbard; Digital Technician: Anna Hendry; *Part sponsored by Dior Beauty

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