How To: Create The Bright Eyed Look

On the Spring/Summer Ready To Wear 2009 runway, eyes sparkled in silver and gilded tones everywhere. The look brings a certain innocence and youthfulness to the face and is totally easy to do at home.

Donna Karan

Giorgio Armani



To recreate the look, just place a shimmery color on the inner corners of the eyes. You can do this with a dab of cream eyeshadow, an eye pencil or even powder eyeshadow. The key is to figure out what color to use and to do it in moderation.

Cool Vs Warm
Those who have cool undertones or paler skin will rock icy colors like silver or pearly white. A good product is Kevyn Aucoin Liquid Shimmer in White. I know it has been discontinued but if you can find it, definitely get yourself one. An alternative would be MAC Cream Color Base in Pearl.

Those who have warmer or darker skin will glow in shimmery beiges, pale golds and light coppers. Victoria’s Secret Very Sexy Makeup Dazzling Liquid Shadow in Pillow Talk and MAC Glitter Eyeliner in Blitzed are both great for this.

To find out whether you have cool or warm undertones, read How To Determine Your Skin Tone: Warm vs Cool.

My Take

Cool vs Warm

Cool: MAC Knight Divine eyeshadow with Perverted Pearl as a highlighter.
Warm: MAC Firespot eyeshadow with Bagatelle to highlight.

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Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. Phyl, you look beautiful in both. I think the copper looks better with lighter hair, so the dark one makes your eyes pop more. I love how you just updated with two eye of the days. I’m still working on that turquoise tutorial of yours! Trying to master blue eyeshadow is fun :)

  2. hi phyl, i love all your barbie looks! i noticed on the 2nd pic u have some great cleavages ! can u do a tutorial or review on how to get cleavages like the one u had in the barbie pics? I have to attend a wedding soon and would love to know how to do that with my spagetti dress! thanks a million!!

  3. Thanks ladies =) I personally thought the warm would look better since I have warm undertones but I can see why so many of you like the cool one better

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