"I would definitely say not to use all colours at once," says Lloyd Simmonds, makeup artist and creative director of YSL makeup. There you have it, lovelies. Never again should we look at an eye shadow quad and feel pressure to use every shade together. "A quad, if it's well designed, is about giving you a shape [with neutrals], then options in colour," says Lloyd, whose YSL Fall 2013 makeup collection includes one of this season's most electric quads of shadow.
"In this particular quad, you can actually shape with two of the colours, the grey and the blue," says Lloyd of the YSL Palette City Drive Arty (above, $74), inspired by cosmopolitan neon signs and bright lights after rain. "The others are the accents. If you want, you could do just a little bit of blue and some mascara for daytime. Or you can go as far as I did today."
"I would just do the grey as a base, and then add whatever colour you felt more comfortable with, either silver, or the blue, or the green as an accent. I wouldn't do all. Normally I never do all, unless it's for something like this." (See a closeup here.)
"For actually walking around, I wouldn't do four colours on an eye. I usually like to do shape, then add an accent. Either you accent the shape, or you accent the colour. For me it's never about full-on, all at the same time. Unless you want it."
YSL Palette City Drive Classy ($74). "If I'm working with someone who's scared of colour, what I usually try to do is introduce it only as an accessory," says Lloyd. "I would do a normal makeup, say grey, brown, whatever, then I'd add colour somewhere. So it would be a coral mouth. Or if I were staying within the eyes, I'd add a contrasting bright on the inside corner, or in the centre of the lid. Or on the brow bone. Really normal, and add a drop of colour," he says. "You add an accessory like that [points to my YSL Arty Ring; see this post] to a normal fashion look; makeup can be an accessory like that."
YSL Blush Radiance N° 9 Poppy Coral ($55)
YSL Blush Radiance N° 10 Pepper Rose ($55)
YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick N° 50 Rouge Neon ($39)
YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick N° 51 Corail Urbain ($39)
YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick N° 53 Beige Promenade ($39)
YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick N° 54 Prune Avenue ($39)
YSL La Laque Couture N° 39 Beige Gallery (already featured in our Mani Monday Fall Powerhaus Polish Part I post) and N° 38 Gris Underground ($27 each).
N° 38 Gris Underground on Lloyd's model at the recent YSL Fall 2013 makeup preview in Toronto.
These three looks were designed by Lloyd to offer inspiration. The first was created around the Palette City Drive Arty; it's the look his model wears in this post. The second and third make use of the Palette City Drive Classy. Click here to download Urban Variations by Lloyd Simonds, which includes details of what shade to use where, and which lipstick is the finishing touch.
In a comment on our previous YSL post, reader Murt shared a link to this creative use of the Palette City Drive Arty shadows (thanks, Murt!). The look, by Sara of ColorMeLoud.com, is especially gorgeous for hazel eyes as you can see (that acid green hit slays). Click on the photos for her how-to.
How do you use an eye shadow quad? Is there a colour you use all the time, and a colour you never, ever use? And how about that amazing lipstick shade, Prune Avenue??
The YSL Fall 2013 makeup collection is available at Holt Renfrew, Murale, Sephora and select locations of The Bay.