In the real world, the term ‘burnt’ implies scorched. We think of a hazy-morning toast mishap or blocks of wood crumbling to ash. Yet, these ideas have not transpired into the beauty world.
In the beauty world, ‘burnt’ means deep oranges and tangy browns. And the beauty of this trend lies with two things: its versatility and its similarity to the classic smoky eye.
The ever-annoying rules of this-suits-this-eye-colour or this-suits-this-skin-tone don’t apply to burnt eye-shadow. All you need is some fluffy brushes and eye-lids concealed a few shades lighter than your skin tone.
You can dip your toe into the trend with a light dusting of a muted orange in your crease. But you can also kick start a journey of mastery by creating a skilfully-blended medley of muted oranges, tangy browns, exuberant oranges and dark browns. The beauty of burnt is that it grants opportunities alike of soft-glam or GLAM-glam.
Imitating The Ever-Classic Smoky Eye
A burnt eye is often created in the likeness of the classic smoky-eye… without the tonal severity. Many of its looks start light with a muted-orange base before adding darker colours to the crease and outer-corner to build intensity. And what makes it so close to the smoky eye is how often its wearers extend the shadow onto the lower lash line for ultimate heat.
And just like the smoky eye, you must decide what you want the look to demand. Is it intricate analysis from observers or a deep eyelid crease for the illusion of larger eyes?
However, achieving the perfect level of burnt with orange and tangy shades anxiously toes the line with festival-esque eye-shadow. So, for this trend, choosing the right palette is more important than ever. Think Urban Decay’s Naked Heat, Juvia’s Place’s The Saharan palettes or Beauty Bay’s Saffron Barker collection.Or think Violet Voss’s Hashtag Palette – my unwavering go-to for the burnt eye. And in true imitation of the smoky eye, I used the BH Cosmetics Smokey Eye Essentials brush collection to create this look.I started with dusting ‘Sauce’ all over the lid with No.1, a large blending brush. This brown created a smooth base for me to go over with the same brush in the shade ‘Savage’ to create a tangy but neutral base.
I then dusted ‘Goals’ in the crease with No.2, a small tapered brush, and blended it out in circular motions. And for intensity, the more precise No.3 brush allowed me to carve out my crease with ‘G.O.A.T’ and then the outer-corner with brush No.5, BH Cosmetics’s best smudging brush.
For intensity, repeat the process. And to finish, I put on Tiggy Lashes in the style ‘Natalie.’ I personally don’t wear eyeliner with burnt looks because I like the colours to speak for themselves.If the smoky eye is your thing and you’re looking to broaden your colour choice, turn to burnt. It’s time that, amidst neutrality captivating the beauty world’s focus, burnt overtakes smoky.
And for tips on how to achieve the perfect burnt eye look through brush mastery, be sure to read my guide on the essentials to eye-shadow blending here. Have a fab NYE!