How to Get Summer’s Hottest Makeup Look

Fancy a brew? Introducing the tea stained eye

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Words by Kira Chidlow
July 18th, 2016

If there’s one beauty trend that’s brewing for summer it’s the tea stained eye, mastered by makeup legend Val Garland who created the look for the Erdem SS16 catwalk presentation. The models took the runway by storm with their fresh bases and warm fiery eyes. But while it may look difficult to pull off, the warm tones used work in contrast with any eye colour making it perfectly wearable for summer (and the upcoming autumn months), bringing you from day right through to evening.

Could the tea stained eye be the new smokey eye of the summer? The look is hauntingly beautiful yet sensuous at the same time. The dramatic use of warm tones creates an intense attraction to the eyes, in a similar sense that the smokey eye does. It looks like the 90’s grunge eye is making a comeback but with a modern twist. Keep reading below as we break down how to get the sultry look in a few simple steps.


Firstly prime the eyes with any eye primer (Revlon PhotoReady Eye Primer is a personal favourite that doubles as a highlighting concealer). Then, using a rusty toned powder- I highly recommend Red Brick by MAC or a matte bronzer (this works perfectly as a multi-use product for this look), simply press the warm shade over your eyelid, following your eye shape.

Using a soft fluffy brush, blend the product up as far as the eye socket. Then, apply a slightly darker shade (bronzer is perfect here) directly to the socket line. This will add more depth to the eyes. With your clean fluffy brush, ensure that the two shades are blended seamlessly to avoid any harsh lines. Get a thin, angled brush and using the same shade that you applied to your lids, run the brush under the bottom lash line to add definition. Then smudge the line you just created with your finger or a cotton bud to give off that 90’s grunge vibe.

To finish off the eyes, apply a black mascara sparingly. Lancôme Hypnôse Mascara creates long thick eyelashes, that won’t smudge when things get heated.


For the Erdem show, Val Garland kept the skin natural with a dewy finish to compliment the eyes. In order to achieve fresh looking skin, it is important to moisturise thoroughly. Once you have applied a moisturiser that is suitable for your skin type apply a skin primer that is designed to work with dewy finishes like Illamasqua Satin Primer which keeps the skin hydrated whilst making sure your makeup doesn’t budge. For the base, BB creams or light coverage foundations such as MAC Face & Body will even out the skin tone while still looking natural or if you prefer more cover, NARS Sheer Glow Foundation is a great option as it gives medium coverage while still providing a dewy finish.

To set the skin and prevent your foundation sliding off your face by midday, apply a light powder like Illamsaqua Loose Powder. This powder is virtually invisible which makes it possible to achieve a dewy finish that doesn’t look oily.

With this eye look your skin will need some added warmth if you are on the paler side of the spectrum. To do so, dust a matte bronzer under the cheekbones and onto the apples of your cheeks ever so lightly. To get a bronzed look that does not have an orange undertone then makeup brand Laura Mercier is your one stop shop. The Matte Radiance Baked Powders are buildable and blend into the skin flawlessly, creating that beautiful definition that we all pine for.

With this makeup, it is better to keep the lips muted to ensure the eyes are the focal feature. So to finish, swipe a flesh-toned lipstick onto the lips. I’m loving Maybelline’s Colour Sensational Nude Lipstick range at the moment as there’s a wide selection of tones to suit everyone. Et voilà.

Are you ready to captivate the world with your tea stained eyes?

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Kira is a freelance beauty writer and blogger based in the UK.