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As a makeup artist, there are times that I let my products speak through my hands instead of telling them what to do. This look was a result of one of those times, starting off with bold eyeliners as eye shadows and ending up with Look Book: Smoked Out Antique Gold.
If you’ve been keeping up with our Look Books, you already know my routine to start things off on my face– cleanse, tone, moisturize, prime, and eyebrows (using Anastasia’s Perfect Brow Pencil in Brunette and Milani’s Brow Fix Kit in Dark Brown). Once that was out of the way, it was time to jump in with some color. I started with my eyes since I was using darker colors and didn’t want the fallout to mix in with any base makeup, so I primed both lids with Lancome’s Aquatique (my favorite eye shadow primer) and topped them off with a sheer powder to further avoid creasing and maximize staying power.
Like I said, this time around I wanted the products to speak to me so I looked into my cosmetic train case and picked up a few Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils: Zero (a pure and solid black) and 1999 (a plum with a hint of gold shimmer). I first used the plum and applied it to the inner third of my eye as if it were a shadow, penciling it on and smudging it out with my finger, but I was sure to keep the very inner corner of my eyes blank. I then took the black pencil and did the same, this time staying on the outer two thirds of my eye, keeping shape in mind as I painted and smudged. The result was a soft semi-smokey look, but it just wasn’t enough for me so I decided to go over these shades with some traditional shadows. The first one I used was MAC’s Goldmine, a bright true gold, and placed that directly over the UD plum shade, slightly blending into the black to keep everything transitioning well. Since I already had such a deep black on, I didn’t want to go over it with another black so instead went for a matte deep chocolate brown and went right in the crease with it, also blending it into Goldmine to avoid any lines of demarcation (any MUA’s nightmare). I went back to the UD black eyeliner and relined my lids with a thicker than usual line, stopping before hitting the gold eye shadow and also filled in my waterline, not worried about it looking a little messy (which is half the fun of smokey eyes!). I finished with MAC’s Nylon on my brow bone as a highlight, and hit both lashes with Lancome’s Cils Booster and Lancome’s Hypnose for
dramatically bold lashes.
Since I went so heavy on the eyes, I knew I wanted to keep things simple on both my cheeks and lips, so on my cheeks I used just a bit of Rock&Republic’s blush in Lust, and only a bit because of how incredibly pigmented it is. And on the lips I used Fusion Beauty’s Lip Fusion XL and topped it off with Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Lip Gloss in Lotta Coolata.
It’s definitely an easy-to-do look that can be played down for the day or played up more if you’re looking for something even more dramatic.
This article was written by Natasha Kohli, makeup artist and editor of TheCosView.com . Natasha’s philosophy on beauty is to find and then do what makes you feel good and feel gorgeous no matter what it may be, because that’s what this is all about.
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