So last night I went to a friend's 18th party, and I thought it was a great opportunity to wear my favorite evening make up look ever- a classic brown smokey eye. I think this look is a brilliant take on the smokey eye because it is a lot less intense than the conventional black, a lot more subtle and glamorous, very much in the style of Kim Kardashian I think!
This look is all centered around the eye, complemented with flawless skin, bronzed sculpted cheeks and a paired nude lip.
To get this look I used the following products (In order of applying):
- No7 mousse foundation (discontinued- sorry!)
- Lacura concealer pen and Rimmel hide the blemish concealer
- No7 translucent powder and Rimmel stay matte powder
- MUA brown shadow in shade 19 for brows
- Frontcover eye primer
- MUA palette in 'Heaven and Earth'- (third shade bottom row), (first shade top row)
- No7 palette brown metallic shade
- Maybelline gel liner
- Max Factor liquid effect eye pencil in 'Brown Blaze'
- MAC Opulash mascara
- No7 mini mascara for bottom lashes
- Sleek blusher in 'Sahara'
- Sleek blusher in 'Pixie Pink'
- Benefit High Beam
- Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in shade 'Sky Line Pink'
- Soap and Glory 'Sexy Mother Pucker' clear lipgloss
- Rimmel lipstick in 'Diva Red'
For the eyes, the first step for any eye make up look using a lot of shadow, is to prime. This is a really important step to stop your eye shadow from slipping and creasing, especially if you have oily eyelids. I would like to point out that my eye make up stayed on all night right up until I took it off, still looking perfect thanks to the primer. I also think the MUA shadows are really good for staying put, and the price is insane at £4 for a palette of 12 shadows! After you've done this with your favorite primer (mine is from Frontcover cosmetics), layer the lightest colour of shadow all across the lid, taking it onto the tear duct, into the crease, and faintly up to the brow bone. Next, taking your dark brown shade, take this through the crease and out slightly. Then take a clean brush to blend so there is no harsh lines. Then apply a light shimmery colour on the brow bone, and blend again into the dark shadow to create a seamless effect. Taking this highlighter onto the tear duct will really bring out your eyes too.
For bronzer, (I used a Sleek blusher), find the hollow of your cheeks- just below your cheekbone- and using light, circular motions blend onto the skin, taking care to not extend this line too much. Then pop a pretty light pink blusher (Pixie Pink is perfect for this) and put this on the apple of your cheeks, (the easiest way to find this is to smile, and its the most raised part) so you get a more natural combination of bronzer and colour.
I used a light lipstick for this look as I wanted the eyes to be the main focus, however it also suits a really chic bold red lip if you dare to do so, just make sure you wear it with confidence!
What's on my nails?
I applied this black nail varnish with this 'Yellow Topaz Glitter' as a top coat from Barry M, on New Years Eve. And it is still on! I think that's pretty impressive, it hasn't even chipped! This just goes to show that if you apply a top coat it really helps keep your polish intact for much longer. A pretty sparkly one like this also adds a new dimension to the nails, much more exciting than a clear one whilst still bringing the same glossy finish.
What is your favorite glamorous evening make up look?