Monday, February 20, 2012

From the ASHES!!

For my first 'Into the BLUE' series and on the auspicious day of Shivratri I wanted to do a look that pays an ode to the mighty god of Destruction and Reincarnation Lord Shiva.

For us, Lord Shiva is everything.

Lets see how to do the look,

Finished Look!!

Conceal the under eye area to take care of under eye circles and make eyes appear fresh.

Prime the lids with NARS Pro Prime Smudgeproof eyeshadow base from lids upto the brow bone. I prefer using patting motions to apply the eye primer and then spread it across to create a seamless base. You can also use a concealer brush to apply primer on the lid.

Apply MAC Paint pot in Blackground on the entire lid blending up towards the crease. Smoothen up edges to create a smoked effect.

Highlight the brow bone with Urban Decay eyeshadow in Flow.

Also smoke the paint pot on lower lids starting from the outer corners towards the inner corners and taking it up diagonally to create a soft lift for the eyes (especially if you have drooping lids)

On the crease apply MAC eyeshadow in Stormwatch which is a dupe of plumage and a blackened matte teal in color. Matte colors add dimension to the shimmery paint pot. Love this LE color.

Smoke out Stormwatch on lower lids too and join the outer edges with  the outer crease to create a diffused hue.

Fill the brows with a matte black eyeshadow to get a stronger effect to balance the eye makeup and line the lash line with the same. I have used Urban Decay Blackout with an angled liner brush from Smashbox cosmetics. Fix and tame brow hairs with brow gel.

Trace the lash line with Chambor Dazzle liner in Purple. Its intense black actually but that hither thither purple sparkle peeps through the intense darkness. It comes out as a lovely purple when used as liner on upper lids. Highlight the inner corners with MAC LE eyeshadow in Birds and Berries.

Apply Urban Decay ACE on the entire lid where the paint pot was blended to add some greyish tar colored pearl. Follow with Clarins Instant Definition Mascara in Intense Black.


HIGH EXPOSURE LOOK. See how intense the matte black looks.

Keep the skin clean and fresh looking to balance smokey eyes and add a dash of shiny nude gloss.


  • Clarins Instant Smooth perfect touch base
  • Lancome Teint Miracle Foundation
  • Shiseido Luminizing Powder Trio
  • Shiseido Natural Finish Cream concealer
  • Shiseido Accentuating Stick in Glistening Touch
  • MAC powder blush in Emote
  • Clinique Long last lipgloss in Airy Kiss
  • NARS Pro Prime Smudge proof eyeshadow base
  • MAC paint pot in Blackground
  • Urban Decay 15th anniversary palette eyeshadows in Flow, Blackout and ACE
  • MAC eyeshadows in Birds&Berries and Stormwatch
  • Chambor Dazzle liner in Purple
  • Clarins Instant Definition mascara in  Intense Black
  • MAC Brow Gel
  • Brushes used : - Scott Barnes foundation Brush, Estee Lauder Concealer Brush, Oriflame Blush Brush, Clinique Blush Brush, MAC 217, MAC 234, Sigma SS224, Shiseido Small eyeshadow brush, Smashbox angled brush and Sigma Pencil brush.

I hope you enjoy this tutorial. There are more on the way soon.

Till then,


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  1. u literally made me imagine Lord Shiva wearing this look :)

    1. Thanks Kaps...He is such a might GOD....I am going to read the Immortals of Meluha soon from the Shiva Trilogy!

  2. ty so much for ur lovely comment on my blog dr..happy shivratri to u n ya lord shiva is everything for me always gr8 look

    1. Thanks to u too Pavani for writing such an amazing article on Lord Shiva...People must know the Hindu traditions too!

  3. I really liked the winged liner with this look!

    1. I never tried a matte winged liner using shadow until Pixiwoos did it! Love it a lot!

  4. Replies
    1. Thanks Coral Crue...I am happy u liked it! Its indeed powerful!

  5. I am so stealing this idea from you? Do you mind??
    Lovely look - lord shiva is my favorite.

    1. Oh not at all! It would be my honor if u do so!! would love to read ur take on this look!


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