Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Smokey Eye - Russia Inspired

I saw this lovely smokey eye makeup in an article that was from Vogue Russia (not able to find the link) and was done by a lovely artist from YSL. Couldn't recall anything although the picture was imprinted in my mind and this what I could do with a mere memory of the article.

This is also inspired from the makeup looks done by James Kalliardos for Rodarte Spring 2012 (looks better in winters). I love the ideas of Russian ball where they have really mysterious smokey hypnotic eyes that are paired with bright red lips in various nuances and hues and a nicely contoured face. Although Russian women are pale with alabaster skin, this is a trend that can be adapted by women of all ethnicity and look glamorous for few occasions especially holidays.

I also want to stress that articles like these have a global appeal and I hope everyone who comes across the blog likes it. So lets see how to do this look..............

I used the never so available and hard to find Flirt Cosmetics Holiday eyeshadow palette to create this look. Since these colors are of the same size of the MAC pans and almost have the same consistency and finish as that of MAC, I am planning to de-pot these eyeshadows and put them into MAC palettes for better handy approach towards the colors.

Begin with concealing the under eyes. I need to inform readers that my eye area is feeling extremely dry due to winters and thus looking very very cakey without even piling a layer of concealer completely. Even after mixing it with under eye creams it is emphasizing my under eye dryness and wrinkles so please do not mind. I have painted a blackened grey brown eyeshadow in my brows so that it acts as the defining factor for the smokey eye. The color looks quite visible but shall be blended out as the tutorial proceeds.

Prime the lids so that these deep colors stay put on them in a better manner and minimize instances of fall outs.

Apply MAC Paint pot in Groundwork on the entire lid beginning from the lash line and diffusing the intensity as you go upwards towards the crease.

Trace a thick line at the upper lash line and also the lower one with Bourjois 16 Hr pencil in Ultra Black. Taper it and flick it.

Soften and smudge to create a softer effect while staining the lash line intensely to get the smokey effect coming from the lash line.

Apply a blackened teal green on the outer corners and softly blend it in the crease and also spread it outwards for the ink-in-the-water like effect.

Apply a deep taupe grey brown eyeshadow in the crease to define it. The coolness of these shadows makes the eyes look intense and mysterious.

Apply a soft shimmering lilac color with silver sparkles on the lids and blend it hither thither.

I have intensified this look with a deep blackened blue shimmer (more like MAC contrast) on the teal blue and overlapped it with the taupe brown to create intense darkness. Also apply the blackened teal on the lower lids and overlap with this midnight blue color. Blend the harsh lines to create smokey effect.

Curl the lashes and apply Maybelline Falsies mascara with Uroparis no.51 false lashes for extra lash furniture.

To add a smoldering touch I create a point in the inner corners with the black liner and kept it haze outwards for that comet-with-a-tail like effect. Pair this with a bold red lip or a brick red lip for the occasion and just contour the features for a lovely effect.

  • La Prairie Advanced Marine Biology emulsion for face,eyes and neck
  • Smashbox Photofinish primer
  • Christian Dior Forever Flawless perfection fusion wear foundation spf 25
  • MAC Pro longwear concealer in NC 42
  • Clinique Blended Face Powder
  • Flirt cosmetics Holiday palette
  • Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lipstick in Brick
  • MAC lipstick in Rubywoo
  • Lancome Juicy tubes in Framboise 
  • Bourjois Kohl and contour eye pencil in Ultra Black
  • Too Faced Shadow insurance eyeshadow primer
  • MAC Paint pot in Groundwork
  • Shiseido Eye lash curler
  • Maybelline Falsies lash mascara
  • Uroparis false lashes no.51

Hope you liked the look. Do let me know in the comments.

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  1. Mast hai !!! Plus that pointed liner looks killer ! ^_^

    1. oh thanks a lot...ya the pointed liner really changes the eye shape...

  2. Your eyes do look mysterious .... Very nice and loved that pointed liner. :-)

    1. Thank u so much...ya the pointed liner is the fun part..

  3. woww... i <3 this one the most.. i l wear this on 31st :D


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