Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The Black Dragon Smokey Eye......

This smokey eye is inspired by the Opium Dens (just inspired and not supported) and how mesmerizing and surreal darkness it has. The nuances of copper sparkle and gold beige that peep through the pitch darkness of black renders this look a bit difficult to sport off the ramp. But why bother!! If you really yearn to do a dark look like this, you will get an opportunity somewhere (at least for Halloween). 

One can create really vivid and dramatic effects around a sparkly dark smokey eye like this. Go with an intense glossy deep plum lip to create a vampy edge or go sober on the lips with a slick of golden beige gloss and it will still create a statement. This look is not for the timid...but the if you are not (don't criticize me)....awaken the animal within you...LOL.

To do this look, I used the Tom Ford Cognac Sable palette over a black base. Although the flash has eaten a lot of black, this look is much more intense in real than on camera. Tom Ford himself is the King of Fashion (loud, bold and intensely mad) and no wonder this look is an ode to his amazing makeup line too. So lets have a look on how to create this seductive opium den look...........

I used the copper sparkle, the golden beige and the dark brown with purple tones in it. The copper sparkle is just so amazing....those fiery splinters that are breathed out by dragons...Its the most unique eyeshadow formulation ever. Please pray that I get more Tom Ford eyeshadow quads in future especially the Titanium Smoke.

Conceal under the eyes. I used a foundation over a concealer and it does give a flawless look with less pronounced under eye lines and wrinkles. 

Prime the lids to secure the eyeshadows and intensify the colors. Tame the brows.

A sticky cream eyeshadow/primer like MAC Blackground paint pot does wonders. I applied this using my fingers from the lash line upto the crease and diffused it upwards with MAC 217 brush.

With Kryolan Eye pencil (the fat one) draw haphazard thick lines on the upper and lower lids and smear the pencil as much as you can. The thicker the line the more seductive the blending.

Smudge the eye pencil over the entire eye sparing the  brow bone to throw some light there. I love this dark cloud of eyeshadow around the eyes. So poetic...( I am in my complete senses while writing this article and not inebriated).

Highlight the golden beige eyeshadow in the inner corners and on the brow bone to accentuate the eyes. Smear and smudge the black eyeshadow a little lower on the lower lids to get that mesmerizing effect. This is just the beginning.

To create a transition, apply the dark brown eyeshadow from the Cognac Sable in the crease and blend in the brow bone. This makes the eyes appear a bit larger even though all the eyeshadows used are dark.

Line the upper lash line and inner rims of lower lids with MAC Chromaline in Black black. I applied several layers to get the dark and intense effect. Trust me!! this is one of the worst gel liners. Instead use the friendly Maybelline one.

On the centre of the upper lid and the lower lid, dab on some copper sparkle from the Cognac Sable quad. Using fingers helps the glitter cling better.

Curl lashes with MAC eye lash curler and apply the Lancome Cils Booster Mascara Primer. It looks white but helps each lash look amplified.

Apply 2-3 coats of Lancome Precious Cells mascara in Black to get the most alluring lashes ever. 

Its always better to apply foundation after the eye makeup when you opt for darker colors. Since this is a tutorial I did it reverse so that it esthetically appeals to the reader. I reapplied the foundation and concealer again with Shiseido Perfect Foundation brush. Did you know that the foundation is the best eraser for fall outs??

To finish the look, apply a lovely sheer bronzing powder and strategically highlight the key areas of the face. To keep the entire face sober, slick on a golden beige gloss to create the perfect pout over a lip balm or lip primer. For the bronzer, I used  Guerlain Terracotta Light Bronzer in 02 Brunettes and highlighted with MAC Powder blush in Gana. Prep the lips with MAC Prep and Prime for lips and slick on a lovely golden beige Clinique Long Last Glosswear SPF 15 in Knockout Nude. Even a lovely peach would look pretty.

Hope you liked the look. Do let me know in the comments. I shall not be putting the Products Used list as it does get to elaborate and boring. Do let me know whether you like this or not and if not I shall list them again.

Till then,


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  1. Awesome job...I love those sparkly Copper things...Now, I will be looking for a shade like that :)

    1. Thanks a ton. I'm so glad you liked it. Even Mac 3d gold glitter works beautifully.

  2. Wow. Resplendent. The copper sparkle just makes it look amazing

    1. Thanks a lot. I so admire the splinter effect.

  3. This is awesomeee doccc ! Me lovee this look.. :D

  4. Fabulous!!! Love this sparkly look. Will try it out for a wedding that I have to attend.

    1. Thanks a million. Do try it out. And share the pics.

  5. Amazing look Neeraj. Loved it very much.

    1. Thanks a million Eesha...So glad you liked it.


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