Saturday, December 15, 2012

HOLIDAY MAKE UP IDEA - LAVENDER SMOKY EYES






"City Lights" Clear quartz over green onyx cocktail ring via Tacori | Rachel Pally chiffon dress - old { also loving this one & this one } | ASOS handcuff ditsy necklace & cross necklace | Zara Clutch

 Products I Used:

EYES: Lancome Color Design eye shadow palette  in "Lavender Grace", Sephora long lasting 12HR wear eye liner in "Navy/Black", Chanel Le Volume De Chanel mascara   
LIPS: YSL Rouge Pur Couture lipstick in " Pink Coral"
CHEEKS: Bobbi Brown bronzing powder in "Golden Light"

One of my favorite holiday make up looks of all time is the smoky eye. A big change from my usual minimal approach, I think smoky eye look adds drama and helps to transition your make up from day to night. A big fan of the classic black or dark brown smoky eyes, sometimes I like to have a bit more fun and recreate this look using bright colors. Since, lavender happens to be my favorite color at the moment, lavender smoky eye look was an obvious choice. Now, even though it’s such a bright hue, it actually works great for any eye color. For me the key to a bright eye make up is blending, playing with lighter and darker shades and keeping the rest of the face neutral. Let the eyes be the focal point of your face. 

To achieve this look I applied bright medium blue purple shade all over my upper eye lid, adding just a bit of light pink purple closer to the corner of the eye. Next, I applied matte deep gray to the crease to add dimension and dept. Finally, I applied deep purple shade along upper lash line and crease extending slightly beyond the outer corner to visually elongate the eye. I finished the look with 2 coats of volumizing mascara and  dark navy eyeliner for my beloved cat eye look.

To balance the bright eyes, I kept then rest of look fairly neutral. Adding just a bit of bronzing powder to my cheeks and bridge of the nose and a coat of pink/ coral lipstick. 

P.S. I tried a lot of bronzing powders before and for me the best ones are matte. I find that matte bronzers look a lot more natural. And if you really want sparkle you can always add some later to very strategic places rather than having an all-over sparkly face:)




Keep on smiling,
Love,
Annabelle