Saturday, January 16, 2010

An edgy but not overdone evening makeup

I've been noticing lately (even more than usual) that a lot of celebrities are wearing far too much makeup. I'm all for a smoky eye but it needs to be balanced by glowy skin and natural looking lips or it starts to stray into drag queen territory and the only people that makeup looks good on IS drag queens! It can also be incredibly aging - I've seen some pictures recently of 25 year olds where they look like they are over forty and extras on Dynasty....not a good look!

Here is how to do evening makeup with an edge but not overdone:

Photo: Richard Wright

Firstly start with a glowy luminizing tinted moisturizer (I will recommend products at the end) and blend all over the face. Conceal where necessary and set with a light layer of very fine powder to take away shine but without dulling the glow.
Start your eyes with a base of satiny or matte bone coloured powder shadow on the lids into just above the crease. Next line upper and lower lashlines with a black eyeliner and smudge slightly. Line inside the eyes with a metallic eyeliner such as a silver or gunmetal. Now go over the upper and lower lashlines with a glittery black or metallic gunmetal powder shadow and blend outwards. Finish with a couple of coats of thickening black mascara.
Dust a highlighting champagne colored highlighting powder for light skin or bronze for dark skin on to the highest point of the cheekbones, on the temples and a little down the center of the nose. If you really can't live without blush put the lightest amount of pale pink or peach for light skins or plum for dark skins on the apples of the cheeks and blend until it's almost gone.
Outline the cupids bow of your lips with a flesh colored shimmer pencil to give fullness and definition and then fill in with a nude colored gloss or satin lipstick.
This is a striking look but evens out the heavy eyeshadow with natural skin and lips, and this can make you look years younger.

Product recommendations:

Luminizing tinted moisturizer: Jouer Luminizing Tint
Concealer: Face Stockhom Blemish and Capillary Concealer
Fine Powder: Alison Raffaele  Translucent Finishing Powder
Highlighting Powder: VS Bronzer/Highlighter Trio
Eyeliner: Givenchy Magic Kajal in 1
Inner Lid Liner: Korres Soft Liner Pencil in 5 Silver (available at Sephora too)
Sparkly Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Stardust  in Void or Christian Dior 5 Couleurs Designer in Smoky Design
Mascara: Makeup Forever Smoky Lash
Cupids bow shimmer: Guerlain Lipliner in Cupidon
Nude gloss: Eden Gloss by
Nude satin/sheer Lipstick: Becca  Sheer Liptint in Gisella

(All products were provided to me)

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