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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Soft and Beautiful Smokey eye

I couldn't think a perfect name for this tutorial so just called it something simple and beautiful. Makeup does not have rules (and the rules made are always to be broken). Its always important to experiment, do something extra ordinary (however simple it is) and still stand out from the rest.

Trust me, its not easy to do a simple makeup....

This look is about being fast and yet getting effortless results. There is nothing about perfection in the look yet it appears so picture perfect. Softly blended makeup appeals to everyone and does make a statement (I hope we see such days too) and adds empowerment to the persona. Anyways, talking about all this, lets get to the making of this look............

This is my eye before any concealing. I need some to conceal the dark hue surrounding my eyes to make them look bright and well rested. A yellow toned concealer does a great job for me. But for some one with immense dark circles an orange corrector helps.

Comb, tame and set the brows. I have used Urban Decay eyeshadow in Backdoor to fill in sparse areas. I do not wax or thread my brows (I don't feel the need) and this is naturally what you shall see.

Conceal the under eyes and prime the lids for the eyeshadows to stay put.

Apply a wash of an Ecru colored eyeshadow from the Guerlain Bronze Dore eyeshadow palette all across the lid. This cool toned creamy beige makes a lovely color to softly brighten the eyes.

Apply a soft bronze eyeshadow on the outer third of the lid and blend. I have used Barlust eyeshadow from the Urban Decay Smoked Palette.

With a lovely rose tinged pink shimmery eyeshadow from the YSL Pure Chromatics palette no.19, softly define the crease and blend the color towards the brow bone. I have highlighted the inner corners and the brow bone with a fluffy brush dipped in the Ecru eyeshadow from the Bronze Dore Palette.

Then with a Real Techniques Fine liner brush dipped in Barlust eyeshadow, trace a soft bronze line across the entire lash line. Its good to start it thin from the inner corners and gradually thicken it till the outer corners and then create a tiny flick.

Apply Barlust on the entire lower lids and smoke it out.

Curl the lashes and apply 3-4 coats of YSL Faux Cils mascara for the lashes that dare...(LOL)

To make the liner a bit dramatic and more conspicuous, I dipped the liner brush into Illamasqua's Sealing Gel and re-traced over the lash line to create a bronze colored wing. The metallic effect imparted by the wetness is very alluring and dramatic and who said one has to use black to get it.

Pair this look with soft rosy cheeks and a soft pink mouth and you are set to go. This look demands lipsticks in rosy and cooler tones so stick to theme.

  • Guerlain Meteorites Base De Lumiere Primer
  • Guerlain Parure Aqua foundation
  • Clinique All About Eyes concealer
  • Guerlain Les Violettes Loose Powder
  • Chanel Tweed Blush in Tweed Fuchsia
  • Guerlain Meteorites powder in Cruel Gardenia
  • Benefit Hoola Bronzer
  • Shiseido Perfect Rouge Lipstick in Hot Pink
  • Guerlain Ombre Eclats eyeshadow palette in Bronze Dore (used the Ecru color)
  • Urban Decay Smoked Palette ( used Barlust and Backdoor)
  • YSL Pure Chromatics eyeshadow no.19 (Rose tinged pink)
  • MAC eye lash curler
  • Illamasqua sealing gel
  • YSL Faux Cils mascara
Hope you enjoyed the look. Do let me know in the comments. 

Till then,


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  1. Beautiful look! Love the soft colors.

    1. Thank you so much...I am so glad that you liked it.

  2. This looks beautiful! Very subtle and sophisticated...really like it.

    1. Thank you so much happy you liked share your look

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    1. thanks a ton.. we could some look on these lines...

  4. Wow... that's gorgeous. Love love love.... :-)

    1. Thank you so much Eesha. I love these brightening eye looks.

  5. Hi Neeraj, could you do a Freida Kahlo inspired makeup look as well on you site. Preety much everyone seems to be inspired by her these days.


    1. Oh ya. That's a good idea. I should try


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