Today I have the second installment of my holiday tutorial series. This look is completely different than my last tutorial and I’ll admit way out of my ‘usual’. I think that’s a good thing as the holidays should be a time to experiment with sparkle, colour and all that fun stuff. Ever since I got the Lorac Pro Palette 2 I have stared longingly at the Navy shade, trying to figure out how to work it into a look. Today that’s exactly what we’re going to do, as well as incorporating the shade Silver. So let’s get to it!
Here is the Lorac Pro Palette 2, so you can see what shades I’m referring to as we go along.
I already applied my base (foundation, concealer etc. ) and filled in my eye brows before I started with the eyes, so we’re going to start with the eyes. I primed my eyes and then added a piece of tape to the edge of my eye. This is a dark look so I wanted to make sure I had a clean edge. I then picked up Nectar on a fluffy brush and buffed it above the crease as a transition shade. Next I took Lt. Brown and put that slightly underneath Nectar, but still mainly above the crease. This helps to transition out the darker shades in this look and also give dimension to the eye.
Now we’re going to focus on the lid and the shade Silver. To really enhance this so it would still standout against the navy, I first put my brush in some mixing medium. If you don’t have mixing medium, just dampen your brush a little, it’ll give a similar effect. I patted Silver on the lid, trying to keep it out of the crease as much as I could. If you do get a little in the crease, it’s okay because it’ll get blended out anyway. Pack this on until it’s at your desired intensity.
Okay this is where you’re going to be thinking, what a disaster! It does look a little messy at this point, but with A LOT of blending, it all comes together. Picking up Navy on a very small crease brush, draw it into the crease from inner corner to outer corner.
Now you’re going to want to blend and blend and blend. This needs lots of blending to look smooth, but it’s worth it. This shade changes tone a little when it’s blended, so try to blend only where you want it (not up or down) or you’ll get almost a green hue left behind. Once it looks seamless with Silver , you may want to touch up the silver as it can fade a little from all the blending of the navy. Here is what it looks like all blended. The Silver shade does have a blue undertone, so the blue will reflect off that which does make it look more seamless. If you want to cancel that out, you can pack on more silver to make it more prominent.
At this stage, I felt like this look needed something neutral to balance out the navy. I decided to pick up Black from the palette and work it into the outer v and about half way into the crease. I then blended again to make it smooth.
Once you’re done with this, you can remove the tape or if it helps you with winged liner, you can leave it on. I don’t find it helps me with gel liner, so I opted to take it off. If you notice any fallout, I just used a duo fiber brush to blend it away.
Now it’s time for liner. I think this step really helped to pull everything together. I used the Essence Gel Liner in Midnight in Paris (black) for this step. I just drew across my lashline and then used the edge of the shadow as a guide for the wing.
Now onto the lower lashline. With a look this dark, it’s important to do something there or it won’t look balanced. With a flat definer brush I pressed Navy 3/4 of the way in and Silver the other 1/4. I then took Cool Gray on a pencil brush and buffed everything out. I also decided to put nude liner in my waterline, to balance out the darkness. For that I used my Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl in Nude. You could of course use black or navy in your waterline as another option. I also highlighted my brow bone and inner corners with a mix of Buff and Snow.
To finish off the eyes, I curled my lashes and added mascara. I opted to add a pair of falsies to this look to really make it festive, but of course that’s optional. I chose to use Velour Lashes in Whispie Sweet Nothings as they are nice and fluffy! It looks a little blue around the lash band in this picture, but was just the lighting reflecting off the glue.
Now that the eyes are complete, it’s time to move onto the rest of the face! I first bronzed with Nars Laguna Bronzer, then contoured with Fawn from the ABH Contour Kit. Once that was complete I added blush. I wanted something subtle so it wouldn’t compete with the eyes, so I chose Benefit Dandelion, a pale pink. Lastly for the face I highlighted with The Balm’s Mary Lou Manizer. And for very very last is the lips. I knew I needed a nude or something that wouldn’t compete with the eyes, but I didn’t want something that would wash me out, so I chose Nars Audacious lipstick in Raquel. It’s a nude, but it has lots of peach in it, which is flattering on my skin tone.
So there you have it, the perfect holiday party smoky eye! Let me know in the comments below what look you’ll be wearing this holiday!
Bye for now!