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Sultry Smoky Eye Tutorial

Hi beauties! With Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette launch, I’ve been getting a lot of requests to do a really sultry smoky eye look. I went a bit , a lot overboard with purchasing all sorts of eyeshadow palettes of late, so I didn’t get the Naked Smoky palette myself but I did use cooler tones for this look so if you have the Naked Smoky palette, you can easily replicate it.

Also, I’m trialling a GIF option for makeup tutorials (as below). Although I still listed all the products and steps in detail, I thought showing the order and placement of products with a GIF might be clearer…and more fun? I have to keep an eye on whether it affects download time on the page however, so fingers crossed it’ll all work smoothly. In the meantime, let me know what you think. Should we keep the GIF option for future tutorials? Is it more helpful for you than still images?

This is the smoky look I created…

Sultry Smoky Eye tutorial

PRODUCTS USED FOR THIS LOOK

Sultry Smoky Eye ProductsI used my trusty old Lorac Pro palette as I love the versatility of the colors; especially the matte shades. I don’t know if this happens to you also, but with palettes, I’ll naturally be drawn to my personal favorite colors which are usually warm tones. Because I was looking for cooler shades to play with today, I ended up using Slate – which is a silvery gunmetal gray…and oh my!! I never noticed just how stunning this color is. I’ll certainly be using it more often.

Another product that literally ‘made this look’ is Colourpop’s Super Shock Shadow in Friskie. I had this eyeshadow since I did my big Colourpop shadow review/swatch post and haven’t had a chance to use it since.

At only $5, I cannot explain how amazing the quality of this shadow is. It applied and looked like shiny satin over my eyes in person.

The remaining products were Tarte’s Tarteist black gel liner; my all time favorite Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara and false lashes (optional).

I also used Sigma flat shader, pencil and blending brushes to build up and diffuse all the shadows.

 

STEPS TO CREATE THIS LOOK

Press PLAY on the GIF and let me know your thoughts on this feature ;)

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You can use any eyeshadow palette or colors you have. You can also leave the look all matte or go all out and use glitter if you wish – just have fun with it.

1. Prep the eyes with your choice of primer and apply Taupe (the lightest warm brown color) in the crease as transition. Diffuse this color well.

2. Apply Espresso (dark brown color) in the crease in a thinner line than the first light brown color you applied. Blend into the lighter brown.

3. Apply Slate (shimmery gunmetal) all over the mobile lid and extend out to a soft wing at the outer corners. Blend this color really well into the brown shades. Build more color, blend more and repeat until the color is as intense as you like and all the colors merge seamlessly

4.Repeat the above color order for the bottom lash line starting with Taupe, go over it with Espresso and Slate (only along the outer third joining with the wing you created).

5. Apply Black color on the very outer corner of the eyes and blend into the Slate color to create more depth.

6. With your finger, dab Colourpop Friskie on the mobile lid. The more layers you apply of this product, the shinier it gets ;)

7. Using Tarteist black gel liner, line along the top lash line, and inside the top and bottom waterlines. Dip the tip of a pencil brush into Black eyeshadow and smudge the gel liner really well into both the top and bottom lash lines.

7. Apply mascara to top and bottom lashes; apply your favorite false lashes (optional) 

TIPS AND TRICKS

* The trick with any smoky look is the blending process. It’s a constant “build up the color and blend” until you achieve the intensity you want without any streaks or obvious lines. Colors should seamlessly merge into each other and patience really is a virtue when it comes to smoky eyes. Take your time, build the colors one layer at a time and blend blend and blend – even when you think you can’t blend no more.

* Regardless of whether I use warm or cool colors when creating a smoky eye, I always prefer to include a warm transition shade in the crease and along the bottom lash line. I find this brings more dimension to the look and softens it.

I hope you enjoy this look and don’t forget to tag me at sarahbeautypov on Instagram/Twitter if you recreate it; I’d love to see your version of it.

Have a great day beauties!! xx

 

 

Summer Nudes

Summer fashion usually brings with it bright fun colors and casual comfort. However, different parts of the world have their own unique take on fashion and summer is no exception.

Today’s set was inspired by my love of French films, especially romantic comedies shot by the French Riviera where the sun glistens over the intricate architecture of white buildings, luxury cars parked on the roadside, yachts resting on turquoise waters and of course the classic elegance of fashion!

So I designed this set with subtle creams and soft nudes which can easily be translated into a cocktail outfit or evening wear on a hot summer’s night. I was particularly drawn to the sequin details on the skirt with the warmth of the bronze and a touch of color from the blue/gray patterns (which I paired with a similar color bag for some added contrast).

I added the sunglasses just in case we ever get to strut our stuff on the French Riviera ;)

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***All the fashion sets I publish are my own work from page layout to design, to styling. I create my sets to be of inspiration to carry into your own closets; whether you’re interested in the brands I feature or find alternatives to replicate the look. Please leave any questions you may have regarding the featured items in the comment section below.

What’s your favorite summer color combo?

Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson Collection

What do you get when you cross the expertise of a renowned makeup artist with the amazing talent of an iconic photographer? Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson Collection of course :)

Combining vintage images by Norman Parkinson whose work adorned the covers of fashion magazines such as Vogue with Charlotte Tilbury’s modern take on makeup, this capsule collection is a fashion and makeup lover’s absolute dream!

Charlotte Tilbury ships to US, UK, Canada, Australia and within Europe

Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson Collection

As with Charlotte Tilbury‘s permanent range, this collection also consists of a classic color palette which is great for everyday looks yet can easily be turned into dramatic evening looks. The compacts and the beauty bags feature vintage photographs by Norman Parkinson and they really are in a league of their own compared to the traditional makeup packaging we’re accustomed to.

The collection features exclusive lipstick shades, blush, highlighter, bronzer/highlighter palette and makeup bags. And in typical Charlotte Tilbury fashion, you can also purchase the collection as a whole or as a “Get The Look” set.

There are two “Get The Look” sets: Miss 1975 and Miss Kensington. These sets feature additional products from Charlotte’s permanent range including eyeliner, mascara and her new cream shadow pots. What’s even better is that she has videos on her website showing step-by-step how to achieve each look with the products.

SHOP THE COLLECTION HERE

Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson Collection

Miss 1975 Set and Video / Miss Kensington Set and Video

Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson collection is limited edition and available to purchase now at CharlotteTilbury.com. The website ships to US, UK, Canada, Australia and within Europe – just remember to change your currency on the top left corner of the home page ;)

What do you think of this collection? Do you have any Charlotte Tilbury products?