Okay guys, you’re going to have to be nice to me on this one – despite the fact that I used to post trillions of dumb videos of myself singing on YouTube when I was about 15, I’ve never made anything like this, that I’ve had to edit in any way. So, here is my first make-up tutorial of sorts, let me know what you think of it and supply any constructive criticism if you wish to!
Illamasqua’s Neutral Palette Smoky Eye.
I mentioned this palette in an earlier post this week, following buying it from the Trafford Centre last weekend. I’ve been practising my smoky eye for either day or night look and I thought I’d share it with you, given that the lady at the Selfridges counter was kind enough to give me a painstakingly indepth run-through of the application, so I’d be able to replicate it at home. I’m going to give you a written tutorial to go with the video, in case you decide to mute my horrendous voice-over, which any sane person would…
1. Apply your base.
Before starting the video I did the base of my make-up. Firstly, I applied Lush’s Celestial moisturiser all over my face, then M.A.C’s Matchmaster foundation in 1.0 (such a pale-y), then used M.A.C’s powder blush in ‘Immortal Flower’ (unfortunately not on their website anymore) which is pretty coral shade. I set that with their Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in ‘Light’. I then drew in my eyebrows a little with a Rimmel kohl eyebrow liner. Ready for some eye make-up!
2. Prep your eyes.
I start on the video by prepping my entire eyelids with the first shade of the Neutral Palette – Stealth: a creamy white colour which I’ll put under my eyebrows too to highlight my brow bone. Put this generously all over your eyelid, from lash line to eyebrows.
3. Get building up that colour.
You now can start with the fun bit – apply the ‘Vintage’ shade (shade number 2 in the palette) to the eyelid, without going any further (leave your brow bone with the ‘Stealth’ only). You want to apply this lightly, to ensure that you’re building up the colour and not just making a massive colour block mess. Build up the colour and then start by drawing a curve around the crease of your eyelid with the gold colour – again, making sure you layer this up – you also want to blend downwards, creating the smoky definition.
Then, once you are happy with the consistency of the gold, you can switch to ‘Obsidian’ – a chocolatey brown shade which you want to apply over the line you just made with ‘Vintage’ and, again, blend downwards towards the lash line. Make sure you also apply some to the outer corners of your eyes – on the video I made my eyes a little winged, brushing the colour gradually outwards.
4. Yet more definition!
If you’re not already looking smouldering, you need to now apply a line of the last colour of the palette – ‘Wolf’ to along the top of your lashes, as thinly as you can to your lash line. You can flick it out a little at the sides and then blend like I did, or you can keep them closer to your actual eyes. You want to keep this thin as otherwise you will lose the rest of the colour effects and just have black smoky eyes with a gold tip. Then you want to use the ‘Vintage’ gold colour again along your bottom lashes, just to bring it all together and give that bit of sexy vampiness. Optional: I applied a bit of another Illamasqua shade ‘Burst’ on top of the colours to bring out my blue/green eyes a bit. You don’t have to do this, or you can pick a shade better suited to your eye colour – think purples if you have green or brown eyes.
5. Kohl, Kohl, Kohl.
Now you want to work on your waterline. If you’re going for a night time look, you may want to go all out and use a black kohl liner on your waterline, but on the video (given I’m going to be leaving the house during sunlight hours today, as long as I hurry up with this!) I only use a white one by Rimmel. Then use your black kohl, I used M.A.C’s ‘Smolder’ to draw a thin line along your lash line at the bottom. Smudge this upwards if you happen to put too much on: you don’t want to look like a panda.
6. Finishing touches.
Now apply mascara to bring the look together – I used M.A.C’s Zoom Lash Black which is a pain to apply so you have to be patient – it is so dark and damn, it stings in the shower – be careful. Saying that, it is an amazing mascara once it’s on – volume in seconds. I then finished off the look by applying Topshop’s lipstick in ‘Ruthless’ by dabbing the colour on and smudging in – it goes black if you just apply it like a normal lipstick.