Hope you 're all well and having a great weekend so far!
So, this post is going to be somewhat different from my usual neutral looks: all black and very dramatic, perfect if you want to add some last-minute drama to your scary (or not) Halloween outfit!
The inspiration behind this look was an editorial from Elle UK 2009, featuring Lily Allen. The makeup and her blonde wig were the two things that stood out the most in my opinion, making a striking antithesis. If you have seen this editorial, I 'm sure you know what I 'm talking about!
I 've tried to replicate this look in the past a couple of times, but wasn't happy with the results, mainly because I 'm still a huge noob when it comes to trying something outside my safety zone and which requires more of a technical approach than just combining pretty colors together.
So, after a few trials and errors, I came up with this:
Pretty much what the title says: black, glossy eyes.
If you 'd like to try this look yourself, here's what you need to do:
- Apply a black base on your lids, doesn't have to be neat, since you 'll be blending it afterwards to create the shape you want. I used NYX Jumbo pencil in Black Bean, but a paint pot or another base would work just as well.
- Add some black eyeshadow over that base, to build the intensity of the color. I used MAC Carbon (I preferred a matte/non glittery or shimmery e/s for this step).
- Dont forget to place the black eyeshadow all along your lower lashline as well.
- Line your waterline with a black pencil and your upper lashline (gel liner would be ideal for that).
- Add your mascara as per usual.
- And finally, the key step to this whole look: adding some gloss on your upper lid. I used clear lip gloss for this, since I 'm not lucky enough to own an eye gloss (I remember Chanel had released a fancy eye palette with a black shade a few seasons ago, wish I had gotten that). Do not go overboard with the gloss, you only need a very small amount!
Now, this look will crease - badly. If you are too fussy about that, then this is definitely not a look for you. However, I think that this adds to the overall effect: sexy, worn-in, slightly messy rock chick makeup. It's not really perfect, because it's not meant to be!
Obviously, I 'm not making a groundbreaking discovery here with this post, glossy eye looks have been around for a while now, I just thought I 'd share my (amateur) take with you!
If you 'd like to see some actual professionals doing this look and pick up a few more tricks, I stronly suggest this Pixiwoo video and this post by my dear Georgia!
So, do let me know what you think?
Would you try this look?