It’s been some time since our long-running Free Katie campaign finally came to fruition, and there seems to be just the atmospheric shift we were hoping for: Suri is enrolled in a real brick-and-mortar school for mortals, and not only was Katie Holmes able to offer her Holmes & Yang presentation at NYFW, but she’s appearing on magazine covers again! The October issue of Harper’s Bazaar Russia features the actress and designer in some gorgeous opulent clothing, but what I’m really interested in is her eye makeup. It’s dark and smoldering, as are most smoky eye looks, but it’s subtly different and therefore more interesting because rather than being done in shades of black and grey, the colors ― deep metallic green and a warm reddish brown ― are more on the peacock spectrum. Obviously hers is beautifully, artfully done, but I know how to get a similar look in a simpler way that requires little more than five minutes and an index finger or two…
- Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Eyeshadow in Bad To The Bronze: Use your finger to, well, smear this creamy product all over the lid and up into the crease, blending toward the brow bone. This is the base of the look: it creates a gummy surface for a powder product to adhere to, and it lends the whole thing that metallic peacock duochrome. Layer it repeatedly and blend in the same fashion, smoking upward and outward into a soft cat-eye shape.
- L’Oreal Infallible Eye Shadow in Golden Emerald: Use your finger once again to tap this pressed powder onto the lid. It’ll take a few applications, and a bit of blending, before it begins to take on the color-shifting quality in combination with the bronze cream shadow. Blend it up to just below where the bronze ends, and blend outward into the same triangular feline shape. If it isn’t dark enough, you can use more bronze and repeat ― there’s no specific formula, and you can tailor it to your own liking or desired intensity.
You’ll want to finish off the eyes with a very small, tapered shadow or liner brush dipped in black shadow or gel liner to line the upper and lower lids. The key to lining the lower lid in a dark color without it getting messy is to gently blow on the brush before applying to reduce fallout, and keep the color as close to the lash line as possible. Clean up the lower eye with a q-tip followed by a dab of concealer.
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