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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Celebrity Inspired Makeup Look: Lily James Smokey Eye

I wanted to do a slightly more glamorous post today that involved my rummaging through my makeup stash and re-creating a celebrity makeup look. I went online and searched through some images and found a photograph of actress Lily James (who is well known for her part as Lady Rose in Downton Abbey and playing Cinderella), which you can find here

I chose to re-create Lily's makeup using only the products that I already owned. The only thing I went out and bought were false lashes, which I felt were important for the look because in the images Lily shows some strong lashes that enhance the look of her smokey eye.

For the base I prepped my skin using Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. In the photo, Lily's complexion appeared more dewy than matte so I used Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in the shade Deauville, which I applied using my blender sphere sponge. For under the eye concealer I used Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in Ivory and as a highlighter/ concealer I used Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer also in Ivory. Lily shows some strong brows so I shaded mine in darker than usual by mixing together the colours of Milk Chocolate and Semi-sweet from Too Faced Chocolate Bare eyeshadow palette. To enhance the fullness of my brows and make them similar to hers I also flecked in a darker shade called Triple Fudge from the same palette.

For contour I used Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Light, which I lightly dusted along my cheekbones, sides of my temples, nose and jawline. On the apples of my cheeks and across my cheekbones I used Nars blush in Deep Throat, which gave a light, pinky colour like Lily's. I didn't have a lip colour similar to what she is wearing, so I'm wearing a jumble of colours on my lips to be honest. First, I applied Maybelline Colour Whisper in Petal Rebel, which I didn't think looked right for the look. Then on top of that I applied Sephora's Colour Lip Last in Number 6, Blooming Rose/ Brownish Pink, which I didn't quite like yet so on top I applied Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo in Mauve Nude . . . phew! It still wasn't similar but I liked how it turned out in the end so I just kept it. My lips are soo dry lately which is really annoying!!

The aspect from Lily's makeup that inspired me the most was her eyes. I loved the smokey, brown shadows and her full lashes. Againt her light complexion, they really stood out. As I mentioned in another post, one thing I love being creative with are my eyes. My favourite looks tend to feature dark, bronzy colours and long, thick lashes, which is mainly what Lily's eye makeup consists of in the photo. I researched the products they used on her and made an attempt to match their shades and colours to the ones I have. Let's just say my arm was covered in makeup swatches and my bathroom was a mess by the end. To contour my eyelids I used Milk Chocolate from Too Faced Chocolate bar. Then all over my lids I used a mix of Adore and Desire from Too Faced Love eyeshadow palette with Chopper from Urban Decay's Naked 2 palette.In the middle of my eyelid I then blended Busted from Urban Decay's Naked 2 palette to achieve a dark, bronzey look. 

I also swept Verve from the same palette from the middle corner of my eye and blended that into the crease. To enhance the soft sparkly look in the inner corners I also blended in the silver shade called Forgery from MAC's Eyeshadow x 4 in Melt My Heart. I also used it along with Verve from Urban Decay's Naked 2 palette to line the bottom inner corners of my eyes. To complete the smokey eye look, in the outer corners I blended together the shades of Blackout from the Naked 2 palette and Obsessed from Too Faced Love eyeshadow palette. After that I just blended and blended until I was happy with the look. A chocolate brown pencil was needed for me to line the top and bottom lashes however I could not find one so instead I used Models Prefer Infinite Colour Eye Pencil in Midnight Gaze. Unlike Lily, I lined my waterline with it to enhance the smokey look. I wasn't too concerned about my lashes as I was applying falsies but I used both Maxfactor's Masterpiece mascara and Too Faced Better than Sex mascara before applying Eyelure's Naturalites Volume Plus lashes in 100, which I could have applied better but I was in a bit of a hurry toward the end.

This would definitely be by go-to makeup look on a night out!

Tell me what you think of my celebrity inspired smokey-eye makeup look? Have you re-created a celebrity look or have any suggestions as to what I could try next? Let me know below :)

Kristina xx


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