This week’s makeover took a glamorously dark turn with professional makeup artist Laurina Valente. We wanted to give fresh-faced Krystal, our social media guru, a vampy hair and makeup makeover for an autumn evening out with the girls.
Follow our step-by-step how-to for tips on updating your look with Flawed Cosmetics, a great makeup line with an even better cause. For each product purchased, 5% of proceeds are donated to a charity – currently they are supporting Autism Speaks, an advocacy organization supporting people with autism and their families.
Let’s get started!
STEP 1: PRIMER + FOUNDATION
Nothing’s worse than a smoky eye that travels, smears, and settles into fine lines three hours into the night. Stop the smearing before it starts with a primer – blend it over lids and under eyes to ensure that your makeup stays put past last call!
STEP 2: CONCEALER + POWDER
Dark circles kill the sexiness of a smoky eye (instead of looking vampy, you’ll appear bruised). Swipe a creamy concealer along your under eye area using a brush or your eff-you finger. Pro makeup artist secret: After blending on concealer, use a fluffy brush to tap translucent powder on the under eye area. The powder will catch loose particles as you apply your eyeshadow – then, when you’ve completed the look, gently swipe the powder off with a tissue. Flawlessness!
Try this: Dalton Medium Conceal-It Concealer
STEP 3: CURL LASHES
Battable, come-hither lashes are a must when creating a sultry eye. Using an eyelash curler, gently clamp down at the base of your lashes, hold for five seconds, and release. If you’re truly adventurous, blast the curler with heat from a blowdryer before curling (heating up the tool makes your curl last longer!).
STEP 4: DARK SHADOW
Blend a dark shade from your lashes to crease and then use a small, angled brush to drag the shadow along your lower lash line. The best part? Your smoky shade doesn’t need to be black – gray, navy, shimmery brown, plum, or forest green can add an unexpected element to the look.
Try this: Mini Mez-Mor-Eyeshadow Set in Mysterious
STEP 5: SMUDGE
A smoky eye shouldn’t have any harsh lines; it should be softly blended at the edges. Use a Q-tip or a smudge brush to lightly smudge the shadow at the crease and along bottom lashes.
Try this: Eyeliner kit with brush by Dalton
STEP 6: LINE UP
With the right color in place, define your eyes with a liquid black eyeliner. Drag it along top and bottom lash lines, making sure there’s no skin showing between lashes and the line. Smoldering!
STEP 7: HIGHLIGHTER
To open up the eye area and add a sparkly radiance, blend a shimmery highlighter along your brow bone and in the inner corners of eyes. If you have fair to medium skin, try a pearl hue; darker complexions look vampy in champagne shades.
Try this: Dalton Brightner IlluminEyes
STEP 8: MASCARA
No smokey eye is complete without lush, lovable lashes! Create an out of this world effect with an ultra-black volumizing mascara. Starting at the base of your lashes, simply layer it on in upward strokes, creating the illusion of volume and length. Genius.
Step 9: LIPS
No look would be complete without the perfect pout. A dark, blood-red lip is the perfect color for the season! Exfoliate your lips first before applying a moisturizing balm to keep your lips from drying out and flaking. This is extra-important when using darker lip colors, as these will be more likely to highlight minor imperfections. Apply a matching lip liner just to the edges of the lips – you’ll want to extend it ever so slightly outside the lip line to balance the look, since dark lip colors can make your lips appear smaller. Fill in the rest of your lips with the color of your choosing and you’re ready to hit the town!
Finally, we completed this look with a loose curl and a low side ponytail to keep it soft and romantic. The crossbody Gucci handbag, Hermès belt and strappy pumps gives her haute couture outfit a perfect finishing touch!