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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Navy Smokey Eyes

I was looking for inspiration for holiday looks when I came across this promotional image from Bobbi Brown's 2009 Holiday collection. I remembered how much I loved this look when I first saw it last year and it's such a classic look that you could wear it any time of the year. The collection that this picture was from leans heavily on glittery/shimmery eyes which you can't see in the photo because it has been photoshopped so heavily. I actually prefer the way the photoshopped image looks because the lack of glitter makes it look much cleaner than the original look which I've seen from watching Bobbi's video on this collection.

The look is basically a steel grey/blue smokey eye but the bottom lashline is kept free of shadow or has minimal shadow so all the darkness and smokiness is concentrated on the lid. The tear duct is also very highlighted and light to open up the eyes and the shadow is blended out into a wing shape to elongate the eyes. Bobbi also uses her signature way of applying concealer and you can see that the area under the eyes and around the centre of the face is at least one or two shades lighter than the rest of the face.

The colour used on the lips was this gorgeous silvery gloss that was limited edition with the collection but any nude gloss would work well. I would probably stay away from anything too warm though as this look is quite cool toned. A beige with more brown than peach would work well or a pink nude without too much red in it. I think the strong brows are a must as they really frame the eyes and keep the focus on them.

Here are some pictures of my interpretation of the look. I didn't own any dark blue shadows but I did have a Loreal Hip powder kohl eyeliner in Navy blue which I thought would work great as a shadow. The look that I did still has some shimmeriness to it but it isn't as much as in the original Bobbi look. The blue shadow isn't pulled up as high to the browbone as it is in the Bobbi look but that's just personal preference.

I don't know if it's because I used a kohl liner as my shadow but I reall struggled to get my black liner to show up. I tried my MAC gel liner and a liquid liner but they just looked washed out and lacked any real intenisty. The liner ended up getting a bit thick because I keptr trying to make it darker but considering it's smokey eye I don't think a thick line hurts the look.

Here's what I used:
MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot as base from lid to browbone
Loreal HIP Navy Kohl Liner used as eyeshadow applied on lid up to the crease and then winged out
MAC Print eyeshadow to darken outer V
MAC Wedge eyeshadow to blend out edges
MAC Bamboo as a highlight on brow bone
MAC Knight Divine on first third of lid
MAC Forgery eyeshadow around tear duct
Benefit Sparkling eye powder in Merengue around tear duct
MAC Blacktrack fluidline to line top lashline
Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara
NYX Jumbo eye pencil in Milk applied to waterline

I think lashes are a definite must for this look and I used half lashes for the pictures but I would recommend a full set of lashes because I think that it looks more sultry and glamorous. If you're doing a light coloured eye or a pin up eye then half lashes look great because it just gives you that naturally full and long lashes look but smokey eyes need full lashes so they don't get lost amongst the dark colours.

Here's a variation of the look that I tried (and wasn't happy with) from a few days ago. I used full lashes in this picture and I think it looks much better than then half lashes.

I am in love with this look if you couldn't tell and I think blue is such a nice alternative to black and grey for a smokey eye. I can see this kind of look working really well with a dark purple or a smokey green as well so give it a go!

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