I was looking at this picture of Aishwarya Rai and resenting her for being so gorgeous even when wearing such natural makeup. We can't all be so lucky to have the amazing genes that resulted in that face but after I analysed the look a bit I realised that her eyes are what really stand out here.
She has gorgeous eyes even minus all the makeup but it's really the long fluttery lashes that make the eyes pop in the look above. It's a really simple look to recreate because all she's really done is use a cool toned brown eye shadow that's maybe a shade or two darker than her skin tone all over the lid and then slightly defined the crease.
I tried it out using MAC Soft Ochre Paint pot as a base, MAC Bamboo eyeshadow to set the paint pot and Urban Decay Teddy Bear on the lid and MAC Concrete in the crease. I then tightlined (check out my tight lining post if you're not sure what tight lining is) using MAC Blacktrack fluidline and then curled my lashes. Lashes are the focus here so I used three different mascaras. I started off with my Lancome Oscillation primer then followed up with my YSL Singulier mascara and finished off with my Givenchy Phenomeneyes Effet Extension mascara.
It came out ok but that va-va-voom factor just wasn't there so I decided to add some lashes. I couldn't use strip lashes since the lid has no eyeliner on it which can disguise the lash band so I had to go for individual lashes.
I don't know about you but despite how much I love the look of individual lashes, I suck at putting them on. They're so finnicky and tiny that I end up getting frustrated and giving up. I realised that there was no way I could stick them on top of my lashes and have them look seamless so I tried another way... I stuck them underneath my lashes!
It was so much easier to get them to sit properly when I applied them underneath and they feel much more secure. I also think they blend in quite well with my own lashes since you can't see the glue at the top. I only used the long black Ardell Duralashes for the pictures above because I was too lazy to get out my pack of short lashes to use on the inner corner. If I had used the short lashes on the inner third of my lashline then the look would have been much more natural but I think it looks quite cool as it is!