Friday, December 17, 2010

New Years Make Up Idea: Dark Smoldering Eyes, Shimmery Cheeks & Pink Lips

I'm really looking forward to getting dressed up and celebrating the many blessings 2010 has brought. I have been keeping an eye out for red carpet-worthy looks that translate well off the carpet. My favorite look right now is this sultry, yet playful look I spotted on several celebs and editorials. - What I love about it is how easy it is to pull off. The only trick is keeping a steady hand while rimming the upper and lower lashline. Everything else is a cakewalk.
I played around with this look until I found the best combination of products to pull it off! The key is keeping the face simple while really playing up the eyes and lips. I also have to give all the glory to Bobbi Browns Gel liner {in Black Ink}. This liner pops really well on us gals with darker skin tones. I am a fan of MAC's fluidline eyeliner in Blacktrack, however Bobbi Brown's formula is much darker, making it the perfect liner for an intense smokey eye. 

Another winner was using my ULTA Electro pencil in Khaki. I used it to rim my entire eye with a pop of green color. This makes the eyeliner less harsh, and more playful, sultry, and edgy. Play with different colors like shades of purple, blue, silver and even gold. -
For the pink lippy, I used Lip Tar's "Demure". A perfect fuchsia for almost every skin tone. I topped off the look with rosey-colored cheeks. Loverush and Style were my blush's of choice by MAC. 

Total Sidebar: You may notice the straight hair in these pictures! I straightened and trimmed my hair for a shoot I did, and didn't have time to film the process. I will however update in the next few days with a length update and subsequent posts about how to maintain it, as well as various styling options...and of course, a Caruso Roller-Setting Video Tutorial :-)

To get this look, you will need:
Bobby Brown Gel Eyeliner in "Black Ink"
Ulta Electro Pencil in "Khaki"
Select MAC Coverup Concealer
Lip Tar in "Demure"

Nail your smokey eyes in 6 easy steps:
  1. Apply concealer on your eyelid and lower lashline. Try to pick a concealer that brightens like Select Coverup by MAC.
  2. Line your upper and lower lashline with your gel eyeliner 
  3. Line your waterline with any black eyeliner pencil
  4. With your colored eyeshadow pencil, gently draw a line underneath the black liner near the lower lashline. 
  5. Using the same colored pencil, lightly sweep pops of color on your eyelid and smudge the color over your entire lid using your finger or smudging brush
  6. Add two coats of mascara to upper and lower lashes and that's it! 
Nail shimmery cheeks in 2 easy steps:
  1. Apply your rose colored blush to the apples of your cheeks
  2. Apply a frosty or shimmery colored blush slightly above the apple of your cheeks. This acts as a highlighter and accentuates the contouring done by the blush.

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35 comments:

  1. Wow that is such a beautiful look. I just discovered your site and love it!

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  2. Great makeup look, I love the beautiful lip colour! I love this look, pair it with false eye lashes and it would be so glamorous.

    Your hair is gorgeous as well. xx

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  3. Wow this is nice. I love this look.
    Some myth about brown girls not being able to wear bright lips, right? Cause that color is all you :)

    I must get that lip color :)

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  4. Love this look, It looks fantastic.

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  5. Looks fabulous on ya! I realized that I absolutely cannot live without lipstick..how did I do so many years without?! :)

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  6. Absolutely gorgeous!!! Im definitely getting that lip color!

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  7. You have flawless skin!! Yes, that color definitely accents your eyes. On me, girl I'd look like a racoon!

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  8. Beautiful, you look wonderful in the bright pink lip and smokey eye combo. I may try that look for new years eve. ;)

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  9. goregous, I love the pink lips, I dont wear makeup except for eyeliner and this makes me wanna try it out

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  10. You're so fab!!! I love this combo. My colors for NYE this year are rose and cream. Otherwise, I'd def steal this idea and pair it with a hot black number. But you rock it well, boo.

    and YES!!! FINALLY!! The Caruso set tut!

    Can't wait to catch it.

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  11. It's interesting but it seems a little too dark for.

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  12. This look suits you beautifully xx

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  13. Oh my lord !
    You're beautiful and I love ur Make up !

    http://anoushkanmak.blogspot.com/

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  14. Great look MTM

    www.lipstickmanual.blogspot.com

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  15. Love that look!!--I just died in delight!!

    www.nickkibcurly.blogspot.com

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  16. Your hair is gorgeous! Love the make-up too!

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  17. you are beautiful. nice choice.

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  18. Just Fabulous!!!, Im definitely going to try this look for NYE , using MAC Peacocks and Petals lipstick looks very similar to what your wearing!

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  19. wow amazing! you have so much hair, lucky lol and you rock the pink lippy so well. im a new follower

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  20. Gorgeous Nikole! Waiting for the update on your hair....do ya thang!

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  21. nice...i've been trying to do a pinker lip lately too...

    www.thestylerealist.blogspot.com

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  22. Any suggestion of lip conditioner? My lips are ALWAYS chapped and it makes it impossible to wear lipstick in the winter-- I spent 30$ on Chanel lipstick and it seems to just dry out my lips :( Very disappointing.

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  23. FABULOUS! It is so hard trying to find the right Bold looks to compliment my skin tone. It is about your shade, yet I could never properly pull off a near pink lip! You did this look justice. && the hair = amazing!

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  24. Wow, you look fab (as always)! You have been my makeup savior these past couple of months. I am totally clueless when it comes to makeup and color combos (especially lipstick), but now I pretty much just buy whatever you recommend on your site. You haven't steered me wrong yet, so keep up the good work!

    Kendra
    kendra
    http://closetconfections.com

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  25. i can't say it enough. you are gorgeous!!! just stunning!

    much love and respect!

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  26. Looking FAB Nik!! Loves it all

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  27. Love it...makeup and hair ....gorgeous!! What did you use on your hair to make it so shiny?

    www.nnekasaran.blogspot.com

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  28. I love the pink lip, I dont think I can pull it off though...I cant pull off any lipstick color.

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  29. Looking forward to that Caruso video!

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