As of late, when it comes to beauty trends, it feels like anything goes. While it’s liberating to have free reign to try anything—from glitter eyeliner to intense smoky eyes—it can also be a bit intimidating. Are our favorite fashion week looks meant exclusively for the runway, or can we actually repurpose them into something more wearable? Our bet is on the latter.
For that reason, we invited beauty guru Melissa Alatorre to take part in the latest installment of our 10-minute beauty challenge. (Tune in here if you didn’t catch our spring hair challenge.) Yesterday at Ulta Beauty in Santa Monica, Alatorre chose a makeup look at random and was given 10 minutes to shop everything she needed and create the look. Her pick? A smoky glazed eye. “It usually takes me 30 minutes to blend one eye, so this will definitely be a challenge,” Alatorre joked. Luckily, we had Aki Hill from Ulta Beauty’s Design Team on hand to assist her and help keep track of time.
Watch the video below to see how Alatorre made this runway trend wearable in under 10 minutes.
This take on the glossy eye is proof that you don't need tons of time (or be backstage at a runway show) to wear it. Next time you have plans with your friends, keep this look in mind—you'll wow everyone.
Shop the makeup used to create this eye look, and bookmark this page to reference next time you're in a makeup rut.
Ulta Beauty Gel Eyeliner Pencil in Blackout ($8)
Every smoky eye requires eyeliner, but a glossy smoky eye needs eyeliner with a gel-like texture that’s extra creamy and easy to apply. Alatorre says to focus on one eye then move to the next, because once the liner sets, it’s hard to blend. She starts by applying the super-pigmented formula to the lash line and then smudges it out using a brush. Once you’ve completed the rest of the steps, you should go back and add this to your waterline.
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Thunderbird ($19)
Thunderbird is one of Urban Decay’s new eye shadow formulas. It’s really easy to blend, lasts longer, and doesn’t crease—all things that are important when creating a glossy effect. A really easy way to cheat a smoky eye is to build a dark base first and then go over it with eye shadow, says Alatorre. She uses her finger to press the product into the liner and goes back in with a brush to blend it all out. Don’t forget to use an eyeliner brush to add some to the lower lash line.
Butter London Glazen Eye Gloss in Bronzed ($24)
While Alatorre is a fan of using a clear lip gloss on eyelids, she says it’s better to go with a product specifically made for eyes to ensure everything stays in place and doesn’t crease. She decided to give this new eye gloss a try and used a brush to pack it onto the center of the lid then used her finger to pat it across the rest of the eye.
IT Cosmetics Hello Light Anti-Aging Crème Illuminizer ($24)
To create that glossy skin effect, use this illuminizer on the high points of the face. These are the areas that catch the most light and will give your complexion an all-over lit-from-within glow. The best part? The formula is infused with hydrating, anti-aging ingredients like peptides, hyaluronic acid, hydrolyzed collagen, silk, and vitamins A, C, and E that hydrate, condition, and nourish skin.
How long does it take you to do your makeup? Do you think you’d be able to create this look in under 10 minutes?