Exclusive: How to Re-Create Kylie Jenner’s Mega Makeup Look
Before we got down to business on our recent fall beauty trends shoot with Kylie Jenner, there were a few things we had to get out of the way. First, we needed to know the contents of her makeup bag. If we were to sneak a peek, Jenner says we would find the “Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit, Kardashian Beauty Nude Lip Set, and a lot of different eyeliners from MAC.” And after hearing that her favorite drugstore beauty buy is Kiss Lashes, we knew exactly which look was going to be the real crowd-pleaser.
Though we could never pick a favorite look from Jenner’s shoot, this combination of copper lids and lush lashes had us downright mesmerized. We turned to makeup artist Sage Maitri to tell us how to copy Jenner’s alluring Twiggy-inspired eye makeup.
1. “Do the false lashes first,” Maitri says. “I used Make Up For Ever’s Eyelashes ($16) in 125 to get a really elongated effect.” When working with strip lashes, always measure the lashes against your eye before applying. Trim the excess from the inner corners, so you don’t lose any of the length at the ends. After applying the glue, let it sit for a minute to get tacky. Then press the lashes into the base of your lash line. “Use the flat end of your tweezers to push the strip into the lashes,” Maitri says.
2. Once the glue is dry, go over the seam of the eyelash strip with an eyeliner brush and black cream eyeliner, like MAC’s Fluidline ($16) in Blacktrack, which Maitri used on Jenner. To get the shape just right, Maitri recommends using the very end of your eyebrow as a gauge. Take an eyeliner pencil or brush and hold it at the angle where the outer corner of your eye lines up with the tail of your brow. “You can even make a little dot to mark the spot you want to extend the line to.”
3. The painted-on lower lashes are a two-step process. First, use an eyeliner pencil to define the base of the lash line. Maitri used Jillian Dempsey’s Kohl Eyeliner ($20) in Jet Black for this step because pencil is easier to work with, and cream liners (which come next) tend to move around and smudge. Then, with a smaller eyeliner brush and cream liner, carefully paint on bottom lashes. Use tiny brush stokes to get a wispy effect. And have lots of pointed Q-tips on hand to get in between the lines, cleaning up the edges and making them really defined.
4. Then make the lids metallic. Maitri chose a copper loose pigment powder for Jenner’s eyes, but any metallic that flatters your skin tone will make the eyes pop. “Tap the powder into the lid with a flat eye shadow brush—make sure it’s dense and short enough to grab the pigment,” Maitri says. “If it’s too fluffy, the powder will fly everywhere.”
5. To complete the look, add black mascara (Jenner’s loyal to her Lancôme mascara, by the way) and lightly define eyebrows. “The eye is so strong, so it’s more about creating a little shape with brow powder and a stiff, flat angled brush,” Maitri says. Don’t forget to use a spoolie to brush through your eyebrows so there are no harsh lines.
And the perfect complement to mod eye makeup? Fresh, glowing skin. Apply a luminous foundation like Koh Gen Do’s Aqua Foundation ($62) with a foundation brush. Then soften it even more by tapping it in with a damp makeup sponge. “Apply Laura Mercier’s Loose Setting Powder ($37) only where you need it, like the T-zone, to maintain the highlights,” Maitri says. “Finally, to catch the light, use a fluffy brush to add Kevyn Aucoin’s The Celestial Skin Liquid Lighting ($52) to the tops of cheekbones and the inner corners of the eyes.”
Fashion credits: Valentino Fall Winter 2014 Wool Cape with a Green Carmen Print Inlay ($16,500) [Exclusive to the Valentino Fifth Avenue Flagship: (212) 355- 5811]
Photographer: Justin Coit
Creative director: Katherine Power
Makeup artist: Sage Maitri
Hairstylist: Christian Marc
Manicurist: Barbara Warner
Producer: Jenna Peffley
Wardrobe stylist: Sarah Schussheim
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