We love a good smoky eye—you can dress it up, dress it down, make it daytime appropriate, and even turn it upside down. It’s the LBD of makeup and we’ll love it until our dying day—but that doesn’t mean we don’t like options. If your standard Friday night smoky eye has been feeling a bit…eh, we’re here to remedy that. Ahead, you’ll find three daring, jaw-dropping, superbly inspiring makeup looks from makeup artist and Beauty Is Boring founder Robin Black, along with her tips and tricks on how to recreate them. Now, who’s going out this weekend?
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Gold eye shadow is not for the faint of heart—but when done correctly, it can be incredibly striking. Black applied a mixture of Nars Shimmer Eyeshadow ($25) in Goldfinger and Make Up For Ever’s Flash Color Pot ($19) in Gold on model Giannina Oteto’s lids with a blending brush, but she says you can also use your fingers. “When applying cream color with your fingers, gently pat and roll around the edges to blend,” she says. Love the look but not wary of going to gilded? “Keeping the rest of the face nude makes the intense, metallic eyelids more wearable,” Black says. “Of course, you can also stop the gold shadow at your crease for a less dramatic look.”
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If you’re going to wear blue eye shadow, you need to commit. “It’s not a color that works well when it’s done halfway,” Black tells us. “Find a shade you love, and go wild!” For this look, she started by filling in model Raven Lyn’s entire lid with Make Up for Ever’s Aquatic Pencil ($19) in Electric Blue, then used Nars’ Matte Eyeshadow ($25) in Outremer directly over the pencil and blended it slightly soften the edges. To veer away from ‘80s territory, Black suggests this tip: Apply a bit of black pencil along your waterline to add some depth. A swipe of Dior’s DiorShow Mascara ($25) in Catwalk Blue finished this spring-ready look.
As for finding the right blue shadow for your skin tone, Black says it’s all about the shadow’s undertone. “Try blending the blue eye shadow on your hand,” she says. “If the blended areas look green or even a tad yellowish, then that shade will be the most flattering on skin with warm (orange or red) undertones. If the blended areas stay true but are just a bit lighter, then that shade can be worn by just about everyone.” If you’re opting for navy, know that sometimes the shade might come across as purple-ish, in which case you should avoid it if you have warm undertones (instead, it works best on those with olive skin tones).
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Nothing pairs better with a matte, vampy lip than glistening skin and an otherwise bare face. Black tells us this look on model Heather Kemesky was inspired by a quote from Diana Vreeland, who said, “Red is the great clarifier—bright and revealing. I can't imagine becoming bored with red—it would be like becoming bored with the person you love.” She used Laura Mercier’s Lip Brush ($22) to apply Lipstick Queen’s Velvet Rope ($59) in Black Tie, and then cleaned up the edges with a flat concealer brush and just a dab of concealer.
Check out all the rest of Black’s inspiring beauty looks on her blog, Beauty Is Boring!