Makeup artist Bridget O’Donnell tones down Ashley Benson’s sparkly look for a wearable (but still edgy) take on the modern day smokey eye. A look from our After Party Persona.
WHERE TO WEAR
Working lunch at Verve Coffee Roasters (order the Churro Donut Hole. Trust).
WHAT TO WEAR
The modern smokey eye (especially for hooded lids, but just in general, too) isn’t dark all over, but rather just on the very outer edges. Starting at the inner corner, buff the top right gold shade of Dior’s ‘5 Couleurs Couture’ Eyeshadow Palette in 566 Versailles to create a feeling of brightness, then apply the same color to the center of the lid. Blend the bottom right dark brown shade with a fluffy shadow brush into the outer V of the eye, pulling the color upward and outward. Using a smudger brush, run the bottom left silver shade under the lower lashes and over the shadow in the inner corner.
Then, go in with a soft Kohl pencil- something like MAC Technakohl Liner in Superfly, a soft black- along lash line as close to your lashes as you can get. Kohls are easily blendable, so it’s okay if it’s not perfect. When you get a smidge away from the end of your lash line, wing the liner up ever so slightly for a baby cat eye of sorts. Make sure there are no color gaps between your lashes, and if there are, dot the liner to fill them in. Take a clean eyeliner brush and softly smoke the color away to buff out any hard lines, finishing with mascara. Dealers choice!
Most people don’t need foundation all over their face, and when your eyes are darker, it looks more natural if you only apply where you need it. For most people, that’s the nose, forehead, and chin. Apply a few pumps of a light-to-medium coverage foundation like NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (works great for all skin tones and types!) where you need it most, going back in with a sheer concealer (we’re <3ing Burberry’s Sheer Luminous Concealer at the moment) under the eyes, in the center of the forehead, down the bridge of the nose and onto the chin. Go one shade lighter than your skin tone for a more natural looking highlight, and since it’s super lightweight, you’ll barely feel like you have anything on. Set with your favorite finishing powder.
Since this look isn’t super bronzey, instead of warming up the complexion with your typical bronzer, opt for something ashier, like Kevyn Aucoin’s The Sculpting Powder, to give the face definition. Your face shape will ultimately determine where you apply it, but start with a light layer under the cheekbones for added definition, and go from there.
For the lips, go for a dusty neutral, tapping on the color to build to your desired potency. If your skin tone is similar to Kiana’s, MAC Lipstick in Velvet Teddy should be a perfect match. If you’re lighter, a warm beige like MAC Lipstick in Blankety is a gorgeous option, or if you’re darker, opt for a more brown-hued color like MAC’s Taupe.