Glamour isn’t a magazine I usually pick up, but when I noticed that Gal Gadot was slated to be on their April 2016 cover, I figured I’d snag a copy considering it was Wonder Woman’s first American cover and she kicks major Super-butt. However, a fun little surprise waited for me inside that had me squealing: a step-by-step-how-to-get-the-makeup-look-feature thingy.
Yes, I live for step-by-step-how-to-get-the-makeup-look-feature thingies. Even though the “products used” typically aren’t accurate and they usually feature some celebrity with perfect skin, I still love coming across features like this because I like the challenge of recreating the makeup on myself (even if their skintone is completely different; it’s still fun to try and at least emulate the color portions). Sometimes these written “tutorials” turn out great and involve some kind of makeup trick that I keep stashed away in my brain forever; other times, it’s just discouraging seeing how your
face in general cat-eyeliner doesn’t turn out quite as stunning as Margot Robbie’s, even after adhering to the instructions.
So, last Friday night, I opened up to page 97 of the April issue of Glamour (on stands now, btw) and got to work recreating this smokey purplish-bluish eye as seen on Lily-Rose Depp. And yes, that’s Johnny Depp’s kid. Makes you feel a bit old, don’t it?
For my foundation, I used Lancome’s Teint Idole Ultra Longwear Foundation Stick in Bisque W (which I’m pretty sure stands for “warm”). I stuck with the advice of placing four dots of foundation on the face and then spackling it out with a BeautyBlender, but I ended up needing more like six or dots. I think this method would work seamlessly with liquid foundation and mine was a stick, so I’ll try liquid next time. Stick foundation just doesn’t blend outward as easily as a liquid.
For my cheeks I used MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish powder in Soft And Gentle, and their Mineralize Powder Blush in Warm Soul. I would’ve preferred a matte blush for this look, but I discovered that I don’t have a matte blush that I’d consider “peachy nude” as suggested by the makeup artist. I do love Warm Soul in general, though. It’s great for a casual daytime look, though I’m not sure if it would complement every skin tone so I’d sample it first.
It’s when I got to the eyes that I really parted ways with the article’s recommendations. I used a NARS eyeshadow duo that I’ve had for some time, called Marie-Gallante. I thought it matched the product suggestions well, but in the end I wasn’t quite on the money. I’ve often used Marie-Gallante as a liner, but this time I layered both shadows on thick as suggested. The result was a lot more pastel than I was hoping for, though the purple still looked nice. Turns out the blue shade in this duo is deceptive; it’s a lot lighter than it looks and it just isn’t deep or navy enough to create that dark, smokey effect I desired, so I ended up with something that ultimately felt very springtime as opposed to, well, nighttime. Oh well. And for my lips I used Lancome’s Color Design Lipstick in Natural Beauty. That turned out just as I wanted; I love that shade.
So as you can see, the eyes don’t really match at all but the skin turned out rather nicely! I need to break into my Urban Decay eyeshadow in Perversion again- it’s a super concentrated, smokey blue-black that probably would’ve worked better for this look overall, minus the purple tones.
Any off-the-beaten-path looks you like to try when going out, or just when you’re feeling bored with your same ole’ black eyeliner? Teach me your ways! And I’m really one to talk, anyhow- every time I try to break out of the black smokey eye rut, I find my hand once again reaching my MAC kohl liner. I’m a creature of habit; what can I say? xo, MR