Tutorial: Glossy Smoky Eye and Flawless Luminous Skin | 15 Tips

Many women might shy away from bold eye make-up out of fear that it may smudge, crease – simply not look good. If you admire bold statement looks but are too reluctant to try, let Jo Levy, RBR Director of Artistry & Education, walk you through the steps of creating our festive beauty look Pearlescent Ink, and learn how to easily:
- Master black and glossy smoky eye,
- Achieve a glowy and luminous finish for your complexion while avoiding any undesired shine,
- Make your boldest make-up last.
Tutorial: Glossy Smoky Eye and Flawless Luminous Skin | 15 Tips

1. MAKE-UP ARTIST ADVICE:

Whenever you go for a bold, smoky eye make-up, remember that complexion moves towards the middle/ end of the application.

2. MAKING ANY EYE MAKE-UP LAST:

Begin by applying Light Corrective Eye Primer over bare, clean eyelids.

Apply from the base of the lash line, blending upward towards the brow edge, covering the entire lid. Allow for one minute to dry.

Master black and glossy smoky eye with RBR Long-lasting Duo Cream Eye Shadow in ‘Birdwing Beauteous’

3. MASTERING RICH PIGMENT:

Next, apply our Long-lasting Duo Cream Eye Shadow in ‘Birdwing Beauteous’. Start by liberally applying several dabs of the deeper, charcoal shade of the duo onto the centre of the lid.

Using RBR Large Shader Brush 003, blend back and forth, moving the brush out past the outer edges of the eyes. At the outer edges of the eyes, create an almond ‘C’ shape to elongate the shadows’ effect.

Add one more dot of colour to the centre of the eyelids and now blend toward the inner corners of the eyes, moving any excess colour to the inner corners of the eyes, buffing upward and then back to the upper centre of the lid.

4. SMOKY EYES – CREASE-FREE PERFECTION:

Blend out any excess colour using a clean Crease Brush 011.

Smoky eyes perfection - clean up using a fresh clean brush

5. SMOKY EYES – ADD DIMENSION:

To complete the ultra-smoky effect, applying a drop of the charcoal shade of Long-lasting Duo Cream Eye Shadow in ‘Birdwing Beauteous’ onto RBR Mini Shader Brush 005 and smudge along the lower lash line. Beginning at the lower, inner corner of the eyes and moving outward past the outer edge of the lower lash line, to meet the colour of the upper lid.

Make the lower line a bit thicker, moving past the edge of the lower lashes for a dramatic effect.

Finally, apply the sparkling gold shade of the Duo Cream Eye Shadow in ‘Birdwing Beauteous’ onto the inner corners of the eyes, using just a tiny drop, and lightly dab and blend with your ring finger.

Apply another layer of the sparkling gold shade onto a clean Mini Shader Brush 005. Follow by applying another dab onto the top centre of the lid, closest to the lash line. Blend back and forth in short movements. Any remaining colour will be smudged onto the lower lash line.

SMITHEREENS OF STARS Eye Gloss

6. MASTERING THE GLOSSY EYE MAKE-UP:

To complete this eye look, apply some SMITHEREENS OF STARS Eye Gloss onto your fingertip and then dab the gloss onto the centre part of the lid, gently moving and dabbing fingertips along the top lid, for a delicate wet effect.

Lastly, place a small dab of Eye Gloss over the inner corner of the lids for added sheen.

Finish by applying several, generous coats of our Modelling Mascara in ‘Midnight’ to the top and bottom lashes, wiggling the wand in a Z-motion from the root of the lash line, upward towards the lash edges.

7. YOUR WAY TO FLAWLESS SKIN – CLEAN AND PREPPED SKIN:

Begin with freshly cleansed skin.

Apply one pump of Aqua Primer using fingertips and gently massage onto the skin using light circular motions from the centre of the face, moving outward. If skin is particularly dry, layer one more pump for an ultra-hydrated effect.

RBR professional make-up brushes – perfect tools

8. MASTER INVISIBLE COVERAGE WITH THE RIGHT TECHNIQUE AND TOOL:

Next, apply one pump of MILK AQUARELLE Liquid Foundation (personal shade choice) onto the back of your hand.
Follow by mixing one pump of Highlighting Liquid in ‘Sea of Tranquillity’ into the foundation. Mix the two together until a soft, radiant emulation appears.

Follow by coating RBR Foundation Brush 009 evenly with the mixture and applying onto skin. Begin by dabbing along the centre of the face (forehead, chin and the sides of the nose) and finish by evenly blending outward and downward along the complexion.

9. BRIGHT AND BIG EYES – THE BEST TRICK:

Follow by applying one click of Luminous Skin Wand to the inner orbital bone, moving the coverage outward towards the centre part of the orbital bone.
Finish by applying another layer of coverage and brightness (one click) to the outer edges of the nose and the top bridge of the nose.
Balance out by adding another click of coverage to the centre of the chin.

Make your boldest make-up last with the right products, tools, and simple techniques

10. YOUR CONTOURING SHOULD ALWAYS BE À LA CARTE:

Apply Natural Defining & Contouring Liquid to areas of your face, neck and décolletage that you wish to visually deepen by enhancing the amount of shadow; blend carefully with your fingertips.

11. FOR INSTANT LIFT AND GLOW:

Using the wand directly on the skin, apply our Blush Wand in the shade ‘Vermeer’ to the outer edges of the cheeks, moving the wand up towards the outer temples and upward towards the outer edge of the brows. A few layers can be used for more intensity.

Next, blend the colour using Foundation Brush 009 so that all edges are softened. Any remaining colour should be buffed in circular motions along the outer, high side of the cheekbone.

RBR Pearlescent Ink artwork

12. DOUBLE HIGHLIGHTER? YES – FOR AN OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD SOFT-FOCUS GLOW:

Layer one pump of Highlighting Liquid in ‘Sea of Tranquillity’ to the bridge of the nose, top of the cupid’s bow and the centre of the under-eye area for sublime highlight effect using RBR Crease Brush 011.

Next, softly dust our Highlighting Powder in ‘Goddess’ over the centre part of the forehead, bridge of the nose and very centre of the cheeks for an added layer of luminosity using Powder Brush 001.

13. INSTANTLY AWAKE:

Brush the brow hairs upward using our Expert Brow Gel in ‘Airglow’ for a soft sheen and natural definition.

Volume, colour and skincare: Tinted Luxe Balm in ‘Specks of Cerise’

14. ADD VOLUME TO THE POUT:

Apply a few coats of our Tinted Luxe Balm in ‘Specks of Cerise’ to the top and bottom lips directly from the bullet.

Add definition and colour by lining your lips using Long-lasting Lip Pencil in ‘Marco’. Begin by lining at the natural lip line and then blending into the balm by using your fingertips in a dabbing motion.

15. SET THE MOOD:

SILHOUETTE is a perfect fragrant match for bold festive beauty looksIt’s not a caprice that we pick a fine fragrance to go with each look. Perfume can dramatically alter the perception of your make-up and fashion look.

When choosing a fragrance to set the mood, you can either go for an edgy countermove or you can choose to play up one particular "facet" of your look.

For a very bold beauty look like PEARLESCENT INK, your fragrance pick can be either breezy and cool (echoing the glistening finish) or dense and woody, almost masculine.

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