Makeup is all about fun, and although I’m a little older, I’m certainly not afraid to use dark pigments on my eyes in order to create a strong look. I’ve been enjoying using some eye products from Lola Makeup and Living Nature, so here’s a couple of day & night black smokey eye looks, ideal for the festive season, and bringing out your inner rock chick.
I’ve always liked wearing a statement look on my eyes, especially when I was younger for a night out, also because my eyes are probably my best feature. Now I’m older, I tend to go for a softer, more ethereal look in the summer months, but still like the odd smokey look for winter, and definitely when I’m in that ‘don’t mess‘ frame of mind. Makeup is all about creativity and mood, and how we like to portray ourselves to the world. It can even be a cover up, like a suit of armour for the face, but most of all, it’s personal and should be fun. Don’t be afraid to try looks you haven’t before, it’s just about experimenting.
Living Nature ~ ‘Slate’ Mineral Eyeshadow (£18)
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This natural mineral shadow is a soft matte, yet you can build it up to create a strong look due to its great pigment, as you will see from the swatch below.
Ingredients : Iron oxides (CI 77499), Talc, Mica (CI 77019), Squalane, Zea Mays (corn) starch, Zinc stearate, Silica, Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil**, Sorbic acid, Tocopherol acetate, Glycine soja (soybean) oil, Titanium dioxide (CI 77891). **Certified organic.
Above : A strong swipe of colour, plus a softer smudge. Using fingertips or a flat, compact shadow brush is great for pressing on colour, and building up for a stronger effect.
Below : A soft day look (with Pixi glow highlighter) and a pink lip. Smudged out across the mobile lids and into the crease contour, for a gentle wash of colour, using a Sigma eyeshadow blender brush.
For the full-on party below look, I mixed the Slate shadow with Egyptian Magic Cream to get a gloss effect, then added a sparkly gold shadow, plus a bold lip (then I actually went on to dry my hair, but hey, I needed the shot!).
For more Lola makeup, see here where I tried some of the colour pieces from their range.
Lola makeup ~ Duo Kajal+Eyeliner (£21) + All-in-one-Mascara (£12)
From British brand Lola by Perse, these products are great for creating different eye looks. The Duo liner has a fine liquid liner one end, and a highly pigmented kajal liner the other. Also from the brand, their lengthening, curling and volumising mascara.
Kajal ingredients: Castor seed oil, caprylic tryglyceride, glyceryl ricinoleate, candelilla wax, beeswax,mica, carnuba wax, myristyl myristate, shea butter, acetyl alcohol, pentaerythrityl tetra-di-t-butyl hydroxyhydrocinnamate +/-: CI 77499, CI 77510
Eyeliner ingredients : water, glycerin, butylene glycol, styyrene/ammoniummethacrylate copolymer, PVP, oleth-20, phenoxyethenol, carpal glycol, sodium-laureth-12 sulphate, dehydroacetic acid, Aammonium hydroxide +/-: CI 77266
Mascara ingredients : water, glyceryl stearate, cera microcristallina, castor seed oil, carnauba wax, polyvinyl alcohol, propylene glycol, stearic acid, triethanolamine, palmitic acid, phenoxyethenol, sodium dehydroacetate, lecithin, vitamin E, ascorbic palmitate, tropolone, citric acid [+/-: CI 77499, CI 75470, CI 77007, CI 77288, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77510, CI 77891, MICA]
Above ~ the Liquid Pen liner has a fine glossy finish which dries (still glossy), and lasts up to 12 hours. It’s easy to use to line the eye, allowing you to get really close to lash line, and fab for producing a flick. A thicker intense pigment line is produced by the Kajal liner, which is so good for smudging out. Sadly, when I was shooting images for the pencil, I pulled it out of the lid for a 2nd time and the nib broke off. But hey, it’s still useable for me to take below the bottom lash line, to create that smudged out, smokey effect.
The All-in-one Mascara (above), has a fab curled soft-bristled brush which, fits the shape of the eye so well, enabling me to curl and lengthen my really tiny lashes. The formulation feels gentle and smooth, enabling a 2-3 layer build up, but not producing any flaking or clogging. Lashes look longer and thicker, and this doesn’t irritate my sensitive eyes being ophthalmologist tested.
For the above intense smokey eye look, I used the Living Nature ‘Slate’ eyeshadow over the lids, Lola liquid liner on the upper lash line, and smoked out under the lower lashes is the Lola Kajal liner, plus 3 coats of Lola All-in-one Mascara.
When do you like to create a day or night black smokey eye look?
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