Wednesday, February 6, 2013

(Red Carpet) Editorial: Blue Rimmed Smokey Eye



Let me preface this post with a panicked statement: a portion of my bottom lash line is beginning to be impervious to eye makeup. Eek!

Anyway, I don't usually do awards season coverage on Messy Wands because, and let's be honest here, celebrities usually play it safe on the red carpet. We got excited about things like "Celeb X wearing pink lips!" when we did awards coverage at my previous internships, just because they usually accentuate only one feature, if any.

But I had a thing for Berenice Marlohe ever since I saw her "disappearing eyeshadow" in Skyfall. Throughout her scene in the casino, I barely heard anything she said to James Bond, because I was concentrating on how the gold eyeshadow on her lids only appeared when she blinked. It was mesmerizing, like she was simultaneously wearing two looks.

Since then, I've taken extra notice of her red carpet appearances. It is a pleasure to report that Berenice never seems to have boring makeup. She has a penchant for incredibly bold smokey eyes (see The Non Blonde's post)‚ I usually don't agree with over-lining the under eye area, but it works on her.

The above picture shows Berenice at one of her recent red carpet appearances where she sported a navy blue-rimmed smokey eye. Below, I attempted to recreate the look (allowing for the fact that my eye shape is totally different from hers, of course):


Berenice has a set of very defined eyebrows, so I was careful to emphasize my own with an eyebrow pencil. For the eye look, I began by tight-lining both the upper and lower lash line as a base for the navy blue shadow to build on. From there, I used a flat-headed brush (think a liner brush but with more hair), applied the shadow close to the lash line, then fluffed it out using flicking motions. I was careful to maintain an almond shape so it didn't extend too much toward the eyebrows. I did the same for the bottom lash line.


It may not have been the best look for me, considering I couldn't replicate her long lashes. I applied a couple coats of mascara and attempted to do the bottom (to no results), but you are welcome to try if you, lucky one, have bottom lashes!

The rest of the face is simple: foundation, ample amounts of concealer under the eye, nude lipstick, and the lightest application of peach blush to the apples of the cheeks.

The Look



I hope you enjoy!

This post is part of BlogHer's Celebrity Beauty Trends editorial series, made possible by Olay.

27 comments:

  1. This is a gorgeous look on you, I'm a fan!

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  2. Lovely look on you- I think it looks better than the original. Let me know if you come up with a solution for the portion of your lash line that's impervious to eye makeup- I have the same problem!!

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    1. !! did you ever find out why it does that?

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  3. You rock that blue shade, it's great with brown eyes ^^. Lol, I sometimes have the same things with some movies, getting completely distracted by the make-up and kinda missing the whole thing at the same time, haha :)

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    1. Hahaha. Well, if the makeup is that good maybe it's worth it?

      You look BEAUTIFUL in your profile pic btw!

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  4. I love how blue shadows make brown eyes pop. You look gorgeous!

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  5. Wheee I love this on you! Such a pretty shade of blue!

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  6. Seriously, you look prettier than Berenice. And she's definitely a beauty!

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    1. That's not possible, but you're too kind!

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  7. I really like the look on you. The shape you did is perfect for your eyes, love the lower lash line as well / Claire

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  8. You just look so gorgeous! Like a model :D I love the blue on you. I really should try it sometime ^_^

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  9. Never thought of blue and nude lips would match so perfectly...thank you for inspiring!

    http://fak3shion.blogspot.com

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  10. Have to comment your brows are looking amazing in this look- more defined, but still natural!

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    1. Thanks! I spent a lot of time on it :)

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  11. You look gorgeous... the blue really suits you. Could I ask what blue eyeshadow this is?

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    1. It's a mix of Addiction Midnight Oasis and the dark blue from the Tom Ford Emerald Lust quad

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  12. Love the look, Xiao!! V. edgy... v. blue steel (in a good way!!). I agree, Berenice is simply mesmerizing. I love her and would like to see more of her.

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    1. Thank you :) I think her look is very intriguing. Definitely fun on the red carpet

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  13. Looks lovely, I wish blue would work with my eyes but it rather falls flat. ah well. The difficulty though with over-lining the under eye area is that if your placement isn't great or if you go too far you actually would look tired (especially with a black liner). I think I saw a photo of her when that was the case, she looked in need of sleep, not edgy.

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    1. I definitely agree. I've never really been a fan of lining the bottom at all because no matter how much concealer I pile on it will fall and give me raccoon eyes. In some cases (and very specific looks), it works though.

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  14. This is a really stunning look! I love it on you!

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