Monday, 12 February 2018

Valentines smokey eye makeup tutorial


There’s nothing worse than going on a date to discover that your makeup has slid off your face halfway through so ladies, here is a look that will last you all damn night even during sex.

I wanted to create something ultra-sexy (the makeup look, not me ha) that was created using only my best long-lasting products. I can safely say that this won’t budge even if the night ends with your face being pushed into a pillow if you know what I mean.


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Now, if you don’t own these products then don’t worry you don’t need to run out and buy them. You can recreate this look with whatever you already own but if you do want it to last then these are the products I recommend.

All the products I used:



Everyone’s makeup tips are different but I stand by what I’ve learned – do your eyeshadow before your base. I’m forever telling my friends to start their makeup with eyeshadow first and here is why. If you start with your foundation it’s going to be ruined by any eyeshadow fallout that may go down. Sure, you can wipe it away but then you have to redo your foundation and end up putting more layers on and therefore looking cakey.

If you do your eyeshadow before your base you 1) You don’t ruin your entire look if it goes wrong and you need to grab a wipe and remove it. 2) You can get a sharper finish when you use a makeup wipe to clean up the sides. 3) You’re not over using any products.

Before we whip out the shadows you want to make sure your face is cleaner than a dentist’s chair. Exfoliate all that nastiness away. Then you want to get an eyeshadow primer and GENTLY rub it into your eyelid. I emphasis gently because you want to be really careful around that area – we’re not about encouraging wrinkles. I always use the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion (original) as I haven’t found a product that does the job better yet.

I used the Nars palette ‘And God Created the Woman’ but I also highly recommend Urban Decay and Too faced palettes. You can use any eyeshadows that you trust are 1) pigmented and 2) long-lasting. With a look like this that uses two extremes of the colour wheel (dark and light) you want to start with the dark first.



Using a crease brush of your choice (I recommend Real Techniques or MAC Cosmetics) dip your brush in a dark brown shade (almost verging on a black/brown) make sure it picks up the colour and then gently bang the side of your brush on the side of something to knock off some excess product – you want to do this after every time you dip your brush into the shadows.

Bring the brush to your eyelid and starting from the side of your eye closest to your ear start to colour in. It sounds bizarre but this part is literally colouring in. To get that ombre finish you want to only colour in to the middle of your eyelid (like in my photos). Then taking a blending brush and blend, blend and blend some more.

It may look real messy but that’s okay, we will clean it up later. Depending on how pigmented your shadow is you may need to keep adding and blending until you’re happy. Make sure you spend extra time blending the middle area of your lid – we don’t want any harsh lines.

Then take a lighter shade of brown and pat it up and down the middle of your lid. Look at the pictures closely and once again blend.
Lastly, the light part. You can do this with an eyeshadow or a highlighter. Apply it from the corner of your eye until it connects with the light brown and where it meets the light brown blend very gently. We want the look to be striking so you don’t actually want to blend too hard on this occasion.

Take the light shade under the eye and highlight to your eye shape. You can also run a brown through the waterline/or lash line to add that extra sexiness if you wish.


It’s such a relief when your eyeshadow is done, isn’t it? If you’re following along as you read I’m sure you agree, it’s a ball ache.

Next, we’re going to do our base. I stupidly forgot to photograph one but first things first we’re going to prime our face. I used Benefit’s Porefessional and applied it all over my face – rub it in gently and focus on your porey and oily areas.

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To apply my Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation (for a high coverage) I used an official Beauty Blender but if you’re more comfortable using a brush then go for it. Soak your blender in water, squeeze the excess water out and then grab a towel and gently squeeze any more excess water into that. Then apply the foundation to the blender and gentle go back and forth over your face (great tutorial HERE by Kandee Johnson on how to use a Beauty blender).



Once your foundation is done grab a concealer – I used Collection’s concealer – and apply it under the eyes and on any blemishes, you may have. Using a tiny purple beauty blender by Real Techniques I then blended it in. ASAP after dab a powder where ever you put concealer (especially under the eyes) to avoid anything creasing.

Then powder the rest of your face. I used Maybelline’s 24hr Stay Matte. It’s cheap and does the job effortlessly.


After you’ve done your base it’s mascara time. I’m currently using L’Oréal’s Paradise Extatic and it’s okay but nothing amazing. When I’m going to be wearing a fake lash I don’t like to use up my best mascaras as it just seems pointless. I save them for when I’m not wearing fake eyelashes.

You want to let your mascara dry before you put on fake lashes so I use this time to do my brows. I use Maybelline’s Brow Satin pencil to fill them in and then use Benefit’s ‘Precisely My Brow’ to add depth and then use the brush on the other side to comb them through. That way they don’t end up looking ‘square’ if you know what I mean.

Fake lashes, they look tricky to apply but honesty with a little practice they’re so easy to put on. I use Eylure’s glue (linked at the top of this post) and some mini tweezers and they’re the perfect duo. It’s hard to explain and will probably be easier to watch so here is a tutorial on YouTube which shows you exactly how I do mine – click here for the tutorial.


You’re probably wondering, what about contour and highlight? To be honest, I’m not too fussed about reshaping my face or nose. I contour a little by sucking in my cheeks, applying a grey toned brown to the line that forms when you suck in (on your cheek) and then blending till the cows come home. I don’t contour or highlight my nose.

I apply highlight on my cheekbone and a little under my brows on my brow bone and once again, don’t forget to blend. But contouring and highlighting is a very personal thing and depends on your face shape. Google ‘how to contour for my face shape’ and then click on images and a load of face diagrams will come up. You’re best to do your research and see what will suit you.

Lastly, lips. We’re finally at the end of this tutorial and for this look I decided to go for a nude for two reasons. 1) If you’re using it for date night for Valentines then nudes are perfect for going out for a meal. 2) You don’t need to worry about your lipstick this way if you’re getting down and dirty.

I used Mac’s lipstick in Japanese Maple and a pinky/nude gloss by Max Factor to give it that finished flirty appeal.


I hope you enjoyed this type of post and it gave you some helpful tips! Let me know what you’re up to this Valentines? Personally, I’m coming home from work to get some blogging done, maybe watch a film and then go to bed. Such a thrill ha.



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Written and photographed by VavaViolet’s Founder and Editor-in-Chief Sophie Blackman.



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