In one of my more recent videos, I wore a very simple, soft smokey eye. The smokey eye. One of the, maybe the most popularly requested eye look. It evokes a certain mysteriousness and sexiness. It can take many forms, use a variety of colours, not just black. This one is going to be simple and slightly smokey. A rose gold inspired, summer smokey eye makeup tutorial. Great for daytime, when you want just a little sumthin sumthin! It also works as a summertime look when you don’t want so much intensity. I used neutral colours with golds, but you can greens, navys, purple, be creative!
Earlier this year, fellow Caribeña, Afro-Latina and model Joan Smalls gave all kinds of face with this look for the Met Gala.
Joan Smalls, Met Gala 2015 via The Zoe Report
I was immediately smitten! Very dramatic and smokey for evening, but quite bright and definitely a great look for warm-weather evening. Joan is a brand ambassador for Estée Lauder, so her makeup artist used all Lauder products, but I used what I had available, mixing and matching when needed. If you love a look, you certainly don’t need to go out and buy the exact makeup to make it work. I also took the opportunity to try out the brand new, 4K/UHD compatible foundation from Make Up For Ever. I will be writing a separate review on this one. I also got some new shadows recently, including my first taste at the Makeup Geek eye shadows. I have been a fan of Marlena for years and I am really happy to see her being so successful with her line. She is very smart and knowledgeable and I love that she has a serious love for makeup and even though she has her own line, she is all about great makeup from any brand.
Anyways…here is what I came up with.
It is actually quite a simple look, just lots and lots of blending to get that swept look. All details of the products used are below and remember to substitute your own products when needed.
As I mentioned before, on my trip to Turkey, I did a lot of sightseeing in Old Historic Istanbul, and one of the places that I visited was the Ayasofya. I was blown away! What stunning architecture, history, art and beauty! Truly breathtaking to be able to see such well-preserved ancient works. This was one of my favourite sites!
In the upper levels of the Ayasofya, the must see are a collection of Byzantine-era mosaics. These are centuries old! What I loved most about them were the detailed depictions of the subjects and the heavy use of tessera, which shone like fire even in the dimness of the dark corners and aspe.
NoireTropicalBeauty Turkey Byzantine FOTD 1
What’s tessera? These are created when flattened glass cubes are placed on top of each other with gold leaf sandwiched in the middle. This amplifies the reflective properties of the gold, appearing very luminous, rich and giving a shine that appeared from within the mosaic. Amazing!
So this was my inspiration for this makeup look, dark, rich colours accented with gold. This is a great look to try for a night out, a very on-trend fall/winter look with the use of berry/plum on the lids.
So a few weeks ago, NARS hosted an event at their Bleecker Street location to showcase their fall/autumn 2012 colour collection as well as their new skincare line, NARSskin. I wrote about the details of the skin collection here.
NARS Fall/Autumn 2012 colour collection
New NARS skincare line!
Check out a gorgeous smokey eye done by makeup artist Miguel, using various items from the fall collection.
So New York is in the throws of New York Fashion Week – Autumn/Winter’12. There are models, designers, makeup artists, bloggers, photographers running all over the city!
So last Thursday, Mattie from Mattielogie hosted a mixer for fashion bloggers of colour. I loved the idea of meeting other bloggers of colour especially in an industry like fashion. Since fashion and beauty go hand in hand, I found myself at Pranna. Pranna is a SouthEast Asian restaurant that is beautiful and huge! I definitely need to return for full dinner.