December 12, 2014

Last week I shared my ideas on holiday party attire, now I’m talking about what to put on your face. By no means am I a makeup expert (I’m constantly browsing Youtube tutorials on how to replicate Ashley Olsen’s eye makeup), but I like to play around with different beauty looks whenever I get the chance to go out. I think I’ve mastered my version of the messy smokey eye, so I did a more dramatic version for the holidays. It’s inspired by the strong, sensual women in Helmut Newton’s photos…with a dash of that disheveled look French girls do so well. I think heavy makeup looks best with something paired down- wool trousers and a tee or an LBD and a vintage leather jacket.

Starting with the skin, I used a light foundation and attempted to contour the cheekbones (keyword: attempted) using a cream bronzer by Clinique. For the lips- I moisturized them with some Aquaphor, then used Sephora lip liner in Cherry Chestnut as my lipstick. To get the exact washed-out pinkish color I wanted, I dabbed a hint of foundation on my lips. The eyes are what’s most important here! First, I did that scotch tape thing where you use tape to create a triangle at the outer corner of your eye. Then lined the inner rim and upper lash line with Revlon ColorStay eye pencil. Using Mac pigment in Dark Soul and a Nars smudge brush, I packed on the eye color onto the outer corner of my eyes…sort of like a cat eye, but messier and cooler. I took a small fluffy brush and softly blended, adding some of darker sparkly shades on YSL Pure Chromatics eye shadow palette to create less of a harsher look. I doted on some of Kevyn Aucoin highlighter in Candlelight on the inner corner of my eyes and also on the middle of my eyelids and blended some more. Finally, I removed the tape, fixed my eyebrows, curled my lashes, and topped it off with tons of Maybelline Falsies mascara. Cleaned up the edges with a Q-tip and voila!

  • Julia Shutenko

    Absolutely perfect!

  • millennielle

    LOVE that smokey eye!!!! Still in the business of trying to perfect mine haha
    xo, coco |

  • Nico

    What cool make-up!

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  • Dressed with soul

    What a perfect and beautiful makeup!
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  • Karen McCourt

    This is gorgeous – so dewy and yet sultry! You don’t give yourself enough credit!

    Karen x

  • Alex B.

    It looks gorgeous. I’ll give it a try over the holidays.

    Alex – Funky Jungle

  • Zane De Mar

    Beautifully sensual !

  • Pia Hocevar Mucic

    wow beautiful make up!

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  • Charly Eyl

    I`m absolutely in love with this look*o* I`ll try it out soon bc it`s stunning<3 Thank you..!:**


    Gorgeous look, love the eyes! You’re so beautiful, Karla! <3



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  • Jennifer Monforton

    The smokey, smudginess of this is totally gorgeous, Karla! Who says you can be super sexy over the holidays!? xo


    I like how dark the eyes are! Love the leather jacket!


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  • Oroma Roxella Rukevwe

    Love the eye make-up. I wish I had the time for such. For me, it’s moisturiser and then straight out the door on most nights.


  • Jessica Rose

    Tres gorgeous….what eyebrow pencil do you use?

  • Fashion Snag

    You look beautiful! Always wished I had dark hair instead of light hair.

  • Dominique
  • WOWS

    Lovely eye shadow!

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  • lavieenliz

    just gorgeous

  • Eden Mint

    Perfect look for a party!

  • Colleen

    That Scotch tape trick sounds awesome, I’ll have to try that!


  • Dejhana Waite

    Effortlessly cool. I’m digging it.

    Dejhana | Waite a Little

  • BougieHippie

    Ruff but chic, easy but sexy!

  • happyasannie

    makeup must-have make great gifts too! here are my faves:

  • MsSole

    I love the way your cheeks are contoured!

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  • Liv Isabelle

    love the eye makeup!

    Liv Studios

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  • S.

    You look so pretty! I love this makeup, definitely going to try to replicate this :)

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  • Prudence Yeo

    Stunning eye make-up! Love the sexy smokey effect!


  • Carissa Gates

    This is really beautiful. I need to try a smokey eye more… I feel like it always looks really harsh on me. Love the photos!

  • Connie

    I absolutely love the edginess of the look!

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  • Miss J.

    Amazing pictures!



  • Martina Bechynova

    Love the smokey eyes! Gorgeous make-up :)

  • Whitney V

    Love your eye makeup… It’s so sexy and perfect for holidays thanks for the tips, I’m a huge fan of Nars as well!! x


  • Kate Wilson
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  • Laura Lama F.

    Damn!!! You’re gorgeous


  • nunzia sofia

    you are perfect! amazing makeup!

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    Kiss from Italy.


  • Jana

    You look so great!!!

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  • Alexa Johnson

    Nothing better than a smokey eye

  • Jessie

    love this! cool outfit as well! =)

  • Stina

    I’m so obsessed with this look I MUST recreate it on my own. Also, I just love these photos of you! Is there a particular camera you used to achieve this effect or was mostly due to editing? Just curious :)

  • The Fashion Horn

    Beautiful lips! ~Such a lived in look. love!

  • Sofia Coelho

    would love to see this on video!

  • Berty Morales

    Gorgeous makeup Karla.

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  • Karin Howell

    You can never go wrong with a smokey eye and black eye liner!




  • Tracy

    Great party makeup!

  • MonpipitMai

    Wow your make up is on point! I like it so so much and I’m happy that I’m already following your blog :)

    Much much love

  • Blue Labels Boutique

    Really love this makeup! I like how it’s bold look but not too much!

  • Anna James

    Love your eye makeup.

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  • Dana

    You always read the comments but you never answer or reply to them. Why?

    • Alexandra Thyssen

      She does sometimes. Too busy to reply suppose, its normal though – most people don’t have time to do that.

      • Dana

        I’ve seen her reply to hate comments only. I don’t think she’s that busy to reply back to simple questions as what nailpolish she’s wearing. But I’m not surprised really. She isn’t that interactive with her followers as other bloggers are.

        • Erika

          She replied about the nail polish question actually. Quit nitpicking.

          • Dana

            Thanks but I was talking about in general. She probably only answers 2 or 3 questions in a year. Because she’s soooooo bussssyyyyy smh. Bye.

  • Prom Outfitters

    cool edgy look

    Prom Outfitters

  • Nia Pritchard

    You are beyond gorgeous here! Great photography!


  • Daphne Blunt

    Beautiful photos!


  • Lea Saville
  • NoOvernightGuests

    Very cool, dark but not gothic, still feminine and a touch of glam.

  • Caroline Cuper

    love this make up

  • izabel m

    What a great makeup! I rarely wear dark, heavy eye makeup, because I just think it makes my face look tired and much older (I’m 25), so I usually prefer to bet on lips (like different shades of red). But I’ll try it on New Year’s Eve, with hopefully good results.

    And really, the whole look is fantastic! I love LBD with leather jacket and stilettos, very sexy.

  • Cordelia Bell.

    Love it!

  • Maia

    I always love your jewelry

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