Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Smokey Eye FOTD

I did this smokey eye look for a photoshoot I did recently for a local mineral makeup company. They had makeup artists but, ya know, I like doing my own makeup. ^^

Sometimes there is no greater critic than yourself and I'm a perfectionist when it comes to blending! I think everyone should at least attempt to do a dark smokey eye on themselves at least a few times. A lot of people are intimidated by smokey eyes but I think most of the time the big issue is the shape that you create that's difficult, not the darkness of color.

It's not my everyday thing but it is a lot of fun! For reference, here is a step-by-step Smokey Eye Tutorial that I did a while back. You can replace the tutorial color for any other color and in this case, I stuck with a midnight blue-charcoal-black palette. Lips are Dior Creme De Gloss in Creamy Gold.


Close-up of the blending:


One trick I love doing on dramatic eyes is doubling my false lashes. In this case, I layered wispy lashes on top of criss-cross ones to get this feathery, volumized effect. Loooooves!


And here are the earrings I was wearing. Adorable purple crystal earrings from He Qi Crystal Designs that I previously mentioned here.


Just being in a silly mood. Here is my friend, Domo the pumpkin. ^o^


His friends :D

Silly, silly

I was telling Eki that I see so many girls who have what I like to call a "camera face" that they use to pose in alllllll their pics. She asked me to show her, so here is my best attempt. LOL! Gangstaaaa... XD (ok, I hope you guys know that I am totally not being serious here!)


Don't believe me? Here is a girl with a serious case of camera face:
Hope you have enjoyed this very educational post. :D



52 comments:

  1. gorgeous girlfriend!!! love it!

    YT vid of girl = HILARIOUS!!!

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  2. You look incredible with any look! I love the tutorial you referred to! It really helps!! :) You remind me of an asian version of Angelina Jolie, it's your absolutely gorgeous face and lips! OMG the double false lash idea is BRILLIANT!!! :)

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  3. Gorgeous! I also prefer doing my own makeup than anyone else doing it ^^; I like doing subtle smokey eyes... when I go darker I look too gothic XD

    LOL and that vid of that girl is hilarious! I wonder what she looks like WITHOUT her "camera face" XD

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  4. HAHA THE GIRL WHO MAKES THE SAME FACE IN EVERY PICTURE XD

    That video is just ridiculous srsly lol.

    I LOVE YOUR SMOKEY EYES HERE! Yup, find it hard to do smoky eyes cuz of the blending. I can't seem to find the right shape nor understand how much to blend because sometimes i would over blend and it becomes a fuzzy purple cloud on my lids and so i pile on more color and then fuzzy clouds becomes solid about to rain purple cloud :C

    Still trying lol.

    And I need the false lashes too I think. Must get a good pair soon. The last I bought (ardell?) didn't went so well with eyelid tape and i had brooms for eyes T3T

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  5. What foundation did you use , your face looks flawless .

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  6. i love this look! it looks really nice on you

    and the lashes, i like that idea also :)

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  7. you are so beautiful, you look good in any look! omg, that video is hilarious! i wonder if her face is stuck like that? maybe it's just naturally like that, poor girl :P i wonder if she knows she's on youtube?

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  8. Aw Jen! I'm a silent reader but I had to comment on this post! You look gorgeous with the smokey eyes! Love love love!

    And by the way, the girl in the YT vid is making the infamous "duckface."Check out the website dedicated to people who make that face in every picture: http://antiduckface.com/. Haha!

    You rock! I love your blog!

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  9. Aww I love your silly moods, they produce some very cute pictures indeed ^^ Beautiful smoky eye and your shading is perfection! Also, the double eyelash tip is awesome and totally dramatic with the smoky eye.

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  10. hahahaa the camera face is so funny! I've seen that video before.

    We're all guilty of that every once in a while haha

    I love your sexy smokey eyes :) Doubling lashes is lots of fun! I never have anywhere to go so I don't get to do that often which makes me sad! lol

    Maybe I will plan a place to go where I can double up my falsies!

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  11. I love it...u looks so gorgeous...

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  12. Haha, I like YOUR camera face much more than the girl in the youtube video. It's cute. ^0^

    You rock the smokey eyes very well. :)

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  13. what are you using to create your double eyelid? :)
    wonder eyelid tape?
    it looks invisible.

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  14. LMAO at the camera face chick on that YT vid! XD

    Love your smokey eye. For some reason whenever I try this, it looks like I have a black eye instead...LOL.

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  15. Jen! LOVE this look:) I also love the layering of the eyelashes. Does your wonder eyelid tape ever lose it's stickiness on the top layer? Whenever I use the tape, it unsticks on the top...maybe I don't put it in deep enough? Anyway, loved this look on you:)

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  16. I love this look!! I'm one of those that are afraid to do dark looks on myself because I always feel like it looks bad. I guess I just gotta practice the blending so I can be a pro like you. ^^

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  17. Very pretty! I always look like I just got into a fight when I try to do smokey eyes. Lol it's difficult for me to modify to my own eye shape. But very nice! I like the tut you put up a while back too ^_^

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  18. you nailed the camera face! yours is gorgeous! the video is darn hilarious! Love your smokey eye makeup!!! suits you!!!!

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  19. :) Wow! Your Domo-kun plushies are so cute! Where did you get them??

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  20. Very beautiful! Love your smokey eyes. I attempt it but fail. haha. Love the scarf too.

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  21. Referring to the video: Jeez, seems like I'm looking at the same photo over and over lol Didn't know it's called a "camera face," I've seen many girls do that, it's kinda funny-looking haha Anyway, I can't do smokey eyes to save me! I think the smokey eye seem to make people look older. Just an observation.

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  22. Haha the camera face girl was a good laugh! Love your looks all the time! <3

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  23. Love the smokey eyes! Your blending is just beautiful!! And ahhhh I love the lip color too - so pretty!

    & teeheehee - love your Domo collection! :D :D :D

    Also LMAO @ the "camera face."

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  24. you are too gorgeous!!! do you do your own nails? what are your favorite black colored circle lenses?

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  25. hahahahahahaha!!! "camera face"


    the vid was uber funny :P

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  26. seriously love your smoky eye! *.*

    and the camera face LOL Poor girl ain't have the right side of her or what? XDD I wonder how long see posed to test which should be her forever cam face bwahahah

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  27. Lol The Camera Face vid is hilarious! I was just thinking yesterday about how awkward Lauren Conrad looked in one photo on InStyle.com because she was contorting her body into an awkward position to do her camera face!

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  28. Great look! Awesome blending and you look beautiful with those lashes. Love that vid, lol.

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  29. where do you get your false eyelashes? I really want to get the natural criss cross ones? Please let me know. thanks!

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  30. April: LOL, wow, Angelina? Maybe only with my "camera face". But I love her so thank you. ^^

    hana: You should try some korean lashes like Shisem or Darkness. They will keep you from getting caterpillar lashes. :3

    Jin Nguyen: I was wearing MAC Studio Sculpt foundation here in NC30.

    Liana: Haha, I don't think her face is stuck like that. How would she be able to eat? XD

    Anonymous: That duckface link is hilarious! I'm so glad I'm not a big duckfacer, I just don't think it looks good on me!

    DSK Steph: lol! You so should and take lots of pics so we can see :D

    Anonymous: Yes, I am using Wonder Eyelid Tape for this look. ^^ e-mail me at frmheadtotoe@gmail.com if you are interested in buying some.

    Stephanie: I usually don't have a problem with unsticking, but yes that does happen once in a while. It can depend on the eyeshadow you use too. Always use a primer on your lid first so the shadow sticks to something. Also, chalkier eyeshadows might make it worse. I recommend getting Darkness eye glue for the days when it just isn't sticking well and just using a very small amount along the crease to keep it in place.

    Vivi: I bought the Domos from Target! They have really cute holiday domos, and the chick one I have is from Easter. :)

    innerchild: I laughed so hard when I first watched that video. You can spot the girl so easily on any picture because it just looks like her face was photoshopped on! XD Oh, and cameraface is just the term I use for it cause I've noticed it for a while. ;)

    Anonymous: Yes, I do my own nails! I love doing nails. The only black lenses I've tried is Geo ck-109, which you can see from my Halloween post.

    Mary in Wonder: YES! It looks like a very practiced camera face! Like she tried every angle and found this one and was like "ahhh, yes. this is the ONE."

    CC: Lol! I didn't realize LC had a camera face too. I guess everyone does in a way. ;)

    d0llfac3: I get my lashes lots of places, but I think I used some Darkness falsies this time. Bought them from lunabeauty.com.

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  31. You are incredible Jen! And so true! I know a girl with a mad case of "Camera Face" (I totally just accidentally rhymed that.)
    Hers is ridiculously annoying, it's like a pouty sort of lopsided smile with her left eyebrow raised, I'm not a violent person but honestly, it makes me wanna give her a little slap.

    xx Blaire

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  32. Has anyone ever told you you look like Sandara Park from 2NE1? Cuz you do!

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  33. so beautiful! executed perfectly.

    and damn that girl, she totally has that face for every picture

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  34. you're so gorgeous!! and I love the makeup look. It suits you well!

    Thanks for showing that video LOL. I know plenty of girls who have that habit!

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  35. Thank you for replying Jen, you're so lovely ... is there any chance that you can do a foundation routine video ... I'd love to watch it .

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  36. LOL'ed at the video! Gorgeous photos and makeup. You have mad skillz! I love your eyelashes, so very doll-like ^^.

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  37. I LOVE YOUR EYELASHES! rawwr!

    and I remember that youtube video, haha.

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  38. so freakin gorgeous.

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  39. Ooooh, nice camera face xD !
    And I love your smokey eyes <3

    About your post on your beauty favorites products :

    May I ask you a question ? Where do you buy your makeup (YSL lipsticks, NYX eyeshadows, Lancome concealer, foundation, eyeshadow primer),your China Glaze nail polishes, Konad disks and topcoat ? Is it on internet or in shops ? If it's on internet, could you give me some links ? Because I'm looking for these products but they aren't available in my country (I live far from the USA... in the Indian Ocean !) so it would be great if I could buy them online.I've never bought something on internet and I don't know which site is safe or not.

    Ooh, and, sorry if it's in the wrong post, but what's your favorite eyebrows makeup ?

    <3

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  40. I've just seen your little note about Konad products ! Sorry ^^"

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  41. yesss duckface! hahaha~ and the comment about you looking like sandara park.. i've actually thought that many times myself! moreso in certain pictures than others but there are times when u do look a lot like her!

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  42. Your blending is beautiful! AND that youtube clip is awesome!

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  43. lol that yt video is epic
    love the mineral makeup look jen ^^

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  44. That's a gorgeous winged smoky eye. I wouldn't trust anyone to do my makeup, either, unless that person has worked on me before.

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  45. great blending skills!!! i totally love your smokey eye =) oh btw where did u get those domos??? me and the bf are addicted to domo xD

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  46. Good Lord! You look absolutely stunning! and that blending skill is second to none.

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  47. Hey Jen..
    I got to know your blog couple of weeks ago and I have been enjoying it ever since! Your smokey eye thing is so cool and it suits you very beautifully. I did try for myself couple of times but not much of a succesful outcome. You do look stunning with the smokey make up. Keep it up!

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  48. Just discovered your site from xteener's twitter page & I love it!! I love the smokey eye that you did on this post! When I attempt at it my eye usually comes out looking like it's bruised lol!

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  49. u r so gorgeous! lol i love the makeup look!

    just one quick question! would an angled shadow application be better than a round half circle shadow application on the lid? like the shape of ur eyeshadow on this tutorial is more angled..and i was wondering which one makes the eyes look bigger?

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  50. nice jen! :) i love how u do ur smokey eyes! :) haha! and the camera face! VERY FUNNY! XD i watched the vid XD haha! that made my day! XD

    -jhee

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  51. Wow this is one of the best smokey eyes I've seen. I really have to figure out a look for myself.

    LOL@ the vid. I actually have a friend that poses a certain way too in all pics.

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