Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Jennifer Lawrence Inspired Prom Smoky Eye Tutorial


Hey everyone! It seems that prom season is already upon us. When I stayed in a hotel last week there was actually a prom going on that night in the banquet rooms and I'm not gonna lie, I get a big grin on my face every time I see high school kids getting dressed up for the dance. 

Each year for prom, I try to do a makeup look that will work for many types of dresses since I know each prom will have a flurry of colors and styles that'll be popular. Last year's tutorial was a two-toned shadow with voluminous lashes, a look that I am still in love with now. To bring something different but still appropriate for every dress, I turned to this basic smoky eye using a blackened dark green shadow as the focal point.


Video tutorial, pics, and a look back at my own prom below!


PRODUCTS MENTIONED:

Darkness False Lashes in VXA

ON ME:

Silk Maxi dress via Hautelook (my invite)
Amrita Singh necklace
Lioele nailpolish

This look was loosely inspired by Jennifer Lawrence's red carpet smoky eye while she was promoting for The Hunger Games. Her soft smoky eye was rimmed in black all around and the edges were very blended out. Coupled with nude lips, the overall effect is sultry yet elegant.


To adapt the look for my eye shape, I took the liberty of choosing a dark green instead of the copper-black shadow Jennifer used and I also added my favorite signature winged liner.


Here you can see that the base shape of this smoky eye is a blended out oval. The cat-eye effect is from the liner, not the shadow. This oval technique is actually the easiest to adapt to any eye shape for a smoky eye.


Please tell me you girls will take lots of goofy pics like this for your prom too. ;p


As promised, I wanted to show you a photo I found the other day from my own prom! (LOL!) Kids, this was before we had digital cameras so forgive the scanned 35mm quality. I guess the dust and scratches make it more authentic and make me seem really, really old, right? Haha.

I remember feeling quite proud of my dress because I had sewn it from scratch. It was a strapless A-line dress with extra tulle sewn into the under-dress lining to give it more volume. The bodice even had boning! The over-dress had a split at the side and buttoned at the waist. I'm not sure I could make it again now, but I was definitely proud of the fact that nobody else would show up in the same dress as me. :)


Can you believe how much younger I looked then than I do now? I can see that my face matured a lot after high school and my eyebrows could be shaped better. LOL!

For those of you in high school I hope you have a fun, safe time at prom and take lots of pics!

To everyone else, lets give those prom-goers some good advice in the comments. I mentioned in my video that my best tip is to bring blotting sheets, lipstick, and lash glue in your purse. What's your best tip?



56 comments:

  1. I'm such a huge fan of your's, Jen, and I loved that you modeled this tutorial after the flawless Jennifer Lawrence. And how cute were you at your prom! Huge props to you for making your own fabulous dress.

    Again, awesome tutorial and I can't wait for more!

    Sabrina x

    http://www.thepetitestyle.com

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  2. another great tutorial Jen! I will definitely try this look for a night out one day =D can't believe you made your prom dress :O...you're super talented!

    Laura x

    demure-porcelain.blogspot.com

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  3. Your skin is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!! No dark under skin anymore!

    My under eye skin is too dark. How can it disappear ? Please do a skincare tutorial Jen onnie~~~~~~~~~~

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  4. You look sooooo pretty! I love this look, I wish i knew how to use makeup for my prom 4 years ago... and btw i love your high school prom pic you look sooo cute!! More pics please! P.S. if you are 26 now, this pic was around 2004? I thought they had digital cameras back then? xx

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  5. JEN! Excited to see what happened during your adventures in NY.
    Beautiful prom dress there; amazing it was sewn from scratch.

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  6. Wow! You MADE your own dress! That's super amazing. I remember shopping forever to find mine because I didn't want to look similar to anyone else! :]

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  7. This is a really great look for Prom.. or just a girl's night out! Nice job =)

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  8. This is one of my favorite looks! I wear a blended out smoky eye as part of my daily routine and this tutorial is great if I want to incorporate color. Advice I would give to prom-goers.. try to set your makeup with a setting spray! My blush had worn off by the night's end and my smoky eyeliner was kinda smudged. So not the most attractive girl at the end of the night but it sure was fun!

    Yuni
    the|next|obsession

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  9. i love the eye make up! :D
    yes you look so young! hope you have more pictures of your dress!
    http://elinessete.blogspot.com/

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  10. having my formal/prom soon, so this tutorial was great!
    thanks :)

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  11. your dress is beautiful! can't believe you sewed it from scratch! I can't sew to save my life, but it is still very impressive nonetheless. you look adorable btw. I never went to my prom :(

    I like the simple changes in your version of Jennifer Lawrence's smokey eyes, plus the explanation is helpful too!

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  12. I'm gonna learn this look, I love it :)

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  13. Ahh! Haha I enjoyed your post! I think the smokey shadow look is always in :)
    & Awww you look so cute in your prom dress! You definitely look different from then!

    xoxo
    Lexy

    http://www.promiseofinspiration.blogspot.com

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  14. Your makeup looks flawless, so pretty! I have to test out this look myself :)

    Love, Ana
    cupcakesandflowers.blogspot.co.uk
    x

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  15. Just found your blog today & I actually really love everything I've seen so far. I might just steal this look for a party I'm co-hosting tomorrow night! : )

    As for prom advice... wear a dress that you can actually dance in!

    Victoria
    Forever Fashionably Late

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  16. Nice, it's totally look very gorgeous on your skin. =) Thanks for sharing.

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  17. I love you Jen! You are such an inspiration to me. This makeup look is absolutely gorgeous on you! Keep it up! <3

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  18. So cuteee!
    I already saw the video and I loved it!!

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  19. You look so beautiful!!!
    could you do a tutorial for your hair pls it looks amazing

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  20. I'm way past my prom years LOL but I'll definitely give this look a try. You're very talented, not just at makeup, but, my dear, your prom dress is gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing this ^^

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  21. wow you look so amazin Jenn :) I can't wait to try this...and you looked so pretty on your prom, you do look older now, but that's only because you had a baby face, and now your face looks more contoured...everytime i look back at older photos I can't believe how different i look
    hope you're having a great day
    XO stephi

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  22. i absolutely love jennifer lawrence's look in the premiere--i based my night makeup look on hers because its just so sultry and gorgeous!

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  23. oh I love this makeup look so much! though i'm too old for prom now haha:)

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  24. Gorgeous look and I loved the tutorial!

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  25. You look absolutely stunning Jen :) I, so, so, so wish that you were around on youtube when I went to my own prom a long, long, long time ago! I would have looked a zillion times better...*sigh*

    You looked positively lovely in your prom dress too. Wow, that was quite a feat making it yourself! It looks really professional!

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  26. Very pretty and flattering make-up look! You're really talented. :) I wish you'll do a Hunger Games inspired look? Please! I thought all the make-up was great in the movie. Especially Effie :D

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  27. My face look and tutorial to date is the Jen Lawrence and I love your stylish prom gown timeless

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  28. Wow gorgeous look! I really like your lip color and how you did your hair. Btw I like the cool piercings on your right ear!

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  29. Hey Jen, I LOVE this look
    But my dress is soooo light pink and delicate, I was just wondering if you had any tips for a lighter look?

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  30. I have been following your blog and youtube channel for such a long time now, and I think you are so creative! I love this look, it's very glamours but clean looking, another good one =)

    http://hybeauty.blogspot.ca/

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  31. I can't believe you made your own dress! That is so cool! I love this look especially since it's for monolids. I have always had trouble with eye makeup but I'm subscribed to you on youtube and I love your videos!

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  32. Ooo, I'll be in a wedding in two weeks, and I'm going to ask the makeup artist to make me up just like this! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  33. This makes me miss prom sooo soo much and the look would have looked perfect with my apple green prom dress back then. haha :)
    Props to you for making your own dress!!!

    www.sheerloving.blogspot.com

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  34. Pretty!

    www.samspinkslippers.blogspot.com

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  35. ...Hello fellow baby-faced, prom-dress maker ; )

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  36. Hi Jen I wanted to know where I can buy bb cream at ??

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  37. lol you've matured beautifully.
    I think if I whipped out my old prom photo, there'd be little to no difference compared to how I look now.
    Why couldn't you have done my makeup for prom?

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  38. I adore your dress! And jewellery is very tasteful. You've definitely changed- your cheekbones are more defined now! Oh, baby fat.

    I did my own makeup for formal (in Australia) just last year but if I'd seen this tutorial back then I think I would've done a much better job!

    Thankyouu Jen!

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  39. could you do a tutorial that does a vertical gradient (not solely horizontal?) eyeshadows?

    liked the look! =]

    http://eatshopsuey.blogspot.com/

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  40. i like Jennifer's smokey eyes & you did a good job recreating her look. My tip for prom goers is: check yourself in the mirror RIGHT before the pro photos are taken. It's good to catch a wardrobe malfunction before it's eternalized on camera

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  41. I love the look!! :) And the dress looks amazing. ;)

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  42. hi jen! love love love this look! anyway i was just wondering if you had any recommendations for a good eyeshadow blending bursh? i dont think you mentioned one in your fav eyeshadow brushes vid/blogpost (although i could be wrong!)

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  43. You and the dress are gorgeous. I can't believe you made it. You are so amazing!

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  44. I love your new layout. But unfortunately the font is too small for me. Can u make em bigger?

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  45. I definitely will try this look on weekend for my cousin's wedding party. Wish me luck and thank you for the tutorial :)

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  46. hi jen,
    i'm korean but i live in germany and it's really difficult to get false lashes and getting the right length, they are always too long. so i was wondering if you could tell me the length of your lashes?
    and by the way, i love your tutoials!!!

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  47. Hey jen
    i love ur tutorials
    im in grade 12
    and my prom is a week away
    i saw ur prom look
    and i was wondering if u could do a look with some blue on the eyes
    looking forward to ur tutorials (:

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  48. This is a beautiful look! I personally will be going with something more dramatic but I will recommend to anybody who is struggling to pick a look. :)

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  49. You're an inspiration! Very pretty.
    http://prinnyboutique.blogspot.com

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  50. love the smokey eyes. I love your prom dress. I can't believe you made it! That's talent. :)

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  51. Hi Jen. Lately I became a big fan of your makeup tutorials. Congratulations on your amazing job!
    I know in this tutorial you've used loaded, virgin, and buck from your own urban decay palette, and I want to request you to make another tutorial using the psychedelic sister, X, and if possible including SWF which I know is not on your palette. If you could make it happen, I would truly appreciate. : )
    Thank you in advance. Miki.

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  52. You look awesome Jen. :) It look like dress from Evica.
    So awesome!

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  53. Thanks for the perfect party makeup tutorial, Jen! I love pairing my simple black sexy party dresses with more dramatic eye makeup. Can't wait to try this look.

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  54. Hey Jen, I love your tutorials! Do you have any tips for Asian girls who always get their super short bottom-lash mascara onto their face by the end of the day? I end up having a raccoon look even though I use primer, help! :)

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