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Get the Look: Lana Del Rey-Inspired Violet and Black Smokey Eyes


Last month on She Said Beauty, there was a post on festival season beauty with an image of the gorgeous Lana Del Rey at the head of the article. Now, there isn’t anyone with lips like Lana’s around these parts, but here’s a tutorial for the smokey, sultry violet eye makeup she was wearing in the shoot.

Get The Eyes

Start this look with an eye primer — no exceptions! When working with shades as intense as these, the last thing you want is to end up with creasing or migrating product.

From there, smudge black eyeliner in a messy ring around your eyes. (Two tips for smudgy liner: apply sparingly if you have small or hooded eyes, and focus the colour on the outer half of the lid if your eyes are close-set.) Use a brush or q-tip to soften the line, fading it out as you move away from the lashline.

The eyeshadow can go one of two ways. For monolid or hooded eyes, focus on blending a black eyeshadow into the outer 1/3 of the eye, along the lashline (to further smudge out your eyeliner), then add a matte violet through the rest of the lid. For double lids, start with the violet eyeshadow, taking it through the whole lid, then blend a matte black into your crease and outer “v”.

For both eye shapes, finish the eyes by filling in your brows, adding a matte brow hilight, and (here’s the fun part,) patting a pink eyeshadow with chunky shimmer into the inner corner.

Clean up your waterlines and undereye area, then add concealer and mascara to keep the look smokey and sultry, rather than smudgey and slept-in.

Get The Lips & Cheeks

As much as I loved Lana’s makeup in the photoshoot, I wasn’t crazy about the idea of super-peachy lips with violet lids. So, instead of going orange, try layering a pinky lipstick overtop a thin layer of concealer, sticking with a creme finish to compliment the matte eyes in this look.

For the cheeks, use a warm matte both to contour and add colour, creating an ombré effect on your cheeks: stronger under the cheekbones, to lift and add shape, and more sparingly on the apples of the cheeks, just to warm them up a touch. Apply foundation and concealer before the cheeks (but after the eyes), and finish with a layer of mattifying powder to “lock down” your makeup.

Products Featured In This Look

EYES: Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow in #92, Annabelle Smoothie Eyeshadow Pencil in Licoriche, Clinique Quickliner Intense for Eyes in Intense Black, NYX Eye Shadow in Black, Urban Decay Eye Shadow in SWF.

LIPS: Vasanti Ultra Luxe Lipstick in Sweden.

FACE: MAC Powder Blush in Harmony (Matte), Hard Candy Glamoflauge in Light, Marcelle Pressed Powder in Translucent.

What is your favourite Lana Del Ray makeup look? Let us know @SheSaidBeauty #LanaTutorial

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