MAC MAKEUP TUTORIAL: SMOKEY EYES AND KILLER BROWS

WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT: MAKEUP TUTORIAL FOR SMOULDERING EYES, KILLER BROWS, AND FACE STROBING

After many years of wondering how on earth some of the local Emirati women do their makeup, coupled with failing miserably at Kim Kardashian-style contouring, I decided enough was enough and headed down to MAC Cosmetics at Bloomingdale’s in Dubai to meet with makeup guru Pearl Delgado for a step-by-step makeup tutorial.

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  • Makeup Tips

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  • $ (Every day)

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  • Smokey Eyes
  • Defined Brows
  • Contoured Face

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THE TUTORIAL

It’s all about the eyes in this look but you mustn’t forget the brows and contouring because they’re what pull everything together. A perfect evening face has to consist of irresistibly smokey eyes and some awesome contouring, so here’s a full-blown makeup tutorial on how to achieve that va-va-voom look.

P.S. – I know you’re busy so I’ve listed all of the MAC products used under each section. I’ve also included the colours that Pearl used on me but of course, consult with your MAC makeup guru to get the right shades for your complexion. The next time you go shopping, just refer to this post!

PREPARE THE FACE

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The number one rule: Always, always, always do eyes first, then face. Seems logical really, but we girls can toss logic out the window at times (especially when we’re in a rush or have a bajillion things to do), so consider this a friendly reminder!

  • Start with a freshly cleansed face and then spray Prep + Prime Fix+ to add instant hydration to the skin. Follow with your favourite moisturizer.

TIP: Use the #188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush for moisturizers and primers.

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EYE PREP

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  • Apply Pro Longwear Paint Pot as a base to the eyelids (use a neutral skin tone colour).
  • Use “Smolder” Eye Kohl and literally colour in the eyelid (just the lid!) so it is pitch black. It’s not as scary as it sounds – this will make for that intense color you’re looking for, hence reading this tutorial!
  • Use the #214 Short Shader Brush to blend the black liner. DO NOT go over the eyelid.
  • Next is the transition color. With the #239 Eye Shader Brush, apply “Folie” Eye Shadow to the outer eyelid. Sweep across the top of the lid in a circular motion. Be sure you don’t pull it up to the brow bone because that’s where the highlighter will be applied.
  • Using the #214 brush again, set with “Carbon” Eye Shadow by pressing the shadow onto the eyelid.
  • Blend the “Folie” colour with a clean #224 Tapered Blending Brush.
  • Make sure to leave the brow arch clean and empty.

EYELINER

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CLEAN UP

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TIP: To create a sharp line that wings up from the outer corner of the eye, use a cotton bud with a pointed tip, place it at an angle, and then sweep up for that killer line.

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EYELASHES

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  • Use your favourite eyelash curler and curl your lashes from the root.
  • In an upward zig-zag motion, apply mascara to lashes.

BROW BONE

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EYEBROWS

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  • Gently outline your brow with the gelcreme, then immediately blend it upwards before it dries. There shouldn’t be any gaps and the gelcreme applied to the outline should fill in the whole brow. Use Dirty Blonde with Deep Brunette at the ends. Blend together.
  • Brush on clear Brow Set.

FOUNDATION

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Make sure your skin is nice and clean, aside from the prep you did earlier.

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CONTOURING

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  • Using the #130 Short Duo Fibre Brush with the Conceal and Correct Palette, contour under your cheekbones to lift them up.
  • Fix any unwanted marks with foundation.
  • Using the excess colour left on the contouring brush, sweep the brush along your hairline in an upward motion.

BRONZE

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  • With a standard blush brush apply Bronzing Powder to the areas that you contoured.
  • Apply Powder Blush to your cheeks.
  • Use Prep + Prime Highlighter and dab around the outer eyes and the top of the cheekbones.
  • Blend it all together.
  • To contour the nose, apply concealer from the conceal and correct palette to sides of the nose and blend.
  • Use Mineralize Skinfinish to the top of the brow bones near the outer eye, and above your top lip and chin.

LIPS

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PRA SAYS

Et voilà! You sexy minx, you. Go take those smokey eyes, perfect brows, and poppin’ cheekbones out on the town and be prepared for some jaw-dropping reactions.

Pra x

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