Versace‘s sensual Spring 2016 couture collection hit the Paris runways this week, with supermodel Gigi Hadid leading a pack of smokey-eyed models strutting the catwalk in Swarovski tied looks.
Aside from the killer fashion at Versace’s Spring 2016 couture show – there was a sultry smokey eye makeup look that I immediately wanted to recreate for myself. Turns out, while I love my makeup – I do tend to stray away from black eyeshadow, except when using as an eyeliner. What can I say? Bombshell might not be my everyday attire, but it felt nice to step outside my comfort zone at my vanity this morning and start transforming myself into a Versace sex kitten.
Starring in Versace’s SS16 couture runway show as the always stunning Gigi Hadid, who seems made for this look. I took to my makeup vanity, inspired by Gigi’s smoldering glow. The Versace look isn’t too difficult to recreate, but brace yourself for a whole lot of eyeshadow blending. With each layer of black, I found my personality slightly shifting into the iconic Versace woman. The smokey makeup perfectly embodies the finesse of Versace’s confident attitude. Provocation. Confidence. The definition of Versace and boy does this makeup look feel empowering!
How to steal Versace’s smokey Spring 2016 couture makeup for yourself?
First step, foundation. I used my beloved Dior’s Star foundation, as it has the ‘lit from within’ look I was striving for today. Using a blending brush, I worked one layer of that into my skin.
Step two, I dabbed Maybelline’s Fit Me concealer under my eyes and around my nose. Then placed Estee Lauder’s BB Highlighter in a triangle shape beneath my eyes, and blended in to nicely brighten things up. I lightly set my concealer losing a loose, translucent powder from Laura Mercier.
Step three, was a little of blush. On the Versace runway, models walked sans a lot of bronzer or highlight – with just softly pink kissed cheeks. I used my favorite Estee Lauder blush in ‘Pink Kiss’.
Now, onto the eyes!
(1) I started with my Borghese ‘Shadow and Light’ palette…which seems perfectly made for smokey looks. Taking the shade ‘Ascend‘, I brushed that all over my lid to create a solid base.
(2) I then moved onto the black, using quite a bit of MAC’s ‘Carbon’ eyeshadow on the outer corners of my eye, blending a lot. Build up, then blend, Build up, then blend. It’s a process! Don’t worry about getting a lot of black on your eye…you’ll need it. But do leave the center of your lid clear because that will get a nice ‘bronzed’ effect.
(3) After a ton of building and blending of the MAC black, I picked back up my Borghese ‘Shadow and Light’ palette and put ‘Impact’ in the center of my lid and blended with my finger to create a highlight in the center of our lid.
(4) To start on my lower lid, I brushed ‘Downfall’ under my full eye with a pencil brush. Then, on the inner half I used a mix of ‘Out There’ and ‘Muse’ to give a bit of light. As a finishing touch to my lower lashline, I used a pencil brush in MAC’s Carbon to blend and smudge everything.
(5) Once you’re happy with the level of drama in your eye shadow, pop on your favorite mascara and line your waterline with black eyeliner to complete the eyes. I used a brilliant ‘Shocking’ mascara by YSL and my trusty Rimmel eyeliner.
Last step: Apply a soft, dusty rose pink to your lips to top things off! I started with MAC’s Creme Cup but found it too light in balancing the look so switched to Laura Mercier’s gorgeous ‘Antique Pink’. (Which is a trusty lipstick that goes with everything, btw.)
Makeup Products Used:
Dior Studio Star Foundation in ’22’ (here)
Maybelline ‘Fit Me’ Concealer (here)
Estee Lauder ‘Double Wear’ BB Highlighter Pen (here)
Estee Lauder ‘Pink Kiss’ Pure Color Blush (here)
MAC‘s Black ‘Carbon’ Eyeshadow (here)
Borghese ‘Color Eclipse Shadow and Light’ Eyeshadow Palette (here)
Rimmel ‘Scandaleyes’ Black Eyeliner (here)
Yves Saint Laurent ‘Volume Effet Faux Cils Shocking’ Mascara (here)
Laura Mercier ‘Antique Pink’ Lipstick (here)
I say, smolder on with Versace’s sultry smokey eye makeup!. It’s the perfect makeup look for a night on the town, or if you’re just feeling a little extra moody. In no time flat you’ll feel armed to take on the world. #GirlPower
Go on, smolder with your bad self!
Thank you so much for reading! If you want to get a closer look at the Borghese eyeshadow palette I mentioned, click here to read my full review. It’s a beauty!