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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Rihanna's Purple Smokey Eye Look from "What's My Name"

Hi everyone!

This is a look taken from Rihanna's video of her hit song featuring Drake called "What's My Name?" Throughout this, she is mostly dewy and natural. However, for the scenes where she and Drake are lounging together in their apartment, she is clearly wearing a bright purple eye with some light pink gloss.  I really like the way it looks. It is as wearable as much as it is fashionable. Bold eye color is forecasted to be one of the biggest trends this coming spring (Christian Dior, Derek Lam, and Oscar de la Renta are just a few of the designers who sent models down their runways sporting brightly colored shadow for their Spring/Summer 2011 shows).  This is a good way to take the trend to the streets.

For this look, it's important that the skin be fresh and clean. Make sure to even out skin tone with foundation and concealer, if needed. The focus should be strictly on the eyes. Any other strong color placed anywhere else, like on cheeks, would read as distracting.

Here's what I used:

Face: ybf Concealer Palette and Korres Ginger & Vitamins Foundation. No blush was used.

Lips: Light Pink lip gloss from Sephora's Color Play Shopping in Milan palette and Nude gloss from Sephora's Color Play Clubbing in Tokyo palette mixed together

Eyes:  I used the champagne white shade out of Sephora's Color Play Dinner in Paris palette as a highlight. For the purple itself, I used Parfait Amour by MAC on top of Korres Eye Liner in Purple 4S on my lids. In the crease and browbones, I took the Parfait Amour and just blended it upwards.  Underneath the lower lash line, I blended liner and shadow as well. Obviously, the key to this look is blending. Blend the hell out of it. Otherwise, this is going to look really childish.  A good brush to create any smokey eye is MAC's 217 brush. It's perfect for this exact purpose. On brows, I used Lingering Eye Brows Pencil by MAC. 

Hope you enjoy it!

One more picture after the jump. It shows a close-up of the look:

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