May 16, 2012

Penelope Cruz: Oscar's Makeup (2009)

It's time for olive-skinned beauties from *drum roll* HOLLYWOOD!! I found this picture of Penelope Cruz kissing her Award for best supporting actress for her work in Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

I must say I LOVED her in that movie. She pulled of the sultry and carefree artist beautifully! This post isn't about her look in the movie though, it's about the makeup she's wearing in the photo. It's a golden smokey eye. Here is a clearer picture:

Today I decided to imitate this wearable, yet glamorous celebrity look from the 2009 Oscar's. I think gold eyeshadow NEVER gets old, and wearing a smoky look with nude lips doesn't either. Here's how you can achieve this:

 1. Start with your foundation routine. Apply foundation, concealer and set it with powder. Fill in your brows if required. Get a caramel brown matte eyeshadow, apply this like a wash all over your lid, slightly above the crease line. Using a wash is always a good idea because it evens out the skin tone of your eye lid.

2. Using a shimmery bronze eyeshadow, apply it all over the lid. Be careful NOT TO GO over the crease line, and keep the color concentrated to the inner and outer corners.

3. Dust your finger with a bright gold color and pat it on to the center of your lid. This will reflect light and make your eyes look bigger. The thin dust of bronze will also balance out the brightness of the gold.

4. Using a dark brown matte eyeshadow, start creating a smoky effect by using a fluffy brush and following the natural shape of your socket. Start to contour your eyes while blending with the gold colors.

5. Use a white-gold color on your brow bone and inner corner to highlight. Line your upper and lower lash line using the dark brown on an angled brush.

6. Finally, line your eyes using kajal and black liquid liner. Create a very small wing. Finish off with mascara on the top and bottom.

7. For the rest of the face, use a super light touch of your favorite blush, and finish off with a rusty gloss. Penelope has used a light peach/coral shade, but that looks way too vibrant on dusky skin. I used a reddish shade of brown: rust.

And, you're done! Here are some more pictures of the completed look. I tied my hair into a messy bun and sprayed some hair spray to keep strays in control. Personally, I'm lovin' it!!!

I would love to try some requests, if any. Do leave a comment!


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