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lana del ray

I’m obsessing over Lana Del Rey’s nude-brown lips, which are offset perfectly by a matching smoky brown eye and chic, filled-in brows. And check out those Gatsby-inspried finger waves! Seriously sexy, I say.

Lana debuted this sultry style at last week’s Cannes Film Festival Opening Ceremony red carpet, stunning the crowd with an embroidered detailed gown that dragged behind her. Hats off to you, Miss Del Rey!


STEP ONE: We’re going to begin with eye makeup first. This means you can get away with a bit of trial and error and wipe everything off if anything goes wrong or dust away the residue from your cheeks without messing up your base. Start by priming your entire eyelid and along your lower lashline.

STEP TWO: Put a light slightly shimmery white color all over the lid, such as Korres Sunflower & Evening Primrose Eye Shadow in #10 White.

STEP THREE: Take a black liquid liner pen (I love Giorgio Armani Maestro Liquid Eye Linerand line the upper lashline with a sharp cat eye and continue it on the lower lashline until the eye is fully lined. Create a dramatic flick on the end that extends out and upwards. For any mistakes, use a bit of makeup remover on a q-tip to clean up the line.

STEP FOUR: Place a chocolate brown eyeshadow, like Chanel’s Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in #86 Eblouiin your crease as a transition colour. Blend outwards until it connects with the winged liner. You can also draw a white eye pencil in your waterline to make your eyes appear bigger and brighter.

STEP FIVE: Make sure skin is prepped with a moisturiser or illuminating primer before applying your foundation. Once that’s done, spread Laura Mericer Moisture Supreme Foundation (or a similarly hydrating formula) onto your face with a makeup sponge to recreate Lana’s fresh, glowy base. To get an airbrushed finish, blend makeup all over, including the eye area, starting in the middle and working your way out.

STEP SIX: Look for a lightweight concealer in a colour one shade lighter than your skin. Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Finish Concealer is lightweight and creamy and will blend into the skin crease-free. Cover the darkest part of under-eye circles—usually right below the inner and outer corners. If other little skin flaws aren’t quite covered by your foundation, dab on a tiny bit of concealer there too.

applying concealer triangle method

PRO TIP: Apply your under-eye brightener in an inverted triangle under the eye to lift and light up your face.

STEP SEVEN: Contour your face with a cream blush for a subtly dewy finish. Smile and lightly apply the blush stick to the apples of the cheeks and blend the colour backward. If you feel you have applied too much, use a clean makeup sponge to pat over the top to pick up some of the colour until you get your desired result.

STEP EIGHT: To imitate Lana’s perfectly groomed arches, pluck out any strays and brush the hairs into their natural shape. Then select a matte shadow (reach for Benefit Brow Zings Brow Shaping Kit) in a shade that matches your brow colour and use light, brisk motions to brush the colour over your hairs. Blend well. Use an eyebrow brush to gently brush your brows back into place once you’re done with the shadow.

lip liner

STEP NINE: Line the lips with True Lips Lip Liner Smudger Pencil in #17 (almost exact to Lana’s lip colour). Take the liner and put two dots in the two highest parts of the cupids bow on your lip. On the bottom lip, put a horizontal dash in the center of the lip, as close to the edge as possible. Then connect the three marks together with short strokes of the pencil against the edges of your lips. Take it slow so you get a precise shape. Don’t forget the corners of your mouth!

STEP TEN: Finish with a lick of Christian Dior Rouge Dior Voluptuous Care Lipcolor in No. 428 Pisanelle Pink to get Lana’s red carpet-worthy pout in a flash.

Don’t forget to slick on some false lashes and smile for the papparazzi!

Do you love this look? Would you try it? Yes or no?

❤ Kristina xo

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