Photographed by: Union Photographers

At this years 57th Annual Grammy Awards, one of my favorite  red carpet look was that of Rita Ora.  The dress, the hair and of course the flawless smoky eyes.  Her skin had a gorgeous glow and her muted lips were the perfect balance to her dramatic eyes.  For this week’s makeup TruTorialTM, I was inspired by her style created this look using more of a midnight-blue palette, to put my own twist on it.  Hope this inspires you too!



Step 1: Moisturizer, Primer and Foundation
Start by applying primer on clean and lightly moisturized skin. I’m using Make Up For Ever Step 1 Equalizer Hydrating Primer ($43). To even out the complexion, I applied Make Up For Ever HD Foundation in #118 ($50), using a foundation brush, then lightly contour the face with Bronzing Powder (MAC Bronzing Powder – $30).


Step 2: Apply Eye Shadow Base

Applying a product like Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic I-22 along the lash line, and onto the entire eye lid, then blend out with your finger or a small concealer brush.  This product is highly pigmented and a little goes a long way.  It’s also waterproof and has a long lasting hold.



Step 3: Create dimension with eye shadow

Using a flat blending brush (Mint Brush #22), gently press a “diamond” or shimmery eye shadow overtop of the entire eye lid to blend out the base shadow liner, and to create a sparkling overlay finish.  I’m using Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow #ME 224.  This step creates such a pretty multi-dimensional texture and is gorgeous for a special occasion event.


Step 4:  Deepen the outer contour and lower lash line

Using a small domed brush (Mint Brush #24), deposit MAC “Black Tied” eyeshadow to the outer corner of the eye and slightly into the crease to create depth, and to soften the shadow line in the crease.  Apply the same shadow onto the lower lash line, to define the eye and create a smoky yet transparent finish.



Step 5: curl lashes and add mascara

Curl the lashes with Shiseido Eyelash Curler then follow by coating the lashes with a volumizing mascara of your choice.  This week, I’m using L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara Waterproof Carbon Black.  To amplify this look, layer a full row, or individual, lashes along the outer half of the upper lash line.


Step 6: Tight line

Rim the inner lid of the lower lash line with black eye pencil to emphisize the shape and color of the eyes.  I’m using MAC Eye Kohl “Smolder” ($16).  This technique can make the eyes appera smaller and more intense.  It will also create contrast and make the white of the eyes appear whiter.  Opt for navy-blue or soft-gray for a softer, less intense finish.


 If you have small eyes and want them to appear larger, rim the inner lid with nude or white eye pencil, rather than black.  This technique will make the eyes appear wider.


Step 7: Apply highlighter

Using a large blending brush, apply a champaign colored satin-finish eye shadow to the brow bone as a highlighter, like MAC “Sweet Allure” from the Cool Neutral Eye Shadow Palette x15.  Blend it into  the crease area to create a seamless finish.


Step 8: Brighten the inner corner of eye

Next, using a small domed brush, lightly dab a hint of silver loose pigment ( MAC Pigment in “Platimun”) to the inner corner of the eye, near the tear duck, to create a fresh and bright effect.


Step 9: Highlight high points of the face

To create a beautifully glowing complexion, apply a light dusting of mineralized or highlighting powder (MAC Highlighter Powder “Nude Pink” – $32) to the high points of the face:

1. The top of the cheek bones, (just underneath the orbital bone) toward the temple

2.  The bridge and tip of the nose

3. Above the arch of the eyebrows

4.  The cupid’s bow of the lips and onto the chin


10.  Completed look

To complete this look, I swiped Stila Stay All Day liquid lipstick in “Dolce” on my lips, to create a one-step, long lasting nude lip.

Happy Weekend, Everyone!