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Raise your hand if Demi Lovato's vamped-up, vintage glamour is giving you serious makeup inspiration just in time for you next holiday party.
As the singer reminds us, that siren-like dark-lip, smoky-eye combo never really goes out of style. While you've probably got a version of the pairing down pat, this film noir-inspired iteration is a bit more complete with matte skin and scarlet cheeks. True, this look only has a few key elements, but to make pale, winter skin pop against a crimson pout and flirty eyes, celeb makeup artist Suzie Kim breaks down each element.
Perfect Your Smoky Eyes: "When doing a heavy, dark eye color I always recommend starting with that step first," said the pro. That way you can clean up shadow fallout before you apply foundation and other makeup. For this look, "you don't want two contrasting shadow colors next to each other (like the nude on the brow and the black on the lid), so it's important to break it up with a color in the middle (like the taupe shade)," continued the pro.
To Recreate Demi's Smoky Eye:
1. Dust a light neutral shadow, like Brule by Mac, across the entire eye lid and right up under the brow bone.
2. To separate the brow bone area from the smoky black of the lid, use a neutral brown color, like Make Up For Ever in Dark Taupe, just blended into the crease.
3. Paint a black eye shadow, like Urban Decay Eye Shadow in Blackout, all over the lid, stopping right before the crease and blending well.
4. Finish the eyes with a black liner, like Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes in Star Black, swiped from inner corner to outer corner on both the upper and lower water lines. "If you want to add a cat-eye swoop for extra drama, go for it," chimed the pro.
5. Use a makeup remover wipe to clean up shadow fallout under eyes.
6. Lastly add fake lashes and a thick coat of mascara for a va-va-voom effect.
Matte Is the Word: This matte skin look is less about contouring and more about old-school drama. "Think Old Hollywood, Great Gatsby-inspired," elaborated the makeup artist. To get that timeless feel, apply a heavy hand of full-coverage foundation, like Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. "If you don't have a full coverage foundation blend your concealer in with a moisturizer for the same, heavy effect," suggested Suzie.
A Pop of Blush Is All You Need: To complement that pale, airbrushed skin look, opt for a scarlet-red blush, like Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Beg, to amplify the cheekbones. "When the eyes are this dramatic, all you need is a simple pop of blush," noted Suzie. To stay on par with the matte foundation, pick a shimmer-free shade applied just to the apples of the cheeks.
Take It to the Next Level With a Dark Lip: Moving on to the lips, take the look into sultry territory with an almost-black color, like Mac Lipstick in Dark Desires, that balances out the intensity of the otherwise harsh eye makeup. "The addition of a dark lip gives this look a vintage glamour feel, which is perfect for the holidays," assured the pro.