Jennifer Lopez has found the fountain of youth. Yup, you heard it here first. There’s simply no other explanation; The woman is a flawless goddess.
As soon as Jennifer Lopez stepped onto the Golden Globe’s red carpet I knew I had to at least try to recreate her ultra smokey, plum look. The sultry makeup oozed glamour and sexiness, and having just done a pictorial on the ‘Classic Smokey Eye,’ I thought this would be a great continuation of that post to show you how slight changes to the application and placement of shadow can completely transform the basic timeless look I originally shared.
I also loved that she chose to go with a deep eggplant shade; Not only is it dramatic but the color is beautiful on women across the board, but especially blue and brown-eyed beauties.
If this look made your jaw drop like it did mine, keep reading for all the products and tools I used to recreate it!
GET J.LO’S SMOKEY EYE LOOK
- A trick I do when I want more of a sharp, elongated edge to my smokey look is place tape on the outer corner. This will keep your shadows right where you want them and help with fall-out. If you’re not comfortable with tape, you can always use a thick business card.
- Before beginning my eye makeup, I primed my lids with Urban Decay’s Primer Potion; This is something I do every time I’m wearing eyeshadows but it’s especially important for smokey looks because you don’t want to lose the intensity of the colors or have creasing throughout the day.
1. Using your Lorac Pro Palette, pick up a mix of ‘Mauve’ (a muted, grey-purple shade) and ‘Taupe’ (a warm-toned medium brown) and with your favorite blending brush ( I chose Sigma E25 Blending Brush) apply on outer V all the way into your inner corner. Repeat this step about two, maybe three times depending on your desired intensity.
2. Pick up a clean fluffy brush (I chose Sigma’s E40) and swipe back and forth in crease to clean up edges. This is what it should look like when you’re finished.
3. Now pick up ‘Sable’ (a medium-dark brown shade) with the same fluffy brush and apply only in your outer V to begin deepening the crease. Apply in small, inward vertical circles.
4. After you blend, blend, blend, this is what you should end up with.
5. With an eye shading brush (Sigma E55) pick up ‘Deep Purple’ (a slightly shimmery, black-purple shade) and pack all over your lids.
6. Take that fluffy brush (Sigma E40) and begin sweeping across your crease to create a smooth transition between the lid color and the colors you’ve placed on your crease. Afterwards, pick up ‘Espresso’ (a deep brown shade) with your fluffy brush and concentrate on outer crease.
7. Once you feel most of the product has been dispensed on your outer crease, start sweeping the leftover product across the crease all the way into your inner tear duct for extra smokey-ness.
8. Remove tape. You should be left with a sharp diagonal line. J.Lo’s isn’t this sharp so we’ll soften as we finish the rest of our face. *We’ll also come back to smoking out the bottom lash line after we finish the rest of skin.
PRODUCTS USED ON REST OF FACE
- Tarte Cosmetics Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Illuminating Serum pressed into skin as primer for a glowing base. This peeked through my foundation just the right amount for that J.lo dewy, healthy skin.
- Revlon Colorstay Foundation (310 Warm Golden) applied with Sigma F80 Kabuki Brush
- MAC Cosmetics Select Cover-Up (NW25) patted over acne scarring
- Mix ‘Naked 2’ and ‘Faint’ from Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette; Applied with Sigma E65 Small Angle Brush to fill in sparse areas in brows
- Set brows with Maybelline’s Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara in ‘Soft Brown’
UNDER EYES (AND SETTING SKIN):
- MAC Cosmetics ProLongwear Concealer (NW20) pressed in with Sigma’s F82 Round Top Kabuki Brush
- L.A. Girl Pro Conceal H.D Concealer (Creamy Beige) swiped in an upside down triangle, tapped into skin with finger
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit (mix of Vanilla and Banana) to set undereyes with Target Up&Up Blush Brush
- MAC Studio Fix Powder (C4) to set rest of skin using ELF Kabuki Brush (my favorite powder blush)
SMOKING OUT BOTTOM LASH LINE/APPLYING LASHES:
- Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in ‘Perversion’ to line the waterline and below the lash line. Pick up the shade ‘Deep Purple’ with a pencil brush (Sigma E30) to smoke out the bottom lash line. J.Lo really smoked hers out but this is your preference.
- This step is important: Use a fluffy brush (Sigma E40), with no extra product on it, to clean up and further smoke out your lash line. This makes the biggest difference in creating a seamless smoke-out.
- From your Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette, dab shade ‘Venus’ (a creamy, shimmer shade) under your brow bone and inner tear duct for highlight
- Apply Ardell Natural 110 Lashes. I chose a really natural style because Jennifer Lopez opted for dramatic eye makeup rather than over-the-top lashes, and the two worked perfectly together.
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit (Havana) to contour cheekbones applied with Ita Brush
- NYX Cosmetics ‘Terra Cotta’ blush applied heavily above contour and swept upwards on cheekbones
- To create a neutral highlight, I placed Benefit’s Watt’s Up on my cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose and the tip, as well as above the arch of my brows and my cupid’s bow. I then applied MAC Cosmetics ‘Light over Dark’ Mineralize Blush (the highlighter half) on top of all mentioned areas.
- Line lips with NYX Cosmetics lipliner in ‘810 Natural’
- Apply MAC Cosmetics ‘Myth’ Lipstick
- Apply Revlon’s Color Burst ‘Bellini’ lipgloss to finish lip combination
- Go back in with the NYX lipliner to make sides of upper lip and underneath bottom lip more prominent
THE COMPLETE LOOK
Did you love J.Lo’s look as much as I did? Who’s makeup was your favorite at the 2015 Golden Globes?