And now for the finale of my makeup breakdown request marathon: Chitrangada Singh‘s requisite smokey/smoky eye makeup.
To get the look, prep uber well with concealer under the eyes and wherever else needed. Because you are creating darkness around the eyes, you really need to eliminate it everywhere else on your face. Line the upper and lower waterlines with a black or brown gel eyeliner (I like MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack— it is the only thing that will truly stay in my eyes!). If desired, sweep a medium brown eyeshadow over the eyelids. Next, use a brown eyepencil (my favorite is Revlon; another top-notch brand for eye pencils is Urban Decay), and line the upper and lower lashline. Smudge the liner into the lower lashes. Use a highlighter/illuminator with a slight shimmer under your brow– something like MAC Eye Shadow in Shroom. Apply false eyelashes (a must) and lots of mascara to the upper AND lower lashes.
Now here’s the surprise: the key to this look isn’t the makeup. It’s the colored contacts. The lightness that the colored contacts brings to Chitrangada’s eyes really allows the dark makeup to pop. Try Freshlook Colorblends in Green— I use them on special occasions and they make a world of difference to your look!
Finish with a slightly shimmery bronzer on the cheeks and a nude lipstick that suits your complexion. A few popular options for nude lipsticks for Indian skintones would include MAC Lipsticks in Blankety (to get the look seen on Ms. Singh above), Cherish, Hug Me, Honeylove, Velvet Teddy, Kinda Sexy, or Peachstock. I recommend visiting your local department store makeup counter and speaking with the professionals there to help you find a bronzer and nude lipstick that works best for you– it’s different for everyone, depending on skin color.