I love Bond movies and one of the things I like the most about Bond Movies is to see the Bond Girls’ looks! In fact, seeing what the Bond Girls are wearing and how they do their hair and makeup is sometimes my favourite parts of the movies! … I saw Skyfall about two weeks ago on the opening night here in South Africa and actress Bérénice Marlohe who played the Bond Girl ‘Severine’ definitely did NOT disappoint! I was in complete ‘awe’ of how absolutely stunning she looked! … Everything from her gorgeous gown to her hair and of course … her makeup! She had an absolutely gorgeous sultry version of a ‘reverse smoky eye’ which is a huge makeup trend for 2013 and is a perfect look for holiday parties! So of course I had to try it! This is how I got the look.
1) Create a Flawless Complexion: Severine’s complexion was absolutely flawless! … So I started by making sure I also had a flawless complexion by using my favourite BB cream which is Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream in ‘Light’ (which you can see my review for here.) and my MAC Select Cover up in NC30 to cover up any blemishes I had. (TIP: dabbing a bit of white eyeliner onto the blemish before applying your concealer helps to make it disappear … See more ways that white eyeliner can be a lifesaver here.)
2) Fill in Eyebrows:
To pull off heavy eye makeup like Severine’s, eyebrows should be full so fill in your eyebrows if you need to. I use a brow kit by a company called 2K that is sold in stores called Mikyaji that are located in the Middle East. If you don’t have a brow kit, don’t worry a matte eye shadow in a shade of brown that is one shade lighter than your brows if you have naturally dark brows, or one shade darker than your brows if you have naturally light brows will work just fine. Use an angle or liner brush in small strokes that mimic the hair growth to fill the brows in. I use my Benefit Benefit Get Bent Liner Brush to do the trick.
3) Use a Black Gel Liner to Create a Thick Line on The Upper Lash-Line:
I used my Smashbox Cream Eye Liner in Caviar with my Benefit Get Bent Liner Brush (again) to create a thick and dark line along my upper lash line. The line should be slightly winged out and extend past the outer corner of the lash line. The line doesn’t have to be done perfectly because a layer of eye shadow and more liner will be placed on top of it. Also, notice that Severine’s dark eye makeup goes all the way to her tear duct and slightly down … I got this effect by drawing a little dip at the inner corner of my eye past my tear duct with the gel liner. (I hope this is making sense but if not maybe the pictures help? … Let me know)
4) Use a Gel Liner to Create a Thick Line Below The Lower Lash-Line:
Using the same gel liner and liner brush, I created a thick and dark line just below my lashes on my lower lash-line … Again, extend it out past the outer corner of the eye so that it adds to the ‘wing’ created by the liner on the upper lash line.
5) Sweep a Dark ‘Greige’ (Grey/Taupe) Eye Shadow Across the Upper Lid:
Severine seems to be wearing a black eye shadow on her lids but to keep this look more wearable for us ‘regular folk’ I used a dark grey/taupe shade … When wearing it over the black liner it still creates the sultry ‘Bond Girl’ effect that we are going for here. I used a shade called ‘Captivate’ from my Stila In The Moment Eyeshadow Palette (which you can see my review for here) with a wide flat eye shadow brush (It’s a MAC brush that is so old, the number has faded but I think it’s the 249 brush). For this step I swept the eye shadow across the upper lid, over the gel liner, along the lash-line, past the outer corner of the eye, using the gel liner as a guide for the ‘wing’. Hopefully you can see what I mean in the picture above.
6) Use The Same ‘Greige’ Eye Shadow Under the Lower Lash line:
Use the same eye shadow and brush that you used in the step above to apply the eye shadow along the lower lash line, under the lashes, over the line created by the gel liner in step 4 … Again, use the gel liner as a guide to extend the eye shadow past the outer corner of the eye to add to the ‘wing’ that was created with the gel liner. (At this point it might start looking a little messy … don’t worry the next step will fix that!)
7) Use a Clean Fluffy Eye Shadow Brush to Blend The Eye Shadow:
Use the brush in soft little circular motions to blend and soften the edges of the eye shadow.
8) Apply a Pearly White Eye Shadow to The Brow Bone and Blend It Out:
I used the shade ‘Instinct’ from the Stila In The Moment Eye Shadow Palette that I used in steps 5 and 6 and used the same wide, flat eye shadow brush to apply it. Then repeated step 7 on my brow bone to blend it.
9) (Optional) Clean The Edges using a Q-tip and Concealer:
If you have any ‘fallout’ from the eye shadow or feel like you need to neaten the edges, you can try this little trick: Dip a Q-tip in a little bit of Concealer and use it to ‘clean’ up the look.
10) Use a Black Pencil Eye Liner to Line the Upper Lash Line and Lower Waterline:
When lining the upper lid, stay as close as possible to the lash line and create a very slight wing, using the eye shadow and gel liner as a guide. For the lower lid, simply line the waterline.
11) Use Your Favourite Volume-izing Mascara:
I used my current favourite mascara, Too Faced Lashghasm which you can see my review for here. I also used these tricks to get the most volume, lift, and length out of the mascara.
The sultry, smoky Bond Girl eyes are now done!
12) Contour The Cheekbones:
Severine has extremely high beautifully sculpted cheekbones! To get the look of higher, sculpted cheekbones I used the bronzer, highlighter and blush in the Elizabet Arden palette shown above to apply my quick and easy contouring method.
13) Line Lips and Apply a Vampy Coloured Lipstick:
Before applying any bold coloured lipstick you want to make sure you’re lips are smooth and moisturized because if they are not, the lip colour will only make any cracks and dryness on your lips more noticeable. To avoid this, prep your lips by exfoliating and moisturizing them first. (I used my Lush Minty Julips lip scrub to exfoliate and my Burt’s Bees tinted lip Balm in Rhubarb before applying my lip colour.). Since I didn’t have a plum lipstick like Serene’s (which is now on my wish-list!), I used my Estee Lauder Pure Color lipstick in a burgundy shade called Plumberry, which is shown above. Since I didn’t have a lip liner to match it, I used a lip brush with the lipstick to line my lips before I filled in my lips with the lipstick. *UPDATE: I found the perfect plum lip colour for this look! … You can see it here. 🙂
TIP: If you have any ‘spill out’ from your lipstick you can use the trick that I used in step 9 with the q-tip and concealer to clean around the edges of your lips and give it a more crisp look. (For more tips on making sure your bold coloured lipstick application is perfect, see here.)
… And my Skyfall Bond Girl Look is Done!
I know that it seems like there are a lot of steps to get this look but I’m sure Bérénice Marlohe didn’t just wake up looking like Severine … or maybe she did … but in any case if you plan to make an impression on a night out and don’t mind putting a little extra effort into it, then I’m sure you will find this look totally worth it!
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