In keeping with this week's Eid theme here's a Levantine look my niece Mehnaz in Kashmir came up with for me. We decided to do a "Marilyn Monroe goes Arabian" theme since my idea of glamour is stuck somewhere in the 1950's. Or maybe "Little Edie goes Bollywood." Whatevs...
Mehnaz did ALL the makeup on me herself and I only did the photography. She has lots of experience as she has her own little business doing bridal makeup, hairstyling, and henna for brides in Srinagar. Although this classic Arabian eye makeup seems simple it's really one of the most difficult looks to do correctly. There's a lot of elaborate blending, contouring, and layering of color on the upper lid, brow bone, and inner eye to get that almost "foiled" metallic look without being flat or going muddy. Use a seriously good shadow primer for this. (We're talking heavy duty!)
Then there's three different types of eyeliner - powder, pencil, and liquid- to get that bold, dramatic wing out there and so perfectly symmetrical. Don't forget those all important, perfectly arched, and slightly overdrawn eyebrows- that's what really makes those wings "pop." We might be veering off into Liz Taylor as Cleopatra here!
|Brows & flicks lookin' on fleek there Liz!|
In this last shot she hadn't quite finished but I wanted to show you the subtle contouring on that top lid. For the eyeshadow contour you work from dark to light. You can see where my niece started by using a very dark (actually black matte) triangle of shadow for contour right above that extended wing to below my brow bone. She extended that black shadow slightly along the crease to enhance the "cat eye" look.
Then layer by layer of increasingly lighter shadows are gradually added and carefully blended to get that smooth almost "gilded" gorgeous silvery champagne taupe shade you see in the final result. MAC eyeshadow in the shade Nylon was the final layer. Nylon is a pale gold with a fine pearl finish so bright you could probably see it from Jupiter. After all that the black liner and wings have to be redrawn emphatically with liquid and pencil kohl kajal. To complete the look you would usually use a set of false eyelashes. We didn't have any so we just used a lash primer with a double coat of good old Liz Arden's Maximum Volume mascara. We didn't have a dark brown pencil to make a realistic looking beauty mark so we left that off too.
|That's definitely the best costume for the day, Ms Beale! (Little Edie has always been my fashion muse.)|
L'Oreal Infallible Super Slim Liner, Black
Beth Bender Powder Liner/Shadow, Matte Black
Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Smoky Eyes Pencil, Black
MAC eye shadow, Nylon
L'Oreal Infallible 24HR Eye Shadow, Amber Rush
L'Oreal Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow, Iced Latte
L'Oreal Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow, Bronzed Taupe
Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Maximum Volume Mascara, Black
Nyx The Skinny Mascara, Black
Anastasia Brow Gel, Clear
IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil
Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipstick, Rubellite
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Lip Pencil, Pink
Cle de Peau Silky Cream Foundation, shade O1
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Concealer, Light
IT Cosmetics Live Love Laugh Vitality Face Disc, Highlight, Blush, & Bronzer
These photos were all taken with my Samsung Galaxy phone. I did not use any beauty filters, apps, or retouch any of these photos except to crop them. The lighting was simply an upstairs window in the late afternoon during the riots/protests/unrest after Eid ul-Fitr in Srinagar. The makeup was all scrounged from Aunty Bibi's voluminous makeup bag.