The not-quite-Chanel FOTD | Gold and black smokey eyes

When I set about to do a look this past Saturday, I had intended to re-create the recent Chanel Fall 2011 couture look – a sexy, glossy, all-black eye.

Needless to say, I was waylaid by a pigment stack I (inadvisably) had sitting out on my desk, and we didn’t really make it to our originally planned destination.

In the end, I put together a basic, black smokey eye with a gold highlight in the center, a look I’ve been quite fond of recently. (Er, having the main highlight being in the center of the lid rather than the inner corner, that is. But to be honest, I don’t wear a lot of black in terms of eyeshadow!)

Even more importantly, though, I’m super excited to get reviewing some of the products I tried out in this look. A few of them were in this bowl, and a few of them weren’t, but there were a couple of new textures that I’ve really been enjoying. We should have a review of the Clinique Lid Smoothie line within the next forty-eight hours, but consider this your “sneak preview” into some of our upcoming reviews!

This look is actually deceptively easy to create, and you really only need two colours to do it! (I used more, of course, but honestly? You could get away with just two.) Start by filling your brows, then prime lids – try either an all-over primer, or a blended black-and-gold base for added depth.

Then, using a small shader brush (think MAC 242), pat a gold pigment onto the center of your lid, the inner 1/3 of your lower lashline, and your inner corner. With a separate brush (I used an Annabelle A-21), apply a matte or sheen-finish black to the inner and outer 1/3s of your lid. Use a clean blending brush to buff out the black edges, then blend the gold into the black with the remnants of colour on your small shader brush.

To finish the eye, use a soft, angled liner brush to “wiggle” a black cream liner into your upper lashline. Then, line your waterlines with black liner, curl lashes, and apply mascara.

I paired this look with a contoured-but-low-key cheek: bold enough to hold its own, but not so bold it makes a statement. To replicate it, contour lightly, blending well at the edges, add just a hint of peach blusher (mine’s technically a face powder; to-may-to, toh-mah-to), and pull it all together with a hint of finely milled peach highlighter on the top of the cheekbone and lightly up the orbital bone.

Choose a natural, slightly peachy lip colour to finish the look – matte or glossy, it’s your call! (I wanted to keep the lips really low-maintenance, so I went with an Ellis Faas Creamy Lips for a really natural lip). Add powder and you’re good to go!

Products used

Eyes – colour: MAC Pigment in Gold Mode (middle of lid; inner corner), Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette in Graphites (black), Clinique Lid Smoothie Eye Colour in Bit O’ Honey (used as a base), Annabelle Smoothie Eyeshadow Pencil in Licoriche (used as a base)

Eyes – other: L’Oreal HiP Cream Eyeliner in Black (upper lashline), La Bella Donna Eye Liner in Black (waterlines), L’Oreal Double Extend Mascara in Black, MAC Matte2 Eye Shadow in Blanc Type (matte brow highlight)

Lips: Ellis Faas Creamy Lips in L108

Cheeks: Hard Candy Blush Crush in Honeymoon (cheek highlight), Smashbox Matte Eye Shadow in Smoke (to contour), Clarins Barocco Face Palette (peachy cheek colour)

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  • Reply Rocaille

    Gorgeous! Black never looks that good on me…
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  • Reply Socialite Dreams

    i adore the soft shimmer of it! very beautiful girly
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    August 1, 2011 at 10:21 PM
  • Reply Beauty Reflections

    This is so gorgeous!!! A lovely sophisticated smokey eye!
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    August 1, 2011 at 10:23 PM
  • Reply callitbeautyblog

    you. are. so. pretty! this look is so gorgeous on you!
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    August 1, 2011 at 10:44 PM
  • Reply D.Sadie

    WOW! I love how perfect your makeup looks. Your eyebrows look perfect too!

    August 1, 2011 at 10:46 PM
  • Reply Jamilla

    I love this look! And you're the only blogger I know with bigger cheekbones than me – fabulous!!
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    August 2, 2011 at 12:18 AM
  • Reply Paris B

    I love this look Rae! I shall have to try it since we have er… similar sort of eyelids :D
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    August 2, 2011 at 3:10 AM
  • Reply Haley

    Rae, you look especially radiant in these photos!

    August 2, 2011 at 4:14 AM
  • Reply vijiis

    You look so beautiful! Love it. =]
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    August 2, 2011 at 5:30 AM
  • Reply Arianne

    I love everything about this look. So impressed how wearable this black smokey eye is. That gold shade is phenomenal for catching the light. :)

    Oh, and your lid space is soooo clean! Is it tweezed or 'shopped? Either way, hats off for the job well done. ;)
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  • Reply Larie

    I likey! I may steal this look from you… :D
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    August 2, 2011 at 7:46 AM
  • Reply lyn

    I just need to echo what everyone has said here… this is a really gorgeous look! I may try it out someday soon.
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    August 2, 2011 at 4:46 PM
  • Reply Eden-Avalon

    I like the center highlight. You look very coquette in that middle picture!
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    August 2, 2011 at 4:46 PM
  • Reply Ciambella

    Beautiful, woman! VERY Rae-Chanel! ………Raenel?

    August 2, 2011 at 8:33 PM
  • Reply makeupmorsels

    Gorgeous FOTD! And I don't blame you at all for being distracted by Gold Mode, the color looks like it's quite hard to ignore :)
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  • Reply Soos

    I like this look a lot!
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  • Reply Silhouettex

    SO PRETTY. Flawless blending and I love how the gold is in the centre. :)
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    August 4, 2011 at 5:08 AM
  • Reply Jacqueline Ma

    This is such a pretty look. I'm definitely trying this, thanks!
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  • Reply Danielle

    This look is gorg! I am SO going to wear a look like this soon, it's undeniably beautiful!

    August 4, 2011 at 8:24 AM
  • Reply Stephanie

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this look! Thanks for sharing!! I'm going to try this for tomorrow!!

    August 4, 2011 at 6:21 PM
  • Reply janice

    really love this look, especially the lip! any dupes for the ellis faas lip (i'd never even heard of this brand before reading your blog….where can you get it in canada?)

    August 5, 2011 at 6:55 PM
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    This look is SO gorgeous on you, I just love it.

    I found you through temptalia and your makeup is so very much my style. I actually have a very similar look to you, amazingly, except I lean slightly warm in my skin tone! I want to give this a try and hope it works for me.

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