Brace yourself, internet, because Rae has finally solved the Great Beauty Blogger Problem.

What’s that, you ask? Three words: FOTDs. After. Dark.

Ta-daaaa! No, it’s not the same, but – not terrible, right? I feel like it is not-terrible.

Here are a few photos of a smokey eye done entirely with Clarins Graphites – it’s been months and I’m still in love with the palette, so that has to be a testament to something, right? More photos (including definitely-not-horrendous eye shots) possibly upcoming!

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  • Reply mostlysunnybunny

    I LOVE these! They're super artistic!!! Congrats on figuring this whole after-dark business out!

    Talking about light: I received a whole bunch of stuff yesterday and there is amazing natural light here in Belgium today (though it's minus god knows how many degrees out there). Must kindly ask Muffin the kitten to go sleep somewhere else so I can start photographing everything like mad!

    Sunny xx
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    February 2, 2012 at 6:26 AM
  • Reply dani@callitbeauty

    You are such a tease! I want more photoz NAO!

    Your cheekbones… Should marry Benedict Cumberbatch's cheekbones…
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    February 2, 2012 at 7:52 AM
  • Reply projectswatch

    These photos are great! So . . . what's the trick?

    Though I have yet to master the FOTD at all – mine always turn out wonky and super lopsided. Or maybe my face is just lopsided. SIGH.
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    February 2, 2012 at 9:25 AM
  • Reply Rocaille

    So pretty! And that ambiance…
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    February 2, 2012 at 10:16 AM
  • Reply The Lacquered Lady

    You look lovely. I actually take all my swatches (nails and face) in the bathroom with flash. I find that I actually get better color pigmentation that way than in the sunlight with no flash .Weird, right?! I also don't paint my nails until the evening and I don't have time during the day to take pictures. I also found that holding the camera out a bit further, putting it on self-portrait setting, and doing a slightly macro shot really gets great results.
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    February 2, 2012 at 10:20 AM
  • Reply Larie

    These shots look really awesome – artsy and such, you know? More pictures now, please :P
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    February 2, 2012 at 10:29 AM
  • Reply Arianne

    So amazed. Well done. :) Looking forward to seeing more FOTDs like this. Very artsy fartsy. :)
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    February 2, 2012 at 10:29 AM
  • Reply Jamilla

    Your photos are artistic and beautiful! I do take pics after dark, but I use my SAD light to aid room lighting – really works well!

    February 2, 2012 at 10:29 AM
  • Reply Angela

    Stunning! (I mean everything– the photos, the smokey eye look, and you in general :P)

    February 2, 2012 at 11:11 AM
  • Reply Musing on Beauty

    Well you need to tell us how to take those pics, then! The lack of daylight is a disaster for FOTD pics!!
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    February 2, 2012 at 11:29 AM
  • Reply Anonymous

    Oh myyyy…
    /George Takei moment over.

    Aren’t you all contours and gorgeousness? I approve, you may keep it. :)

    February 2, 2012 at 2:00 PM
  • Reply Lizzy

    I think i might even like this lighting more!&i'm sure you've heard this about a million+1 times but you're cheekbones are really quite amazing!
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    February 2, 2012 at 2:01 PM
  • Reply Jessica

    These shots are so artistic Rae! I think you've more than solved the problem, you've reinvented the wheel!

    ♥ Jessica
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    February 2, 2012 at 4:01 PM
  • Reply Makeup Kismet

    Rae, what is your secret for looking so out-of-this-world-pretty? Also, explain this night time photography magic!

    February 2, 2012 at 4:04 PM
  • Reply @spl132db

    These are some great shots. The darkness allows your features to really stand out.
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    February 2, 2012 at 6:41 PM
  • Reply Rachel

    The shots are amazing! They look magazine advertisement worthy, seriously.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:05 PM
  • Reply kelly

    you are so amazingly pretty rae. if only i had your skin!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i would be a happy happy girl. cant wait to see more pics of the look.
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    February 2, 2012 at 10:10 PM
  • Reply Christine Brigid

    I haven't taken a good picture since we moved from manual to digital. I realize that makes me kinda old but… sigh. I had this great Nikon FM2– anyone else remember those? Now I'm all tryin' to use my iphone and just makin the bags under my eyes look even more purpose. Great pics! Hope hone my skills to where you are some day!

    February 3, 2012 at 1:16 AM
  • Reply The Lacquered Lady

    Yea, it is really difficult to find what works best with your particular camera and the angles of your face. My camera does not do well with green and purple nail polishes regardless of lighting so that is really difficult for me :-)
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    February 3, 2012 at 10:43 AM
  • Reply Liz (Reductionista)

    I stop at four letters: F O T D

    Now L O L :D

    I love that Graphite shadow palette, too. Don't have it but I've loved it every time you put it on. :)
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    February 3, 2012 at 10:04 PM
  • Reply Nina

    Visited yesterday but couldn't write a comment, so here it goes now: THESE. PHOTOS. ARE. FREAKIN'. AMAZING! I strongly believe the second one should be used in an ad. Yes.

    February 4, 2012 at 4:52 AM
  • Reply Angelica W

    Hee, I love the Sherlock reference. You look so mysterious! Love to know how you did it! :)

    February 4, 2012 at 7:33 PM
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