When Kesha performed at last week’s Planned Parenthood Annual Gala, she looked like a galactic Earth Mother. The songstress wore a white caftan and a major iridescent bib necklace, which she topped off with a turquoise and black smokey eye fit for a space princess. A smokey eye — whether metallic , pink or glossy — is usually saved for a night out, but I love the way that Kesha made it work for day. Could it work on regular folks like me? I decided to try it out for a work event.
STEP 1: APPLY BROWN EYESHADOW TO CREASE
Using a Morphe Round Crease Brush ($9), apply brown eyeshadow to the crease of your eye. I used eyeshadows in a dark brown and a soft plum for a little more dimension, but that’s totally not necessary.
STEP 2: APPLY BLACK EYESHADOW TO INNER AND OUTER EYELID
Next, use a Morphe Blending Eyeshadow Brush ($11) to apply matte black eyeshadow to the inner and outer corners of your eyelid and a Smudger Brush ($13) to apply black eyeshadow to the inner and outer edges of your lower lash line.
STEP 3: APPLY TURQUOISE EYESHADOW
Use an eyeshadow brush to apply Maybelline New York Color Tattoo Pure Pigments in Never Fade Jade ($5) turquoise eyeshadow to the center of your eyelid and use a clean smudger brush to apply the turquoise shadow to your lower lash line. You can use four different brushes or you can use NYX Brush Cleaner ($10) to clean your brushes in between shadows.
STEP 4: APPLY BLACK EYESHADOW TO CREASE
Use a Morphe Detail Crease ($8) brush to apply matte black eyeshadow to your crease. Then, apply your brown shade (I use the third shadow in the Maybelline New York Eye Studio Color Plush Silk Eyeshadow Quad in Coral Oasis ($9), line your eyes, apply mascara and you’re done.
I got a lot of compliments on my eye makeup and was even asked if I had done a Snapchat tutorial of this look. I didn’t tell them the inspiration came from Kesha though. Shh! I’m looking forward to trying this out with other color combinations.
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