Ahh yiss, a new tutorial, finally. Been a reviewing binge there. Today I have a smokey and grungy look perfect for late Summer moving into Autumn. For this look, I used the Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette as part of my KVD Series.
This look was also inspired by the Danzig song Dirty Black Summer and pretty much my vibe this Summer. It’s grungy, smokey and a little Southern Gothic.
So if you want to see how to get this look, just keep reading below!
Starting with the eyes as per usual. In this look, I used shadows from the Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette to create this super dark smokey look with all matte shades.
I already did my brows and primed my eyes so let’s just get onto the eyeshadow. I first took the shade Laetus (matte yellow based cream) on a big fluffy brush as a base shade all over my lid and up to the brow.
Then I hit the brow bone with Liberatus (matte off white) to for a matte highlight. I also applied this shade to the inner corner for some brightness.
Now we have a nice base for our eyeshadows to blend on top of smoothly.
With a shader brush, I took the shade Succubus (warm reddish brown) and packed it all over the lid.
I blended Succubus into the crease.
Next, on a fluffy brush, I blended out the edges and added more Succubus into the crease and blended it out into the transition area, really blowing the reddish brown shadow out.
On the same fluffy blending brush, I took the shade Ludwin (light matte camel) into the transition area around where I placed Succubus.
I used the Ludwin to blend out Succubus so there is a seamlessly smooth gradient. I really blew this shade out toward the inner portion of the brow.
With an angled liner brush I went along the upper lash line with Shax (matte black).
I used Shax to map out a wing shape as well as line the upper lash line.
Now things get smokey. I used a small blending brush to really blend out Shax and build it up in the outer corner and blended over softly into the crease. This step took a little back and forth between Shax and Succubus to get the perfect blend and impact on the lash line and outer V. Looks a little messy now but it will come together once the lower lash line as mascara are done.
Just keep blending, that is the key to a smokey eye. Blend until your hand falls off!
I went ahead and finished off the face at the point then moved onto the lower lashline with the shade Ludwin and Succubus once again.
On a pencil brush, I blended Succubus along the lower lash line and the blended out with Ludwin.
To really smoke out the lower lash line I took Shax on the angled liner brush and placed the black from the outer corner and faded it into the reddish brown.
I kept the black soft and hazy. Like the upper lid, it took some back and forth between Succubus and Shax to get the blend just right.
For the inner corner, I wanted a pop of shine to really open the eye. For this, I used Blushed Gems Baked Highlighter from E.L.F.
To finish off the eye, I curled my lashes and applied a few coats of L’Oreal Lash Paradise. Review here: REVIEW + DEMO | L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Concealer + Powder
And here is the finished eye.
For the lips, I went with a matte brownish shade from Coloupop in the shade Grunge. Fitting shade names.
The Final Look
Other Products Used:
- Kat Von D Beauty Lock-It Creme Concealer – W1 + White Out
- Nars All Day Weightless Luminous Foundation – Monte Blanc
- KVD Lock-It Setting Powder
- KVD Shade + Light Contour Palette
- Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush – Paarty
- Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder – Dim Light + Diffused Light
- Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer – Luminous Bronze Light
And that’s the look. I was embracing my late Summer funk and expressing it with the makeup because that’s what it’s there for. LOL. and Dirty Black Summer is one of my favorite songs.
Don’t forget to stop back by on Friday for more on KVD Beauty! We’ll be talking all things complexion. Go ahead and hit follow so you won’t miss it. 😉