Some seasons I like ridiculously thick, drama-lady brows, a la Audrey Hepburn, and I’ll draw on 25% bigger brows with a No. 2 pencil. But lately I’ve been digging a more natural brow, and Physician’s Formula Brow Definer Automatic Brow Pencil in blonde-beige does the trick. It’s the perf shade, whether or not — I’m hoping not — your hair’s blonde-beige.
Otherwise, you can use a brow pencil that’s one shade darker than your natural hair color, fill any gaps in your brows with featherlight strokes that mimic individual hairs, then carefully take your brow pencil and scrawl “I OVER-PLUCKED MY EYEBROWS” on your forehead.
I’ve been carefully smudging on smoky eye makeup every day since high school.
Yep, three whole years. Wink.
The only way I’ve managed to make my smoky eye last without creasing is by caking on powder foundation as an eyeshadow base. But one of my hobbies is wasting exorbitant amounts of time trying to save time. So after hours of sifting through online reviews, I tried Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream, a waterproof, creaseproof eyeshadow and blush.
Despite Honolulu’s humidity, two types of Shiseido eye cream, and a red-eye flight, I arrived in Los Angeles at 5 am with a face perfect –
For a pretty woman…
Senna’s Beverly Hills boutique used to give away Senna Cosmetics “4 in Ones” eyeshadow palette, in a rainbow of black and white. It was the perfect smoky eye palette, with white shadow for highlighting and a foggy gray for filling in brows.
Senna is practically still giving their “4 in Ones” away — they’re only $10 online.
The bummer? Senna Cosmetics “4 in Ones” are only sold in palettes like “Caviar” (Ivory, Khaki, Lavender, Aubergine) and “Sorbet” (Iridescent Peach, Icy White, Mint Green Shimmer, Royal Purple).
“Mint Green Shimmer” eyeshadow? Like construction-tape-yellow nails, I’ll leave that to the retarded sisters of Rihanna…
I’ve worn a smoky eye everyday since I was 15.
Yep, so for a whole year now.
Just like I’ve got a uniform — silk jersey racerback tank dresses, Giuseppe slippers, vintage Hermes Herbags — for my body, I’ve got one for my face. The only thing I’ve experimented with — face-wise, wink — are shades of charcoal and chocolate and midnight to smudge into a smoky eye. I’m a sucker for how midnight makes a brown-eyed girl’s peepers pop, but Senna’s matte eyeshadow “Ebony” is a tempting shade. My vanity is only matched by my lazy minimalism: an ashy brown is easier to apply than charcoal or blue, and could double as brow powder…
I used to be a whore for NARS makeup, largely thanks to their matte black, minimalist packaging and the dirty dubbing of their blushes (“Super Orgasm?” Genius). Now I only use Senna Cosmetics. Whatever Senna lacks in cheeky-chic marketing, the boutique line makes up with high quality pigment.
I always have a backup compact of Senna’s Mineral Mix powder foundation — its buildable coverage has a slight shimmer, so that your face looks dewy instead of Kabuki. Senna sent me their new Senna HDExtreme Firming Radiant Makeup, which is the liquid version of Mineral Mix: the slightest champagne shimmer makes the foundation blur your imperfections into the smoothest beauty…
I outgrew Gwen Stefani, chola brows in high school; my brows are full enough now that whenever I get them groomed they end up thinner than I dig.
Natural brows are nice, but the idea of waking up to powerfully perfect eyebrows — think Elizabeth Taylor in BUtterfield 8 — makes seeing Cees Penning, the best permanent makeup artist, very tempting…
I’m that chick who wears her full face — smoky eyes, NARS “Super Orgasm” blush, Neutrogena SPF 20 lip gloss, eyebrow gel, porcelain powder foundation — to the gym, to the grocery store, to a deliciously private Desert Hot Springs resort. I’ve been wearing the same face since high school, so I know how to apply it to last (the trick? Layers of powder foundation as an eyeshadow base). So I thought a makeup finish spray by Skindinavia would be fun to try, but hardly impressive. Wrong. The makeup finish spray made my face last more than 24 hours — it slept perfectly through pillow play, so I could get up early and start sweating.
You know, at the gym…
Senna Cosmetics was created by Eugenia Weston, an Emmy-nominated A-list makeup artist and color theorist who worked with Helmut Newton and inspired Kevyn Aucoin.
Which is lovely.
But what matters is Senna makes mineral makeup that works. I’ve never see eye shadow with a richer, finer pigment: Senna Matte Eye Color is like powdered silk.
Try Senna’s “Midnight,” fresh for fall: it’s a deep navy bordering on black, and its blue will brighten the whites of your eyes…