Say what you want about 72 day marriages, overbearing mom-agers and everyone’s favorite reality tv family… no matter what shenanigans the Kardashian’s are getting in, they are doing it with their makeup looking picture-perfect. I was perusing YouTube videos, and I came across one of Kim Kardashian and her makeup artist, Stephan Moleski and I was very impressed at how well Kim knew her makeup routine & what looks good on her. Out of my fascination with her glamorous look comes a new feature here on the Art of Beauty–Capturing Celeb’s Looks!
First off, Moleski used a high-definition foundation mixed with moisturizer and buffed it on with a kabuki brush. A flat-top, medium-sized kabuki like the Royal & Langnickel BKABUKI-20 would work perfectly. Then, he applied concealer over the foundation and buffed powder on top with a big, fluffy brush like the BC135 to set the base.
Now, the fun part happens-Kardashian eyes! First, Stephan started by filling in Kim’s eyebrows with eyeshadow and clear brow gel. This really framed her eyes and defined them in a subtle way. Next, he begins to apply her eyeshadow with the lightest shade first to create a bright base. Then to add depth to the crease he uses a grey-silver that’s a few shades darker and a flat eyeshadow brush to really blend it in. For as eye-focused as Kim’s makeup usually is, I was surprised to not see him use any pure blacks for shadow. Instead, warm deep tones were used and ashy grey ones were avoided. Take note, ladies with olive complexions–warm tones will offset your complexion nicely while cooler ones will make you more washed-out.
The next step to make your eyes really pop is eyeliner. Using a pencil, line your top lid while keeping the line thinner towards the center, and thicker at the outer corners (this will lift your eye & give you a more almond-shaped look). Then with a handy little smudger brush like the C435 gently go over the liner at the outer corners and blend up and outwards. Mixed with the warm, light shadow this will deepen the smoky eye and make the liner look less harsh. The big trick to the look is the contrast of the light shadow & black liner that slowly blends into a smoky look on the outer corners. By still having the lighter eye shadow visible, your eyes will look bigger and brighter.
The last step is eye lashes! Fist off, can we please take a moment to reflect on how amazingly long and luscious her lashes are? Ok, good. Next, curl those babies and apply copious amounts of mascara to get Kardashian-esque lashes. Her MUA even recommends L’Oreal’s Voluminous in Carbon Black- even glam squads love drugstore buys! Keep in mind that this is definitely a night look, so if you want to add even more va-va-voom to your look, feel free to use fake eyelashes before the mascara! Can you say glam-our-ous?!