simple makeup for a creative black tie event

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We. LOVE. Makeup. It can be a killer accessory to your outfit if done right(ish). With the elaborate necklace and flirty shoes we wore for our Creative Black Tie look, we wanted a sexy, not too heavy smokey eye that still said ‘evening’, but did not say ‘hooker’. We went with a non traditional smokey eye and the nude sexy pout from our Eiffel Tower post. First things first, get your skin as hydrated as possible & add a primer.

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Want that youthful glow that radiates from your pores? Us too & until we get the DeLorean’s Flux Capacitor fixed, we will have to settle on this AMAZING Illuminating Primer from Tom Ford



Next, Conceal. We hate that dry, chalky, creased concealer look, so we use this. We use the Hydrating concealer under our eyes so it creates a long ‘V’ halfway down our face to create an easy highlight. We also apply it on our lids, over the brow bone, above the brow, and in a straight line down the bridge of our nose. We use the Brightening concealer on dark spots or blemishes. Blend in everything with clean hands.

With a damp makeup sponge, we press on a lightweight powder foundation, (Hello, Jane Iredale powder foundation) followed with a not orange medium-deep contour (Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow) under the jawline & under the cheekbones. We swipe on the Filmstar Glow across each eye socket, above the brow, down the nose & just above the cheekbone, a little higher than where blush would go.  And then we do the eyes…


This Bobby Brown eyeshadow is in the purple family but works great to give you that smokey eye look that is deep, but not heavy & it is super wearable. It’s sexy, but not crazy over the top. Apply dark color in the crease, shimmery color everywhere else and blend.


Love + Love + Love this Stila Smudge Pot eyeliner. It doesn’t move AT ALL once it’s in place, so feel free to sweat, cry, rub your eyes because it isn’t moving.

To apply, get the thinnest, best angled eyeliner brush you can afford, open your mouth, hold your breath & contrary to many tutorials, we work from the outside in. Life changing.


For serious length and volume we are married to this Lancome Hypnose Doll Lash mascara in Oh So Black.


Seal it all in with this Urban Decay Makeup Setting Spray. It will survive heat, humidity, sweat & tears.


Tom Ford Rose ‘Nubile’ topped with Tom Ford ‘Rose Crush’. Easy.


We tried to up our nail game a smidge with pointed almond tips painted in what we call ‘Peek a Boo’ style- one color on top of the nail and a crazy silver sparkle color underneath.




The Essentials

Primer: Tom Ford Primer, Saks

Concealer #1: Benefit Boiing Hydrating Concealer

Concealer #2: Benefit Boiing Brightening Concealer

Powder: Jane Iredale PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation

Contour & Highlight: Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow

Smokey Eye Deeper Shade: Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow ‘Heather’

Smokey Eye Lighter Shade: Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow ‘Silver Lilac’

Eyeliner: Stila Smudge Pot

Mascara: Lancome Hypnose Doll Lash

Lipstick: Tom Ford ‘Nubile’

Lipgloss: Tom Ford ‘Rose Crush’

Makeup Setting Spray: Urban Decay ‘All Nighter’

Nails: OPI ‘Less is Norse’ on top. Perfect Match Solar Flare ‘Stellar Stars’

Best, N+K