Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood Soft Gold Smoke Tutorial
Took a shot at the Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood collection, and instead of doing a typical 40s-50s look, I kept with the flicked eyeliner, flushed cheeks and red lips, but updated it with a shimmery smoky lid in a “cat-eye” shape instead of a “kitten eye”, dewy skin, and dripping-wet lacquered lips.
(Most products used were from Bobbi Brown unless stated otherwise.)
Product note: One thing I’ve fallen for is the Long-wear Cream Shadow Stick. They’re all incredibly smooth and pigmented, plus you get plenty of time to blend and smudge them out before they set. Here I used Tuxedo Black. If you’re not able to get hold of it, use a creamy black pencil.
Tip: This bit of black along the lower lash line makes the “cat eye” look. The main difference between “kitten” and “cat” eye is whether you bring liner down along the lower lash line. Traditional kitten liner runs only along the upper lashes. Liner along the lower lash line creates an exaggerated almond shape which is more sultry and catty.
Tip: To get the perfect, flattering angle to your flick, extend your liner outwards at the exact same angle as your lower lash line.
Tip: Always draw in a basic flick first, because that’s usually the trickiest part. Then you can slowly draw inwards from the outer ends to the center of your eye, then smooth out the line. As a last step, gently extend the very outer corners slightly so you get a razor sharp flick.
Tip: Dust your brush across the center of your nose, along the cupid’s bow of your lips, and along the brow bones as well to add to the dewy glow if this is an evening look. Remember Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Brick is VERY shiny, so use a light hand if you don’t want to look oily.
Product note: Here, I used Bobbi Brown blush in #9 Pale Pink, which is - ironically - an intense hot pink. Use a VERY light hand! I applied way too much at first and had to slowly take it down using loose powder.
Finally, for the lips, I applied Old Hollywood lipstick, and then topped it with Siren Red lip gloss just around the center of the lips. The whole point of the “starlet scarlet” mouth - as I like to call it - is intensity. It makes the look, so if you’re shy with it, your makeup won’t look particularly “old hollywood”.