This look is ALL about contouring using a soft, warm color (a warm brown-tone instead of the usual dark crease color), and reverse lining. The biggest mistake you can make is to try to use the exact same colors as Lady Gaga. Unless you are exactly the same coloring as her (and walk around with your own lighting crew.)
Make sure the shadows you choose are lighter or darker accordingly, or you will not achieve that effect.
And there are only 2 items you need for this look.
- The 88 Warm Palette (or any other collection of warm neutrals containing a lighter matte/satin beige, a dark smoky brown, and a slightly reddish or pink-toned medium brown)
- Your favorite beige-nude lipstick (no pink, no peach, no shimmer)
THE STEPS TO A SIMPLER, SUBTLER INTERPRETATION, USING THE 88 WARM PALETTE:
1. Apply a pale ivory beige on the inner corners of upper lids. Make sure to pack it on and re-apply whenever it looks like it is getting muddied by other colors. This shade should be just 1-2 shades lighter than your skin color after powdering.
2. Sweep a warm terracotta brown, from other corners and inwards ¾ along the socket line.
3. Reapply ivory-beige to brown bone and inner corners for a little more contouring. This is where your lashes start to disappear and you start to understand what rabbits feel like.
4. Apply matte beige or pale yellow liner to the water-line. (White will work only if you are extremely pale.
5. Brush black liner along the lower lashes to set the foundation for the reverse liner look.
6. Here comes the reverse lining. Using a pencil brush or smudger, apply deep smoky matte brown along the bottom lash line and wing it STRAIGHT out at the ends (not too obviously upwards). Just be careful not to let the line droop.
7. To keep the look softer, I used matte powder as liner on the upper lids, rather than liquid liner. You can use creams and liquids as you like, for a stronger look.
8. Apply black mascara. Again, you can replace with false eyelashes, which Lady Gaga wore. I prefer just lots of mascara.
The Finished Eye:
And how could we forget the flat, caramel lips? Gaga 2 is not that easy a color to wear (it’s got an ochre undertone which can be unflattering on almost everything except very pale or olive-based skins.) I prefer a more neutral brown like MAC Fresh Brew (below), or Sephora Lip Attitude #G20 for pretty good neutral beige.
But same rule applies if your intention is to recreate the effect rather than duplicate the product shades. Look for caramel browns/nudes a shade deeper than your skin tone. If you’re NC50, Viva Glam 2 is not going to “look” like Viva Glam 2 on you.
Other products recommended:
- Matte foundation like Colorstay (her skin is VERY matte)
- Light, sheer powder over it so you don’t cake on too much pigment and lose the glow
- Brow gel or mascara a little lighter than your natural hair color
- Brown lip liner just a tad deeper than the nude lip color you choose
- If you must, use a matte bronzer or darker powder for the cheeks. If you have the bone structure, just ditch the blush!