The Vamp: Smoky Eyes and Dark Lips (plus suggested drugstore alternatives to high-end products used!)
The Makeup Police like to say “Don’t Pair Strong Eyes with Strong Lips”. Well, it’s true that doing it wrong can make you look quite tacky or worse, tarty. But that’s not to say ALL strong-eye-strong-lip combos don’t work.
One trick for getting it to work is to stick with darker, more neutral tones. So instead of a bronze brown, use a dark sooty brown. Instead of scarlet lips, go with a dark plummy-red. Instead of bright blush, use bronzer/contour and just a touch of very soft pink to liven up the face. This creates an almost sepia, film noir effect.
But just to keep you from looking overly goth (unless that’s your intention), avoid too much matte powder, and keep the skin texture radiant with a dusting of champagne colored highlighter around the outer edges of the face, including cheekbones and brow bones.
(Do note you should use whatever base, concealer, powder, brow and lash product you own and are comfortable with! I’m offering cheap alternatives only for color products.)
Foundation: Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum 52
Concealer: The Body Shop Concealer Pencil 02
Powder: Clearlast Powder in Medicated Ochre
Brows: Shu Uemura Hard Formula 9 Pencil in Grey
Guerlain Ombre Eclat 187 L’instant D’une Soupir (alternative: dark brown shade in Wet n Wild Knock On Wood Trio or Coastal Scents Hot Pot in Dark Chocolate)
Liner: Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Liner in Black Ink 1 (alternative: Maybelline’s Gel Liner or Master Drama Pencil would work just fine, as will Milani Liquif’eye in Black)
Mascara: Bobbi Brown Extreme Party Mascara (Maybelline Great Lash)
Contour: Chanel Bronzer Universal (try The Body Shop Matte Bronzer Compact in any shade that is appropriate for your skintone, or any existing contouring powder you like)
Champagne Highlighter (cheeks & center of lids): Addiction Cheek Powder in Brilliant Princess (alternative: my top pick would be Wet n Wild Rose Champagne Gold because it’s got a bit of flattering warmth to the golden-champagne tones but it’s only available in the US, so if you reside elsewhere, any shimmery golden-beige highlighter you have will do!)
Soft pink blush: MAC Well Dressed (alternative: NYX Angel blush)
Dark red lipstick: Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Desiree (alternatives: I couldn’t find a 100% dupe, so here are a few depending on your preference. Revlon Super Lustrous Black Cherry is slightly deeper, Maybelline Color Sensational Red Revival is a more intense red, L’oreal Color Riche Intense Plum is probably the closest)
Note on contouring/highlight/blush: I like to apply contour first, then highlight, and go in with blush last, because that last step helps blend out and soften the highlighter so you don’t look TOO shiny.