Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Look

Here’s a quick look I did using some of the new shades from Bobbi Brown’s Black Velvet Collection! :) I wish the photos turned out better, because I actually liked how this look worked out in the end! It was this peek of smoky eyes that wasn’t overwhelming but not quite subtle either!

I’m so mad — my favorite foundation, Guerlain Parure Gold, is now too dark for me!  Here’s hoping that #02 matches… love that foundation so much!

You will need the following…

  • Eyes: NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base (neutral eyeshadow base), Bobbi Brown Black Berry Eyeshadow (blackened burgundy), Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Eyeshadow (glittery blackened purple), Burberry Trench Eyeshadow (highlighter), Bobbi Brown Black Plum Eye Kohl (dark plum), Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara (black)
  • Face: Guerlain Parure Gold Foundation (03), Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder (translucent)
  • Cheeks: Rock & Republic Tease Blush (cool pink)
  • Lips: Bobbi Brown Black Chocolate Lip Gloss (sheer burgundy)
  • Brushes: 249 (flat, firm brush), 239 (fluffy shadow brush), 226 (fluffy crease brush), 219 (pointed crease brush), 116 (dense blush brush)

For eyes, start by applying Smudgeproof as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249. Using the 239, apply Black Berry eyeshadow on the lower third of the lid patted horizontally above the upper lash line. Lightly blend Black Velvet eyeshadow across the lid and slightly above the crease with the 239. Blend Trench eyeshadow with the crease shade and highlight the brow bone. Bring everything together by applying Black Plum on the lower lash line. Finish by sweeping lashes with Inimitable Intense mascara.

For cheeks, apply Tease blush on the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards towards the temple with the 116.

For lips, apply Black Chocolate lipgloss for a complementing lip.

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242 thoughts on “Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Look

  1. apfelwinter

    Oh. My. God. This look is beautiful, I’m speechless! *_*

  2. Oh no! I thought I was going to skip these eyeshadows, but the look you did is so pretty I need them in my life! :D

  3. Divinna

    Love this look,nice job girl.

  4. elle

    Oh I love this look, very sophisticated!

  5. Jennifer

    Love it!! :)

  6. tricia c

    i know this is the wrong post for this but i was wondering what mac eyeshadow i could use to fill in my brows. i am nw45

  7. FlyingBuffalo

    Gorgeous look! I wasn’t impressed by this collection when I saw the promo photos, but now I like it! The lipgloss isn’t nearly as dark as I thought it would be.

  8. Carol

    Love that look on you!

  9. daphne

    I loooove sparkly shadows like this! I just have such fallout problems with them. Still working on perfect the Stila jewel palette for me. This look is so pretty – smokey, but not overly sultry because the crease doesn’t go too high. Looking forward to your Rock & Republic reviews (I got a blush and a gloss and LOVE them, just wish I’d gotten a couple more now!).

  10. Avatar of Daniela Daniela

    you look fabulous as always!!!!

  11. Hmm.. At first I was like “no no no” about the sparkles, but it actually looks tasteful. I like it!

  12. honoluluhoney

    gorgeous christine! must go get the black velvet eyeshadow, i am loving the sparkle.

  13. Sara

    This looks awesome on your Christine!

  14. Eileen

    OOhh,truly beautiful! I hope you record a tutorial on this look.

  15. Amanda Enn

    I love that lipgloss!

    Christine, do you know a MAC dupe for Bobbi Brown’s Black Berry eyeshadow?

  16. Sarah M

    So pretty! I really love that black velvet eye shadow; can’t wait to get my hands on it. Also, I’m really liking the Chanel mascara on you. :-) x

  17. Avatar of Mich Michelle A.

    I love it!!The shadows are gorgeous.

  18. Really gorgeous look! I love the shimmer to those shadows.

  19. Nora

    Gorgeous! How do you feel about the Black Berry eyeshadow please? Various swatches make it look really, really dark and tremendously un-berry-like. Ty for any information!

  20. Rosamaria

    Elegant, yet simple. Great look for you…

  21. K7P*

    I am a sucker for glitter! The colors are gorgeous and look fabulous on you!

  22. Oh, I love this look! Nice and dark and sort of metallic, but not over the top! Love it! And that Black Berry eyeshadow is a gorgeous color.

  23. This turned out so gorgeous on you!

  24. victoria

    wow the look is beautiful. love the sparkles, it’s not frosty but has enough sparkles to get noticed. love the whole combo.

  25. Natalia

    Very pretty!

  26. Gisele

    This is a beautiful look on you. I’m looking forward to a weekend visit to Nordies to check out this collection.

  27. Lena

    What pretty eyeshadow! Looks great as always.
    I think you have a perfect excuse to go tanning! :p

  28. Cheyenne

    WOW!! This is so beautiful!! You look amazing!!

  29. Alexis

    I wonder how the Black Velvet e/s would look layered on top of the Black greasestick from last fall’s Style Black collection. I haven’t used mine since then. I’m willing to experiment again! Very pretty and inspiring eye look. That gloss looks really sheer on you. My lips are naturally dark so I wonder what this would look like on me.

  30. Katrina

    I really like this look. The black/purple is my favorite!!!

  31. Charlotte

    Utterly gorgeous!

  32. christina

    AMAZING!!!!! I thought I wanted Denim Sparkle shadow, now I rethink this decision :-)

  33. Elisa

    I love this look! I’ll have to check out the collection now!

  34. Kate M.

    O.M.G STUNNING!!!!!!  Out of all the gorgeous looks you’ve ever done…this might
    be my absolute favorite.  ESP ThE EYES!!!!  I MUST get that Black Velvet Shadow!!!

  35. Lola

    This is such a gorgeous look on you! I absolutely love it, and now I desperately want to get my hands on these colors! So shimmery and pretty! Can you think of any good dupes?

  36. Avatar of michele Michele

    I love this!

  37. Tatum

    This is a gorgeous look! It looks so great on you.:)

  38. Connie

    gorgeous! I wasnt terribly impressed with the collection until seeing this look. thanks a lot… =P

  39. Katie

    Christine that is so beautiful! I think the pictures turned out great. Those colors on the eye are gorge….

  40. Avatar of Marian Marian

    Oh my! That’s so sophisticated and pretty! I’m running to Bobbi Brown right now!

  41. This is gorgeous! I mean, it’s BEYOND!! I love it! Would you say this sparkle shadow is like those Stila ones from a ways back that had that “almost wet shimmer” to them? Because it is out of this world! I love it!

    Also, it looks like you have a serious crush on Burberry Trench! No longer BFFs with Femme-Fi?

  42. Avatar of Jackie Jackie

    So pretty!!!

  43. Amy

    This is one of my favorite looks on you. Your skin looks flawless and the eye makeup is amazing. Now on to my search for some lower-cost alternatives…

    Have you posted your hair routine yet? I want to know the secrets of its shininess.

  44. Eileen

    You look stunning, just perfect for a night out with your special guy.

  45. CeeBee

    Stunning! I am amazed at how glittery Black Velvet is! Much fallout?

    That gloss is REALLY sheer though – I don’t see any burgundy (or chocolate) at all :-( However, it does look wonderful with that deep smoky eye, so it’s all good!

  46. Lorelai

    Black Velvet Eyeshadow is amazing <3

  47. Avatar of Etaoin Etaoin

    Very nice! How is the fallout in this eyeshadow? (No need to answer if you are planning a separate review!)

  48. Ann

    I love that eyeshadow, and the lip gloss!

  49. Cm1980

    Wow, I love this look on you!
    Lookin’ great :)

  50. Anum

    Does the black velvet shadow work well as a crease color or is it a color that u have to pat on ?? Bc it looks really pretty:)

  51. Ringo

    OMG this look is SO pretty! prettier than the official promo ;p…

  52. sofia

    There are so many times that i’ve said that before but this one…is THE BEST look i’ve seen!!!Plum liner and this purple-silver e/s are such a great combination! and the shade on ur lips…it’s soooo good!so good!!

  53. Joy

    Those shades are very flattering on you.

  54. Estefa

    Can you please do a tutorial on this look????

  55. Samaira

    Christine, you look beautiful! You suit a dark ‘smokey’ eye x

  56. I love this look! Using a peach blush would have made the eyes pop a bit more tho. :)

  57. Ok I am LOVING this. It looks great on you Christine! I’m not big on Bobbi Brown, but these eyeshadow look really nice. Were they hard to work with?

  58. mylinda

    I really love the way you did this look, the eye makeup in particular. I can see myself wearing this! I also notice you’ve been using Burberry Trench a lot as a highlight. I’ve been doing the same thing! This might actually be the first ever eyeshadow that I’ll hit pan on. And yours is officially my favorite Beauty Blog now. Keep up the brilliant work!

  59. Erica

    OMG so pretty! I am so gonna buy all the eyeshadows of this collection, love the lips as well!

  60. Avatar of April April

    Very pretty. I just wanted to also let you now that your website SERIOUSLY helped me tonight. I bought the NARS 3 piece Iconic Orgasm set and the NARS Deluxe 6 piece Fall Color Collection from QVC and your reviews and swatches helped me in making my choices. Now I can’t wait to get it all and play:)

  61. emma

    incredibly beautiful!!!
    unfortunately, I’m allergic to bobbi brown eyeshadows – can you recommend any dupes?

    • Oh no :( Well, I don’t know anything that’s really like Black Velvet. The closest in texture would be Stila’s glitter shadows that came out a few months ago. The Black Berry color is kind of like MAC Cranberry + Sketch.

  62. Diane

    I love this look! Very wearable smokey eye!!!

  63. Mamavalveeta03

    I’m so excited to see how the Black Velvet collection turned out on you–and you look FABULOUS!! I love the way you did your eyes and then the paler lips. It’s funny, because when we played around with these in class, the gloss seemed stronger. LOVE it!!! You should be the Black Velvet model!!

  64. maryelle

    one of my favorite looks of you, christine! are there any dupes for black velvet? it kinda reminds me of ‘my dark magic’ from venomous villains.

  65. ssnug

    omg, u look gorgeous!~

    I am never a fans of Bobbi Brown… maybe that gotta change now…

  66. Avatar of Anna Anna

    Love it! your eyes look so nice and sexy!

  67. saja

    oh my gosh cristine you look so pretty in this picture as you do in every tutorial i tried this look out with similiar colors and i love it thanks:)

  68. Hero

    This is absolutely GORGEOUS!

  69. Alexis

    that first full face picture of you is beautiful!

  70. very pretty!! love the shadow and the sparkle that black gives off :-) nice job. The blush really complements the eyes too!

  71. Suzanna

    I almost bought the two Black Velvet shadows shown here, but ultimately Black Velvet was too black for me. I see from your photos that these are super-sparkly, which wouldn’t have suited me.

    Interesting that the gloss is so pale, given the name, but it works well with this sparkly-sooty eye.

  72. Avatar of Liz Liz

    Please review that guerlain foundation

  73. wow wow wow. prettiest look i’ve seen on you in a looong time! this really looks fabulous. glitter, shimmer, grey, subtle still. loooove it!

  74. Very glam~~ I love the whole look and you look gorgeous.

  75. Barb

    I love your sweater-shirt. Where did you find it?

  76. LOVELOVELOVELOEVLOVELOVELVOELVEOOELVOEAHHH

  77. Aire

    Wow, so lovely!!!
    Really love how you do the smokey.

  78. Ashley D.

    I really love this look on you… Kill me, there is no Bobbi Brown in my city or the next, or the next after that, only in the States T-T. Christine, are there any dupes for Black Berry and/or Black Velvet?

    • Thank you, Ashley! :)

      Hmm. Black Velvet I can’t think of a dupe for, particularly because the texture is so different. It’s similar to Stila’s Jewel Palette and Urban Decay’s Stardust eyeshadow – but neither has a similar color (and UD’s are all very, very sheer). Black Berry could be duped with maybe MAC Sketch + Cranberry!

  79. pretty! I like that you didn’t use any eyeliner on top– it makes the look more soft.

  80. Kacey

    This is one of my favorite looks you’ve ever done! You look gorgeous :) Plus – that Black Velvet shadow and sheer gloss? Love!!

  81. inaya

    christine you look like a complete bombshell! completely changed my mind about silver eyes on warm skintones

  82. Dariyah

    Wow! Amazing! Wanna do that on my eyes!)))))))

  83. Su Ann

    I love it!

    The first thing that caught me was the lips. I didn’t expect it to be the result of the Black Chocolate lip gloss. It’s such beautiful YLBB (your lips but better :P) Can’t say how it’ll go on my lips.

  84. Krista

    I really love this look! I usually use MAC but I have been wanting to try other lines and I think I will start with Bobbi Brown! Thanks for the inspiration!

  85. Heleen

    Wauw this look is beautifulllll :O

  86. Petra

    Gorgeous, Christine! I recently did a similar look, although with the Denim Sparkle (BB) eyeshadow and Guilt by Association from the Style Black collection. Obviously the colours were different, but overall it matches. :)
    Your hair looks extra shiny and pretty in these pics. :)

  87. liliana

    Loving that eyeshadow on you, lemming it now lol.

  88. Roxanne

    I love smokey Christine! MORE!

  89. Please, tutorial!!! It’s wonderful!! ^_^

  90. Dee

    Nice I have to buy those eyeshadows and lipgloss!! You look great!

  91. I love your smokey eyes as a rule, but this one has to be the most beautiful yet. Gorgeous, Christine!

  92. Oh, I love this line in action! I would have never guessed that lipgloss was called black chocolate though. It looks more like bubble gum!

  93. Kelli

    I love this look! I totally want to buy these shadows now :) One question tho, does Macy’s sell the Sparkle Eyeshadow you used? I look online and didn’t see them.

  94. Luisafer

    Love the look!!! the shades are so beautiful!!!! no effort and you look great!!!

  95. Allegra

    Your eyeshadow looks are always super pretty in close-ups, but then the looks change completely, when I see the whole face pictures and the eyes sort of disappear. My eyes are just as small as yours, so could you sometimes maybe do looks that make the eyes look bigger and more in proportion to the rest of the face? I’d find them really useful – usually the only tips I read involve lining the inside of the lids with white and I find that that does nothing to my eyes. Thanks! And thanks for a great blog! :)

    • Hey Allegra,

      Most of it is lining, which I can’t do on the upper lash line – you can also use brown instead of black, which can sometimes close-up the eye. You could also try using a flesh-colored eyeliner on the waterline, which gives the eyes a brighter, wide appearance.

      • Avatar of Etaoin baby in a corner

        Don’t line the whole way around your eye if they are small, maybe just don’t on the outer corners if you need some definition. I really don’t think Christine’s eyes are small at all though!

  96. yvette

    This is a beautiful look! I love the subtle glitter of the new BB eyeshadow. I’m really intrigued by this new collection of hers, not what I’d expect from BB. I do wear a lot of her makeup – foundation, blush, lipstick – but I’ve never loved the eyeshadows compared w/ Stila. I’ll have to try these.

  97. KellyK.

    wow! that looks super pretty on you! i love the way bobbi’s new line looks, but id be afraid i couldnt pull it off with out looking garish…especially during the day!

  98. HautePJ

    This look is hot hot heat! So sassy :). I’m curious about dupes for Black Berry eyeshadow and Black Velvet eyeshadow? Would UD Crash work in place of Black Plum?