Thursday, November 12th, 2009

I was watching Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance Music Video yesterday, and I felt a little inspired by the bold makeup she’s wearing around the four minute mark. At first, I thought she was wearing this look while dancing a bit, but I think the looks are different–the one she wears while dancing (also around the four minute mark) seems cleaner, not quite as dark, though the lips seem really similar.

Anyway, this is inspired by and not so much as an exact replica. If you wanted to be more on target, I’d say to go for a slightly messier smoky eye, add a little bit of gloss to make it look wet and have a sheen, and then go for a very dramatic cheek contour. The shape of the black portion on the eye also goes up quite close to the inner brow bone and then comes down.Β  The lashes should also be bigger and flair out more on the outer lash line.

Also, this look is actually REALLY easy. No, seriously! It’s pretty much any cream black base all over the lid. I used the same technique I did back in 2007 to create this black smoky eye tutorial. The lashes took me infinitely longer and still didn’t adhere correctly–but it was good enough to fake it in photos (and my eyes were burning from upper lash line irritation, so it was a hurry-up-and-finish situation).

You will need the following…

  • Eyes: Blacktrack fluidline (black), Carbon eyeshadow (matte black), Vex eyeshadow (duochrome white-purple), Bisque eyeshadow (matte highlighter), Feline kohl power (black), false eyelashes (anything big and dramatic), Zoom Fast Black Mascara (black)
  • Cheeks: Sculpt sculpting powder (dark shadow), Dior Amber Diamond Skin Shimmer (bronzy highlighter)
  • Face: Make Up For Ever HD Foundation (#140)
  • Lips: Red No. 5 lipstick (deep red), Violetta lipstick (bright purple), Vino lip pencil (dark red)
  • Brushes: 266 (firm, angled brush), 226 (fluffy crease brush), 219 (pointed crease brush), 214 (smudge brush), 249 (flat, firm brush), 239 (fluffy shadow brush), 129 (dense blush brush)
  • Substitutes: Red No. 5 = New York Apple

Directions: Apply Blacktrack fluidline all over the lid as the base with the 249. With the 239, pack Carbon eyeshadow on all over the lid. Using the 226 brush, lightly blend the crease with Vex eyeshadow. Sweep Bisque eyeshadow underneath the brow bone to highlight. Finish with Feline Kohl Power on lower lash line, and apply false lashes to upper lash line, then lightly apply Zoom Fast Black mascara on lashes. Sweep hollows of cheeks with Sculpt sculpting powder using the 168, then highlight with Dior Amber Diamond Skin Shimmer with the 165. Apply Red No. 5 lipstick to lips, and then top with Violetta for color and shine.

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364 thoughts on “Look: Lady Gaga Bad Romance Makeup Inspiration

  1. Hinahon

    I love it !!!
    I have to try it out !
    would so suit my style

  2. I think this is my favorite look I’ve ever seen you do!
    Gorgeous look! :)

  3. I love it!! I love the shimmer of purple in the crease and how it looks a little grayed out in the outside corner

  4. You look stunning! πŸ˜€

  5. claudia

    Wow Christine, this is really pretty ! I lOVED it !! Will check your black smoky eye tutorial :) Thanks !

  6. Shanna

    you look absolutely stunning! the black colour looks so intense :)

  7. jess

    I love this! Vampy!

  8. LUCY

    WOW ..this is gorgeous, i never thought about using blacktrack as a base, thanks Christine!!

  9. DJ

    wow. Fun!!!

    love the GaGa video–she is great inspiration :)

  10. OMG.. you look absolutely hot! This inspired look is fantastic!

    I know a lot of people are against a strong eye and lip, but wow.. this is great. :] You pull it off so easily.

    • Thanks so much! :) Ah, every rule is made to be broken at some point. It’s a good general rule of thumb, and surely I wouldn’t rock this on the daily, LOL!

  11. Lyndsay

    oh wow! I REALLY like this look… its a very sexy, sultry look! Nicely executed! I think it looks great on you because you have darker coloring anyhow. If I tried this I’d look crazy! lol

    • I’m so happy you like it! Thank you!

      Lady Gaga looked STUNNING with the super dramatic look and I loved the contrast her pale skin gave it overall! So, if she can rock it, and you think I can rock it… I think YOU can rock it πŸ˜€

  12. Vivi

    christine! this looks stunning!

  13. casey

    this is gorgeous! what’s your lighting like when you photograph your eye makeup? do you use a flash, or just off-camera lighting? your pictures are always gorgeous and seem really true to the colors. Just wondering what techniques you use to get them so amazing-looking!

    • Thanks, Casey! It’s really nothing special, actually. I take them at random spots, sometimes with the recessed lighting turned on… sometimes not. No method to the madness really :( I give all kudos to my camera ’cause my photography skills are minimal!

  14. traca

    gorgeous….one of my favorites indeed

  15. Sexy Sadie

    Looking good.
    Love this smokey eye.

  16. Marissa King

    This is GORGEOUS, Christine!! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Siledhel

    pretty pretty pretty
    This is my kind of eye make up: dark and dramatic.
    Good twist for my favorite tutorial
    I’ve never dared to wear it with intense lips… now after I’ve seen that it does look nice I may try.

    Thanks Christine!!

  18. Ribbons

    Aw I love this, and your lips look amazing!

  19. Adriana

    I looove this look!
    I’d love to see the makeup eyes with a neutral gloss or something like that

    you’re amazing!

    • Hey Adriana,

      When I first did the black smoky eye (back in 2007), I did:

      • Adriana

        that smokey eyes in 2007 are amazing
        I wanna try the look! maybe tomorrow! Ha!

        Nice day
        You rock!

        pd. i’d love if you write about mineral foundations (you know: the body shop, maybelline, clinique, etc)


        • Give it a shot πŸ˜‰

          Thanks, Adriana!

          I did a bunch of mineral makeup reviews way back in either late 2007 or early 2008… and I just don’t dig it. I never like it more than liquid (and even with traditional pressed powders, I don’t love those either). If I ever come across one that I don’t like, you can be sure I’ll review it — otherwise I don’t, because I know I’m biased which means I can’t give you a very good perspective on it.

  20. Andrea

    This is seriously HOT!!!

  21. Wow, that is gorgeous. It makes you look so exotic and mysterious. Love it!

  22. Christina

    AMAZZZZINNGGG!!!! The most perfect looking smokey eye EVER!!!

  23. Tiffany

    GORGEOUS! (:

  24. daphne

    Very, VERY cool. I love it when you do adventurous stuff like this (I love the bold lip with the intense smoky eyes). Heck, I love all your looks, but the variety is what is so exciting about them! Even in variety most of your stuff fits the “colorful but wearable” category, and then you do something totally different like this. It’s really awesome πŸ˜€

  25. cloudburst

    Vampy! I like it.

  26. Sarah M

    Wow!!! I’m kind of speechless. Lol. You look beautiful Christine. I really love your makeup/look… but then again, I always do. :-)

  27. Hi Christine! I love this look on you, especially because I love dark eyeshadows and I used to do this look too a few years ago. I can’t say that I like the lip color, I would have choose something more neutral and more natural for the lips.

  28. Glosslizard

    Wow, the purple iridescence where Vex is over Carbon is awesome! I need to get my paws on Vex stat! :)

    That look is gorgeous on you, BTW!

  29. Cindy

    Wow, you look great !!!!

  30. Roxanne

    You’re spoiling us with all those looks, Christine LOL! Not that I complain :)
    It’s truly gorgeous. I hope your eyes are feeling better by now – I hate it when my eyes get irritated. Do you think it was the lash glue? Your falshe lashes look as if they’re glued on too close to your inner tear duct. Maybe some of it got into your eye?

    Anyway, I really want to try this! What other color could you use instead of Vex? Any light shimmery color?

    • LOL! My eyes are swollen today, so I think the buck stops here! It’s probably a mix of messing around with the fluidline on/near my upper lash line along with getting the lashes to fix (I don’t think it’s the glue really).

      You could probably use Beautiful Iris or Vellum!

  31. Fabulous! :) Love the look.

  32. Sarah

    So pretty! I watched Bad Romance and I’ve been in awe ever since, Gaga is excellent in artsy videos.

  33. Anja Nicole

    I am going out today to by vex t copy this look for Saturday. I probably will use a different highlighter though. I dont think bisque will go with my NW 45 -50 complexion.

  34. great look for the cooler season

  35. kpenn

    Ouuu I am loving this hot vamp look. I will definitely be trying this once I get my Feline for Christmas! I might have to make some adjustments, though, because I’m dreadfully fair and would probably look a little scary.

    Your skin is just way too perfect, Christine! I’m so jealous!

  36. Katie W

    This is FANTASTIC! I especially love the second to last picture! :) :) :) I wish I could wear something like this NOW, but I have to go to work, boo. Lol! <3

  37. Elif

    I normally don’t post anything, just lurk.
    But seriously, O-M-G.


  38. Juliana

    It also looks like you were really feeling this look all working the camera with attitude :) the look

  39. super… In my opinion, one the top 10 looks that you created this year. It’s holiday, it’s modern, I love the contrast between matte and shimmer.

  40. LuvJ

    This is so my style.. I love dark smokey eyes! Now I wish I can pull off the bold lippie as well as you do. You look so sexy and mysterious here.

  41. glitter princess

    going to try this out for tommorrow nights party loving this look! x

  42. amy

    This looks pretty and hot. The strong eyes and strong lip are working together nicely for this FOTD.

  43. Crystal

    Oh love this! Very vampy and sexy.

    I saw that Lady Gaga video the other day and wow!!! Just when you think she cant push the envelope anymore she does! I love her though.

  44. Mary007

    Wow girl!! This is pretty!! How long did it take you to do?

  45. Ashley K

    I love this look. I love how well done dark eye makeup can make someone look sortof mysterious, y’know? Lol. Blacks are really hard for me to work with, makes a mess!

  46. viv

    hottttttttt! can you recommend any dupes for Vex & Bisque? (and I do smokey eyes – not THAT dark though – and dark-ish lips all the time so I really love this.)

  47. This look is stunning! You pull it off so well! Love the lip especially. πŸ˜€

  48. Bettina

    ooh it’s looks exotic and vampy too but it’s simply aaaa-mazing..nice job Christine :)

  49. You are GORGEOUS like that! It makes your eye color litterally pop up. I also love your hair color. Natural black is a blessing I wish I could have. Anyway, that make up looks like the one I have today (and most of days). Except that I don’t have false eyelashes, I’m fair skinned, I’m wearing light stuff on lips (today it’s “Hue” and “Dame” as a blush. Well done make up you did here! πŸ˜‰

  50. DevilishDoll

    I love it, very gorgeous! Especially the lips, wow!

  51. pquanda

    Love this look, Christine! I was wondering if you remember what lashes those are? They look awesome!

  52. Wow!Wow!And again Wow!Christine you totally blown me away!You are BEYOND SEXY!That is the best make up look you gave!!!And it totally suits you!!!Wow you`re looking incredible!I`m speechless…You blown me away!!!And i wish you make this make up look more often to you!You really are super smokin hot and sexy with that bold make up!!!You will make the boys go crazy with taht stunning make up.Well done,Christine! : )))Hugs to you!And greetings from Bulgaria,Sofia City haha!(if you heard of that country and city) : )))

  53. gio

    This is stunning! I love the hint of purple in the crease. You did a great job!

  54. Raeleen

    wow i love this!
    i cant wait to try this.
    great job ;D

  55. Anitacska

    Love it! :) Gonna get Vex! πŸ˜›

  56. Kate

    Smoldering and sultry; I love it. You look beautiful, Christine!

  57. babicsek

    wow,love the look and christine you look great:D:D:D

  58. estelle

    Hi, great post! Came across your blog whilst I was googling for Chanel’s noir obscur last week, thanks to your review, bought it and it was great!

    BTW, is there any other lipstick you could recommend to achieve the above result?

    • Thanks, Estelle!

      Really, any deep red will do the trick – you may want to shade the edges a bit so it’s a little darker around the edges, but otherwise a deep dark red will do ya.

  59. KyaLyn

    Wow! Gorgeous.

  60. imamakeupaddict

    This is my favorite look you’ve ever done! I love you in tons of black liner! I’m so going to try this =)

  61. This looks great on you, Christine!!

  62. I love this

    it’s stunning

  63. Miranda

    I really like the way you used Vex eyeshadow in this look! I have that shadow and despite finding it intriguing I never quite know how to use it. I’ll use it this way the next time I want to do a smoky eye.

  64. HOT MAMA!
    I laahve it!
    So vampy and very fallish.

  65. cole

    wow you can really pull off black shadow!

  66. Enna

    Christine, this looks really suits, I would even dare to say this is your best look ever, itΒ΄s a proof that a nice eyehadow look does not need 10 different colors and 30 minutes of work! You look great!

  67. Enna

    Is red number 5 from mac?

  68. Rachael

    oooh so bold and dramatic! love it!

  69. Darrien

    This is awesome, I love how the little specks of purple were throwen in!

  70. This is a gorgeous look on you. I love the colors you chose. I’d have not thought to use Vex the way you did. I need to try it that way! The lips look great, too. I love dark eyes!

  71. Susie

    Christine, Ive never seen you look better.

  72. hi

    Those lips are GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!! Paired with Melon pigment, Ricepaper shadow and a smokey, super-warm matte dark brown liner, IT. WOULD. BE. STUNNING! Try it?

  73. Brittany

    gorgeous! love the lips! petrilude did a look like this today but your its totally more wearable!

  74. DonnaN

    WOWZA! I gotta try that one…..looks GREAT!

  75. Andrea

    this is awesome! so what lashes did you use? they look great!

  76. Doreen

    Wow, I never knew Vex could be so pretty! I’m definitely checking it out next time at the MAC counter. I think this is a great look, Christine! Plus, I’ve been playing “Bad Romance” on repeat for most of the day today. πŸ˜‰

  77. Heidi Chao

    OMG I love the eyes!!!!!!!!! You should put up a tutorial on YouTube! :)

  78. Jennifer

    SO SEXY, Christine!! :) I love it, and will have to try it out when I go out this weekend – I love that dark rocker-chick eye!!!

  79. Ruth

    OMG Christine, you look stunning. It’s my favorite look of yours so far. A very dark eye looks unbelievably gorgeous on you, absoloutely stunning, love it :-)

  80. cinthya

    You look so beautiful! I love that smokey eye and the lips.

  81. Miss_Silk

    Lookin Fierce Christine!

  82. This looks so nice on you that I’m going to bookmark this and try to attempt it tomorrow

    btw, i’m totally jealous of how perfect your eyebrows are!

  83. This is fabulous… My fav looks of yours is usually the tropical green/blue ones.. but this one has not topped my list… jaw dropping gorgeous!!.. I have trouble with falsies as well.. If I had two makeup related wishes they would be – eyeliner that stays on my waterline and falsies that didn’t itch! :)

  84. Va va voom!!! Looking very sexy girl, I love this look on you!!

  85. OMG! I was inspired to do a look similar to this too! :) I like that video :) Great look Christine!

  86. Bridgette

    Are those MAC fake eyelashes? If they are do you know the number to them cause I like them!

  87. Terri

    I am so copying your lip color – GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  88. Tami

    Wow I will have to try this look out! Since I don’t own Vex (yet) I will probably try it with Vellum and see how it works;-)

  89. Monica

    i love this look!!

  90. laura

    sooooo stunning! what collection was red no. 5 from again?

  91. laura

    amazing lips

  92. Nic

    Very nice! I really like these colors on you. :)

  93. Missy

    Gorgeous look on you! Good job lovely=)xoxoxo

  94. Lorna

    very vampy look. we’ll see if i can pull it off or look like i got beat up. thanks for the beautiful look!

  95. kat

    Ooo! I LOVE the eyes! I like the lips, too, but together they are a bit strong for my taste, but it’s a fun look for sure!

  96. Rosalie

    WOW perfekt!!!!