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.ย  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. baybee415

    u absolutly look sexy with smokey dark eyes makeup!! ohh nd wat did u use on ur brows? it looks different!

  2. Amazing!!! Love how you only used 3 eyeshadows to create such a sophisticated look!

  3. Kate M.

    The eyes are soooooo gorgeous!!! Love love love it!!!! Did anyone tell you that you look like Vanessa from Gossip Girl?

    I think this would be super beautiful with a subtle nude lip also…

  4. Grace

    wow! what a pretty look! luv the pairing with the red lipstick. not a look that i would be able to pull off myself, but it definitely looks awesome on you! keep up the great work!

  5. marissa

    WOW you look really amazing!!

  6. I love this, looks great on you!

  7. god,that’s stunning! =D

  8. Euphoria

    Must say “WOW!!!!,Fabulous”

  9. Using a black base is definitely the key to an intense smokey eye look. Great makeup!

  10. I’m singing this comment (you have to know that, otherwise it doesn’t look like much – Just make up your own tune): I LOVE a smokey eye and THAT LOOK ROOOOOOCKS!

    Seriously! Dark and sexy! Way to go! :)


  11. J

    The white purple duochrome around the edges of the black is amazing.

    This look is effing GORGEOUS.

  12. Cathy

    So So Pretty! I recreated this look this morning and I dont have vex e/s so i used seedy pearl e/s instead and sort of got the same effect as you…and I used myth lipstick….what can you wear with myth to not look so dead? That color washes me out….

  13. I love this look on you and it is quite different to what you usually do! Perfect for the winter here in the UK!!

  14. Makeup_Freak

    You look gorgeous with your makeup a little dark light that. I also have dark features, and heavier applications look better on me. Good job.

  15. Christina C

    I love this on you! I need to find an occasion to try this out!

  16. sandra

    Oh my god, this looks amazing!!!!!

  17. Very stunning it almost looks like you used punk where it fades out..

  18. marisa

    LOVE IT!!! especially the lips….i am going to immediately be going out and getting those three products….can you tell me how/where you applied each thing for your lips?


  19. Natasha

    Christine this is sooooooooo gorgeous!! I am now going through my make up kit to see what similar colors I have. I am very biased as I only use MAC and Make Up Forever so I am hoping that I will find something similar in those brands….wow girl! It is really lovely…Hmmm…gonna try it this weekend:)

  20. packie

    hey!! I’m from Thailand, really love this looks. It’s so awesome and sexy. By the way, what brand is lipstick no.5 is? Right now, I’m finding a good deep red lipstick. Do u have any recommendation?

  21. Jacquii

    I had to respond. This look is GORGEOUS on you and you did an incredible job. Great work girl!

  22. Luisafer

    OMG!!! so intense… so pretty!!! you look awesome and did a great job!!!
    Christine, keep inspiring us!!!

  23. Celeste

    what did the boyfriend think? :)

  24. VJNS this is what hottie looks like…lol. Love it Christine. I really want this look now.

  25. your lip color so perfect! love it

  26. marisa

    oops….just noticed that it DID show up before! sorry!

    where is red no.5 from?

  27. Macaddict

    Def my kind of smoky eyeรฉlook!!!
    Great job!
    Love it! Will be adding Vex to my smokey eye looks! :-)

  28. Ricci

    Wow! your best look yet!

  29. Rebecca

    This is insanely perfect!

  30. Jill

    I LOVE this look! It’s absolutely stunning. I’m definitely going to try it. I just watched the Bad Romance video, and I’m amazed by all of the makeup looks and use of costumes. It was very creative. I thought the part where Lady Gaga had minimal makeup, mostly mascara and tears running down her face was gorgeous.

  31. Love the video. Love this look!

  32. Your eye color is SICK… love it!

  33. Lis

    Awesome, I simply love this look. Pertrilude did a look similar as well. Sorry for the misspells if any.

  34. Rose

    Wow!!! This is my fave look from you. The smokey eye makeup is sooo flattering on you and the lips are to die for. You look gorgeous :)

  35. Ali

    That lip is amazing, very vampy!!! And after seeing this, I definitely want to be bisque as a highlight, I’ve been looking for something matte. Gorgeous job!

  36. Brittany

    Sorry if you already metioned this, but what brand is the violetta and the lipstick? I loveee this look. i wish i was so daring! in a weird way, it’s sort of elegant.

  37. Brittany

    One question, how do you do the outter corner? Usually the shape is pointed, or in this case, more of an oval shape. i am very very new to shadow, and i have no clue how to do those shapes on the outter corner. i try, but they dont seem to come out right. any advice? Thank you!

    • Hi Brittany,

      It’s mostly just practice, to be honest. It’s experimenting, practicing, and just learning from all of that :) I like to follow the curve of my crease as a guide.

  38. Vijaya

    I’m totally going to wear this soon! Thanks!

  39. Linda P

    Holy cow, girl! You look like a goth angelina! Totally dangerous, LOVE IT!

  40. dre

    what brand is the 5 lipstick that u used? was it chanel? tnx ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Hi Dre,

      I’ve replied to your question three or four times – are you not seeing the replies? Please let me know if there’s something going on!

      It’s by MAC, and it was a limited edition shade that’s no longer available – sorry!

  41. stephanie

    i love this look!

  42. Rosie

    I had passed this post when you posted. You look vampy here. Every time I’ve played the video I’m doing my makeup so not paying attention to her look but I’ll have to actually watch it. I like the gothic feel. Was it the lashes that hurt your eye afterwards?

  43. Melissa

    My God, that is a stunning look for you! Thx for the tut!

  44. Emily

    That looks REALLY, REALLY pretty on you! You could totally wear that to dinner!

  45. Melinda

    You look Amazing Christine I love this Sultry look on you BTW your eyes are to die for ๐Ÿ˜€ oxox Melinda

  46. Angela Martin

    Your coloring is much different than Lady Gaga’s but I’ll have to say that this look is absolutely stunning on you. Wow!!! Beautiful job. I’d like to see that makeup look she’s wearing when she’s walking towards the Russian “john” (or whatever that hot dude is supposed to be) wearing the “polar bear” coat. Overall, I think the makeup at least the bolder looks are very 80s inspired. When she’s dancing wearing the red outfit, she looks like a young Joan Rivers (pre plastic surgery!!!) to me.

  47. Steffi

    just wow
    i love it
    the lashes are so great
    and your lips look amazing

  48. Sash

    OMG, you look sooooooooooooooooooooo freakin’ HOT, Christine!!! So freakin’ hot!!!! You’re on FIYAH here, babe. I love this look for you. Please do it more often! It suits you soooooooooo well!!!

  49. KrisBliss

    I wore this look last night! My husband loved the black sexy eye! On my lips though, I used Free Love from Too Faced to balance the look. Loved it and will used again. It was the first time I did a black eye look that looked right and not like a little girl playing w/ her mom’s shadows. Thanks Christine!

  50. Melissa

    My God, this is a fantastic look on you. Absolutely exquisite!

  51. Kalee

    i want vex so bad. should’ve got it when i had the chance. do you know of any dupes?…..or where i can get it? lol

    • Vex is available by MAC Cosmetics – you can buy it online at,, or – or locate a store near you.

      • Kalee

        oh my god i am an idiot. hahahaha. durrrrh, i had tired moment and i was thinking of vellum because its somewhat similar and it was discontinued. but i still want vex, too. haha. thanks for reminding me. =)

  52. Derya

    You look fantastic! I didn’t even notice that you got false eyelashes, I was going to ask which mascara you use :) your eyes are fabolous.

  53. Sara

    you look so so so gorgeous in this.
    super dark colours really suit your skintone, hair and eyes.
    very vampy, very prettay!

  54. Hilana

    Dang, this is a hot look. I envy you for being able to pull it off, because I would look like a lady of the night in dramatic make up like this!
    Stunning. I love it!

  55. Megan

    The dark black really really makes your eye color pop! I like the little hint of purplish sparkle, it adds a modern twist to the classic smoky eye. Very pretty!

  56. Laura

    that’s SO beautiful!

  57. Victoria

    “Lips: Red No. 5 lipstick (deep red), Violetta lipstick (bright purple), Vino lip pencil (dark red)”

    Can you tell us what BRAND for these?

  58. Sash

    Oh, sweet mother of Mary! I love this!!! This is so me (in my head LOL)!! LOVE IT, CHRISTINE!

  59. Sash

    By the way, do you have a tutorial on putting fake flashes on? I can’t remember.

  60. works better if u have pale skin

  61. Sophia Lee

    You look absoloutley stunnning

  62. Alรฉtheia

    LOVE!!! You look soooooo pretty ;D Femme-fatale-like ๐Ÿ˜›

  63. Shayna Marie

    OOh! Very Burlesque! I Love this one too!

  64. Kasia

    You look so different and beautiful in this make up! Totally sexy and chic, like old Hollywood star – dark eyes&lips suits you so much! My favourite

    I have very pale skin (paler than Mac foundations), blue eyes and dark-red hair, do you think it will be good also for me? Thank you :)

  65. Angela

    Will probably be trying this with MAC’s Stars n’ Rockets

  66. fabiola

    wow! your eyes really pop, you look so beautiful. you really make this look work.

  67. i m shocked somehow, how much you can change through make-up :O
    this look totally rocks, dark and mysterious and pretty strong.
    Love it!

  68. ak

    You look beautiful here Christine! Like a goddess!

  69. Elena

    1wow!!!!!!! i’ll have to try that!

  70. Christina

    Wow! you wear dark colours really well!!

  71. โ€ any

    you look pretty on these colors, I think dark colors are the best that suit you!

  72. TheInfamousZ

    Wow you look beautiful in anything don’t you?