Evening Look: Smoky Eyes & Red Lips

Evening Look: Smoky Eyes & Red Lips

Still loving Chanel Dragon.  Still my favorite red!   Also still loving Guerlain Parure Gold (which is totally my “special occasion” foundation).  It’s always nice when you go back to your favorites and you find they’re just as amazing as you remembered!

Psst… Mellan photo included behind the cut!

You will need the following…

For eyes, start by applying Smudgeproof as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249. Using the 239, apply Tzarine (warm champagne) eyeshadow on the lid. Lightly blend Rajasthan (taupe) eyeshadow on the outer third of the lid blended to the outer lid with the 239. Next, apply Coconut Grove eyeshadow into the crease with the 226, lightly blending onto the outer lid. Blend Trench eyeshadow with the crease shade and highlight the brow bone. Bring everything together by applying Stash eyeliner on the lower lash line. Finish by sweeping lashes with Plushlash mascara.

For cheeks, apply Douceur blush on the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards towards the temple with the 116.  Highlight lightly with Amber Diamond skin shimmer with the 165.

For lips, apply Dragon rouge allure laque for a complementing lip.

Check out more photos!

Saw Wicked last night! It was great! 🙂

OH! And I forgot to include this comparison photo on last week’s FFHF…

Mellan @ 9 weeks

Mellan @ 12 weeks

Mellan @ 2.5 years


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Connie Avatar

what a gorgeous, subdued smoky eye look! i like that i can work for day or night.

mellan pics just melt my heart, such a great way to start the week.

Dini Avatar

What a striking, classy look. I like that both the eye and the lip get a bit of drama each. This is great on you! What makes the Parure Gold good for special occasions? Does it photograph particularly well? And Mellan is adorable. 🙂

Rae Avatar

Aww, baby Mellan was so cute!! (Of course, so is Mellan now.)

Love this look 🙂 You always look so great with smokey eyes and red lips — classic without being dated.

Laurz Avatar

That look is so beautiful. I try that look for special occasions as well, but I don’t have the right brown/taupe for the crease…I might have to get this one! The Chanel palette from a while back looked promising as well. I also am a huge dog lover so the puppy/adult comparison photo got a huge out loud “awww” from me. Thank yoU!

Lady Di. Avatar

Love this look! Neutral eyes are always my favorite cause you can wear it with just about anything.
I have a question. I am an NC40 and I wear blush just about everyday. It looks great when I apply it (over moisturizer and powder) but by the time I get to work an hour later…it seems to disappear! This happens with any blush I wear and for the most part, I wear MAC. This week, its been Petticoat…but again, only lasts about an hour. Know any way I can make it last longer?

Hend Avatar

I dunno how you managed to combine smoky eyes with red lips
but the result is really lovely and not over-done at all! , I
should try doing this look
aww Mellan loves the stomach rubbing , thats so cute 😀

Sari Avatar

I really like this look on you! Mellan is such a cutie! If only you weren’t all the way across the US, we could have our dogs have a doggie play date . Love the website!!

Kiki Avatar

Wow, great look and such a huggable Mellan! I would pet him for hours :D.

I have some questions: I’m NW25 with oily/combination skin (blue/green/grey eyes, red hair…). Do you think the Dior Amber Diamond Skin Shimmer and the LM Loose Setting Powder would work for me?

p.s. How was the musical?

Lo Avatar

Such a pretty look, I love UD Stash eyeliner, it goes so well with the red lip. The Mellan pic is adorable too, he loves him some belleh rub!

baby in a corner Avatar

I find it hard to combine smoky eye with red lips without looking like a drag queen! it looks really good on you!
I’m a massive dog lover! love your mellan, unfortunately i don’t have a dog at the moment. where did the name come from?

Brandon Avatar

*Chanel envy*

Wow, a perfect example of how to pull off something a lot of people think they cant ever do. Bold lips and bold eyes =D As Ru Paul would say…”It is SEVERE up in here!”…it sounds better when you actually hear someone saying it xD

aradhana Avatar

very pretty as per usual… every time you put up a pic of you with that foundation gives me the urge to run out and buy it…. (still holding back though!)

btw, i could be wrong but i think the shade name refers to your nars foundation?

Ari Avatar

Wow, this look is great. I always love a red lip, even if I can’t always pull it off. Are you going to do a review on the Nars Douceur blush soon?

Jess Avatar

That’s a fantastic look. 🙂 And your dog is so cute! I want one but don’t live in an apartment that allows them. Someday!

PS I went to a CCO for the first time today after doing tons of research on this site, and got four things I read about on here that you recommended, including Show Orchid (which I wasn’t sure I could pull off but I can and I AM :). Thanks so much for all the work you put into this site!

CXB Avatar

I love this look, but i love Mellan a little more!! He is so SO adorable! Is he a cuddle monster like my dog is? Despite being over 70 pounds lol

Rachel Avatar

SO cute that you took the same belly rub shots of Mellan as he grew up!! Wish I had thought of that! My pup Strudie turns one this Sunday… They grow up so fast 😀

Polly Avatar

Wow… your eyes look amazing! I love this smoky-eye — must try it!

Your lips are SO dragon red…as it’s named! So HOT n CLASSY!

Nice combination!

OMG your Mellen is SUPER cute<3 If you don't mind…*cuddle*

Annalisa Avatar

what a flattering look Christine!! And it is really fantastic on you, and the lips are simply gorgeous. Not to mention Mellan, adorable 🙂

Luisafer Avatar

love your look!!! the color combination is great!!!

Your puppy is so big and cute, love dogs, too bad my huby doesn’t want one

Maggie Avatar

I’m jealous that you got to see Wicked! I still haven’t seen it, and my older brother’s boyfriend is in it part-time, so I’m especially lame for not seeing it 😛 Next time I visit the Bay, I guess!

Also, thought you’d enjoy knowing that I was at the MAC counter in the Nordstrom in Portland, and the lovely guy who helped me mentioned you 🙂

Alexis Avatar

That blush looks awesome on you. Also loving the use of both Tzarine and Rajasthan NARS duo – looks like I’ll be picking up both of them!

Claudia Avatar

Loved the look and LOVE MELLAN !!!!!!! He’s so adorable !!!! Christine, pls help : can you suggest a MAC dupe for the blue e/s on Nars Rajasthan duo ? Thanks !

Sarah Avatar

I am extremely fair skinned, would this look work for me? I’ve always wanted to try a red lip but I was always afraid it wouldn’t look right on me.

Ellery Cushing Avatar

I love Wicked!
My grandma took me to see it a few years ago for my 16th birthday, it was so amazing.

And I think I might have to buy that Rouge Allure Laque.
I’m not one for red lips, I just lack the confidence, but that looks AMAZING!

hang Avatar

great look-Christine–can’t believe you can pull off the smokey eyes and bold red lip without looking heavy—love it–i gotta get the nars blush–hope it’s still available and the Channel red l/s-thx Christine

Elle Avatar

I love the eye/lip combo on you! I’m still loving Dragon too. I’m wondering how much I still have left since it’s an opaque tube 🙂

I love the pics of Mellan. Toooooo adorable!

LNU Avatar

If I had a dog, I would get a little yorkie, I think they are super cute!
This is a really stunning look. The two Nars eyeshadows in the crease look so pretty! I also knew right away you were wearing Chanel Dragon, so gorgeous on you!

Lara Avatar

Hey Christine, this isn’t about the look but I thought I’d let you know that Ulta has a few Urban Decay palettes on sale for $19.99 starting this last Sunday, so its a pretty good deal 🙂

Vonvon Avatar

I am liking Red Lips a lot lately. But instead of complementing my fair skintone, it actually makes me look quite pale. I am NC25. Somehow me and red lips doesn’t photograph too well. I can use different tones of red, like sheerer red, but I like the red like the one you are wearing, and Dubonnet.

I tried Dubonnet yesterday. Though it looked pretty on its own, but my face looked pale. And I was wearing MAC Lightful foundation NC30!

Any advice?

jen Avatar

I just did this look and Christine you are majorly gifted. Now a question I am going to a Roller Derby ball in Vegas called the Black and Blue ball. .. can you help me come up with an awesome blue look. .. Mac if possible (I own most of Macs blues that have been released in the last 3 years) please. … thank you

Lisa Avatar

OMG MELLAN is super adorable especially as a pup! He had super white teeth!!! Compared to alot of other dogs! You look stunning Christine!! AS USUAL!!! Dragon looks amazing on you!! You always pull each look off wonderfully!!

rashmi Avatar

wow christine u r looking awesome as always u know i love reds … but the thing is this time mellan has taken my all attention now i need one in life … my baby sitting in my lap now and is enjoying mellan’s pics … he is just adorable …
love the post dear

Nanda Chaves Avatar

Is Mellan yours? I`m sorry I got here just a few months ago and I`ve never seen Mellan before,that`s why I`m asking!
This dog is THE DOG, Christine! I love it!!!!!! So cute!!!!!!!

inaya Avatar

aaawwww. MELLAN IS ADORABLE! and you look breathtakingly beautiful in the pictures. hey christine, since you hate doing your hair; why don’t you just get sth like a brazilian blowout. which basically gives your hair a hairstyle for 8-12 weeks. i think the prices vary between $200-$500

Christine Avatar

I wouldn’t pay that much to make my hair only marginally straighter, lol. My hair is pretty straight and doesn’t have much frizz naturally – 90% of my photos with my hair down is my hair naturally with no products and no styling products put into it, just brushed through with fingers or a brush once or twice. If I really want it super straight, I’ll just spend the time to flat iron 🙂

I think the getting a keratin treatment would be worth it if you have really frizzy/curly hair that you actually flat iron on a daily basis, but if you already have fairly straight hair, your money is likely better spent elsewhere!

Dee Avatar

This is a really fantastic look on you, very pretty!! Seriously, Mellan is crazy cute :-)and I don’t want sound weird (yet I know it’s going to) but you can tell you take very good care of him, those teeth are pearly white and his fur is so healthy. Good Mom!! 🙂

Natalie Avatar

Woot! You are rocking all these NARS looks Christine and it is driving me crazy! 😀 I want NARS shadows so bad!!
Haha… Why do I never go gaga over babies but when it comes to puppies…. I want them all! Mellan was a cute puppy and now I can see why you took him home 🙂 By the way, is anyone having a problem getting your ‘follow up comments’ via email? I used to get them but not anymore.

Steph Avatar

I was like “i know that red lipstick” et voila, it was Dragon! I love that red so, so much. you’re really making me want that blush. and rajasthan……. ugh!!

Isabella Rabello Avatar

I just bought my first red lipstick (actually, is a lip liner I’ll use as a lipstick) and I was thinking of using it this weekend, but I don’t want to use it with only eyeliner – the classic match.

You gave me a great idea to use it! Thanks, again!

Lani Avatar

I absolutely LOVE this look! I tried to recreate it with shadows I already had but it didn’t give me the same feeling so I went out and bought both NARS duos, Coconut Grove and Douceur blush and I LOVE everything. This by far is my favorite NARS collection and don’t regret buying anything. Thanks so much Christine for inspiring me!