When I become fixated on something I find it hard to shift. For example, my current preoccupation with a 70’s inspired bohemia has set in and I’m unlikely to move onto something else for ages. A soft, free-floating look calls for something tough to ground it. Whether it’s a beaten up leather jacket, a pair of chunky boots or smokey make-up; floral femininity requires edge.

This is a fairly classic smokey eye, but instead of starting with eyeshadow I’ve set down the base of the look with black eyeliner worthy of a racoon. It’s easier to create sooty intensity with smudgy eyeliner. As well as a chocolate brown eyeshadow from Charlotte Tilbury’s Sophisticate palette, I’ve used a khaki green shade with flecks of gold that brings out the hazel in my eyes. I think it’s always a good idea to study one’s eye colour to ascertain what eyeshadow will accentuate the natural hew.

If there’s one golden rule for statement eyeshadow it’s to apply it before any base, that way it’s easy to clean up any drop down.

Whenever I buy foundation the folks behind the counter try to convince me to go several shades warmer that my natural pallor. I won’t have any of it; I’d rather have a foundation that matches my skin as closely as possible and add colour to my complexion with strategically applied bronzer. Without a little warmth, smokey eyes can look rather gothic, which is cool if that’s what you’re going for. I personally prefer to go a little softer.


The products I used are as follows:

Lancome eyeliner crayon kohl in Noir

And Other Stories eyeshadow (discontinued)

Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow palette in The Sophisticate

Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes Mascara

Yves Saint Laurent Le Teint Touche Éclat Foundation

Nars Cosmetics Radiant Cream Concealer

Charlotte Tilbury Film Star Bronze and Glow

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush

No 7 Precision Lips Pencil

Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo


The song is Jackie and Wilson by Hozier, another of my current obsessions.


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