FOTD: Japanese-Inspired Smoky Eyes And Nude Lips

I have always *loved* the smoky eye look and this time, instead of my usual winged eyeliner, I dragged the line down at the outer corner to mimic the look you see in Japanese magazines.

What I Used

* Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation in #120 Soft Sand
* Stila Espresso Eyeshadow
* Lumene Eye Makeup Base
* Bobbi Bobbi Metallic Long-Wear Cream Shadow in Black Pearl
* NARS Night Bird Eyeshadow
* MAC Vex Eyeshadow
* Estee Lauder Gel Eyeliner in Black
* Fake Lashes in Sweet 16 from my own line
* Fake Lashes in Cutie Pie from very own line
* Giorgio Armani Lipstick Mania in #32
* CoverGirl ShineBlast Lipgloss in 805

Step by Step How To

1. Buff Make Up For Ever Foundation with MAC #109 Brush to even out the skin

2. Fill in eyebrows with Stila Espresso.

3. Apply Lumene Eye Makeup Base as a base.

4. Pat Bobbi Bobbi Metallic Long-Wear Cream Shadow onto the eyelid. Top with NARS Night Bird.

5. Apply MAC Vex onto the crease. Blend downward onto the Night Bird.

6. Smudge Night Bird onto the lower eye.

7. Rim the eyes with Estee Lauder Gel Eyeliner.

8. Apply Sweet Sixteen on top. Cut Cutie Pie into half and apply on outer corner of bottom lashline.

9. Finish with Giorgio Armani Lipstick. Top with CoverGirl gloss.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. I like this look, it is different from the typical smokey eye. Is the brown colour you are wearing on your inner eye, Stila Espresso?

  2. Amy,

    I only used Espresso on the brows. The inner corner looks darker because the 3 colors (Vex, Black Pearl and Night Bird) all got blended together.

  3. I love ur tutorials, but it would be alot helpful in having a video of the application of applying makeup. Through that, many of us would benefit from the techniques and have a better idea. Thank you!

  4. First off – you look beautiful! Stunning! I love this look for you! Second… thanks for sharing your tips in this article. You rock!

  5. This looks stunning! I love it!
    Also, I have a question – how is the Lumene eye shadow base? I’ve never tried but would love to, so I’d like to know how it compares to other shadow primers e.g. Too Faced Shadow Insurance.
    Thanks! :)

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