FOTD: Japanese-Inspired Smoky Eyes And Nude Lips

November 7, 2009

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.


  • Reply Lauren November 8, 2009 at 1:01 am

    phyllis..i LOVE the purple on you!

  • Reply amy November 8, 2009 at 3:00 am

    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?

  • Reply Aleksis November 8, 2009 at 3:16 am

    Love it! You look amazingly pretty here Phyllis!!


  • Reply Phyllis November 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Thanks Lauren!

  • Reply Phyllis November 8, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Thanks Aleksis!

  • Reply Phyllis November 8, 2009 at 12:47 pm


    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.

  • Reply Gerry November 8, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Love this one Phyllis! One of my favourite looks from you yet 🙂

  • Reply Phyllis November 13, 2009 at 12:22 am

    Thanks Gerry!

  • Reply Ta November 16, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    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!

  • Reply erin November 21, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    youtube tutor would be so nice…. i love this look 🙂

  • Reply KaraDee December 1, 2009 at 12:14 am

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

  • Reply Jodi September 18, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Hi Phyllis. I love the look. I have NARS night breed but can’t find night bird…any suggestions?

  • Reply jamie September 21, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    yeah, i agree! the tutorals are real informative. having the video will be more beautiful. Thanks! 😀

  • Reply Carol February 21, 2011 at 6:13 am

    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! 🙂

  • Reply Gala February 25, 2011 at 1:05 pm


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