• Vivien

Purple Smoky

Hello! I managed to get Monika back to the studio. I think we both enjoyed the creative process of working on the makeup and the pictures. She attended this photoshoot with a plastered leg which was waiting for surgery, because she didn't want to let me down. She deserves all the happiness in this world for being such a good person. Thank you Monika!

I wanted to create a purple smoky eye make up this time, because I thought that this colour really emphasises her beautiful green eyes. What do you think, am I right?


She doesn't wear makeup usually and it was no different, today, but as always, the first step was to clean the model's face.

What type of foundation to use? It always depends on the skin condition and the skin type of the model. Monika always comes to me with a beautiful and healthy skin, so I opted for the Face and Body foundation from MAC. It's a water based foundation, which gave us a light coverage. It was applied with the 104/BUFFER brush. I can work easily, quickly, but the most important is that also precisely with this brush, which is important, if you are or want to be a professional makeup artist.

The next step was the contour. I used only creamy products, because it looks better on the photos. The Contour Palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills is my must-have product for contouring. The shade I use the most is the Light Sculpt, which I used on her face, too. It's important to blend it out perfectly so I opted for the 117/PETIT DEFINED BUFFER.

I didn't want to miss out the blush. The Werk shade from Milk is my favourite now, and I used it again. I blended it out perfectly with the 117/PETIT DEFINED BUFFER brush.

The last step on the face is the highlighter. I chose the 3D highlighter palette from Huda Beauty. I applied the Capri shade from The Pink Sands Edition palette with my fingers, as a base. It was followed by the Dream Glow Kit highlighter palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills. The Regal shade is a beautiful peachy shade which was exactly what I was looking for. This was a powdery shade, so I needed my 129/LUXE FAN brush to apply and blend it out.


There have been many eyebrow trends in the recent years. As you can see I prefer thicker eyebrows. My model has nicely arched eyebrows, but a little bit thinner, than I envisioned for this makeup. I used my favourite brow product combo from Anastasia Beverly Hills: the Dipbrow Pomade in medium brown and the #12 double ended brush. I combed out her brows and draw the missing threads making it look thicker. I decided to comb out the threads one more time with the Brow Set from MAC.


The purple is what dominates this makeup. I always liked simple makeups with vibrant shades. I've been planning to make a similar one and I was glad to have an opportunity to finally make it real.

I didn't miss out the Prep + Prime eyeshadow base primer from MAC. It was a must. I applied it with my fingers, as I always do. I recommend to use a primer, as a first step, because it helps to prolong the shades therefore keeping them vibrant all day.

What I used next was the Full Spectrum palette from Urban Decay, because there're vibrant shades only in this product, so I knew, if I want to work with purple, I'll find one in it. I was able to choose from three purple shades and I decided to use the Delirious. It was the darkest and the only matte purple, so the decision was easy. I applied it on her whole eyelids with the 234/SMOKY SHADER. It's not enough to apply, but it has to be blended out properly. The 221/LUXE SOFT CREASE brush did the job as I expected. I wanted to make this one coloured makeup to look more special. I opted for my other palette with vivid colours, called Gemstone from Huda Beauty. Glittery/shimmery shades is all you can find in small palette. I decided to use the top middle shade (I checked it out - noname). I used it on the middle of her eyelids with the 237/DETAIL SHADER.

Let's get back to the Full Spectrum palette, because we need some shade on her lower eyelids. My choice was the Faded shade, which is a purple shade with golden reflects. It was applied with the 226/SMUDGER and blended out with the 231/LUXE PETIT CREASE. I wanted to emphasise her eyes even better, so there're still two steps left. I decided to use the Waterproof Créme Color gel liner in black -Jet- from Anastasia Beverly Hills on her waterline. It's waterproof, so I didn't have to be afraid of it ''disappearing'' during photoshoots. I used the 317/WING LINER for this step.

The false lashes are still missing! It was the last step to be ready with her eyes. I applied the Natural Black Wispies from Ardell and glued them up with a lash glue from Douglas.

I try to buy false lashes, which aren't too long and thick, but at the same time still need to emphasises the eyes. I had bad experiences with expensive eyelashes a couple of times, but these lashes from Ardell are one of the best and they're affordable.


I used my Lip Palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills. I mixed up two shades; the Peachy Pink and the Warm Sandy Brown to get the shade, I needed. The makeup can't be perfect until the lips are completely symmetrical and have correct thickness. I used the gloss from the Made To Last Lip Duo from Pupa Milano, as a topper. All of the lip products were applied with the 331/PRECISION LIP.

I plan to shoot some close up pictures to have all the details documented. All I need for this is the correct photo lens to use. I hope I will be able to buy or rent one in near future! Please tell Santa if you know him!

This makeup deserves to have more pictures published. If you want to see more, please, visit my social sites. You can click on them above in the upper right corner.

P.S.: The brushes I used on her face and eyes are all from Zoeva.

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