3 Steps to Cara Delevingne’s Smoky Eye at Chanel

The always star-studded and highly anticipated Chanel show happened earlier today at Paris Fashion Week with fashion’s favorite models Kendall Jenner and Edie Campbell leading the catwalk as Cara Delevingne cheered them on with girlfriend St. Vincent.

The show transformed the Grand Palais into an airport terminal with boarding gate No. 5, departure screens to New York, Shanghai, Moscow and Rome and male flight attendants for a flight through the world of Chanel. The show featured a new take on tweed with it coming down in multicolored varieties with light blue shadow smeared over model’s eyes.

Our favorite look of the front row was Miss Delevingne who has officially perfected the front row, off-duty look, even while just sitting on the sidelines. The ex-supermodel was seen sporting a bright blue jacket from Chanel’s 2016 Resort collection with white and black Mary-Jane boots and a black romper. Her soft waves established the vibe but it’s her easy, smudge-y smoky eye that really has our attention.

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Cara’s smoky eye is soft and wearable for the daytime. Here is how you can copy her fresh, punky, face.

1. Skin.

After your everyday foundation routine, pump up the flush. Add a soft blush to the apples of the cheeks, skimming the cheekbones. This will prevent you from appearing corpse-like once you add the dark eyes. The easiest and most universal recommendation is the cult-classic Orgasm blush from NARS.

2. Eyes.

Technique and adhering to these steps is crucial here to avoid looking like Taylor Momsen a raccoon-eyed mess. Begin with a primer, preferably one that is tinted, shimmering and in a nude color like a MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study or the Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin. Creating an adhesive, champagne shimmer base will not only create a longer-lasting look, but it will even out the dark tones and prevent them from overpowering your entire face.

Next, it’s important to note that Cara is wearing a black smoky eye, not a brown one. There is a difference. Put that NAKED palette away. Grab your favorite, black eyeshadow – it doesn’t matter whether it’s from the drugstore like this NYX shadow or MAC pigment. Just try to avoid matte finishes and opt for shimmer finishes as these are easier to create lighter looks with. Using a shadow brush, get some pigment, tap it off to make sure there isn’t too much on the brush and carefully, beginning from the outer corner, make your way through the crease delicately blending over the lid.

Finish it off with a black pencil liner on the water line and your best, blackest mascara.

3. Lips.

Finish off this look with nothing but a balm. Cara’s lips are all natural and moisturized, blending in with her skin tone and making the smoky eye the focus.

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