Gunmetal Grey Makeup Look Inspired by H.E.R

Gunmetal Grey Makeup Look Inspired by H.E.R

I've been mulling over this idea of doing makeup looks inspired by songs for awhile, but the thing holding me up with finding the right song to use for my first look! As soon as I stumbled across Rn'B singer H.E.R on Spotify though, I knew I had my inspiration.

I grew up in the 90's so you know that I love me a good smooth jam and H.E.R's debut album is full of honey-smooth anthems. Her songs run the gamut of emotions in a relationship: love, lust, doubt, yearning and the type of powerful confidence unique to women everywhere.

For this look, there was never any question of not doing a smoky eye. I wanted this look to be sexy, soft and perfect for making dreamy bedroom eyes that say "come get me."

urban decay naked skin color corrector

  • Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer in Creamwhip (review)
  • Essence Say No to Redness concealer
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid in pink (review of another shade here)
  • Make Up Forever Ultra HD Pressed Powder in Translucent
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light
  • Maison Jacynthe Concealer in shade 01 (review)
There's a time and a place for dewy skin, but a smokey eye night look is not one of them. Velvety, flawless skin is a must for this look and so I love using a foundation concealer to get that smooth, even base. 

Firstly, I slathered on a green color corrector anywhere I had redness and a pink color corrector on my dark circles, then I buffed those in generously with a brush before applying my foundation with a damp sponge.

Next, I added concealer to brighten my eye area and then to set everything, I took a blush brush and patted translucent powder everywhere, concentrating on my oily spots. 

Finally, with a large fluffy brush, I finished my skin off with a healthy dusting of Dim Light. A finishing powder is one of those nice-to-have products, but it really does give your skin a polished texture and inner light.

fotd eyeshadows with morphe and tarte

Eyes and Brows
  • Urban Decay Naked 2 palette 
  • Morphe 35F Fall into Frost palette
  • Tarte Tartelette in Bloom palette
  • KISS Nails Natural Flourish Blooming Lash false eyelashes in Lily
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Mousse in Rich Brown
This look is all about the tools, so for this one you'll need: a large fluffy blending brush (keep this one clean), a medium fluffy blending brush, a large crease brush, a tapered crease brush, a shorter shadow brush and a slanted eyeliner brush.

With your medium fluffy blending brush, apply a base shade that's the same shade as your skin across your entire lid and brow bone - this will end up being your highlight. I'm using the shade Foxy from the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette as it's matte and the same shade as my lids.

Then, with the large crease brush, apply a warm, light brown across the lid, leaving just a smidgen of bare space along the lash line and using circular buffing and windshield wiper motions to work the color into your skin. Then with the same brush and motions, apply a slightly darker warm brown over top, but concentrating more color on the outer half of the lid. These 2 shades will be your transition tones. I'm using the leftmost and rightmost browns shown here from the Morphe 35F palette. 

Line your under eye area with a tapered crease brush with the darker transition shade.

gunmetal gray and gold makeup tutorial

Then, with the tapered crease brush, apply a gunmetal satin grey shade, like this one from the Morphe 35F palette, and apply it to your outer third, working it upwards and into your crease using circular buffing motions. Apply small bits of color at a time, switching back and forth between your eyes so you can gradually build up the color, while keeping both eyes balanced. 

Once you've got it as dark as you want it, take the shorter shadow brush and generously load it up with a shimmery gold-copper shade. Again, I'm using one from the Morphe 35F palette. With tapping motions, apply this highlight just to the center of the lids, concentrating your color from your crease downwards.

Now time to blend! With that large fluffy blending brush, take up some of your lighter transition color and start windshield wiping anywhere you have harsh lines along your crease until you get a soft gradient. 

Lastly, add some definition by taking your eyeliner brush and lining your eyes into a cat-eye with some matte black shadow. I opted for shadow here instead of liquid liner as I wanted a softer look, but if you want to up the drama, go for a black liquid eyeliner.

The reason I wanted to keep this smoky look soft, was because of the fluttery false eyelashes I'd be applying. I absolutely love these KISS Nails Natural Flourish Blooming Lash falsies. They're super flexible, durable and give me the drama I'm craving without looking freaky. The ones I'm wearing here are Lily and they're quite wispy and super long. I simply curled my actual lashes and then applied these over top to finish off my eyes.

To match my dramatic eyes, I filled in my brows with some brow mousse and called it a day.

smokey eyeshadow tutorial

  • Too Faced Sweetheart Bronzer in Sweet Tea
  • MAC Otherearthly Mineralize SkinFinish
To give my face some subtle definition, I contoured with a cool brown bronzer. I love the Too Faced Sweetheart Bronzer in Sweet Tea as it's cool toned with just a hint of satin shimmer for some glow. It's the definition of subtle! Then on the apples of my cheeks and cheekbones, I added more warmth and highlight with this MAC powder. 

Looking back, I would probably contour more and maybe add a blush as I think it still looks a bit too subtle.

  • NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu
I absolutely love the NYX Butter Glosses. They smell like vanilla and the shade range is top-notch. Tiramisu is a gorgeous glossy pink-brown that works perfectly as a nude lip color on me. 

smokey eye makeup tutorial
Throwing my best come-hither look?

gunmetal grey makeup look with morphe
This one's better

Smoky eyes are the funnest types of looks to do IMO and this one made me wish I had somewhere to go! All I did with this one though was walk into the living room and flutter my extremely long lashes at Mr. Artist. I did get a big thumbs up from him, so I guess it worked!

Let me know what you thought of this song-inspired makeup look in the comments and your suggestion for the next song to try next!

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