Seduction is an art, and one that definitely doesn’t play that well when you’re stressed out about your makeup melting off your face. These five beauty looks will make you look gorgeous even in adverse conditions, like, say, when it’s 75 percent humidity on a 90-degree day. You’ll be glowy and gorgeous even when the day heats up.
There’s no better woman to show off how good these looks can be than the Italian beauty Bianca Balti, alongside the gorgeous David Gandy (the two stunners are the faces of Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue). Makeup artist Christian McCulloch breaks down each look.
Now get ready to turn some heads.
1. The Ultra-Sultry Smoky Eye
Apply a wash of gray shadow that goes up from your lash line to the crease. Pull the shadow out to a point, creating a winged shape at the outer corners of your eyes. (This instantly elongates your eye.)
Next, fully line your eye with a waterproof black eyeliner and smudge it for a lived-in look. Add mascara, and then finish with a touch of pale pink lipstick on your pout and a bit of contour on your cheeks for a sculpted effect.
2. Gorgeous, Gleaming Skin
Embrace glowing skin (you say sweaty, I say glowy) by enhancing your cheeks with a bit of light pink cream blush (opt for one with shimmer to avoid actually looking like you’re sweating).
Add a touch of bronzer to warm up the skin and some illuminating cream on your upper cheekbone and down the bridge of your nose.
Finally, apply a neutral shadow over your eyelids, coat your lashes with mascara, and swipe a dusty rose gloss over your lips.
3. Bronze Eyes, Killer Crimson Lip
Using a fluffy eye shadow brush, blend a bronze cream shadow from the lash line to the crease, smoking it out.
Next, with an angled eyeliner brush, trace your lower lash line with the same bronze shadow, and top you upper and lower lashes with mascara.
Then, add mascara, contour your cheekbones, and line and fill in your lips with a matte red lip pencil.
4. The Under Smoky Eye
If your eye makeup tends to travel on you anyway, here’s a gorgeous fix: the under smoky eye. After you’ve applied your foundation, take a waterproof black kohl eye pencil and run it along your lower lash line, extending it out a little at the outer corners of your eyes. Smudge it out and then top it with some black shadow to set it.
Finish with mascara on your upper and lower lashes, a soft pink blush on your cheeks, and clear gloss on your lips.
5. Bonus Look!
Opt for a sweet yet seductive thin cat-eye (think Taylor Swift) and mascara combo for this look.
Then, pop an apricot-colored blush on your cheeks and a coral lip color on your mouth.
To draw him in even closer, spritz on Dolce & Gabbana’s Light Blue Sunset in Salina — a sweet and spicy floral mix of orange flower, jasmine, amber, and white musk.