The highly anticipated movie Suicide Squad has finally hit theaters. I wasn't particularly looking forward to seeing the movie, to be honest. But in my various social media feeds, I started noticing that Cara Delevingne's makeup was looking pretty damn good all the time recently. (She plays Enchantress in the film.)
This all made a lot of sense when I found out she has Lisa Eldridge with her for all these Suicide Squad promotional events. And for the world premiere, Lisa gave Cara an almost editorial look: a smudgy, sparkly gunmetal eye paired with a bold red lip.
I'm convinced that this makeup would never work on me, even if Lisa Eldridge did it herself. However, I was so inspired by this look that I decided to recreate my own version (one where I wouldn't end up like a sparkly mess).
For my base I started out with my Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Primer. To really even out the skin as much as possible, I applied my primer on the areas that could use some IRL Facetune. On top of that I applied my CC cream, and on the high points of my face, I mixed in some of NARS Liquid Illuminator in Copacabana.
If there's one feature Cara is known for, it's her eyebrows. Luckily, me and Cara both enjoy bold and dark eyebrows, except mine aren't as naturally dark and bushy. I just filled them in using tiny strokes of Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow.
I used one of my all-time favorite palettes: Urban Decay Naked 2. I first started with a primed eyelid. I defined my crease using Tease on my Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush. I really love this brush to define my crease. I also defined the inner part of my crease, to make my eyes look more dramatic and deeply set.
Next, I applied Pistol all over the lid and blended that into the crease color.
Around the lash line, I applied Blackout. I kept applying small amounts of black to intensify the color without ruining my look at once.
Next, I used my Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Liner to tightline the upper lash line and to line my waterline. I then went back in with my small brush with Blackout on it to blend everything out and to hide any gaps that I missed with my gel liner.
I applied a generous amount of Verve in my inner corners and blended that upwards. This look is quite heavy and dark, so a strong inner corner highlight balances that out.
For the glitter, I opted for my Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow in Moonspoon. I applied some MAC Fix+ on my brush and I used small amounts of eyeshadow at once, so I wouldn't get too much fallout. My head looks quite awkward in this angle, but if you keep your head up when you're applying glitter, you're minimizing your chances of fallout. It's science.
I didn't feel like adding false eyelashes, so I just used a couple coats of mascara to finish off the eyes.
The final step to completing the eyes is applying the under-eye concealer. This is also your chance to correct if you've gone too heavy on the black on the lower lash line.
Cara is wearing a red-carpet look, so obviously she's wearing a lot more makeup. However, I'm going for a more normal-people approach here so I just used a light coat of powder to set everything.
Adding a red lip completes this look. I used the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl.
Many people believe that you can't wear bold eyes with bold lips, and I'm usually not one to do so either. But now that I've tried it, I think this look could be perfect for a night out.
- Have you seen Suicide Squad?
- Do you like pairing bold eyes with bold lipstick?
- What's the last red-carpet look you got inspiration from?