girl with smoky eye makeup, double eyeliner and red glossy lips is showing her makeup

Gothic smoky eyes were my favorite makeup look throughout my teen years. I did not spare black matte eyeshadow and eye kohl, smudging them all over my eyelids and not caring about the final results. I liked following only one makeup rule – the blacker, the best! And don't even get me started about my eyebrow routine, because there was none. Black eyeshadow and eyebrow absence were fascinating completion of my rebellious grungy outfit.

Many years, hundreds of youtube videos, and dozens of makeup lessons later I have finally mastered or at least moved towards my ideal smoky eye look. That's one great thing about aging, isn't it? I like to call this makeup the Nocturnal Eyes. Highlighted brow bone and eye corners, black matte eyeshadow, and incredible dramatic double eyeliner. Today I'm going to show you how to create this charming smoky eye makeup, which will look amazing for a night out with green, brown, and even blue eyes.

pictures with step by step instructions on how to to a black smoky eye makeup look with double eyeliner

  • Like any other makeup look, start your Goth smoky eyes with a nice eyeshadow primer. If you don't have primer use a tiny amount of concealer or foundation, apply the product all over your eyelid, and spread it with your ring finger.
  • Fill in your eyebrows using a dark brown or black pencil. Black smoky eye makeup demands well-defined, neatly filled eyebrows. You can follow my easy step-by-step eyebrow tutorial and learn how to shape your eyebrows in no time.
  • Highlight your brow bone and inner corners of your eyes with satin white eyeshadow. To intensify black eyeshadow and make it last all day long on your skin, apply matte black eye kohl all over your eyelid. Smudge the corners of the black base with a soft synthetic brush.
  • To make the transition between white eyebrow highlighter and black eyelid color, apply a matte gray eyeshadow to the crease. Blend the color with a fluffy blending brush. On the top of the black eye, kohl applies dark gray shimmer eyeshadow and blends it with the crease color.
  • For the outer corner use highly-pigmented black eyeshadow and apply it in V-shape. I like to use smaller brushes for precision. Blend it together with a dark gray color.
  • The next step will add even more drama to your look – tighlighting the upper and lower waterline. I suggest you use a waterproof eye pencil for tighlighting. For the bottom lash line use black matte eyeshadow and apply some dark gray shimmers as well. Blend both colors together.
  • Now it is time for a liquid eyeliner. I like to draw a bold cat wing from the start of the inner corner of my eyes. This trick will make them look longer and almond-shaped. Draw the bold eyeliner and the second wing right under the first one. The second wing should repeat the shape and direction of your cat's eye but be a little bit smaller.
  • Cur the lashes, apply a few coats of your favorite curling mascara and apply false lashes. Clean up the mess and hide any dark circles under your eyes with a good concealer. Your nocturnal eye makeup look is done, how do you like it?

black smoky eye makeup look with double eyeliner close up pictures

Wondering what lip color goes with such dark, dramatic eye makeup? You can wear subtle, nude shades and clear lip glosses to balance the look, or go for cherry-red lipstick. Sheer fuchsia, baby pink, and keen shades of ripe berries also go well with strong eye makeup. This time I've decided to wear bright red lipstick with shiny lip gloss on the top. And what do you think of this look? Do you like intense smokey eye makeup?


a ray of sunlight touches girl's face

Exhausting sleepless nights always leave unpleasant marks on our faces. Dark under-eye circles, eye redness, and puffiness – is there anything more unattractive than these sleep deprivation consequences? Sometimes even getting a recommended eight hours of beauty sleep isn't enough to get rid of those everlasting dark under-eye circles and bags. But don't worry, there are a few useful  skincare and makeup hacks that we are going to learn today. These hacks will help you erase, and conceal those annoying skin discolorations on your face and brighten up an overall complexion.

girl rolls out fitness rug for morning gymnastics

1. Recover Your Energy 

The very first thing you want to do after spending the whole night with your eyes wide open is to refresh yourself. Get up out of your cozy bed and light exercise. Morning physical activity will provide your body with more energy and fill your blood with endorphins. Open your balcony door and window, take a full breath, and feel the chilly morning airstream! Don't forget to drink a glass of water to hydrate your skin from the inside.

lutando com olheiras sob os olhos

2. Give Yourself A Face Massage

Is there a better way to start a long day? Facial massage is undoubtedly one of the best methods, that can do wonders for your tired facial skin. Few simple massage techniques will promote a healthy lymphatic flow in your skin tissues, reducing puffiness and bringing back skin elasticity. Remember to be gentle while massaging your skin. Fine face oil will make the process easier, hydrating your skin, and providing necessary nutrition. Lightweight facial oil that rapidly absorbs into your skin is a must-have skincare routine product, especially if your skin tends to get dry and flaky.

To take off morning puffiness and stimulate a better blood flow I also like to use The Pore Smasher tool by Banish. You can put it for a few minutes in the fridge and roll it on your skin. The cold part of this skincare tool freshens up the skin, decreasing the effects of a sleepless night on the skin.

beautiful cup of freshly made tea with a tea bag and wish

3. Kitchen Skin Care Remedies

Surprisingly, the old-fashioned skincare methods deeply loved and appreciated by our grannies and mothers, still work perfectly! Try applying thin slices of refreshing cucumber or zucchini on your eyelids and under your eyes. Apart from being refreshing, cucumber juice hydrates and lightly tighten the under-eye area. An oldie, but goldie tea bag can kill two birds with one stone: prepare a tasty energizing morning drink and reduce the appearance of the dark circle under the eyes. And few slices of juicy raw potato can drastically reduce skin puffiness.

girl applies concealer under the eyes to cover dark cirles

4. Camouflage Your Tiredness 

Even the fanciest makeup can't heal dark under-eye circles and bring you back your priceless sleep time. But let's face the truth, a full-coverage concealer can reduce the appearance of a sleepless night, bringing back a lively bright complexion. Use a simple color-correcting rule to camouflage your dark circles: bright yellow concealer for pale skin; peachy or salmon shade for medium skin tone and saturated red corrector for dark skin tone. Apply a color-correcting product under your eyes and lightly blend it with a brush or your ring finger. Finish your makeup as always – foundation, concealer, contouring. And don't forget to set your under-eye area with setting powder. 

An iridescent highlighter is a must-have makeup product for every nocturnal people, who can't sleep at night. It wonderfully brightens up dull skin tone and attracts attention to the highest points of your face, hiding imperfections. Use bright warm highlighters like pearl, champagne, and gold to warm up your skin.

a bottle of fresh water with us for proper hydration throughout the day

5. Hydration Throughout the Day

An exhausted skin deserves some love and special treatment throughout the whole day. A lightweight skin moisturizer will keep your skin smooth and nourished under the coat of concealer, but you may need an extra hydra balance. Rosewater not only reduces the dark circles under the eyes but also soothes soreness and rejuvenates the skin. Take a small spray bottle and re-apply rose water for the whole day to feel the results. You can also use any other facial spray that works for you.

A woman rests her head on a pillow and wears a pink satin mask that states: "Beauty Rest", allowing her to catch a little extra sleep.

6. Try To Go To Bed In Time

Now, when you survived a whole hard day of work without a night of proper sleep and concealed all of the skin nastiness, it is time to prevent the appearance of dark circles under your eyes in the future. Try going to bed earlier the next day, without any excuses! Stay away from alcohol, salty, food, and caffeine.


ginger girl with pale skin and freckles in black hat and fur coatat winter

Taking care of a pale and sensitive skin type might be very tricky, especially during the coldest months of the year. In the autumn-winter period, harsh cold airstreams can irritate the skin, making it dry, flaky, and more pliant to the harmful environment. Dry fair skin becomes even more sensitive and easily damaged by ultraviolet sun rays, therefore it requires a very special skincare regimen. My dears, today we are going to learn how to care for your pale and sensitive skin in winter properly, securing its health, overall well-being, and beauty.

witchcrafting skin care and makeup products in pestle and mortar

Upgrade Your Skin Care Routine

Start caring for your sensitive skin by upgrading your skincare routine for winter. In winter your skin becomes extra dry and may cause keratosis pilaris –- a common skin condition, when the skin produces too much keratin, blocking the hair follicles. To prevent this condition regularly exfoliate your skin with gentle skin scrubs. 

Instead of a harsh soap-based face cleanser, use a mild PH-neutral face wash. Avoid washing your sensitive skin with stiff facial cleansing brushes and skin cleaning systems, because they can traumatize your skin. A soft konjac sponge, made from a natural plant, is a great alternative to harsh synthetic brushes.

And the last, but very important step in upgrading your skincare routine for winter is moisturizer. It is best to substitute your favorite lightweight face moisturizer with a thicker nourishing cream. During cold winter days, our fair, sensitive skin needs a thicker moisturizer with a special formula, developed for drier skin types. Purchase a few travel-sized miniatures of your favorite face and body lotions. Keep your moisturizers within reach in your backpack or purse, so you can reapply them during the day when your skin needs relief.

girl with pale skin applies sunscreen cream on her skin

Sunscreen Protection

If the weather is super chilly, it doesn't mean that the sun won't burn your sensitive pale skin. That means a sunscreen moisturizer is your best friend and you need to put it on your face just as generously as you would apply it to the beach. Investing in good sunscreen lotion with a high UV filter is very important. Try to search for a fragrance-free cream with a very light texture that absorbs rapidly and doesn't leave a greasy residue on the face. If your skin is fair, always burns in the sun, and rarely tans go for a 30-50 SPF or even higher.

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Makeup For Pale Gals

Everyone is different, and when it comes to makeup, pale and sensitive skin also needs an individual approach. Consider these makeup tips and tricks, when applying your everyday makeup to make your fair skin look glowing and attractive:
  • Always use a light sunscreen cream before applying the foundation. Put a few tiny drops of the product and spread it with your fingers. Let it absorb for a few minutes and proceed with the primer.
  • Do not misuse setting powders! Dry skin doesn't look striking when it has a layer of dry and cakey powder over it. Dew's slightly glowing skin always looks more natural and fresh than totally matte skin. Take into account bb and cc creams with full coverage and high SPF.
  • Research makeup products, dermatologists recommend for dry and sensitive skin types. There are a ton of natural and affordable skincare and makeup brands, which care for dry and sensitive skin, making it look healthy and beautiful.
No Harsh Treatments 

Harsh chemical treatments are never recommended for people with sensitive pale skin, especially during the hottest and coldest months of the year. Except for your beautiful freckles and don't use any harsh skin-lightening creams and other chemical treatments. Healthy facial skin, with a smooth surface and glowing from the inside, always looks beautiful! Professionals also recommend cutting the long hot showers and baths. Hot water with chlorine can strip your skin of its natural barrier, making it uncomfortable dry, and even irritated.

Hydrate Your Skin Throughout The Day

Air conditioners and heaters do not help the pale sensitive skin stay good-looking and healthy. But lightweight vitamin sprays for the face will help your sensitive skin to stay hydrated in dry accommodations throughout the whole day. Special facial oils will reduce redness and skin irritations, making your skin look refreshed and nicely hydrated. Welcome soothing rose water into your everyday skincare routine. This ancient medical and skin treatment is good for every skin type and condition. Spray the rose water over your body and face to relieve the dryness and calm the skin.

oat meal porridge with bananas morning breakfast

Drink Water & Eat Healthily

Winter days aren't hot and definitely not so exhausting as sunny summer period, therefore we tend to drink less water in winter. To be healthy and look glowing, the skin needs to stay hydrated, so don't forget to drink the recommended amount of water. Keeping a healthy diet rich in vitamins will improve the appearance of your skin.

girl wearing sweater, warm hat, scarf and gloves in the mountains

Fashion Aid

And lastly, I would like to stress, that fashion stands for the health of your skin during the winter. When reading about skincare for the pale and sensitive skin in the winter, I never stumbled across this particular statement. I strongly suggest you buy cashmere or wool gloves and a scarf to protect your face and hands from cold winter weather. Don't continue to wear gloves, if they got wet under the snow or rain.


woman in trendy grunge outfit with brown bag and combat boots

The year 2018 was filled with incredibly stylish fashion trends. We've seen them all: accessories decorated with a flirty fringe, everlasting sequins on party dresses, decorated with elaborate embroidery sleeves, and, love them or hate them, even animal print boots. But the new 2019 year is going to bring us even wider fashion horizons. So, here is a look at some of the winter's hottest fashion trends. Start building your wardrobe around these edgy and rebellious fashion trends, because some of them are going to stay with us till the end of the year.

fashion collage with red coats trend by Valentino, Miu Miu, Oscar de la Renta
From left to right: Valentino, Miu Miu, Oscar de la Renta

Red Coats

It is not easy to stay warm and stylish at the same time, but everything is possible with a red coat trend. Shades of delicious red color were seen in almost every runway collection this fashion season. But hot red coats are going to be one of the biggest trends of the winter 2019 season. Floor-length, medium, or short coat  choose the one you like the most and stay warm and sexy this winter.

fashion collage with modest fashion trend by Giambattista Valli, Derek Lam ,Valentino
From left to right: Giambattista Valli, Derek Lam, Valentino

Modest Fashion

A theologian Douglas Wilson once said: modest and attractive is an art form; and fashion designers Derek Lam and Giambattista Valli proved this statement once again, dressing their models in charming long dresses and layering over cardigans. Dressing humble and rebelliously might be challenging, so only a real fashionista with exceptional taste can solve the puzzle. And, in my opinion, this makes a fashion game even more interesting!

fashion collage with lingerie trendy by Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, Balmain
From left to right: Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, Balmain

Lingerie Dressing

One of the most daring and scandalous fashion styles makes a huge comeback for the winter 2018 season. And yes, I'm talking about my favorite lingerie-as-an-everyday-wear style, which became insanely popular over the past few years. “Lingerie is so closely connected to the body that blurring the lines between innerwear and outerwear is a sign of confidence and the freedom to express how you feel,” states a creative director of La Perla, Julia Haart. We all want to feel comfy and warm in winter, but how can you say no to these gorgeous see-through ruffles and laces?

fashion collage with eclectic floral trend by Balenciaga, Dries Van Noten, Dolce & Gabbana
From left to right: Balenciaga, Dries Van Noten, Dolce & Gabbana

Eclectic Floral Prints

Colorful floral motives appear almost in every new collection, coming back in fashion with a new wave of diversity. These flowers can easily take over our winter wardrobes because we all want and need refreshing spring blooms during the cold times. Don't be afraid to incorporate flirty buds and petals in your outfit or even place floral embellishments on your shoes and accessories.

fashion collage with animal print trend by Redemption, Off-White, Elie Saab
From left to right: Redemption, Off-White, Elie Saab

Animal Print

Animal print is one of the most controversial trends in the fashion world. Not surprising, because animal print clothing is very hard to wear and style. But winter 2019 is an ideal time to rediscover your passion for animal print trends. Reach out for your favorite cheetah skirt and boots and get ready to style them in a totally new way. Draw some inspiration from the latest Elie Saab's and Redemption runway collections  zebra stripes, snake-skin print, and cow spots  is your wardrobe ready for this wilderness? 

fashion collage with sheer fabrics trend by House Margiela, Saint Laurent, Jacquemus
From left to right: House Margiela, Saint Laurent, Jacquemus

Sheer Fabrics

Romantic see-through fabrics were trendy throughout the whole eighteenth century in Europe and they often recur on modern runway shows. Winter/spring 2019 fashion season is not going to be exceptional, demonstrating the most feminine sheer outfits and accessories. Flowing see-through fabrics isn't easy to pull off, so you can always opt-out of full transparency and layer a sheer dress over a simple t-shirt and jeans.

nude fashion trend Chloe, Christian Dior, Rochas
From left to right: Chloe, Christian Dior, Rochas

Nude Fashion

Another bold and edgy winter 2019 fashion trend is a nude color. Calming shades of blushing pink, coffee late, and beige always look elegant and versatile in any outfit. A huge part of Chloe's SS19  Prêt-à-Porter collection was made in pastel shades of nude and earthy colors. And the entire Christian Dior haute couture collection featured black and nude pieces. I'm excited to see more and more paste nude and beige color palettes on the streets.

fashion collage with sleek leather fashion trend by Rick Owens, Hermes, Celine
From left to right: Rick Owens, Hermes, Celine

Sleek Leather

And the last, but not the last winter fashion trend we are going to look at is sleek leather. You don't have to buy real leather to look fashionable this winter, faux PU leather looks just as awesome as a real material and no animals were harmed. I have an awesome waist corset belt, made of this material and it is super comfy and cute. Colorful leather coats, trousers, and skirts were seen at Hermes and Celine's SS19 fashion shows.


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