Face Of The Day – Dark & Sultry

Face Of The Day - Dark & Sultry

Well…what do we have here?  A dark, smokey eye look?  AND I’ve used non-neutral eyeshadows too?  The world must be coming to an end!  Best you start stocking up on bottled water & canned baked beans…

I have no idea whether this eye look even suits me, to be honest…  I was playing around with my LORAC PRO Palette last weekend, and it kind of just happened.  My beautiful friend, Chantelle (from Not Another Poppie) and I decided to do a collaboration, since she recently became the proud owner of a LORAC PRO Palette 2 and I’ve owned the original PRO Palette for just over a year now.  You can take a look at Chantelle’s FOTD blog post featuring the gorgeous PRO Palette 2 here (she did a review & swatches post, plus created 2 looks using the palette).  Ever since seeing it in person the last time I visited Chantelle, I’m definitely keen to place an online order – it’s a beaut!

Anyway, as I’m sure you can see, this is an intense eye makeup look.  I hardly EVER wear an eye look that is as dark and sultry as this one because I feel my eyes are a bit too small (sometimes dark eye makeup can make eyes appear even smaller) and I have hooded lids too, so winged liner and a dark smokey eye doesn’t always suit me.  I wish I could rock a dark eye makeup look like Casey Holmes and Jaclyn Hill but alas…I can’t.  Or maybe I can, but I’m just too stuck in the mindset that it doesn’t suit my eye shape and size.  If you look at Amanda Ensing, though, her eyes are quite small too and she totally rocks the dark, smoked out eye looks.  I should probably just practice and wear dark shadows more often to get used to it.

I only used my LORAC PRO Palette to achieve this eye look, I find this palette to be so versatile (you can create numerous subtle daytime looks, various intense evening looks, and those ‘polished-but-not-overdone’ looks too.  Want to create an all-matte look?  Sure, no problem…  Shimmery, metallic looks more your thing?  Go for it!  This palette contains a mix of both matte, shimmer and slightly glittery shades to create either a warm-toned or cool-toned eye look.  I do think, however, the original PRO palette caters more for those who love coppers, golds, and warm brown shades but they’ve also thrown a couple of unique shades into the mix (Pewter, Deep Purple & Slate).  The PRO Palette 2 is more for the adventurous makeup lover and features quite a few bold shades i.e. Navy, Plum & Jade.

Gosh…I always feel super awkward when taking photos for these FOTD blog posts.

LORAC PRO Palette Review

 If you would like to see a close-up of any of the 2 photos in this post, just click on them and they will open up in full-screen mode.  


Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer

Max Factor Skin Luminizer Foundation – Warm Almond

LA Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer – Classic Ivory (to highlight under the eyes, bridge of the nose, cupid’s bow & chin)

Revlon Age Defying Concealer – Light (to conceal these pesky dark under eye circles)

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural – Light (to set my under eye concealer and any areas where I applied the light LA Girl HD concealer to highlight the face)

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural – Medium (rest of face)

NYX Blush – Taupe (to contour)

Smashbox Bronze Lights Bronzer – Sunkissed Matte (to bronze & blend out the contour)

Clinique Cheek Pop Blush – Plum Pop

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish – Porcelain Pink


MAC Eye Brow Pencil – Lingering

MAC Fluidline Brow Gelcreme – Deep Dark Brunette (to create ‘faux’ hairs on the inner part of my brows)

LORAC Behind The Scenes Eye Primer

LORAC PRO Palette:

Champagne (used on the inner eyelid)

Pewter (used on middle eyelid area)

Mauve (blended in upper crease area)

Deep Purple & Espresso (blended in the lower crease area & outer V area)

Cream (used as brow bone highlight)

White (used as inner corner highlight)

Bourjois Contour Clubbing Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil – Ultra Black (used to tightline upper & lower lash line)

Mauve & Deep Purple (used to blend out the black liner on the lower lash line)

Inglot Matte Gel Eyeliner – 77

Essence Liquid Ink Matt Eyeliner (to create a sharp, crisp wing…well, that’s debatable actually.  Mine didn’t come close to the wings Desi Perkins creates – hers are sharp, like a knife!)

Maybelline Great Lash Lots Of Lashes Mascara – Blackest Black


L’Oréal Colour Riche Extraordinaire Lip Gloss – Rose Melody

See the slight creasing of the shadows in my crease?  That, my friends, is because I forgot to set my makeup with my MAC Fix+ Finishing Spray.  I applied my makeup and was running late for an appointment, so I dashed out the door and went to the meeting (it was a hot & humid day too) and when I got home, I powdered my T-zone, reapplied my gloss and then took these photos (forgot to check for liner transfer or creasing – oops!).

Lorac Pro Palette

I really, REALLY love the LORAC PRO Palette – the shadows are highly pigmented, super blendable, can be applied wet or dry, long-lasting and buttery soft.  The darker shadows really make the eyes pop, and add dimension to your look.  I purchased my LORAC PRO palette on Vivadream Cosmetics website (they offer FREE international shipping through postal delivery) but it looks like they don’t stock LORAC products anymore – boo!  I think I paid about R 450,00 for the palette and about R 100,00 in duties & taxes.

The LORAC PRO Palette is unfortunately not available in South Africa but you can purchase it on Amazon from this seller or on the Beauty Bar website (both ship to South Africa).  Buying from Amazon & Beauty Bar is actually quite cool because courier delivery, customs and taxes are all calculated / added upfront as part of the total amount you pay.  The LORAC PRO palettes retail for $ 42, and with all other delivery & customs charges the total is about R 800,00 to R 850,00 (depends on the exchange rate).  Beauty Bar is a bit more expensive though.  Yes, it is quite pricey but no eyeshadows (except for my Urban Decay Naked palettes) have ever compared to the quality, pigmentation and soft texture of these LORAC shadows.  Also, courier delivery means you won’t have to worry about a postal strike or your parcel getting lost / stolen (you can expect delivery within 12 to 20 days).

So, what do you think?  Should I take the plunge & start wearing darker eye makeup looks more often?



  1. 2 February 2015 / 10:02

    Beaaaaautiful makeup look my friend x

    • 5 February 2015 / 16:51

      Thanks, my blog-BFF! 😉 x

    • 5 February 2015 / 16:50

      Thank you, Siobhan. 😀

  2. Holly Morello
    2 February 2015 / 10:34

    Totally suits you, Luzanne! Wow!

    • 5 February 2015 / 16:50

      Thank you so much, Holly! 🙂

  3. Candice
    2 February 2015 / 10:35

    Gorgeous makeup look definitely great for Valentines Day..

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves


    • 5 February 2015 / 16:49

      Thank you, Candice. 🙂

  4. Inge
    2 February 2015 / 11:11

    Stunning! You blended everything out so well and that liner looks perfect!

    Definitely going to buy the Essence liquid liner and the Pro palette is going on my birthday list for April. 🙂

    • 5 February 2015 / 16:49

      Thank you, Inge. 🙂 The Essence liner is super black, I was quite impressed!

  5. Talya
    2 February 2015 / 11:18

    Those shadows look perfect on you, you should be a makeup artist!!!!

    • 5 February 2015 / 16:44

      Thank you for the compliment, Talya. 🙂

  6. Merissa
    2 February 2015 / 12:50

    Love this dark smokey eye look on you, really suits you. 🙂

    These FOTD posts are fab..

    • 5 February 2015 / 16:43

      Thanks, Merissa. 😀

  7. Lida Bruwer
    2 February 2015 / 14:08

    Love that you used a mixture of both high-end and drugstore products. 😉

    This look is perfect for you, you defs pull the whole look off very well and should do more of these darker looks. XO

    • 5 February 2015 / 16:42

      Thanks, Lida – I’ll definitely try to do more of them. 🙂 x

  8. Leigh-Anne Cronje
    2 February 2015 / 14:17

    I love your make-up. I think the look on you is amazing and the colors suit you. It’s a definite yes that you are able to carry off this look and should continue to wear it more often.

    • 5 February 2015 / 16:42

      Thank you, Leigh-Anne. 🙂 You are too kind. x

  9. Qondiswa N
    2 February 2015 / 14:45

    Love your winged liner, I wish I had such a steady hand. 😉

    Adding some of these products to my shopping list fo’ sho!


    • 5 February 2015 / 16:41

      It takes practice and to be quite honest, my hand isn’t that steady either. I usually rest my arm on my vanity to steady my hand, but my wings are never ‘perfect’.

  10. 2 February 2015 / 14:48

    Wow, you look absolutely beautiful with the darker eye makeup – I don’t think you have to worry at all! I love that you managed to make the darker smokey eye look very feminine.

    • 5 February 2015 / 16:36

      Thank you so much, Nadia. 🙂

  11. Elrese
    2 February 2015 / 15:29

    Ohhh ek’s so jaloers, ek sien hierdie palette heeltyd op youtube (not fair). Maar kyk, dit pas jou baie goed! Jy lyk stunning! xxx

    • 5 February 2015 / 16:36

      Baie, baie dankie, Elrese! 🙂 Jy het nou sommer my confidence ‘n lekker boost gegee! 😉

    • 5 February 2015 / 16:34

      Thank you, Janneke! 🙂

  12. 2 February 2015 / 17:13

    Stunning Luzanne!!
    That palette will always have a very special place in my heart. So many looks one can create

    • 5 February 2015 / 16:34

      The palette is just perfection – I love it! 🙂

  13. Alice
    2 February 2015 / 18:07

    I love your eye look. It definitely suits you!

    • 5 February 2015 / 16:33

      Thanks so much, Alice. 🙂

  14. Carmen
    2 February 2015 / 21:32

    Wow!!! Smoking hot!!! Suits you well. The palette sounds great too

    • 5 February 2015 / 16:33

      Thank you, Carmen! 🙂

  15. 3 February 2015 / 18:45

    I love this darker eye on you Luzanne! Looks so pretty! Is your hair darker? It’s looking fab!
    Cassi xXx

    • 5 February 2015 / 16:20

      Thank you, Cass! 🙂 Yep, it’s a bit darker than usual – I quite like it too. 😉 xox

  16. Barbs
    11 February 2015 / 14:55

    Any suggestions for “little old ladies” of 58 going on 59? Something simple. But you’ll need to find a much older model than yourself!

    • 15 February 2015 / 10:03

      LOL! I’ll try to do a blog post your more mature ladies – I would always use you as my model next time you come to visit? 😉

  17. Jackie Heijmans
    22 October 2015 / 21:46

    You look stunning!
    I love those colours :)))
    purples suit brown eyes so nicely :))
    yup, I would love to see a blog on mature ladies, thanks.

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